Ask any skincare junkie their secret to younger-looking skin and their answer will almost always be the same: moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. This is a no-brainer if you happen to have dry skin, but moisturising is also essential for oily skin types to help prevent excessive facial sebum production. Hydrated skin is also plump, radiant, and bouncy.
Essentially, no matter what your age, your skin type or skin concern, moisturising will always be an important and indispensable step in your skincare routine. To help you wade through the oceans of moisturising products out there, here are some of our recommendations for your daily boost of hydration.
1. Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment
There’s nothing more unsatisfying than seeing chapped lips on an otherwise flawless face. Have no fear of that happening with Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatments, packed with lemon butter and coconut oil to seal in the moisture, keeping your lips plump and hydrated for 12 hours. It comes with SPF 25 too, so it even protects against sun damage too.
Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatments are available in six beautiful shades, retailing at SGD 28 each.
2. Su:m37 Water-full Timeless Moisturizing Cream
Most of us have a combination skin type, so something like the Sum:37 Water-full range would be perfect for us, being lightweight but yet able to deliver its hydrating ingredients deep into the skin.
There are a number of Water-full products available for sale at the new Su:m37 counter at Tangs Vivocity, but we’re most fascinated by the Timeless Moisturizing Cream (pictured above) because of how its spatula attaches magnetically to the top of the lid! No more headaches over where to keep that little guy.
Su:m37 Water-full Timeless Moisturizing Cream (50ml) retails for SGD 108 at the Su:m37 counter at Tangs Vivocity.
3. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
This new formulation of an old favourite now utilises hyaluronic acid biofermented with wheat to generate a natural barrier over your skin to retain moisture up to 48 hours. Despite this powerful formula, the cream still remains lightweight and easily absorbed, so it leaves your skin feeling silky-smooth without the heaviness!
The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream retails for SGD 49.90 at The Body Shop outlets.
4. Mamonde Floral Hydro Cream
Did you know that the philosophy behind Mamonde products is inspired by flowers? It’s no wonder that their Floral Hydro range is a best-seller, especially when it’s fortified by the narcissus flower’s strong water circulation properties.
Try the two best-selling products of the range, the Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner or the Floral Hydro Cream, both of which are able to absorb quickly into the skin, leaving it feeling silky-smooth without any stickiness.
Mamonde Floral Hydro range is available at the Mamonde counter at Tangs Vivocity, and on Lazada.
5. Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Premium Hydrating Lotion
The Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Premium Hydrating range boasts not just one form of hyaluronic acid, but five. It also has an algae-derived ingredient to maximise your skin’s water-retention abilities. If you have very dehydrated skin, try out the Lotion, which has a essence-like texture that can provide a deep and long-lasting hydrating effect for your skin!
Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Premium Hydrating Lotion (170ml) retails for SGD 24.90 at Watsons, Guardian, selected NTUC FairPrise, Sasa and selected departmental stores.
6. For Beloved Girl Extreme Moisture Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask
Doesn’t the name of this mask sound amazing? For Beloved Girl is a newly launched skincare brand for millennial women, backed by the iconic For Beloved One brand from Taiwan. The hyaluronic acid in this mask will provide much-needed moisture replenishment, while sodium lactate strengthens the moisture barrier in the skin layer and rebalances your skin, leaving it leaving smooth and plump like cloud-silk.
For Beloved Girl Extreme Moisture Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask retails for SGD 16 per box (3 pcs inside) at Sephora stores.
7. Crabtree & Evelyn Venetian Violet Hand Therapy
Crabtree & Evelyn recently launched a new limited edition Heritage Body Care Collection comprising of three different scents, and we love the Venetian Violet one. They include their new botanical Tri-Oil blend designed with 100% pure natural oils to revive rough skin, support the skin barrier and protect the skin against environmental damage. The scent of Venetian Violet is intermingled with lychee and peach, so it smells absolutely heavenly on your hands too.
Crabtree & Evelyn Venetian Violet Hand Therapy retails for SGD 13 (25g) and SGD 33 (100g) at Crabtree & Evelyn stores.
8. Bioderma Hydrabio Serum
You know them for their micellar water, but did you know Bioderma also produces some top-notch hydrating products as well? Hyaluronic acid and glycerin hydrate the skin, while their patented Aquagenium™ in its Hydrabio range helps the skin to rehydrate itself, while also maintaining its natural balance. Try the new Hydrabio Brume, a hydrating spray that will strengthen skin and fortify its defences against environmental damaging factors.
Bioderma Hydrabio Brume retails for SGD 29.90 for 2 bottles of 300ml each, at major Guardian and Watsons stores, Unity, Robinsons, National Skin Centre and Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
9. Laneige Water Bank Double Layering Oil
An “oil” may sound intimidating even for those looking for hydrating products, but don’t worry! LANEIGE uses the moisture from their Water Bank series together with a new Moisture Roof™ oil to create a layer of moisture that can get rid of that tight, uncomfortable feeling of dryness in the skin. You can even use it in a variety of ways: as your daily moisturiser, as a facial mask, before makeup to achieve that dewy radiant look, or to supercharge your usual moisturiser.
LANEIGE Water Bank Double Layering Oil retails for SGD 50 at LANEIGE counters and at Sephora.
10. Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar
This cult favourite brand is releasing their cult favourite moisturiser in a bigger, better packaging. The renewed hope in a jar now comes in a jumbo size tub, being now available in 120ml, twice the size of its original. Achieve that energised healthy glow with the refined texture of this moisturiser.
Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar jumbo retails for SGD 99 for 120ml at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.
11. Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Mask
Considering that each mask contains one-third of a bottle of the iconic Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX, the price for these masks no longer seem that unreasonable. Drenched in Sulwhasoo’s rebalancing formula, the JAUM Balancing Complex, this mask will certainly be the intensive skin-rebalancing therapy that many of us need!
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Mask retails for SGD 72 for 5 pieces at all Sulwhasoo boutiques, counters and on Zalora.