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Treat Yo’ Self: 7 Beauty Splurges To Make This Week

Makeup melting right off in this mad, mad heat? Don't sacrifice the moisturiser. What you need is – cue the drum roll – an occlusive. For you, we've got a bunch.

The weather’s hot, it’s humid and you feel like your pores are clogging. Perhaps a face mask would change that, you say, but it doesn’t seem to be working as new bumps and pimples flood your skin. If thick creams and heavy oils are still present in your routine, we say it’s time to switch it up for the summer, especially when the humidity is high.

Although it may seem normal for Singapore to have this type of weather, it’s been especially hot these few days – and everything is melting right off. The most sensible option that comes to mind might be to layer on lightweight serums and toners, but sometimes, all your skin needs is a good occlusive agent that seals in every last drop of moisture. Word of the day!

Think gel-based moisturisers, which are usually water-based and will feel cooling and light. This last step is important, because serums and toners may deliver the nutrients your skin needs, but not so much locking in the moisture. If you feel like that’s too heavy still, try doing it once every two days, much like you would use a sleeping mask. Below, we’ve rounded up all the best ones that are worth that extra buck.

Youth Corridor RetinUltimate Transforming Gel

This particular moisturiser is a non-irritating gel with retinoid that has anti-ageing properties, improves discolouration and boosts skin rejuvenation. Incorporating this into your nightly routine would actually transform your skin.

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

For something a bit stronger, Algenist formulated a gel moisturiser with alguronic acid, salicylic acid, beetroot and willow bark extracts. It’ll keep your pimples away and smoothen out your skin.

Zelens Z Matrix Energy & Moisture Infusion

Used daily morning and night, this lightweight and refreshing cream-gel formula is a no-nonsense type of moisturiser and does the job well without any other complications.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion

This water gel-cream formula smooths and hydrates the skin, and is infused with the super nutrient Japanese algae, as well as hyaluronic and amino acids that attract moisture and plumps up the skin.

Susanne Kaufmann Matte Face Gel

To everyone out there with oily skin, this moisturiser is actually one you’ll be able to wear without reflecting beams of light off your face. It’s packed with natural, herbal ingredients and clarifies the skin. Lots of good bacteria, power-packed extracts and helps reduce enlarged pores.

111SKIN Cryo Activating Hydra Gel

111SKIN has always been at the top of its game, this time with one that mimics the effect of cold water on skin. The gel targets ageing and pollution, with regenerative and tightening effects. It feels so light you can use it under makeup with no problem at all.

Biotherm Skin Oxygen Cooling Gel

You won’t find the oxygen in many skincare products, but this cream-gel moisturiser is everything you never knew you needed when it comes to protection against pollution. It reinforces that barrier in your skin against harmful chemicals, so it’s more of a very hydrating shield.

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