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We’ve all been there: finally splashing out on a widely-raved about face cream or serum, only to find the results dissatisfying. But before you dismiss the reviews or the product altogether, sometimes it’s important to consider if you’ve in fact bought something totally unsuitable for you. Since everyone’s skin is different, there’s no reason why a certain product works equally well for everyone. Sure, if you have acne-prone skin, chances are you will not be slathering on a cream that’s formulated for extremely dry skin and hoping for the best because using an unsuitable cream will only worsen your skin condition. However, things can get a little more complicated than that, so in order to shop effectively, it’s important to understand the ingredients that you’re putting onto your skin.


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For example, if you have oily skin, it is advisable to avoid rich creams. Instead, try oil-free formulas that are non-comedogenic, which means they do not clog pores while providing skin with non-stop hydration. You can also look out for products that contain ingredients that help regulate sebum production to keep your complexion shine-free. On the other hand, if you have dehydrated skin, pick products that contain hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid to replenish and restore skin’s moisture levels so it regain its plumpness again. As for those facing a loss of elasticity, opt for products that contain fatty acids. not only do they help soothe and strengthen skin’s barrier function, some fatty acids like Omega 6 help support collagen synthesis and limit its breakdown. Below, some moisturisers that might work for you.


For normal skin: Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Imperial Oil, $477 for 30ml

Fortified with an impressive 20 botanical oils sourced from five different continents, this intensive oil amplifies the effects of precious orchid extracts that are signature to the Orchidée Impériale range. Thanks to the high fatty acids content, this oil is quickly absorbed into skin to replenish it with essential nutrients, accelerate collagen synthesis, soothe inflammation as well as reinforce its barrier function for firmer, more resilient skin.


For oily skin: RE:ERTH Hydrating Gel Moisturiser, $85 for 50ml

If you have shine-prone skin and have been wary about moisturisers for fear that they might clog up your skin, try this mild yet efficacious one from RE:ERTH. Featuring Danish Dairy Extract and turmeric extract, it intensely moisturises skin without clogging up pores while infusing skin with a dose of antixoidants. Glycoproteins also help enhance skin health by working with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to maintain skin’s smoothness and plumpness.


For dry skin: AMAN Skincare Nourishing Silk Cocoon Face Cream, about $255 for 46g

Anyone who has stayed at one of AMAN’s resorts or tried one of its spa treatments will revel in the amazingly restorative experience for a long time. Now you can even take home that slice of happiness, thanks to the launch of its very own skincare range. Focused on rituals that serve more than a cosmetic purpose, these products are designed to have a holistic effect on the body, mind and soul. Try the Nourishing Silk Cocoon Face Cream if your skin is prone to dryness. Made with silk amino acids, organic beeswax and wild-harvested argan oil, this sumptuous cream helps soothe irritation and speed up cellular repair. Lavishly scented with jasmine and rose, your senses are transported to a state of calm and relaxation while your skin is instantly smoothed and plumped, making this perfect as a night cream.


For dehydrated skin: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, $96 for 48g

With three molecular sizes of hyaluronic acid, this lightweight moisturiser penetrates all layers of skin to deliver moisture, ensuring that the complexion remains soft, smooth and supple. Ceramides also help strengthen skin’s barrier function so that it retains moisture more effectively, while elderberry provides skin with an antioxidant boost to keep premature ageing at bay.


For uneven skin: Maria Galland Lift’Expert Cream, $304.95 for 50ml

Beyond improving moisture levels of the skin and strengthening its natural moisture barrier, this anti-ageing face cream also helps reduce skin discolouration for an even-toned complexion. Swiss stone pine and ice wine extracts found in it help to instantly calm inflammation, reduce redness and inhibit melanin proliferation to keep spots and pigmentation in check.