Photo: Kenneth Wong

Moisturisers are vital in a brightening regimen. That’s because skincare that removes dead cells on a daily basis is potentially drying and could cause skin irritation. So the ones we’re highlighting here provide a lot of hydration to calm skin (so thatit won’t produce hyperpigmentation) and keep it looking fresher

1. SK-II Atmosphere Airy Light UV Emulsion SPF30/PA+++ ($99)

Taking on the enemies you can’t see, this tackles infrared light – which makes up half of UV rays and can cause skin to sag. As for what you can see and feel, the emulsion has a low-oil formula that prevents skin greasiness, even 12 hours after use. 


2. Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream ($77) 

If you pop vitamins for your well-being, you can try something similar in your skincare routine. This cream boasts a blend of vitamins C, E, and B5, citrus fruit extracts and minerals that are said to alleviate skin dullness, and provide 24-hour hydration to make your complexion glow (or try this simple four-step guide). Citrus fruit extract aims to enhance the skin’s microcirculation, strengthen its collagen structure and protect against free radical damage.




3. Astalift White Cream ($84)

Here’s a lightweight cream that makes multitasking easy. Besides the brand’s signature actives – nano AMA and nano astaxanthin, which have antioxidant effects and are said to penetrate skin’s deeper layers to prevent hyperpigmentation (it’s an Asian-skin thing) and age spots – it also boasts arbutin and vitamin C to further stall melanin formation. Three types of collagen are believed to help improve skin elasticity, while apricot extract promotes cell renewal and hyaluronic acid production for brighter, fi rmer, more plumped-up skin. 


4. Laneige White Dew Tone-up Cream ($56)

It’s light in texture, can cosmetically tone down a yellowish complexion, and also soothes redness – all the essentials for your bare-skin days. 


5. Orbis =U White Day Moisture ($52) 

Free of oil, fragrances and alcohol, this also has skin-brightening arbutin and moisturising safflower extract to help prevent melanin from accumulating so your skin looks clearer and more luminous.




This story was originally published in the August 2017 issue of Her World magazine.