We all love living in Singapore, but the convenience of being in the city also comes with skin issues. Chief among them is damage from environmental pollution, compounded by the stress of our “work hard, play hard” lifestyles.

As CLEO’s Senior Art Director, I can definitely attest to the stress part. When I heard about Porcelain’s Pure – Botanical Soothing Gel, a moisturiser that claims to undo the damage my skin has suffered all these years, I needed to find out more.

The product

The moisturiser, which was the CLEO Clear Skin Awards 2019 winner of Best Reparative Moisturiser for City Skin, has been re-formulated to deliver 120 percent more soothing and moisturising power, making it ideal for fatigued and dehydrated skin.

It’s also designed to heal, soothe, brighten, moisturise and fight free radicals; and is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory to boot, thanks to a powerful cocktail of nourishing botanicals like lemon verbena, aloe vera, Yoshino cherry, rosemary leaf, and sage oil. Talk about a multi-tasker!

Porcelain Pure – Botanical Soothing Gel, $69.50 for 30ml

Tried and tested

I have combination skin with an oily T-zone, so I’m always on the lookout for a lightweight and fast-absorbing moisturiser that won’t make my face look like an oil slick. Which is why I like the Pure – Botanical Soothing Gel’s lotion-like texture that sinks right into my skin and leaves no tackiness behind. Applying it was a treat too, thanks to its fresh, soothing scent that makes me feel less stressed as I’m massaging the product in. It’s like having a facial right at home.

Right after the first application, I could see that my skin was visibly moisturised. I often get red patches that come and go (for which I still don’t know the cause), but when I was using this product, I didn’t see any on my face. Colour me impressed!

If you have combination skin, you’ll like this product as it provides skin with essential hydration without it feeling heavy on the oilier parts of the face. In fact, four weeks after using it, I noticed that my T-zone was less oily—no more looking like I can fry an egg on my forehead!

Even better, my skin seems to be able to retain more moisture. Before I started using the product, my skin would feel tight after cleansing (which is a sign of dryness and/or dehydration), and even after using a moisturiser, my skin would feel tight and dry towards the end of the day. But when I was using this product, I was surprised because my skin felt supple and moist throughout the day.

I also love that it comes in a 30ml cabin-approved pump bottle, which makes it super easy to grab and go and also bring along on my vacays. Plus, the pump format means I won’t have to keep dipping into a jar with my grubby fingers, ensuring the formula says hygienic!

 The CLEO verdict

Finding the right moisturiser that checks all the boxes has always been a trial and error process for me, but Porcelain knocked it out of the park with this one. I’m totally adding it to my Holy Grail skincare shortlist!

PS: Check out these complementary Porcelain products to keep your skin in tip-top shape!

Enter the code CLEOCLEARSKIN when you check out at ShopPorcelain.com and get free local shipping with every order of 2 bottles of Pure – Botanical Soothing Gel. Valid till March 31, 2019. 

Text: Tan Lin Kuan

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