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Mon, Dec 01, 2008
Urban, The Straits Times
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Skin savers
by Karen Tee

1: Egyptian Magic from True Colours Makeup Cosmetics
$79.90 for 31g, from B1-13A Takashimaya Shopping Centre

It looks like there is practically nothing that this balm, made from what the brand claims is an ancient Egyptian formula, cannot do.

A hit with celebrities such as Madonna and Kate Hudson for its ability to hydrate dry skin and soothe chapped lips and cracked heels, it also removes make-up and treats burns, diaper rash and insect bites.

2: Benefit Dr Feel Good
$60 for 24g, from Tangs Orchard and Robinsons Raffles City

Use this balm with a matte finish as a primer before applying your make-up: It keeps your face from looking too shiny and also reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines. Plus, it works as an after-shave balm for guys.

3: Rodial Glam Balm
$167 for 50ml, from Sscube The Apothecary, 03-19A The Centrepoint and 05-25A Takashimaya Shopping Centre

A favourite with celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Richie, this salve works mainly as an anti-ageing aid by plumping up lips and smoothing out wrinkles on the face, neck and hands. It also works wonders at taming flyaway hair, soothing sunburns and strengthening nails.

4: Nuxe Multi-Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer

$51.90 for 50ml, from all Robinsons and John Little department stores and selected Guardian and Sasa outlets

Ultra-moisturising, this oil can be used to treat dry hair and is also absorbed quickly into the skin, leaving a non-greasy finish. It also promises to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

To top it off, it is a great way to add subtle shimmer to your face and body.

5: Rojukiss Spot Light Blemish Balm Cream
$39.90 for 50ml, from Watsons islandwide

All-in-one blemish balms - the latest skincare craze from Korea - cover up blemishes, minimise pores and can be used as a light foundation.

Rojukiss' blemish balm also absorbs excess oil on your face.

6: Kiehl's Superbly Restorative Argan Skin Salve
$40 for 40g, from all Kiehl's counters including 01-07 The Heeren and 01-11 VivoCity

Besides giving tender loving care to rough skin patches and dry, cracked lips and skin, this salve also softens nail cuticles.

Use it to soothe sunburnt skin or chapped noses from colds or flu, and also as a massage balm to relax sore muscles.

This article was first published in Urban, The Straits Times on Nov 28, 2008.

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