12 Best Skincare Products to Beat the Heat in Singapore

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In Singapore, the sweltering heat is a common villain for us. Whether it is umbrella season or the dry season, the heat and humidity is here to stay and our skin is not loving it. The heat and sweat that comes with it causes a multitude of problems — clogged pores, acne breakouts, more fine lines and wrinkles, the list goes on. There is very little need to worry though, because we’ve got you covered. Beauty Insider lets you in on the best skincare products perfect for the hot climate in Singapore to beat the heat any time!

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

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No sun care routine is complete without a sunscreen. Without one, your skin is more likely to be susceptible to sun damage, which can cause premature fine lines as well as hyperpigmentation. So give your skin its much-needed protection with this well-loved Supergoop! sunscreen. The Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 is packed with antioxidants to fight off the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, it smoothens and preps your skin for flawless makeup application. Check out this product review by YouTuber Yana Irbe.

Here is why we love this product:

  • Non-sticky finish
  • Does not leave any white cast
  • Weightless on skin

Reviewers are raving about this sunscreen and we are too! Perfect for every skin type, it provides everything you need in a sunscreen from strong UV protection to its smooth finish. This is your go-to sunscreen for everyday use.

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Price: $50 at Sephora

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Académie scientifique de beauté Exfoliating Heating Paste

This Exfoliating hating paste is in a form of a scrub that will heat when it comes in contact with the skin. Its main purpose is to unclog your pores and eliminate any residues or impurities efficiently off your skin. Additionally, it is formulated as an enzymatic exfoliating complex that helps gently remove your dead skin cells.

Not only that, this scrub also aids in protecting your skin from environmental pollution and sun damage. After using this formula, your skin will definitely be feeling fresh, clear and the sizes of your pores will be reduced.

Here’s why we love this product:

  • Deep cleanses your pores
  • Heating and exfoliating scrub
  • Leaves your skin feeling smooth, clear and fresh

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Biore Facial Foam Deep Clean

Take a break from all the sweat and grime accumulated on your skin with this Biore facial wash! Made with Biore’s improved Skin Purifying Technology, this facial wash boasts deep cleansing properties without stripping away the skin’s natural moisture!  

Here is why we love this product:

  • Removes excess sebum
  • Minimises pore appearance
  • Gentle on the skin

This product is the next holy grail for people with oily to combination skin types. It does wonders for the skin by gently cleansing the skin while removing all the dirt and excess sebum. Reviewers even swear by this product!

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Price: $7.90 at Guardian

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Origins Age-defense Moisturizer with White Tea

People with oily skin types can be victims to dryness too. With the sun’s harsh UV rays, it causes a loss of moisture to the skin, leading to dry patches as well as excess oil production. What’s more, sun damage can bring upon fine lines and wrinkles on your skin, so you should never skip out on moisturiser!

For radiant and glowing skin, pick this Origins moisturiser. It is formulated with white tea, which is known to combat premature skin ageing from the inside and out. Plus, this antioxidant-rich moisturiser protects your skin from environmental aggressors for healthy-looking skin!

Here is what we love about this product:

  • High SPF
  • Free of any harmfuly ingredients (It is even ‘Clean at Sephora’ certified!)

The only drawback we have with this product is that it does leave a white cast. However, this product still does not disappoint when it comes to delivering intense hydration for all skin types. With its countless glowing reviews, you can expect nothing but pure goodness from this moisturiser.

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Price: $43 at Origins counters

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Blithe Pressed Serum Crystal Ice Plant

Sun damage can do a great deal in dehydrating your skin, which spells bad news for people with dry skin types. Combat this by complementing your moisturiser with the Blithe Pressed Serum Crystal Ice Plant. Infused with 63 percent of ice plant extract, this anti-pollution serum protects your skin from harsh UV rays and replenishes the moisture in your skin.

Here is why we love this product:

  • Paraben-free
  • Minimises the appearance of pores
  • Lightweight texture

Dry patches no more with this serum. Apart from having zero parabens, sulfates and phthalates, this serum nourishes the skin and penetrates the skin deeply to deliver a high concentration of active ingredients. Plus, it is  is suitable for all skin types too.

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Price: $58 at Sephora

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

For dull and tired skin, revive your skin to its former glory with this Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray. It is infused with herbal and botanical extracts that soothe and re-energize the skin whenever you need a quick midday hydration boost. Plus, it also doubles up as a makeup setting spray. With just few spritz on top of your makeup, an instant dewy finish is achieved!

This facial spray had earned cult status amongst beauty junkies. Reviwers are loving this product for its refreshing properties and its affordable price point. Looks like we are adding this facial spray to our shopping carts.

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Price: $12 at Sephora

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Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Charcoal-infused products are your skin’s best friends in the summertime. Whether you are facing dehydrated skin concerns or just battle with naturally oily skin, the fact remains that the sunshine can cause excess oil production. In order to clear your skin of all that oil and dirt trapped in it, use the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask! Formulated with volcanic scoria straight from Jeju island, this mask deeply cleanses the skin while purifying pores for glowing skin brighter than sunshine! Check out this product review by peachy opinions to see how well this mask fares!

