Adjusting your beauty routine to Singapore’s humid climate is no easy feat. It can take many months to find a moisturiser that hydrates properly, or a cleanser that can control your now oily complexion. To save you the lengthy (and costly!) trial-and-error process, we’ve created a guide to our favourite skincare products that we feel have really made all the difference. Oh-so-handy, if we say so ourselves. Plus, check out our medical guide to healthy skin in Singapore here.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
This superhero exfoliant comes in powder form and, when mixed with water, turns into a gentle emulsion that you massage on to the face to remove dead skin cells to reveal brighter, clearer skin. As there are no harsh beads or granules, it can be used daily to help keep skin unclogged and refreshed. It also creates a smooth canvas for make-up as it thoroughly removes any surface dead skin cells.
This lightweight sunshield nourishes and protects the skin from the sun’s rays, without the greasy formula typical of some sunscreens. Suitable for sensitive skin, it also contains hydrating properties to help nourish and moisturise. See what our Tried & Tested panel had to say about LE Privaté Clinic products here.
For less visible pores and bouncier-looking skin, pronto, try SK-II Stempower Essence serum. Its signature ingredient, Pitera, helps to keep skin clear, soft and comfortable. It glides on to the skin like a dream, too – a skincare favourite amongst the ladies on the EL editorial team.
Shu-Uemura’s renowned cleansing oils are the perfect solution for easy make-up removal at the end of a long, hot day. Simply rub it onto a dry face (even the eyes), rinse and voilà – a clean, make-up-free complexion. Readers with oily complexions, don’t shy away from these oils – they will not cause you to break out.
This super multi-purpose oil can be used as a body moisturiser, a split-end fixer, an after-sun product, massage oil and much more. It absorbs easily into the skin without leaving any oily residue, and keeps skin hydrated for the whole day. The “Or” (meaning “gold”) version, which has a tinted sparkle, is perfect for enhancing or faking a holiday glow.
Do you find your make-up sliding off your face come midday? We hear you. Benefit POREfessional primer not only makes sure your make-up stays put, it helps to visibly reduce the size of pores. Apply the balm after your daily skincare routine and before your make-up for best results.
Fairer-skinned ladies and the sun-cautious – this is one for you. This sunscreen provides extreme protection on those blazing hot days. Also, despite its high sun protection factor, it has an extremely light formula and is water-resistant – perfect for kids.
Another fantastic skin oil and perennial beauty necessity, Bio-Oil not only reduces the appearance of scars, stretch marks and other nasties, it’s fantastic as a daily body and facial moisturiser. Oh, and did you know it can also be used as a make-up primer or a hair serum? We’re sold. Pick one up from Watsons or Guardian.
If your feet are looking a bit worse for wear due to all those different types of sandals you keep breaking in, just apply this foot cream overnight to the feet – a true cure for dry, cracked heels and to soothe blisters. Shop the brand in Sephora.
For a body lotion without the sticky feeling, try La Source. Infused with seaweed and algae extracts, it has a refreshing and uplifting “sea-air” fragrance that is just heavenly. You can see what our Tried & Tested panel had to say about the La Source range here.
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