How has your skincare journey been so far? For some, it’s taking a fuss-free, straightforward route that comprises the basic steps of cleansing, toning and moisturising. For others, it’s undergoing a roller coaster ride of experimenting with different formulas and ingredients until they’ve found something that meets their lifestyle and needs.
Regardless of which stage you are in your skincare journey, here are 12 skincare finds that you should have on your beauty radar, as recommended by our panel of beauty experts and insiders at Clozette Beauty Awards 2021.
But first: cleanse. Cleansing is the first essential step of every person’s beauty routine, hence it’s important to find a product that effectively removes all the dirt and impurities without stripping your skin off the oils that keep it balanced and healthy. Check out the Drunk Elephant Slaai™ Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser, ~USD37.21 an oil-to-milk balm that helps to cleanse away the day’s makeup and SPF without drying your skin out.
For those who are fond of facial scrubs that help to gently exfoliate the skin, try the Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Facial Wash, ~USD17.86, which contains sugar crystals and natural strawberry extracts to polish and moisturise the skin.
Our panel of experts have also sung praises for the Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm, ~USD36.46, which features papaya enzymes to smooth and soothe the skin, along with blueberry extract and other skin-loving ingredients to leave the skin feeling clean, bouncy and glowing.
Super Soothing Moisturisers
It may be tempting to skip the moisturiser especially if you’re residing in a hot and humid climate. However, investing in a moisturiser that works for you helps to ensure that your skin remains happy, youthful-looking and hydrated. Sensitive skin sisters, consider the Belif Stress Shooter Cica Bomb Cream, ~USD48.37 as this cooling and soothing cream is enriched with cica (short for centella asiatica extract) to repair compromised skin.
Our Clozette Beauty Awards 2021 panellists recommend Dr. Jart+’s Cicapair Calming Gel Cream, ~USD43.90 for sensitive skin too as it boasts a super lightweight gel-cream texture and cica-infused formula to help calm the skin. Another hydrating hero that beauty insiders love is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, ~USD16.37 which is infused with prebiotics and hyaluronic acid to provide the skin with long-lasting moisture throughout the day.
Sustainable Skin Saviours
Kind to the environment, kinder on your skin: These beauty brands have earned their rightful spot on the vanity of skincare enthusiasts for their effective and Earth-caring formulations. The Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Facial Oil, ~USD78.88 contains sugarcane-derived squalane to lock in moisture as well as calming rose-petal extract to soothe the skin. Plus, it’s vegan-friendly and cruelty-free too.
Hoping to give Glow Recipe’s fruit-powered skincare a go? The Glow Recipe Fruit Babies Bestsellers Skincare Kit, ~USD36.46 features a selection of the brand’s most popular skincare products in smaller sizes, including the cult-favourite Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask. The brand’s products are cruelty-free and made with eco-conscious ingredients as well.
Another sustainable and skin-smoothing pick that beauty insiders love is the Herbivore Botanicals Prism Serum, ~USD58.79, which features a powerful blend of naturally botanically derives AHAs and willow bark BHA to leave skin feeling exfoliated and glowing.
The It Ingredients
Curious to know what the must-know, must-try, must-have ingredients to have in your beauty products are? Well, our beauty editors have declared PHA, probiotics and Vitamin C as the ones to watch and discover this year. PHA, short for polyhydroxy acid, is a gentle chemical exfoliant for sensitive skin and it’s one of the key ingredients featured in the INKEY LIST PHA Gentle Exfoliating Toner, USD9.99. This skin refiner also contains niacinamide to reduce excess oil and improve uneven skin tone.
Next on the list is probiotics skincare, which contains strengthening and anti-ageing properties. The Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Probiotics Treatment Mist, USD59 features a blend of skin-repairing probiotics, niacinamide and antioxidants to leave the complexion glowing and dewy.
Last but not least is vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that’s been proven to protect the skin from photo-ageing and promote collagen production. Find this in the Sunday Riley CEO Glow Vitamin C+ Turmeric Facial Oil, ~USD45.39 along with ingredients such as red raspberry and evening primrose seed oils to give your skin the ultimate radiance and glow-up it needs.
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