With global warming, this summer seems to be one of the hottest in history. In January, Australia recorded its hottest summer and more recently, temperatures soared past the 50 degree C mark in India earlier this month. While the situation isn’t as extreme here in Singapore, the heat has been pretty unrelenting despite the scattered thunderstorms in recent weeks.
If you find dark spots appearing on your face, or you feel that your skin looks a bit duller or that it feels inflamed despite piling on the sunscreen and using your regular skincare routine, you may not be imagining things. Turns out, heat stimulates melanin production, which leads to hyperpigmentation, according to skincare research done by Korean beauty brand Laneige. Plus, if your skin is sensitive, you may even get rashes or skin inflammation that cause itchiness.
To avoid any of the above, it’s essential to bring the temperature down by cooling your skin. One way to do this is to keep a facial mist handy. These nifty skincare products help bring down temperature immediately while refreshing your senses. And while they act as a quick fix to the problem, for longer-lasting results you would need to opt for skincare products that pack a heavier punch in the cooling and hydration department. Here are six cooling skincare products to try.
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1. Laneige White Dew Sherbet Cream, $70
This moisturising cream lowers skin surface temperature by 3.7 degrees C upon application to soothe skin. It has a plant extract that targets melanocytes (a mature pigment cell) to diminish dark spots and even out skin tone.
2. Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, $22 for four pairs of gel patches
These under-eye gel patches have an intense cooling effect to help rejuvenate and soothe tired skin. It is also formulated with glacial water from Iceland, which is said to help firm, brighten and depuff eyes.
3. Caolion Premium Pore Original Pack, $30
This pore-purifying mask has menthol, which imparts a cooling sensation on skin. While menthol does not actually lower the temperature of skin, it does trigger nerves that detect cold temperatures. This will then lead to a cooling effect that helps soothe skin and reduce skin inflammation nonetheless.
4. Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Masque, $89 for 60ml
This lightweight gel mask has botanical extracts and a calming dipeptide to cool down skin that feels itchy or reactive due to sun exposure, laser procedures and even hot showers, to help reduce skin redness and discomfort.
5. Leaders Step Solution Cool Tech 2step Moisture Mask, $8.50
This Korean face mask doesn’t need to be refrigerated to impart a cooling sensation on skin—you just have to break the pack at the rear of the pouch into the main pack and lightly shake it for 30 seconds to cool it down. When it is cool to touch, you can apply the sheet mask to soothe and cool irritated skin instantly.
6. Bio-essence Bio-Water Moist-In Water Gel, $20.90
This anti-pollution moisturiser has nano-sized hyaluronic acid to intensely hydrate skin, and a proprietary ingredient called Bio Water to help cool down skin temperature to leave it feeling refreshed and calmed.
Text: Kayce Teo