From The Straits Times    |

So, you’ve tried everything but still see a lacklustre complexion staring back at you whenever you look into the mirror?

Fret not, we’ve come to your rescue. And because we know how busy we all are, going through 365 skincare steps a day (okay, we’re exaggerating) isn’t practical.

We’ve handpicked four to breathe new life into your skin. Yup, just four. You can thank us later.

Step 1: Treat your skin to a deep cleansing mask

Photo: su:m37

We already know that cleansing and exfoliating are crucial in keeping our skin clean but if you still find that your skin looks dull, you’ll need to take your skincare a step further.

By that, we mean incorporating a deep cleansing mask into your beauty routine. Made with Damyang Bamboo Charcoal, Black Quinoa and Black Tea, su:m37’s new Bright Award Bubble-De Mask, $67 for 100ml, sinks deep into the skin to spring clean your pores and chase away dirt and grime.

The added Fermented Pearl Protein and Cytosis (the popular K-beauty brand’s key ingredient in all of its products) leave your skin with a lit-from-within glow that can be commonly found in many Korean stars.  



Step 2: Pick a multi-action serum

Photo: Skin Inc

Gone are the days of single function serums. As much as we want to indulge in pampering our skin with multiple beauty products, sometimes we just can’t afford the time to do so.  

And Skin Inc understands that. Which is why they’ve just launched its new serum named My Daily Dose of Glow, $98 for 20ml. Containing a cocktail of vitamin A, Chlorella Extract and Hyaluronic Acid, this lightweight serum promises to deliver anti-ageing, brightening and hydrating effects to the skin with every application.

In short, this serum can be used to replace your moisturising, line reducing and brightening serums. That’s about an extra 15 minutes for you to snooze in the AM. It’s a win-win all round!


Step 3: Choose a vitamin-packed moisturiser

Photo: Fresh

We’ve mentioned this before and we’ll say it again: Besides being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is also one of our skin’s best brightening friend. How? It helps to improve uneven skin tone and lighten dark spots.

The Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream, $77 for 50ml, is loaded with vitamin C which acts like the F5 refresh button for tired-looking skin. There’s also Glucosyl Hesperidin, commonly found in citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, and it basically shows any signs of facial exhaustion the door.

So, if you’ve got friends and colleagues who keep telling you how tired you always look (erm, where are their manners by the way?), reach for this moisturiser now!




Step 4: Don’t forget about your eyes

Photo: La Mer

You’ve probably heard of the adage — “the eyes are the windows to the soul”. So naturally, we’ll want to show our peepers some TLC.

La Mer’s new Genaissance de La Mer The Eye and Expression Cream, $600 for 15ml, is a luxurious and pampering treat for the delicate skin around your eyes. Not only does it target puffiness, it also addresses signs of tiredness while awakening the skin to give it a more youthful look. How? With the help of La Mer’s iconic Miracle Broth of course.  

The accompanying cooling tool, which can be used to massage the cream on your skin, transforms the entire application process into a spa-like experience. The cream also doubles up as an expression lines corrector, targeting fine lines around the mouth area.