We cannot preach enough the importance of hydrating the skin, especially in a hot and humid climate like Singapore speeds up the evaporation of water, leaving the canvas parched and flakey. Without water, skin cells are not able to function properly. Hence we turn to topical ways (aka skincare) to replenish the lost fluids.
Dehydrated Skin VS Dry Skin
There is a difference between having dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin is a temporary state of low water content in the dermis whereas the latter is a long-term condition predetermined by one’s skin type. Skin, no matter dry, oily, normal or combination are just as easily susceptible to dehydration due to the weather (like dry air, strong winds, and hot sun), limited water intake and a lax/improper grooming routine.
Clinique For Men™ Maximum Hydrator Activated Water-Gel Concentrate
Given the humidity in Singapore, we appreciate a weightless water-gel lotion that replenishes moisture back to the skin without feeling greasy. Clinique For Men’s latest water-gel concentrate is just that. Oil-free and ultralight, the formula intensely hydrates all skin types for a full day.
Innovative Liquid-Sphere Technology contains water-binding ingredients and antioxidants to combat dryness and environmental stress that can age skin’s appearance, leaving skin soothed, comfortable, fresh. Definitely a great addition to your bathroom counter this summer. Available in May at Clinique stores and Sephora for SGD$79.
Bioderma Hydrabio Serum
This serum is power packed with skin replenishing and restorative ingredients that will keep the skin healthy, plumped, and radiant. Hydrophilic humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin retain and locks water deep into the epidermis while apple seed extract and vitamin PP in Aquagenium™ Patent, a unique patented formula found in Bioderma’s Hydrabio line, works to stimulate the skin to rehydrate itself, replenish the skin’s barrier and maintain its natural balance. Available at major Guardian and Watsons stores, Unity, Robinsons, National Skin Centre and Tan Tock Seng Hospital for SGD$52.90.
Lab Series PRO LS All-In-One Face Hydrating Gel
Gel moisturising hydrators in this light moisturiser instantly draw in, retain and lock in moisture to maintain hydration levels while also calming and soothing the skin with an immediate cooling sensation. Oil absorbing powder instantly blots out surface shine for a fresh matte finish. Available at Lab Series ION, Lab Series counters at Tangs and leading departmental stores for SGD$49.
CNP Laboratory Homme All-in-One Fluid
For the guy who wants a no-fuss skincare regime, this all-in-one lotion tones and moisturises at the same time. The lotion contains niacinamide to brighten the skin while adenosine works to improve skin elasticity. Allaintone heals, calms and soothes troubled skin while keeping the skin hydrated with hyaluronic acid. Available on CNP Laboratory online store for SGD$44.90
Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque
If you only have five minutes left, what can you do? Put on a hydrating face mask (of course). Skin is soothed with ultra-calming ingredients such as calendula extract and aloe. For an even cooling sensation, chuck the gel mask into the fridge and apply to help cool skin surface temperature and shrink pores for a refreshed visage. Available at Kiehl’s for SGD$62.