It may be summer all here round in sunny Singapore, so here are some refreshing products that are perfect for the weather. Light and loaded with skin-soothing extracts like centella asiatica and green tea, they’ll keep skin looking fresh all day long.
IRÉN Skin Keep The Peace Hydra-Soothe Essence Lotion
There’s just something magical about the ingredient peach-moon water, also known as gettou 月桃 in Japanese. This native Okinawan plant is the key ingredient in this light-as-water essence, and after trying this product, it’ll have you wondering why there aren't more products out there with this unique ingredient. A blend of niacinamide and centella helps replenish moisture and soothes skin at the same time — suitable for even the most sensitive skin types out there.
Two Halves Better Balance Soothing Hydrating Essence
The Two Halves Better Balance Soothing Hydrating Essence is a new discovery and has been my go-to whenever my skin is freaking out. As a multi-tasking product, its hydrating properties are simply to-die-for. But there is proven science behind its magic: the essence contains prickly pear extract, known for being intensely hydrating and refreshing. This product pairs perfectly with the Water Networking Cream from the same line. Your skin will be visibly plumper, and most important of all, dewy!
Mian Skin Retinal Neon Serum
You’ve probably heard of retinol, the anti-ageing powerhouse that smooths fine lines and reduces wrinkles. Now retinal steals the spotlight, which is retinol’s gentler but more effective cousin. I was introduced to the magic of retinal through the Retinal Neon Serum, a local skincare brand. The serum is a real banger when it comes to plumping up skin and reversing damage. Of course, it takes about a month for you to start seeing its effects, but trust me, this is one serum I’ll keep on coming back to.
Sioris Falling Into The Rose Mist
If you’re like me and working in air-conditioned spaces all day long, you may find your skin dehydrated towards the end of the day. Hydration is key, but a little midday pick-me-up in the form of this easy-to-spray mist doesn’t hurt. It comprises 47.5% green tea extract, which helps control sebum while also soothing skin. This bottle(?) dispenses soft, fine mist that leaves your skin dewy and well-moisturised.
Dr. Ceuracle Vegan Kombucha Essence
Another biphasic product, the Dr. Ceuracle Vegan Kombucha Essence is perfect for a lazy girl who still wants to look like she cares. Rich in probiotics and Vitamin B, the kombucha extract helps to strengthen the skin barrier, while buffing against the damaging effects of oxidation. It functions as a toner, essence, and moisturiser all-in-one, but I’d still go in with a light moisturiser to really seal the deal.
Banana Boat Simply Protect Aqua Daily Moisture Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ PA++++
Let’s be real: your image of Banana Boat products are probably those tacky, plasticky tubes your mom packs for a family beach holiday. The thick cream isn’t exactly what I’d like to slather on my face, but luckily, the brand has come up with a light version suitable for daily wear. No, this product isn’t quite the same as the thick creams in those bright orange tubes — it’s much more light and moisturising, relieving skin dryness while offering UV protection for the day ahead. Pro-tip: if you have to use just one skincare item, let it be sunscreen.