Who doesn't want a do-it-all face product — one that can target wrinkles, dark spots, blemishes, dark undereye circles and more? But while multipurpose creams help keep skin in optimum condition by hydrating and dosing it with antioxidants, sometimes you need a more focused product to eliminate your immediate skin concern. Here are nine to try, for skin troubles such as breakouts, fine lines and pigmentation:
111Skin 3 Phase Anti Blemish Booster, $170
Whether you feel a bump burgeoning or have already popped your zit, this anti-blemish serum helps eliminate breakouts at all stages. Thanks to its blend of colloidal sulphur, salicylic acid and colloidal silver, it kills acne-causing bacteria, exfoliates skin and eliminates comedones, while speeding up skin healing respectively. Plus, its gentle formula doesn’t sting as well. All you have to do is apply on cleansed skin under your regular moisturiser and watch blemishes disappear!
SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense, $178
Specially formulated to combat adult acne, this oil-free serum combines dioic acid, AHAs and BHA, and fights acne with its gentle resurfacing action. Once absorbed, it gradually penetrates clogged pores, dissolving comedones and killing bacteria while refining skin texture. Within days, it shrinks the angriest of zits and brightens dull skin.
Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment, $52
For emergency breakouts, look no further than this power-packed treatment. Mineral sulphur instantly destroys bacteria that causes acne while niacinamide helps to calm the skin and reduce post-acne scarring.
SK-II Genoptics Spot Pen, $190
To combat stubborn pigmentation without lasers and peels, this targeted treatment is formulated with concentrated amounts of brightening and skin-conditioning ingredients for an effective and gentle anti-dark spot action. At the heart of this product is niacinamide (vitamin B3), which restricts the transfer of melanin from melanocytes to the skin surface. And at the same time, it strengthen the skin’s barrier and soothes irritation. Plus, it features a revolutionary magnetic applicator tip which pushes active ingredients into skin layers more effectively than just applying with fingers. Trust us when we say you can expect great things from this tiny pen.
Medicube Red Erasing Spot Serum Intensive Spot Care, $39
Suitable for all skin types, even dry and sensitive ones, this spot serum is packed with anti-spot ingredients while also infusing skin with hydration and calming actives. Glutathione, a naturally-occurring antioxidant found in our skin, is the key ingredient. When topically applied, not only does it neutralise free radicals, it also deactivates tyrosinase (the melanin-producing enzyme) and reduces the intensity of existing spots. When paired with niacinamide, this powerful duo ensures that skin tone is evened out and cellular inflammation is kept at bay without compromising on the skin’s barrier functions.
Lancome Blanc Expert Melanolyser [AI] Intense Whitening Spot Eraser, $165
Formulated to target spots of all causes, including sun damage, age spots and even hormonal fluctuations, this spot treatment is an all-in-one solution for dull and uneven skin tone. Using synthetic vitamin C and ellagic acid, it reduces the number of existing spots, lightens the appearance of pigmentation and also reduces the size of pigmentation.
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Concentrate, $69 for a set of six
Packed with high concentrations of hyaluronic acid of varying molecular sizes, this wrinkle-filling concentrate is able to penetrate different skin layers for an inside-out plumping action. Moreoever, it contains Glycine Saponin, which supports the skin’s innate ability to produce hyaluronic acid for improved skin suppleness over time.
Eau Thermale Avene Eluage Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate
If you have sensitive skin and are wary of concentrated treatments, look no further. Firstly, Avène Thermal Spring Water soothes irritation-prone skin so flare-ups are controlled. And thanks to its formula of retinaldehye (a gentle retinol derivative) and Hyaluronic Acid Fragments, this lightweight wrinkle treatment instantly plumps fine lines and wrinkles and supports the production of collagen over time. Apply directly onto wrinkles on your forehead, around your mouth and crow’s feet and watch as they decrease in length and depth gradually.
Decorte iP.Shot Advanced, $140
Effective even against deep wrinkles, this advanced formula firms and smooths the skin for a younger-looking mien. With high concentration of niacinamide, it strengthens skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss, thereby improving skin’s resilience and elasticity. What’s more, it also has a nourishing texture to replenish skin with moisture for a plump and dewy finish.