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Hand On Heart, These Are The Skincare Steps We Never Ever Skip

Everything you need for your best skin ever.

We all know that consistency is key when it comes to skincare routines. But beyond that, the skincare steps you choose to stick to are also important. From makeup removers to serums and moisturisers, each one serves a purpose, be it rebalancing the skin’s moisture levels or infusing it with active ingredients. For the best results, here are the essential skincare steps you should have in your routine.

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Makeup Remover
To dissolve even the most stubborn of makeup, opt for a cleansing oil or balm. We like Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil, $52 for 200ml. All you have to do is massage into dry skin until all traces of makeup have melted, before rinsing it all off without any oily residue. Cleanser
Next, follow up with a cleanser to remove any residual traces of makeup, dirt and impurities. Try Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser, $65 for 150ml, a skin-balancing cleanser which purifies pores without stripping it of essential moisture. Thanks to a blend of French green clay and Moroccan rhassoul clay, it gently eliminates stubborn residues and detoxifies the complexion for a visibly more refined skin texture. At the same time, it also delivers antioxidants to the skin to improve skin clarity and brightness. Toner
Then, wipe your skin with a cotton pad saturated in toner. This step balances the skin’s pH so that it absorbs skincare products applied afterwards better. And Laneige White Dew Skin Refiner, $45 for 120ml, does just that. Thanks to its fast-acting formula, it refreshes and penetrates into skin immediately to replenish skin with essential moisture, leaving it soft, smooth and plump. Beyond that, it also has patented brightening technology, which evens out skin tone and refines skin texture. Essence
Apply a skincare essence such as this Mamonde First Energy Essence, $42 for 150ml, after the toner step to restore skin moisture and elasticity. Made with a blend of fermented vinegar and honeysuckle flower essence, it has a lightweight texture that is easily absorbed to improve skin luminosity and skin resilience so your complexion is plump and radiant. Serum
As the step that is designed to provide skin with a concentrated dose of active ingredients, you usually choose the serum to use based on your most pressing skin issue. If you’re blessed with healthy skin, all you need is an additional boost of moisture. Try a hydrating serum like Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Hydro Dew Drop Moisturizing Serum, $60 for 40ml. With a bi-phase texture, this serum has a powerful formula to deeply replenish skin with hydration and improve its ability to retain moisture so that your skin stays smooth and silky all day long. Eye Cream
The skin around the eyes is much thinner than the skin on the rest of the face, which explains why it requires a specialised product that is gentler while still remaining effective. Try Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum, $86 for 15ml, which contains black tea ferment, edelweiss stem cells and copper peptides to speed up cellular renewal to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. In addition, niacinamide also helps soothe and brighten so you look well-rested and more energised. Moisturiser
To seal in all the goodness of your skincare regime, layer on a moisturiser such as the Caudalie VineActiv 3-in-1 Moisturizer, $55 for 40ml. Formulated with the brand’s signature grapeseed polyphenols, it equips skin with powerful antioxidant to fend off the hazardous effects of free radicals from the environment. This lightweight moisturiser also contains collagen-boosting vitamin C, radiance-enhancing vitamin E and plumping hyaluronic acid to improve skin elasticity, luminosity and smoothness.   Mask
As a weekly intensive treatment, pamper your skin with For Beloved One Advanced Anti-Aging Ceramide Squalane Bio-Cellulose Mask, $63 for three pieces. Made of premium quality bio-cellulose, this facial mask has fibres so tiny they fit into the tiny crevices of your skin to ensure maximum contact area for optimal absorption of ingredients. When applied, your skin is bathed in a mixture of glycerin, botanical sugars, plant extracts and peptides to accelerate collagen production and reinforce skin’s barrier layer for a smoother, plumper and firmer complexion. Sunscreen
A rigorous skincare regime is not complete if your day-time routine doesn’t include a sunscreen. In particular, you should be looking at one that offers broad spectrum protection that fends off UVA and UVB rays. Try Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++, $92 for 60ml. It’s enriched with skin-loving ingredients such as vitamins and minerals to condition the skin as well. Plus, it sets into a silky finish and refines skin texture at the same time, making it perfect for those with shine-prone skin or in hot and humid climates such as ours.