Let’s be honest here, ladies: if there’s one thing you should invest in, it’s your face.
Considering how you’re stuck with it for life, we’d say it is a pretty worthwhile investment. And while that could apply to both beauty and skincare products, we’ll say the latter is probably a better choice if you’re looking to invest long-term. After all, makeup trends come and go, but great skin is eternal, right?
Still, there’s no denying that certain skincare products can be pretty pricey. We’re looking at your SGD500 creams, serums, and such— all of which would be justifiable if they are as effective as they claim to be. More often than not, though, they tend to fall flat, leaving you hundreds of dollars poorer and that much more disappointed. Ouch.
If that has happened to you one too many times, don’t worry — Daily Vanity has your back. Here is a list of 11 best skincare investments that are guaranteed to leave you richer (beauty-wise) in the long-run. Let’s get started!
1. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
We’ve certainly talked about how impressed we were with the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic in our past reviews, but as it turns out, we aren’t the only one. Widely recognised as one of the best skincare investments of all time, the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic works to banish fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
Not only does it live up to its claim, but long-time users have also love how it enhances your skin’s protection against environmental damage that is often caused by free radicals. This is essential as you get older considering how your skin’s barrier is often compromised by sun damage, dehydration, and more.
Check out the pages and pages worth of glowing reviews here. It has a five star rating (despite there over a 1,000 reviews already!) which tells you as much as you need to know about this bad boy, really.
The SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic are available at certain dermatologists and premium medical spas, such as Clifford Aesthetics and Freia Aesthetics. Click here to find out where else to go to purchase SkinCeuticals products. It retails at SGD150.
2. FOREO Luna Go For Normal Skin
Cleansing is a vital step when it comes to having a good skincare routine, so make sure to invest in a product that really gets down to the nitty gritty of it to clear all dead skin cells and impurities off your face.
Luckily, this is made a lot easier with the FOREO Luna Go For Normal Skin. Available in a cute, compact size that contains powerful T-Sonic Technology, this bad boy helps remove 99.5% of dirt and oil gently. Yup, with capabilities like this, it is no surprise why the FOREO Luna Go For Normal Skin is guaranteed to be a great skincare investment for just about everyone. In fact, there are even other variations available, such as for those with combination skin and sensitive skin too, so, make sure to pick accordingly!
Oh, and another plus point of this product? How convenient it is to maintain it. Made entirely of super hygienic silicone, you can simply wash it each time with warm water and soap to keep it in optimal condition. Yay!
The FOREO Luna Go For Normal Skin is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD159.
3. Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
It should come as a surprise to no one that Sunday Riley is on our list of best skincare investments. With an excellent track record for effective, high-quality skincare solutions, the Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is a definite star product amongst their current line-up.
Suitable for all skin types, it is formulated with high potency, purified grade lactic acid that works to exfoliate dull, clogged skin, giving you a radiant and luminous complexion after sustained use. There’s no doubt as to it living up to its all-in-one title either, with the product plumping fine lines, getting rid of hyperpigmentation, and reducing signs of ageing effortlessly. Uh, can we say triple threat or what?
If strapped for cash, we recommend investing in this to get all your skincare needs wrapped up in one go.
The Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD148 (30ml) and SGD223 (50ml).
4. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream
A often neglected step when it comes to most people’s skincare routines? A great eye cream, of course! The under eye area is a delicate one that tends to exhibit common signs of aging, so make sure to take care of that with one of the best skincare investments in the market: the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream.
A lightweight formula that absorbs into skin effortlessly, it helps to revitalise the eye contour area by combating dullness. Think dark eye shadows, puffy eye bags, and sagging skin around the area!
Some of you might be wondering: wait, how again? Well, it does so using Fresh’s award winning Super 7 Complex, which minimises and prevents early signs of ageing. It even gives an added boost of antioxidant protection, with Star Fruit Extract fighting off those pesky free radicals to maintain your skin’s youthful appearance.
Now, we don’t know about you, but with everything that it can do, we’d say it’s worth your money.
The Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream is available at all Fresh boutiques as well as at selected Sephora outlets. It retails at SGD74.
5. Tata Harper Clarifying Mask
For those with acne-prone skin that is easily clogged (yes, no matter how many times you exfoliate), the Tata Harper Clarifying Mask is guaranteed to make a great addition to your skincare routine.
Why? Well, this AHA mask actually contains a Soothing Super Seed Blend that calms and relieves the redness of skin all while targeting blemishes, ensuring that your skin doesn’t feel stripped or dry whilst cleansing it. And if that doesn’t sound amazing enough, it even contains Chlorella, which nourishes skin with essential vitamins and fatty acids so as to leave you with glowing, radiant skin after instead of squeaky clean, too-tight skin.
This is a especially great investment for those just starting out in the working world, or anyone who has slightly lesser cash to blow considering how it still comes in under SGD100. A hidden gem hidden in super luxurious packaging? No doubt about it.
