HY­DRA­TION HEROES

We round up the best mois­turis­ers for ev­ery skin con­cern out there.

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Re­gard­less of your skin type, one es­sen­tial that every­one needs is hy­dra­tion. And while some might ad­vise against pil­ing on an ad­di­tional layer of oc­clu­sive emol­lients on oily or blem­ish-prone skin, the key lies in se­lect­ing the suit­able one. If you have oily skin, stay away from oil-based mois­turis­ers and opt for wa­ter-based ones, while those with dry skin should look for prod­ucts that con­tain humec­tants like squalane and glyc­erin. Hyaluronic acid is an­other pop­u­lar, tried-and-tested in­gre­di­ent that works for all skin types as it at­tracts mois­ture, keep­ing skin plump.

FOR FIGHT­ING POL­LU­TION

Chante­caille Anti-Pol­lu­tion Mat­ti­fy­ing Cream ($166, www. net-a-porter.com) Liv­ing in an ur­ban jun­gle means we are sur­rounded by pol­lu­tion. From ex­haust gases to blue light that’s emit­ted by elec­tronic de­vices, our skin is fre­quently sub­jected to en­vi­ron­men­tal as­saults. Add an anti-pol­lu­tion step to your skin, like this mat­ti­fy­ing cream. Packed with an­tiox­i­dants and met­al­bind­ing ac­tive in­gre­di­ents, this forms an in­vis­i­ble shield, re­pelling heavy met­als and par­tic­u­late mat­ter that can as­phyx­i­ate skin, caus­ing dull­ness and ac­cel­er­ated age­ing. In ad­di­tion, plant ex­tracts help to re­fine skin tex­ture, min­imise the ap­pear­ance of pores and mop up ex­cess se­bum for a smooth com­plex­ion.

FOR ALL-IN-ONE ANTI-AGE­ING

Sul­wha­soo Con­cen­trated Gin­seng Re­new­ing Cream EX ($298, Tangs) The re­sult of over 50 years of re­search, this power-packed age-de­fy­ing cream works on im­prov­ing skin re­silience, sup­ple­ness and glow to re­store youth­ful­ness. This nour­ish­ing cream counts on key in­gre­di­ents com­pound K and Gin­seno­side Re, de­rived from gin­seng root and gin­seng flower, to re­duce the ap­pear­ance of glabel­lar and mar­i­onette lines, wrin­kles around the eyes and across the forehead, as well as na­solabial folds. You’ll love its sub­tle gin­seng-in­fused scent that’s sooth­ing to the senses, as well as its sump­tu­ous tex­ture that melts into your skin, leav­ing it silky smooth.

FOR EARLY SIGNS OF AGE­ING

Dior Cap­ture Youth AgeDe­lay Ad­vanced Crème ($152, Dior) As you ap­proach your late twen­ties, you might start to no­tice that your com­plex­ion starts to be­come more prone to dull­ness and un­even­ness, even if you’ve had eight hours of sleep the night be­fore. De­vel­oped to de­lay the on­set of age­ing, this face cream takes on a pre­ven­ta­tive ap­proach in­stead of a cor­rec­tive one. In­fused with the pow­er­ful an­tixoidant iris ex­tract, it neu­tralises po­ten­tially harm­ful free rad­i­cals from ex­ter­nal sources of as­saults like pol­lu­tion, UV ex­po­sure and de­hy­dra­tion. The whipped tex­ture melds into your skin, in­stantly form­ing an in­vis­i­ble co­coon to shield skin and im­prove its re­silience.

FOR COM­BI­NA­TION SKIN

Teox­ane Ad­vanced Filler ($220) Made from the same lab­o­ra­tory as Teosyal hyaluronic acid­based fillers, this mois­turiser works by plump­ing up wrin­kles and im­prov­ing skin firm­ness. An exclusive cock­tail of RHA, derma-re­struc­tur­ing com­plex and Ma­trixyl 3000 pep­tides boosts the pro­duc­tion of hyaluronic acid and col­la­gen deep within skin lay­ers to re­in­force its elas­tic­ity and den­sity, as well as iron out fine lines and wrin­kles. For­mu­lated for nor­mal to com­bi­na­tion skin, it is non-greasy and keeps skin mat­ti­fied.

FOR HY­DRA­TION

Sis­ley Black Rose Skin In­fu­sion Cream ($240, Ise­tan) Spe­cially made for parched skin, this in­tensely hy­drat­ing cream not only re­stores mois­ture lev­els at var­i­ous skin lay­ers, it also strength­ens skin’s bar­rier layer so it is able to hold mois­ture bet­ter. Com­bin­ing re­plen­ish­ing botan­i­cal ex­tracts and pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dants, skin is in­stantly plumped and smoothed, en­sur­ing that it re­flects light bet­ter. More­over, the melty gel-cream tex­ture is exquisitely scented with a blend of rose, mag­no­lia and gera­nium es­sen­tial oils, mak­ing it a de­light­ful treat to your senses.

FOR A HEALTHY GLOW

Fresh Vi­ta­min Nec­tar Mois­ture Glow Face Cream ($77, Fresh) A tell-tale sign that your skin is not get­ting enough nu­tri­ents is when it starts to look dull and feel rough. And just like tak­ing a vi­ta­min shot when you’re feel­ing un­der-the-weather, this mois­turiser gives skin an in­stant dose of vi­tal­ity. Rich in vi­ta­mins C, E and B5, it in­stantly energises slug­gish skin as min­er­als and fruit-de­rived flavonoids im­prove mi­cro­cir­cu­la­tion for a healthy ra­di­ance. Its fresh citrus scent also reawak­ens your senses, mak­ing it the per­fect pick-me-up day mois­turiser.

FOR A NONSTICKY FIN­ISH

Hada Labo Su­per Hyaluronic Acid Hy­drat­ing Wa­ter Gel ($25.90, Wat­sons) Per­fect for our hu­mid cli­mate, this re­fresh­ing gel mois­turiser is a hit amongst beauty ed­i­tors who pre­fer a light­weight and non-tacky fin­ish. Made with hyaluronic acid of vary­ing molec­u­lar weights, it has a gel tex­ture that is quickly ab­sorbed into the dif­fer­ent lay­ers of skin to re­plen­ish and seal in mois­ture sans any residue.

FOR DRY SKIN

IDS In­ten­sive Mois­turiser ($100, Robin­sons) While hyaluronic acid is one of the most com­mon in­gre­di­ents found in hy­drat­ing skin­care prod­ucts, this in­ten­sive mois­turiser con­tains sodium hyaluronate, a more bio-com­pat­i­ble form of hyaluronic acid that gets ab­sorbed more read­ily. In ad­di­tion, this re­plen­ish­ing for­mula con­tains plant-based oils that are rich in an­tiox­i­dants and fatty acids to strengthen skin against en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion and re­build skin’s bar­rier func­tion, mak­ing it per­fect for those whose skin is prone to tight­ness and itch­ing as a re­sult of de­hy­dra­tion.

FOR OILY SKIN

Porce­lain Bal­ance Hy­dr­a­clear Gel ($128, Porce­lain Ori­gins) This light­weight, gen­tle and calm­ing mois­turiser ticks all the right boxes for those with acne-prone skin. For­mu­lated to soothe in­flam­ma­tion and inhibit the pro­lif­er­a­tion of pro­pi­oni­bac­terium ac­nes (the bac­te­ria re­spon­si­ble for break­outs), it is pow­er­ful against blem­ishes yet mild on skin. The spe­cially cal­i­brated for­mula also packs squalane, vi­ta­min B3 and botan­i­cal but­ters to keep skin hy­drated and bal­ance skin pH for a health­ier, clearer com­plex­ion.

FOR SEN­SI­TIVE SKIN

Bio­therm Life Plank­ton Sen­si­tive Balm ($72, Tangs) Even though this mois­turiser has a balm tex­ture, the for­mula is hy­poal­ler­genic and glides over skin smoothly with­out any stick­i­ness. The star of this restora­tive mois­ture? The brand’s sig­na­ture Life Plank­ton - orig­i­nated from France’s min­eral-rich ther­mal waters - that re­duces red­ness and de­liv­ers mois­ture. It also boasts an in­no­va­tive air­less dis­pens­ing me­chanic to pre­vent con­tam­i­na­tion, fur­ther min­imis­ing any po­ten­tial source of ir­ri­ta­tion.