Here is why we love this product:

  • Treats blemishes
  • Reveals smoother skin
  • Controls sebum production 

This mask is a godsend for people who struggle with oily skin types. This mask instantly refreshes your skin and it does not leave your face feeling too squeaky clean afterwards! We are not surprised that this clay mask has become a K-beauty staple among countless reviewers.


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Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel

The eye area is the most vulnerable to the harsh UV rays, so toughen up your skin with a handy eye cream! This Biossance eye gel delivers essential ingredients including marine algae and paracress extract to deeply hydrate your eye area. Additionally, it combats dark eye circles and puffiness for brighter and radiant eyes.

Here is why we love this product:

  • Improves skin’s firmness
  • Long-lasting hydration
  • Visible lift in the eye area

If you need an eye gel to revitalise your tired eyes against the sunshine, this eye cream is your best pick. Plus, countless reviewers are loving it for its effectivness!

Price: $77 at Sephora

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Boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens

Boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens

Midday shine does not stand a chance against the Boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens! Made with 100 per cent natural Abaca Tree fiber and black charcoal, these blotting papers absorb excess oil and reduce shine while being gentle on the skin. What’s more, it is also known to absorbs other toxins to detoxify your skin!

Here is why we love this product:

  • Does not strip the skin’s natural moisture
  • Does not disrupt makeup
  • Amazing light scent

Although these blotting papers might be a little on the pricey side, it has still made our list as it does deliver on its promise to seep up all the excess oil without irritating our skin. A definite win in our books!

Price: $15 at Sephora

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Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

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Aloe vera has been hailed time and time again for its sun care benefits, perfect for all-day fun under the sun.  Enriched with 92 percent Aloe Vera, this moisturising gel soothes any itching caused by sun burns for refreshed skin and even improvens the skin’s firmness. What’s more, it controls sebum production by balancing out the skin’s pH levels. 

Here is why we love this product:

  • Gentle on skin
  • Non-sticky finish
  • Soothes redness 

This soothing gel has become a cult classic among hundreds of reviewers and we can see why! The best part? This soothing gel doubles up as a hair treatment and a shaving gel, making it the perfect all-kill product!

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Price: $9.91 at iHerb

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Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Re-cover 

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Re-cover SPF 30 PA++

The sun can cause a myriad of problems and that includes acne breakouts as a result of increased oil production. Now, blemishes are no longer an issue thanks to this treatment cream! This colour-correcting treatment covers wounded blemises while protecting your skin from pollutant. Plus, it contains zinc oxide, which is known to heal and soothe acne. This product comes comes in a green cream and turns beige upon application. Check out what YouTuber Ruby Golani’s first impressions are about this product!

Here is why we love this product:

  • Non-greasy finish
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Cancels out redness

The only snag we have with this product is that the texture can be quite thick when applied. Having said that, this product does not congest your skin and has earned cult status as it truly does wonders for acne-prone skin types! No wonder it has received so many positive reviews. 

Price: $71 at Sephora

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Cooling products are essential in the hot and humind weather, so why not give your skin its much needed rejuvenation while pampering yourself to this soothing mask? Formulated with Avène Thermal Spring Water, this moisturising mask instantly soothes and calms your skin from any post-sun redness. Plus, it works to target puffiness all around your face!

Here is why we love this product:

  • Lightweight texture
  • Delivers intense hydration
  • Reveals smoother skin

Whether you struggle with dryness or excess oil, this mask is a must-have for all skin types! If you are looking to repair your damaged skin,  this mask is your rescue tool. The reviewers agree too!

Price: $40.70 at Watsons 

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Why Is It So Humid in Singapore?


Unfortunately, Singapore is found near the equator and falls under the tropical climate, which explains the everlasting humidity and heat here. In fact, the sunny island is located just one degree from the equator, which is almost on the equator itself!

What Are The Hottest Months in Singapore?


Yes, we know that summer in Singapore is perennial. Unfortunately, it can get even hotter than it already is.  Typically, the hottest months of the year are in April and May.

Take note that this may vary according to different years, so keep a lookout on the weather forecast!

Tips to Keep Your Skin Glowing in the Hot and Humid Weather

Reapply Sunscreen


Applying sunscreen once is simply not enough to keep your skin protected throughout the day. Hence, many dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen every two hours at least. Do use sunscreens that offer broad-spectrum protection as it protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate


The age-old saying to stay hydrated is one that cannot be dismissed. Aside from replenishing loss fluid, drinking water does wonders for your skin as it helps flush out all the toxins from your body. So you can say hello to radiant, glowing skin!

Skip the foundation


Although many foundations in the market do not congest your skin, it is still ideal to forgo the heavy-duty makeup on a humid day. The more foundation that is on your skin, the more likely acne breakouts may happen as sweat and makeup combined can block up your pores. Plus, letting your skin breathe once in a while is not too bad either!

Do not forget to exfoliate


The humidity can truly be a pain for the skin, causing problems such as clogged pores and acne breakouts. This makes it the perfect time to exfoliate more than ever. Exfoliating helps to melt away the dead skin cells and unclog your pores to reveal brighter and smoother skin! However, do not over-exfoliate as it strips away the moisture from your skin!