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What's new at Guardian and Watsons


Available at 12 Guardian stores, including Takashimaya Shopping Centre and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

The Swiss brand, which was founded in 1998, offers anti-ageing products that are free from preservatives, artificial fragrances, animal derivatives and artificial colours.

There are two lines of products.

Those in the Skincode Essentials range contain a medical ingredient called CM-Glucan, which is mainly used by doctors to heal burns.

The ingredient helps sensitive skin feel calm, hydrated and protected from signs of premature ageing. Prices range from $46 for the Gentle Eye & Lip Make-up Remover Gel to $104 for the Daily Defence and Recovery Cream.

Skincode Exclusive, the more expensive line, claims to help increase cell renewal and reduce fine lines and wrinkles immediately.

Prices range from $62 for the Cellular Cleansing Milk to $228 for the Cellular Power Concentrate serum.

The brand's bestseller is the 24 Hour Cell Energizer Cream ($88, left), in the Essentials line. It contains the highest concentration of CM-Glucan among all products.


Available at nine Guardian outlets, including Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Paragon and Great World City

Not all of the British pharmacy chain's in-house beauty brand's products are available here. But bestsellers such as the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Serum ($53.90); Boots Extracts Bergamot Body Wash ($11.90); and Mark Hill MiracOILicious Argan Oil ($17.50, right) - are sold here.

Prices range from $2.90 for the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Peel Off Face Mask to $69.90 for the Dermocare Anti-Ageing Line Filler Drop.


Available at three Guardian stores, including Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Paragon and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

The British skincare brand, founded in 1999, is typically stocked in department stores such as Harvey Nichols in the United Kingdom and Bloomingdales in the United States.

It prides itself on being a natural alternative to cosmetic surgery and has a long list of celebrity fans, including Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson and Kate Moss.

The brand was founded by Maria Hatzistefanis, the former beauty editor of Seventeen magazine in Greece.

Despite their scary names, some products have been hits, such as the Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Mask ($69, above).

This contains an ingredient from the red sap of the Sangre de Drago tree, which forms a protective film on the skin to protect against pollutants. The gel also contains anti-inflammatory properties.

Another best-selling product includes the Glamoxy Snake Serum ($229).

Rodial products are also available at Sccube The Apothecary (05-25A Takashimaya Shopping Centre).

Prices range from $39 for Stemcell Lip Balm to $299 for Bee Venom Serum.


Available at selected Watsons stores, including Takashimaya Shopping Centre

This new-to-market local skincare and cosmetic brand hit Watsons last December.

The brand, which is currently fronted by MediaCorp artiste Paige Chua and celebrity make-up artist Clarence Lee, has five products: the BB/CC Cream, BB + Nano Luminescence Mineral Pearl Powder and the UV White Nano Mineral Powder, the Exfoliating Jelly and Collagen Cleanse.

Products are formulated in Japan using nanotechnology - apparently to enable ingredients to penetrate skin easily.

Prices range from $39 for the BB/CC Cream (left, below) to $49 for the UV White Nano Mineral Powder.

Dr Vincent Auchane

Available at 10 Watsons stores, including Takashimaya Shopping Centre and Jem mall

The French skincare brand was founded in 2009 by Dr Vincent Auchane, a cosmetic surgeon in Lyon. Products are said to be created from his research into different skin types and the skin's capacity for regeneration.

The brand is known for its serums (right), which range from $85 to $89. Products from the brand start from $39 for the Cleansing Milk and Toner.


Available at Guardian stores, including Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Bedok Mall and Parkway Parade, and selected Watsons stores

Founded in 2004 by dermatologist Sung Jae Jung, the Korean brand began with a range of BB creams and has expanded to include cleansers, moisturising creams, masks and also a men's range.

Its best-selling BB creams are available for four different skin types ($38 to $47).

Apart from BB creams, the brand's Ctrl-A Spot Out serum for blemishes ($36, right) has received good reviews online.

A selection of Dr.Jart+ products is also available at selected Watsons and Sasa stores, but Guardian has the widest range.

Prices range from $20 for the Doctor's label Deep Moist Facial Mask to $62 for the Dr.Jart+ V7 Renewal Serum.

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