5 of the Best Moisturisers to Preserve Your Natural Glow in Hot Singapore

Hydrated skin naturally glows – even without makeup on. Read on for our top 5 moisturiser picks available in hot Singapore to perfectly suit your skin type.

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Finding the perfect moisturiser, especially when your facial skin is exposed to searing heat throughout the day, is crucial to retain your natural beauty! A daily boost of hydration will not only reinvigorate you but in the long run, it will improve the ability of your skin to naturally retain moisture and avoid it from drying out under harsh sun rays that you are likely to be exposed to in Singapore.

No matter what skin type you are, moisturising is necessary to fight dryness, sun damage, skin aging and weakened skin barriers, which are common problems faced by most women between the ages of 35 to 60.

But with all the skincare brands out there, how can you be sure that you’re getting the best face moisturiser in Singapore? It can be daunting, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Whether you have sensitive skin, oily skin, troubled skin or combination type skin, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of our top 5 picks that’s worth checking out!

What are the crucial factors to consider when choosing the perfect moisturiser?

Besides skin type, there are other factors you should contemplate to ensure you buy the right product that suits your needs. Those with normal skin may have the luxury of choosing almost any moisturiser, but we strongly recommend keeping your routine light with a neutral and non-greasy choice.

For those with sensitive skin, go for something unscented, hypoallergenic and light instead. If you have oily skin, it’s important to stay away from heavy and greasy products as it will only make your face more oily, causing further breakouts. On the other hand, if you feel that your face gets dry fast in the heat, a cream-based moisturiser is the way to go as it contains more oils to feed your skin. For women that may have combination skin type, it’s advisable to stay with a neutral and light moisturiser, similar to the ones recommended for normal skin.

So, what are the other important factors to consider? Well, you must always look at ingredients and of course sun protection, seeing that Singapore has a hot climate throughout the year.

Make it a habit to read the ingredients on the label when purchasing a moisturiser. According to Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, a renowned Aesthetic Doctor and Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics Singapore, the main ingredients that a moisturiser must contain are hydration-boosting superstars such as emollients or humectants. Examples of emollients are borage seed oil. Algae, almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and coconut oil. Examples of humectants are urea, glycerin, sorbitol, sodium/ magnesium/ calcium/ potassium PCA.

On the other hand, these are the ingredients you should avoid; formaldehyde, parabens, artificial fragrance, toluene, and oxybenzone. These are harmful ingredients that can further damage your skin.

And as we are well aware that it’s perpetually hot and sunny in Singapore, the face moisturiser you choose should have sun protection to protect yourself from direct sunlight that may damage your skin.

Most moisturisers only have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30, but there are some that go up to SPF 50. Getting a moisturiser with SPF will not only help you keep your natural glow but it protects your skin throughout the day.

Here are our top 5 moisturiser picks, taking the vital factors into account.


Self Defence Revital Day Crème

Skin Type: For ALL skin types.

Ingredients: Aqua, Propanediol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, ,Glyceryl Stearate, Diacetyl Boldine, Caprylic/Carpric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate

Highlights: A lightweight all-in-one moisturiser that hydrates and repairs by fortifying the skin barrier to reveal healthy clear and resilient skin. With ingredients like Coconut Oil and Hyaluronic Acid, this moisturiser delivers an intense burst of moisture, effortlessly plumping up the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

How to Apply: Apply a small amount to clean skin. Use twice daily with Self Defence SPF 50 /PA Sun Protection Lotion for best results.

What the Doctor says: “With Singapore’s humidity, the last thing you want is to put on a greasy cream on your skin. This lightweight all-in-one moisturiser has a deep hydration effect that helps lock in your skins moisture and restore it’s natural glow. It’s skin-restoring properties can also heal and strengthen the skin to reverse signs of visible aging.”

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PerfectGlow Skin Illumination Crème

Skin Type: Combination & Dry Skin types.

Ingredients: Water, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Simmondsia Chinesis Seed Oil , Tocopherol Acetate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Peel Oil, Glycolic Acid, Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Brightening Herbal Complex (Centella Asiatica, Salix Alba, Panax Ginseng, Equisetum Arvense), Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol.

Highlights: Lightweight moisturiser that minimises appearance of uneven skin tone and pigmentation on the skin. It also helps to lighten visible sun damage, age spots as well as scars and contains anti-microbial properties to treat acne.

How to Apply: Apply a small amount to clean skin. Also recommended to use twice daily with Self Defence SPF 50 /PA Sun Protection Lotion for best results.

What the Doctor says: “Infused with ReviWhite and Arbutin to reduce skin melanin production, this moisturiser works wonderfully on mature skin to target fine lines and achieve skin brightening at the same time.”

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Balance HA Vitamin B5 Moisture Boost

Skin Type: Suitable for dry and normal skin types.

Ingredients: Aqua, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Glycerin, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate.

Highlights: Intense moisture-restoring serum that retains moisture for a rejuvenated, smooth appearance and fights visible signs of aging, like wrinkles.

How to Apply: Apply a thin layer to clean skin twice daily.

What the Doctor says: “This moisturiser has a unique blend of 2 molecular sizes of hyaluronic acid, which is further infused with Panthenol - a provitamin of B5 that enhances the moisturising effect of the skin and encourages wound healing and skin repair. Gentle on all skin types, this moisturiser boost is highly recommended for Singaporean women between the age of 35 to 60.”

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Serenity Skin Restoration Crème

Skin Type: Best for dry and sensitive skin types.

Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Polysorbate-60, Lonicera Japonica (Honey- Suckle) Extract, Lavandula Augustifolia Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Prunus Armeniaca (Kernel) Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol.

Highlights: Rich in antioxidants and vitamins to help boost collagen and increase skin elasticity. The main ingredients in this moisturiser; Organic Aloe, Sweet Almond Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil work together to restore skin natural hydration without leaving behind an oily residue.

How to Apply: Apply a small amount to clean skin. Also recommended to use twice daily with Self Defence SPF 50 /PA Sun Protection Lotion for best results.

What the Doctor says: “The ingredients found in Radium’s Serenity Skin Restoration Crème helps lock in your skins moisture while providing deep nourishment to your face. If you’re an older women, this cream is ideal for you to achieve that desired natural glow and youthful radiance. It’s soft creamy texture is easy to apply and covers your skin well in our hot and humid Singapore weather.”

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Ageless Night Repair Crème

Skin Type: For ALL skin types.

Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Squalane, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, AHA Complex, Sodium Hyaluronate, Amino Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Panthenol, Phospholipids, Lecithin, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Carbomer, Sclerotium Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Citric Acid, Retinol, Pentylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate.

Highlights: This night repair moisturiser contains a medley of Retinol, Radium Triple Peptide Complex and Supportive Amino Acids that instantly nourishes the skin and reverses visible signs of aging. With added hydration heroes such as Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil and Phospholipids, it works to impregnate the skin with multiple layers of hydration for a healthy-looking radiance.

How to Apply: Apply a small amount to clean skin. Use every night for best results.

What the Doctor says: “Moisturising should not only be done during the day. The best way to achieve youthful and radiant skin is to ensure that your skin receives the moisture it needs even while you traverse slumberland. Radium’s Ageless Night Repair Crème also has Green Tea Extract, Vitamin C and Vitamin E added for an extra layer of defense against Singapore’s environmental stressors that harm your skin during the day.”

So, why is it crucial to choose the best moisturiser suited for your skin type?

Practising a daily routine of moisturising your face is important, not only to battle the heat of Singapore but also to help reduce the chances of getting severe facial skin problems and breakouts. On top of that, moisturising can reduce the appearance of blemishes, helps your skin stay young and ultimately helps fight wrinkles and reduces fine lines.

Extreme heat and dryness of the Singapore climate may not be ideal for your skin but with a tub or bottle of the right ammunition, you can surely fight this daily battle with grace and a glowing face no matter what your daily makeup routine may be!

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