There are so many different types of skincare products out there that cater to various skin concerns. Some of us have simplified skincare routines while others might layer on 10 to 12 products each night. Oily skin warrants balancing lotions or toners, dehydrated skin needs richer moisturisers, and then you have your dark spot treatments, acne treatments, and the optional anti-ageing products that sum up the routine. If a product lets us save time at night on our skincare routine while still taking care of all our skin concerns, then it’s got our attention!

The Atorrege AD+ range targeting acne has introduced a new C5 EX Brightening Essence, which apparently has 10 benefits in just one little bottle. The key component of it just happens to be every brightening beauty junkie’s best friend, vitamin C! We know that vitamin C is tough to stabilise at high concentrations, but extremely helpful for brightening and helping to reduce dark spots.

Atorrege has managed to bottle a formula of 5 percent vitamin C while keeping the formula very stable and effective even at high temperatures (up to 45 degrees celsius), which makes it great for storing even in Singapore’s hot weather. Fun fact: the vitamin C in this essence is derived from corn! The formula also has a pH level that’s very close to that of our skin, helping to avoid irritation and making it suitable for all skin types.

The other benefits of this magic concoction? Numerous leaf and seed extracts (like soy, barley and chamomile) that help with ageing skin, loss of elasticity, uneven skin tone, wrinkles and fine lines, dark eye circles, blackheads or whiteheads, acne and oily skin, large pores, dehydrated skin, and irritated skin.

All you have to do is rub a few drops between your palms and pat it gently into your cleansed skin, morning and night. It’s a great solution for problem skin, especially if you’re looking to simplify your skincare routine!

The Atorrege AD+ C5 EX Brightening Essence retails for $99 from selected Guardian and Watsons stores and online at