Clear, glowing skin boosts our confidence and allows makeup to be layered on smoothly – and we’re sharing our favourites for every skin type so you can easily zoom in on your perfect range of beauty lifesavers. From makeup and skincare to revitalising treatments and skin-loving supplements, we’ve got them all covered.
You no longer have to fret about falling victim to your hormones – just have a good skincare routine with the right products and you’re all set to face the world. Flip these pages to find out the beauty must-haves for this year!
Text: Adora Wong
Art Direction: Sheryl Seah
A good balance of moisture, small pores and an even tone is a sign of normal skin. While it’s a blessing, it still needs maintenance to keep it that way for as long as possible. Cumulative sun damage and other environmental factors can take its toll, so it’s important to cleanse, tone and hydrate regularly to keep skin problems at bay.
Best Dark Spot Treatment: LANEIGE White Plus Renew Original Essence_Ex, $88
Best Oil Cleanser: Senka Perfect Watery Oil, $18.20 and Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Oil To Foam, $30.90 (tie)
Best Micellar Water: Za Makeup Cleansing Water, $16.90
Best Pore-refining Mask: ORBIS Deep Clay Spa, $28
Best Fluid Foundation: YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint, $98
Best Scrub: Estelle & Thild BioCleanse Radiance Micro Polish, $47
Best Moisturiser: Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Lotion, $35
Best BB Cream: Clarins BB Beauty Perfector SPF30/PA+++, $74
Best Dewy Skin Moisture Mask: Crème Simon Restorative Sleeping Mask, $68 and Vichy Ideal White Meta Whitening Sleeping Mask, $59 (tie)
Small, fine flakes and parched patches are a pain to deal with. Dry skin occurs when the body doesn’t retain sufficient moisture, so it’s essential to drink lots of water and consistently hydrate the skin. Apply products immediately after showering to seal hydration, and use moisture-locking makeup for a radiant complexion.
Best Thirsty-no-more Moisture Mask: Crystal Moist HYDRA ION+ Moisturising Facial Mask (7pcs), $19.90
Most Skin-brightening Moisturiser: POND’S Flawless White Dewy Rose Gel Whitening Soft Gel, $24.90 and 3. Bottega Verde Olive Face Cream
Best CC Cream: Crystal Moist Bright Ion+ Brightening CC Cream SPF36 PA+++, $15.90 and 5. THEFACESHOP CC Cushion Ultra Moist SPF50+ PA+++, $29.90
Best Oil Cleanser: FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil, $30
Best BB Cream: Dr.Ci:Labo BB Perfect Cream, $62
Most Hydrating Moisturiser: Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Moisturizer, $49.90 and Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cream, $35.90 (tie)
Best Cleanser: NIVEA Hydration Make Up Clear 3 in 1 Foam Cleanser $8.90 and FANCL Washing Powder, $26 (tie)
Best Facial Mist: LANEIGE Water Bank Creamist, $27
Best Fluid Foundation: Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, $87
A result of overactive oil glands, oily skin is prone to breakouts and excess shine. The upside, though, is that you develop fewer wrinkles than those with normal or dry skin. Dermatologists agree that the most effective way to manage this skin type is by cleansing twice daily, so rinse thoroughly, blot regularly and undergo a weekly treatment to keep skin clean and clear.
Best Oil-banishing Mask: Basic Theory The Basic Facial Polish: Clarifying, $39.80
Best Blemish Prevention Treatment: Proactiv+ 3-Step Acne System, $79.90 per kit
Best Purifying Mask: The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, $32.90
Best Melt-away Blackhead Treatment: Derma-Rx Comedone Formula, $96
Best Cleanser: Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Pure Castile Liquid Soap, $18.90
Most Mattifying Compact Foundation: LANEIGE BB Cushion_Pore Control, $59 and THEFACESHOP Oil Control Water Cushion SPF 50+/PA+++ , $32 (tie)
Best Makeup Remover: Browhaus Erase Make-Up Remover, $18.90 and KOSÉ SEKKISEI Treatment Cleansing Oil, $44 (tie)
Best Moisturiser: CNP Laboratory A-Clean Anti-Blemish Calming Cream, $68
Best Stay-all-day Concealer: Revlon ColorStay Concealer, $20
If you find your skin is easily irritated and frequently reddens or itches, it needs some TLC in the form of gentle formulations that soothe and protect. Applying too many products at once can also agitate the skin, so be sure to stick to no more than three at a go. Flare-ups are bound to happen, but with these sensitive skin rescuers, you’ll be well on your way to recovery.
Most Soothing Mask: Biotherm Life Plankton Mask, $72
Gentlest Peel: Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, $99
Best CC Cream: Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler CC Cream, $63.90
Best Micellar Water: Bioré Oil-Control Micellar Cleansing Water, $18.90
Best Moisturiser: Curél Moisture Gel-Lotion, $24.80
Best Calming Cleanser: Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel, $33.90
Best BB Cream: SILKYGIRL Magic BB All-in-One Powder Foundation, $14.90
Best Anti-inflammatory Treatment: Physiogel Calming Relief A.I. Body Lotion, $30.90
Prone to breakouts? While exfoliation may seem like the best solution, overdoing it may cause more problems. Use a cleanser specially formulated for this skin type to help banish spots, and avoid super-drying products as they may trigger extra oil production. To keep your game face on, carry a spot corrector around and indulge in a gentle treatment or two.
Best Cover-and-calm BB Cream: Cover FX BB Gel Mattifying Anti-Blemish Treatment, $62
Best Cleanser: INNI Purifying Gel Cleanser, $40.66
Best Moisturiser: Rexults Moisture Lock, $138
Best Micellar Water: Uriage Thermal Micellar Water (Combination To Oily Skin), $26.90
Best Compact Foundation: FANCL Oil Control Powder, $42
Best Purifying Mask: DHC Mineral Mask, $44.90
Best Watch-your-back Body Acne Treatment: Proactiv+ Deep Cleansing Wash, $45.90
Best Bye-bye-imperfections Concealer: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer, $37
Best Emergency Spot Treatment: Benzac Spots Treatment 5% Gel, $17.50
Best Cleansing Wipes: THEFACESHOP Chia Seed Fresh Cleansing Wipes, $16.90
Beauty comes from within – especially in the form of powerful supplements that balance your skin from the inside out. And no matter how many products you layer on, your skin can always do with some special pampering. What’s a little splurge compared to the luxury of having an enviable complexion for weeks?
Best Deep-cleansing Facial Treatment: SK-II Aqua Pure Facial, $260 for 90 minutes; IDS Hydro Therapeutics Treatment, $198 for 60 minutes, and DRx Medispa Essential Facial Plus, $268 for 90 minutes (tie)
Best Skin-brightening Supplement: IDS Lyco-White Oral Skin Supplement, $168, and ASTALIFT White Shield Drink, $60 (tie)
Best Facial for Radiance: Chanel Le Blanc Absolute Whitening & Radiance Treatment, $180 for 75 minutes, and Browhaus & Spa Esprit Star White Star Bright Facial, $267.50 for 75 minutes (tie)
Best Supplement for Healthy Skin: FANCL Tense Up Collagen Drink, $58, and TruLife Collagen Manuka Max, $58.80 (tie)
Best Facial for Acne: INNI Dynamic Facial $188 for 60 minutes, and Mary Chia GO60 Sonicare Facial, $90 for 60 minutes (tie)
Best Supplement for Detox: Borsch Med Bind&Block Fat, $15.80/$49
Best Skin Peel: Rexults Luminous, $139.10 for 30 minutes