Just as other regions are starting to welcome the warmer days, we’re already well into the summer season in Singapore. But our year-round tropical climate also comes with pesky skin issues such as breakouts, excess sebum production and makeup meltdowns. Fret not, we’ve got you covered with these skincare must-haves to keep you looking fresh no matter how many hours you spend in the blazing sun.
FANCL MCO Mild Cleansing Oil, $30
While slathering oil all over your face in the blistering heat might sound unpleasant, an oil cleanser actually makes it easier to remove gunk and doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Opt for the FANCL MCO Mild Cleansing Oil, which does an amazing job of lifting all traces of grime and makeup – even the most stubborn of waterproof and long-wearing formulas – while leaving your skin dewy and hydrated.
Available at all FANCL stores.
Bioderma Sebium Mat Control, $36.90
Keep shine at bay with the Bioderma Sebium Mat Control. Formulated with mattifying micro powders, zinc gluconate and vitamin B6, this daily moisturiser helps to control sebum without drying out your skin. Plus, it can even be used as a makeup base so you’ll look flawless all day.
Available at major Guardian and Watsons stores, and selected retailers.
THREE Treatment Lotion, $98
A new anti-pollution skincare line by Japanese brand THREE, this holistic range is infused with a natural blend of organic essential oils and botanical ingredients to restore skin to its natural glow. We’re loving the THREE Treatment Lotion, which not only tones and smoothens out your skin but also protects it against damage caused by harmful UV rays.
Available at all THREE stores and boutiques.
CANVAS Cucumber Sooth Calming Mist, $56.40
For an instant pick-me-up, reach for the CANVAS Cucumber Sooth Calming Mist. Enriched with ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, keep this alcohol-free mist handy to freshen you up in a jiffy. But aside from the refreshing factor, it also helps to soothe parched skin and ease sunburns while sealing in moisture. Spritz this baby all over your face, neck and body for a quick dose of hydration (and protection)!
Available online at www.canvasbeauty.com.sg
NIVEA Men Liquid Foam, $10.90
Sweating bullets the minute you step out into the sun? For the men, look no further than the NIVEA Men Liquid Foam. Available in two variants, the NIVEA Men Oil Clear Liquid Foam penetrates deep within pores to curb shine and oiliness, while the NIVEA Men Acne Care Liquid Foam helps to prevent breakouts for those with acne-prone skin. And with 8-hours of oil control, you go about your day without worrying about looking greasy!
Available at Guardian, Watsons, Cold Storage, NTUC and Fairprice outlets and other major retail stores.
Clinique For Men Oil Control Mattifying Moisturizer, $52
The Clinique For Men Oil Control Mattifying Moisturizer does exactly what it says on the tube. Does it banish oil? Definitely. Is it hydrating? Good enough. What about its mattifying properties? Not too bad. But what we really like about this is its lightweight formula, which makes it incredibly comfortable to wear in our relentless weather.
Available at all Sephora stores and online at www.sephora.sg
Biore Refresh Bright Anti-Pollution Body Care Serum, $12.90
We’ve recommended a ton of sunscreens from the most affordable to the cream of the crop, but our go-to sun-blocking product recently has been the Biore Refresh Bright Anti-Pollution Body Care Serum. The newest addition to Biore’s anti-pollution range, this multitasking powerhouse has a maximum SPF of 50+ PA+++ to guard you against UVA and UVB rays. It also contains a hefty dose of cucumber extract, hydro boost jelly and menthol so it’ll feel super calming and cooling on your skin – ain’t that the best sensation ever when it’s dreadfully hot outside?
Available from April 2018 onwards at selected Watsons, Guardian and NTUC outlets.