The past week hasn’t exactly brought smiles all around, what with the pandemic taking a turn for the worse here, but if you needed a distraction, this fresh crop of skincare products should do the trick.

Keeping our skin looking dewy and hydrated here despite the humidity and perpetual heat can be challenging. Add on the stress of the pandemic and you’ve gotten yourself the perfect storm for dull, dehydrated and inflamed skin. 

Thankfully, these skincare products have all these issues in mind. From La Mer’s lightweight version of the iconic Creme de la Mer and La Prairie’s ultra-luxurious, gold-infused collection to Kiehl’s anniversary specials, here are some of our favourite skincare products this May. 

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Formulated to be more lightweight than the iconic Creme dé la Mer, the Soft Cream promises to deliver the same benefits of the famous Miracle Broth without being cloying and uncomfortable on the skin. Those with dry or combination skin will benefit the most from the kelp-infused, antioxidant-rich Moisturising Spheres in the cream, which over time renews the skin’s barrier for a naturally vibrant radiance.

Available at all La Mer counters and La Mer Home Concierge.

Price
S$525
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Those suffering from tired, lifeless eyes after hours in front of the laptop will find solace in this one. The latest to join the potent Dior Capture Totale skincare range is this eye serum, which delivers the benefits of natural origin ingredients (92 percent, to be precise) to transform the eye area. Longoza extract, for example, stimulates the cells to regenerate, while active Rye extract and Acetylated Hyaluronic Acid help firm and plump the delicate area. All this is delivered via a dual-patented 3D Cryo-Flex applicator, which incorporates micro-waves and cry-thermal power to boost its efficacy even further. 

Available at all Dior Beauty boutiques and counters.

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Clarins UV Plus [5P] Anti-Pollution SPF50 PA+++

Now in its eighth generation, this sunscreen blocks out skin-damaging UVA/UVB rays. This time, however, it has a little help from Organic Mango Leaf Extract, which adds antioxidant benefits while preventing future damage. It even goes the extra mile by protecting the skin against pollution, which is notorious for compromising the skin’s barrier function by breaking down collagen, ageing it exponentially in the process.

Available for purchase at all Clarins boutiques, counters, and online here.

Price
S$76
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Inspired by the enthralling majesty of the Swiss Alps during the golden hour, La Prairie sought to bring the same inimitable beauty for the skin with the Pure Gold Collection. The range of three richly luxurious formulas — a concentrate, face cream and eye cream — all use the Pure Gold Diffusion System to lend not only immediate radiance, but also slowly infuse the skin with revitalising ingredients, even long after application. Devitalised skin is instantly imbued with a youthful resplendence.

Available at all La Prairie counters at Tangs at Tang Plaza, Takashimaya, Metro Paragon and One Assembly.

Price
From S$950
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Kiehl’s turns 170 this year, so it was only proper the apothecary-styled skincare brand brought back some of its most beloved favourites. Bottled in a limited edition packaging, this archival star first made waves in 1960 for its ability to hydrate and balance even the most sensitive of skin. Besides rosewater and sustainably-sourced whole Turkish Rose Petals, the alcohol-free facial toner also sees ingredients like Calendula, Allantoin and Great Burdock Root to gently soothe.
If you’re a big fan of Kiehl’s, the limited edition Heritage collection also includes Essence Oils from the 1920s, as well as special packaging for current favourites like the Calendula Herbal Extract Toner, Ultra Facial Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, and Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.
Price
S$45
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Turns out avocados aren’t just great on toasts or in smoothies. Glow Recipe harnesses the benefits of this trendy superfood for its latest sleeping mask, combining the antioxidant-rich fruit with exfoliating PHA, and encapsulated retinol — the most gentle form of retinol. This gentle mask works as a wash-off flash facial or overnight mask for deep recovery, and nourishes for plumper, more radiant skin the next day.
Price
S$75
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SU:M37° Losec Summa Artisan Edition 4pc Special Set
Fans of Korean skincare would’ve heard of the anti-ageing prowess of SU:M37°’s Losec Summa line. To celebrate its second anniversary, the collection gets a royal makeover, with motifs inspired by the Holy Roman Empire’s crown to highlight the splendour and beauty the products bring. Powered by the Golden Elixir, the set restores the skin by purifying harmful elements within the skin.
Available at all SU:M37° counters.
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You should know by now how important sunscreen is, but choosing the right one can be tricky. Mineral Sheerscreen the brand’s latest offering of sun protection, and is a sheer, weightless physical formula that instantly melts into the skin. Bush clover extract, squalane and aloe leaf juice also provide antioxidant benefits while keeping the skin hydrated. It’ll even double up as makeup primer, which conveniently eliminates an extra step every morning.
Available at all Sephora stores and on the e-store.
Price
S$52
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Shatricia Nair
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.