FOR IN­STANT RE­LIEF

Guinot Pur Con­fort SPF 15 ($133) Stress can cause our skin to re­act ad­versely, and when it flares up, your reg­u­lar skin­care rou­tine just doesn’t cut it un­for­tu­nately. In times of cri­sis, try this SOS cream. Thanks to its rich yet fast-ab­sorb­ing tex­ture, it al­le­vi­ates feel­ings of tight­ness and itch­ing. For­mu­lated with vi­ta­min E, alpha bis­abolol and phos­pho­lipids, it strength­ens skin from in­side out, re­build­ing cel­lu­lar com­po­nents and fend­ing off en­vi­ron­men­tal ag­gres­sors. Der­ma­line is also used to tone down skin’s re­ac­tiv­ity to any ex­ter­nal par­ti­cles for a bal­anced com­plex­ion.

FOR AN ECOFRIENDLY SO­LU­TION

MTM Cus­tomBlended Har­mo­nious Mois­tur­izer ($152, MTM Skin­care) This cus­tomis­able mois­turiser boasts a base that is made with or­gan­i­cal­ly­farmed in­gre­di­ents and is one of the few skin­care prod­ucts to be awarded Ja­pan’s Ecofit or­ganic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. This means in­gre­di­ents are farmed ac­cord­ing to the most strin­gent re­stric­tions to en­sure the high­est qual­ity of ac­tives are ex­tracted from them. Key el­e­ments in­clude ap­ple fruit wa­ter, kiwi fruit wa­ter and echi­nacea pur­purea root ex­tract, a syn­er­gis­tic blend that helps re­duce al­lergy symp­toms, speed up col­la­gen pro­duc­tion and re­plen­ish skin’s mois­ture.

FOR UN­PAR­AL­LELED LUX­URY

Lancôme Ab­solue Pre­cious Cells Day Cream ($390, Tangs) In­dulge your senses with the co­coon­ing tex­ture of this pro­tec­tive day. For­ti­fied with SPF 15 pro­tec­tion, it con­tains a cock­tail of botan­i­cal oils and but­ters that hy­drate the skin. More im­por­tantly, it con­tains prox­y­lane, the brand’s patented in­gre­di­ent that re­builds skin ma­trix, to re­store vol­ume and den­sity to skin. Upon ap­pli­ca­tion, skin is vis­i­bly more ra­di­ant and sup­ple, and with con­tin­ued us­age, the ap­pear­ance of fine lines and wrin­kles is grad­u­ally erased for a smoother, firmer mien.

FOR SHEER COV­ER­AGE

Shi­seido Waso Colour Smart Day-Mois­turiser Oil­Free ($55, Tangs) If you’d rather hit the snooze but­ton and get an ex­tra 10 min­utes of sleep than fuss with a com­pli­cated morn­ing rou­tine, this multi-ben­e­fits day cream is your new best friend. Not only does it in­fuse skin with an­tiox­i­dants de­rived from lo­quat leaves, it also helps con­trol shine with its oil-free for­mula. And that’s not all: this SPF 30-equipped mois­turiser also adapts to your skin tone upon ap­pli­ca­tion to leave a sheer and nat­u­ral tint that coun­ters any un­even­ness in your skin tone.

FOR ALL SKIN TYPES

SK-II R.N.A. Power Airy Milky Lo­tion ($149, Takashimaya) Aimed to im­prove skin sup­ple­ness, hy­dra­tion and elas­tic­ity, this mois­tur­is­ing lo­tion in­tensely nour­ishes skin for a youth­ful ra­di­ance and never-be­fore-felt smooth­ness. Com­bin­ing the brand’s sig­na­ture Pit­era (a pro­pri­etary blend of amino acids, vi­ta­mins and min­er­als) with hy­drol­ysed soy and yeast ex­tracts, the lat­est RNAr­chi­tect Com­plex en­hances skin firm­ness and ra­di­ance. At the same time, a fresh­wa­ter al­gae-de­rived agent re­plen­ishes lost mois­ture to soften the ap­pear­ance of fine lines and wrin­kles caused by de­hy­dra­tion. Now avail­able in a light­weight lo­tion tex­ture, it is per­fect even for those with oily and com­bi­na­tion skin.

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