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Your Skincare Routine Urgently Needs These Power-Packed Moisturisers

It seems obvious enough, what with hydration being the most essential element to skin health. Yet with rising temperatures (read: more water loss) and a mounting air pollution problem (moisture strengthens skin’s protective barrier against it), the need for reminders on the importance of moisturisers has become as good as urgent. How have brands been responding to this “crisis”? With power-packed, multitasking variations like these.
Chanel Sublimage La Creme Lumiere, $594
Using Vanilla Planifolia extract – a potent antioxidant – this not only evens out skin tone, but also brightens and regulates pigmentation. It also stimulates skin regeneration for a plump and youthful- looking complexion. Bonus: Its light, creamy texture melts into skin effortlessly. Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Honorstige Cream, $1,050
Infused with reishi mushroom extract, this fortifies skin’s protective barrier while repairing and restoring collagen fibres so that skin feels and looks plumper and firmer. It also has traditional herbs to soothe and heal as well as treat inflammation. Cle de Peau Beaute La Creme, $1,200
The sixth iteration of this iconic moisturiser, this contains more than 60 ingredients to treat every skin problem you can think of – from fine lines to sagging to dullness to dehydration. It’s so enriching that a pea-sized amount is reportedly enough to treat one’s entire face and leave skin softer and smoother. 3Lab Oil Complex Brightening, $555
Formulated with hyaluronic acid in four different molecular sizes, this ultra-quenching cream is said to effectively repair dehydrated, damaged complexions. It also has biomimetic peptides to reduce the appearance of dark spots, increase luminosity and clarify skin tone. Jung Saem Mool Minifying Water-Wrap Cream, $60
Created to hydrate sensitive and easily irritated skin, this has what the brand will only reveal as “natural moisturising factors” that wrap skin with a protective bubble to prevent moisture loss. It also has the trademarked “French Bud” extract to calm and white truffle to brighten. Shiseido Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Cream, $165
This “smart” moisturiser has what the brand dubs “ReNeura Technology++” that activates skin’s nerve cells to boost its self-regeneration properties and improve their responsiveness to skincare. The result: a smoother, firmer and more lifted-looking complexion and less time spent on your regime since the products that follow are said to work more quickly. Dior Capture Totale C.E.L.L Energy Firming & Wrinkle-Correcting Creme, $200
Boasting a floral complex of Madagascan longoza, Chinese peony, white lily and Chinese jasmine said to power up stem cells to help them regenerate optimally, this promises to make skin heal faster and correct visible signs of ageing. YSL Beaute Pure Shots Perfect Plumper Cream, $169
Designed to treat skin damaged by a hectic, urban lifestyle, this uses a cocktail of botanical active ingredients to restore essential elements like proteins, peptides and amino acids so that skin looks fresher and more youthful. PS: We’re also kind of obsessed with its bouncy, marshmallow-like texture.