Moisturiser is your best friend if your skin is dry as a desert and often prone to tightness or even flaking. And yes, even in humid weather like Singapore’s, packing on the hydration is still a must - lest you wish to age prematurely and suffer continuous discomfort. Here are some of the best face moisturisers for dry skin in Singapore for all budgets, from reliable drugstore picks to luxury celebrity favourites.
Read on for our list of 7 best moisturisers for dry skin in Singapore!
#1: Kiehl’s - Ultra Face Cream ($54)
Able to give 24-hour hydration with 2 to 3 times more moisture, the Ultra Face Cream ($54) is said to be Kiehl’s best-selling facial moisturiser. Despite its rich-looking, opaque appearance, it’s non-oily and absorbs into skin easily, and the lightweight texture makes it suitable even for sensitive skin.
One key ingredient in this face cream is Glacial Glycoprotein, which is derived from real sea glaciers and helps hydrate and protect while retaining moisture. Complementing that is olive squalane, which adds on to the moisturising properties.
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Get it here from Kiehl’s.
#2: Laneige - Water Bank Sherbet Cream ($52)
We bet the very name of Laneige’s Water Bank Sherbet Cream ($52) has already piqued your interest - but wait till you find out how it works! It isn’t named as such for nothing. This innovative new moisturiser is meant to be used frozen.
That’s right, you’ll first have to leave it in the freezer before usage! Surprisingly, the cream won’t come out rock hard, but instead will take on a “sherbet crystal” sort of texture which can be easily scooped up with the spatula provided. This refreshing ice cream-like formula will cool and soothe your skin, relieving it of any irritation and redness caused by sun damage or hot weather.
For a more intensely hydrating treatment, slather on a thick layer in the evening and use it like a mask pack.
#3: Bio Oil - Dry Skin Gel ($25.90)
You’ve probably heard of Bio-Oil’s multi-purpose Skincare Oil, hailed as a miracle product to heal scars, stretch marks, and hydrate skin. Less widely known is its cousin, the Dry Skin Gel, a jelly-oil hybrid that melts into a lightweight “dry oil” texture on the skin. Though it looks pink in the tub, it’s virtually invisible when applied, allowing you to easily layer sunblock or foundation over it.
Give this a go if your skin is prone to eczema or psoriasis symptoms such as itching, peeling, and flaking, for this is said to provide instant relief from such skin troubles.
It’s super value-for-money too, as it comes in a 200ml tub for just $25.90.
Get it here from Watsons.
#4: Glow Recipe - Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream ($60)
Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow range might just be their most popular yet, but we’re also going bananas for their Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream ($60). Like all other Glow Recipe formulas, this one’s made with real fruit and other natural ingredients like chia seeds, turmeric, and cica leaf - all blended together to create one yummy-smelling concoction that nourishes well.
Like its name suggests, it has a lightweight, soufflé-like formula that won’t weigh your face down yet comes packed with moisture. All you need is a dime-sized amount to quench your skin!
You can even mix it with a serum of your choice, such as the Watermelon Glow Dew Drops which has a 6-in-1 skincare-makeup hybrid function. Check out our unboxing video of the full Watermelon Glow range here.
#5: Augustinus Bader - The Rich Cream ($130)
What do celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, and Naomi Campbell have in common? Well, for one, they all have amazing skin for their age - and they all use Augustinus Bader’s skincare products.
This Hollywood favourite has finally made its way to Singapore, and believe it or not, The Rich Cream - one of their cult favourites - was formulated after a whopping 20 years of research using stem cell technology. It’s clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles after just 4 weeks, while providing deep hydration and reducing the appearance of scars and old age spots.
A 15ml bottle costs $130, while 30ml and 50ml versions cost $260 and $405 respectively. The prices might cause a slight dent in your wallet for sure, but this is one way you can achieve celebrity-perfect skin without going under the knife.
The Rich Cream is perfect for those with very dry skin, but if you’re worried that it might be too strong for you, try The Cream which is less intense.
Get it here from Augustinus Bader’s website.
#6: Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Water Gel ($22.90)
Those who don’t enjoy the sensation on thick creams yet have thirsty skin can check out the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($22.90), a wallet-friendly option. While keeping your face well-moisturised throughout the day, this also helps boost your skin’s ability to retain moisture.
Oil-free and non-comedogenic, this is tested by dermatologists so even those with sensitive skin needn’t worry.
Get it here from Johnsons & Johnson’s official Shopee Mall store.
#7: Estée Lauder - Nutritious Super-Pomegranate Radiant Energy Moisture Crème ($112)
Specifically created for Asian women, Estée Lauder’s Nutritious Super-Pomegranate Radiant Energy Moisture Crème ($112) will give your skin a detoxifying perk-me-up, now with double the amount of concentrated pomegranate extract than before. These pomegranates have been specially harvested from the Mediterranean basin, with their goodness extracted with an intensive 8-step process that ensures their nutrients aren’t lost along the way.
This is said to be able to tackle dryness and dehydration, as well as dullness and lost radiance.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG