A Sakura-Bright Complex is incorporated into this weightless emulsion to supress melanocyte stimulating factors to brighten skin. Natsune extract derived from the jujube fruit helps skin respond rapidly to skincare ingredients for instant results. Melanin Crush, a process that uses rehmannia root extract, vitamin C and 4MSK is incorporated to inhibit tyrosinase (a copper-containing enzyme that catalyses the production of melanin).
This moisturiser is equipped with SPF, so you can always skip using another sunscreen especially when you are strapped for time. It protects skin from blue light and contains a naturally-occurring combination of antioxidants and skin repair actives to shield skin from harmful environmental aggressors. It also has a lightweight, whipped formula that goes on smoothly on the skin and absorbs quickly. The best part? It is oil-free so you don’t have to worry about it clogging up your pores and is even suitable for those with combination and oilier skin types.
Shiseido Essential Energy Day Emulsion SPF 30, $80
Going beyond conventional skincare, the Essential Energy product range features ReNeura Technology, a breakthrough which reawakens skin’s responsiveness to your everyday skincare products. In addition, a powerful blend of botanical extracts work in synergy to improve cellular energy, deliver hydration and strengthen skin’s barrier function for healthier, smoother, more radiant skin.
Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology™ Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $28, at Sephora
Although it is positioned as an oil-free, water-resistant sunscreen, its moisturising properties quality earns itself a worthy mention on this list. Unlike most sunscreens available on the market that delivers hydration with hyaluronic acid or other general humectants and emollients, this super-smart formula boasts a unique beta-glucan to rehydrate skin when its moisture reserves are depleted. Just remember to reapply every two hours if you’re outdoors to keep skin adequately protected.
L’Oreal Paris REVITALIFT Dermalift Day Cream SPF 23 PA++, $35.90
Designed for those with multiple signs of ageing, this all-in-one cream targets wrinkles, dullness and loss of elasticity. Dermalift fights the effects of gravity on skin as it plumps and tightens for firmer facial contours and Pro-Retinol A stimulates cellular turnover to improve skin’s texture and radiance. It also has a melt-in cream texture that quickly sinks into skin to offer a decent amount of UV protection for days when you’re headed to the office. If you’re headed for some outdoor activities, we recommend layering an additional sunscreen of at least SPF 30.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Moisture Cream, $89
Think of this face cream as an insurance plan for your skin in the future. Fortified with an optimal concoction of Ceramides, protein complex, pore refiners and potent skin brighteners, this multi-tasking moisturiser keeps the effects of stress and fatigue on your skin in check. With continued use, expect a reduction in uneven skin tone, dullness and fine lines.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting UV Cream SPF 30, $49.90
If your skin is prone to dryness, it can be an uphill task to ensure that makeup stays flawless all day long. Which explains why this nourishing day cream from Olay remains a perennial favourite for many. Rich in glycerin, it is ideal for dry skin as it instantly plumps skin texture, creating a smooth canvas for seamless makeup application. It also contains Amino-peptide Complex to aid cellular renewal, Hydra-Firming Complex to keep skin supple and broad spectrum SPF 30 protection to stave off premature skin ageing. Furthermore, it features an airtight pump dispenser so you don’t have to worry about contamination or product wastage.
Designed for young women who lead active, on-the-go lifestyles, each product under the Pep-Start range is specifically formulated to deliver multiple skincare benefits in one simple step. This daytime moisturiser packs intense hydration, strengthens skin integrity and protects against UV rays—basically everything that’s essential to maintain healthy and youthful skin. We also love that this product (as with all other Clinique products) has been extensively tested and proven to be suitable for all skin types.
Gentle on all skin types (even for rosacea and eczema-prone skin), this moisturiser is a heaven-sent for those who are photo-sensitive, but yet find most sunscreens too harsh on their delicate complexions. Lightweight, non-occlusive yet ultra-moisturising and soothing, it keeps skin well-hydrated and comfortable while shielding it from harmful elements like UV rays and urban pollution.
Just like how you need that cup of cappuccino to kick start your day, your skin could benefit with an energising dose of caffeine. This combination with Panax ginseng acts like a vitality shot for tired and dull skin, instantly optimising cellular energy for a healthy glow. Suitable for all skin types, it also douses the skin with a hydrating layer so makeup will go on smoothly and evenly.
Natio Daily Defence Face Moisturiser SPF 50+, $25.90, Watsons
Hailing from Australia, Natio is one of the countries’ leading natural beauty brands which prides itself on offering quality products that are simple, effective and affordable. Case in point: this lightweight face moisturiser combines both hydrating properties and broad spectrum UV protection. Perfect for humid, tropical climates, it has a non-greasy emulsion and disappears into skin when applied. Vitamin E and aloe vera extract are also added to keep inflammation and premature ageing at bay.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen, $66
One of the brand’s cult classics, it remains one of its best-selling products all over the world. A perfect combination of skincare and makeup, this lightweight formula is a blend of sodium hyaluronate (to hydrate), UV filters (to protect) and vitamins (to nourish). It also offers sheer coverage and can be used in place of foundation if you are looking for a natural, no-makeup makeup look.
Synonymous with that enviable post-vacation glow, the Les Beiges collection is made up of products that instantly add warmth to the complexion softly and naturally. This is no exception, as its barely-there formula goes on smoothly to even out skin tone and impart a healthy radiance. A hyaluronic acid derivative also locks in moisture to keep skin dewy and supple, while antioxidants and UV filters protect the skin against environmental aggressors.
Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30|PA+++, $102
Battling adult acne is a constant tug-of-war between controlling sebum production and ensuring adequate hydration and protection without over-burdening your skin. So when something like this Murad moisturiser comes along, you hold on tight to it. Developed specifically to handle all the challenges of adult acne, it unclogs pores, shields skin from the sun and reduces the appearance of fine lines, thanks to a carefully calibrated blend of antioxidants, hydrators and anti-inflammation actives. Over time, blemishes are reduced, skin looks brighter and skin texture is improved.