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Is your skin thirsty?
by Cynthia Loh

Our tropical climate may be high in humidity, and that becomes an excuse for most women to skip the moisturiser.

But skimping on a good moisturiser is a cardinal sin in Skincare 101, as this causes skin to become dehydrated. To make up for the lack of H2O, your body will then tell your skin to produce more sebum to make up for the loss of moisture at the cellular level. For women who are prone to an oily T-zone, they will find themselves frequently battling with shiny faces all day long.

Other than making sure you keep yourself well-hydrated with plenty of liquids, applying moisturiser onto the skin will help keep skin looking plump and also keep wrinkles away for longer.

With these cleansers, moisturisers and creams, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to updating your usual cleansing routine.

Water power
Since water makes up 70 per cent of our body weight, it is worth investing in face care that delivers H2O directly to where our skin needs. Laneige's Hydra Solution line offers hydration for your thirsty skin with glacial water tapped from the Himalaya Karakoram peak.

The Hydra Solution Activator ($58 for 30ml), Essence ($83 for 40ml), Eye Cream (25ml for $68) and Cream ($68 for 50ml) are chockful of minerals, such as iron, sodium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron to maintain and strengthen skin's immunity.

DivaAsia likes: For an extra boost of hydration, try Laneige's Hydra Solution Essence ($83 for 40ml). Pumping it from the bottle yields an opaque gel, which melts into skin when you apply it onto skin. It also boasts lifting and whitening effects. This essence is a good choice for skin that tends to be drier and needs more moisture, and is more suitable for use at night.

Flower power
Anna Sui's range of skincare now boasts of a moisturizing line. The line includes a deep cleansing oil, foaming moisture wash, moisturizing lotion, serum, moisturizing milk and gel cream that boasts of a fragrant rose scent, with ingredients distilled from roses and berries to help moisturiZe, brighten and condition skin. The individual products have a lovely tea rose scent as well, which has calming properties and encourage a relaxed state of mind.

The deep cleansing oil ($44 for 200ml) removes make-up; foaming moisture wash ($42 for 150ml) is for daily washing; the moisturizing lotion ($42) hydrates and plumps up skin, while the serum ($89 for 35ml) provides intense moisturization for skin. And if you really want an added boost, try either the moisturizing milk ($63 for 50ml) or the newly-launched gel cream ($72 for 72ml) to soften and provide skin with added firmness.

DivaAsia likes: A quick fixer-upper. Anna Sui's moisturizing treatment mist ($30 for 50g)
is a fuss-free skin fixer. A quick spray throughout the day helps to rehydrate skin, and can work over your make-up.

Let fruit quench your skin's thirst
Garnier's Aqua Defense range of foam cleanser ($7.90), toner ($9.90), gel cream and essence delivers hydration without the stickiness or an overly rich texture.

The products are imbued with grape water, apple water and natural vitamin E to protect skin from damage by free radicals in the environment and protect skin from cellular damage.

DivaAsia likes: The fact that we can pair the essence ($17.90) and gel cream ($16.90) together easily without causing skin to become overly sticky, which is the case when a moisture is too rich. This is good for younger skins that can do without heavy creams and skin that is prone to frequent breakouts.


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