The Tata Harper Clarifying Mask is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD93.
6. Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX
This skincare brand has been garnering a cult-like following since its inception, so it’s no surprise that the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX is considered to be one of the best skincare investments of all time. Also regarded as Sulwhasoo’s star product, this innovative serum formula revolutionised the skincare industry as we know it, with it being used as the first step in a skincare routine. Say what?!
This holy grail product contains Sulwhasoo’s signature Jaum Balancing Complex, which improves your skin balance as a whole and gives it a richly hydrated glow. The lightweight, easily absorbed formula also makes it super easy to just pop on before then proceeding with your skincare routine as normal.
The Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX is available at all major at all Sulwhasoo boutiques as well as at major department stores such as Tangs and Robinsons. It retails at SGD115.
7. Allies Of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial
You may have a solid day mask working for you already, but if you’re looking to invest in a great night one, you can’t go wrong with the Allies Of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial.
(Psst! Don’t fret if you haven’t heard of this brand before— this homegrown label is still relatively new, though their product range has been rapidly gaining the reputation for being one of the best skincare investments in the market right now.)
This nightly leave-on treatment blemish mask is particularly popular due to both its ability to rid skin of acne and congested pores whilst also preventing it from forming once more. Featuring a powerful blend of AHAs, enzymes, antibacterial cell cultures and probiotics, it kills acne-causing bacteria, unclogs large, stubborn pores, fades old blemish marks, and even refines skin texture, leaving behind nothing but skin that is softer and smoother than before. Phew! That is certainly a long list of pros.
Apparently, it is super potent and works great for those busy bees who just knows that they’re going to have a stressful month ahead, so apply it on beforehand to watch the magic happen.
The Allies Of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD159.
8. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
Can you believe that cult skincare brand Drunk Elephant is finally in Singapore? This much hyped-about brand has its fair share of skeptics considering the hefty price tag of each product, but it’s hard not to believe in the success rate of their products considering the thousands and thousands of rave reviews flooding in.
If there’s one product you should invest in, though, it’s definitely the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. This high-tech, lightweight gel helps resurface and refine a dull, tired complexion, lifting dead skin cells away effortlessly and delivering a jolt of skin-nourishing ingredients in its stead.
Think lactic, glycolic, citric, and even salicylic acids! These all work together in conjunction to give a chemical peel effect of sorts on skin without any dryness of sensitisation. Seriously?! Yup, with capabilities like this, it’s no wonder it is considered to be one of the best skincare investments of all time.
Perfect for those with fatigued skin, we highly recommend this for anyone who has been experiencing sleepless nights and spending one too many days at the office.
The Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD128 (30ml) and SGD190 (50ml).
9. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
With a formula that has been essentially unchanged for the past 38 years (yes, because it’s that good) the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is pretty much all you would want in an essence. Not only does it give your skin a brighter glow, it also prevent spots, wrinkles, as well as transforms skin to have a much smoother and more supple texture than before. Wow.
This is all due to its award-winning technology, Pitera, which is a natural bio-ingredient derived from yeast fermentation. With a whopping 90% of it found in this essence, there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to get dewy, radiant, and smooth skin akin to any Japanese starlet after sustained use. Sure, it might be a little pricey, but if it does its job, well, we’ll say it’s more than worth it.
The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is available at all SK-II boutiques as well as at major departmental stores such as Tangs and Robinsons. It retails at SGD269.
10. Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Mask
It’s never too early to start on anti-aging products. Whether you’re new to the scene or a seasoned professional, a good option is the Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask. Often regarded to be a top contender when it comes to being one of the best skincare investments out there, this luxurious mask helps pamper skin of all types.
Re-energising your complexion and allowing it to look brighter and more radiant than before, it is also great for those with loose, sagging skin that requires a little more firming. The formulation of caffeine and peridot will certainly help with that, leaving users with much more taut, firm, and younger looking skin. And who doesn’t want that, really?
P.S: if anything, it adds a Midas (and gorgeous) touch to your vanity table.
The Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Mask is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD159.
11. Tatcha The Rice Polish Classic Foaming Enzyme Powder
As it turns out, the hack about using rice water to cleanse one’s face has some truth to it after all. Utilising polished rice enzymes, the Tatcha The Rice Polish Classic Foaming Enzyme Powder comes packed with nourishing Japanese superfoods that is slated to give you an amazingly clear, luminous complexion that you just can’t get with any other product. Hmm!
From what the reviews are saying, well, that seems to be the general consensus, which of course propels the Tatcha The Rice Polish Classic Foaming Enzyme Powder to our list of best skincare investments to get. A gentle exfoliating formula, we recommend you use it 2-3 times a week to see optimal results, with it claiming to be able to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles, even!
The Tatcha The Rice Polish Classic Foaming Enzyme Powder is available at selected Sephora outlets and retails at SGD95.