21 Best Skincare Products To Battle Singapore’s Heatwave

By: Beauty Insider Journalist / July 1, 2021
Categories : Skincare

In Singapore, the sweltering heat is a common villain for us. Whether it is umbrella season or the dry season, the heat and humidity are here to stay and our skin is not loving it. The heat and sweat that comes with it cause 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!


Lotus Leaf & Aloe Calming Serum

This Lotus Leaf & Aloe Calming Serum is perfect for the tropical weather here in Singapore! It aids in calming and soothing your skin whilst brightening your complexion. Also, as this serum is infused with Lotus Lead Extract, it also serves as a powerful antioxidant that aids in neutralising free radicals that may cause signs of premature ageing.

Not only that, as we all know Aloe Vera has cooling effects, but it is also ideal as it is infused in this serum that will help with soothing and protecting your skin from too much of heat. What you’ll really love about this serum is that it is made of a wide range of natural ingredients that are grown on the island of Jeju. Also, as it is made from natural ingredients, this serum is perfect to be used on a daily basis. Additionally, this soothing serum can even be used on the most sensitive of skin!

Why we love it:

  • Calms and soothes the skin
  • Packed with antioxidant
  • Natural ingredients

Price: $49.00

Where to buy: Asian Beauty X Singapore

SAMAYA Ayurveda Hydrating Cleanser – VATA

This Hydrating Cleanser has a unique formula that provides your skin with the utmost cleansing and purifying action. Also, as this cleanser has been formulated with powerful Ayurvedic ingredients like rose, turmeric, Gotu kola and ashwagandha, it melts into your skin aiding you with the removal of your makeup and lifting impurities from your skin leaving feeling much softer, radiant and purified. Additionally, the aloe leaf extract in this cleanser aids with the soothing and healing of your skin, while contributing to the natural production of elastin and collagen in your skin.

Why we love it:

  • Thoroughly cleanse the skin
  • Dissolve makeup
  • Soothes the skin

Price: $160.00

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Cute Press All Day Bright Tone Up Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++

If you need a multi-use sunscreen, check out the Cute Press All Day Bright Tone Up 2-in-1 Sunscreen. besides having SPF50+ and PA++, it also helps brighten your skin. It has the benefit to help protect your skin, especially from Singapore’s hot sun! No need to worry about sweat washing away your protection as this sunscreen is sweat-proof and helps with controlling oil. It is also suitable as a primer base before your makeup application and is suitable for every skin type. It is not sticky and absorbs quickly as well. So, your skin can achieve a natural glow and shine! 

Why we love it:

  • Sweat-proof
  • Controls oil
  • Functions as makeup primer

Price: $22.90

Where to buy: Watsons, Shopee & Lazada

SkinGO! Bio-Repair Mask

If you’re still looking for the best skincare product to cool your skin down, look no further because the SkinGO! Bio-Repair Mask is the best! It is packed with all essential ingredients like ginseng extract, vitamin C, arbutin, and hyaluronic acid to ensure that you get the skin of your dream. This unique blend of ingredients helps to deliver intense hydration and nourish the skin, making it the perfect product to beat the unbearable heat. The SkinGO! Bio-Repair Mask is also highly preferred as it brightens the skin tone, softens the skin, and promotes a firmer complexion. Regardless of your skin type, whether oily, eczema or even sensitive, the SkinGO! Bio-Repair Mask is definitely a must-have item!

Why we love it:

  • Non sticky formula
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Hydrates, nourishes and soothes the skin

Price: $45.00 (10 pieces)

Where to buy: SkinGO! online store

Rock & Herb Perfecting Skin Essence Spray

Rock & Herb Perfecting Skin Essence Spray is an award winning product that is preferred by the locals. Enriched with AHAs fruits acids, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid, it helps to brighten the skin tone and ensures that the skin is moisturized . With a blend of witch hazel and biosulfur, it has antibacterial properties that effectively prevent acne and body odour. Simply spritz the Rock & Herb Perfecting Skin Essence Spray all over your body, including the face for instant soothing effects.

Why we love it:

  • Multipurpose
  • Helps to improve the overall complexion
  • Soothing and hydrating properties
  • Features 100% polypropylene airless spray

Price: $68.00 

Where to buy: Rock & Herb online store. Also available on Shopee SG, Lazada SG and Amazon SG.

5erenity2 Skincare Renew Serum

5erenity2 harnesses the healing powers of traditional Chinese medicine and marries it with modern science to bring you this nourishing skin-renewing serum. In addition to traditional Chinese herbs like ginseng and angelica, this serum also contains a potent dose of antioxidants obtained from peptides, niacinamide, retinol, green tea extract and hyaluronic acid.

By balancing the yin and yang of our skin, this serum helps to restore our skin’s balance and moisture levels and fortify our skin’s moisture barrier. Because it contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, the serum also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Upon application, skin looks refreshed and radiance is restored. Plus, we love that it’s suitable for all skin types.

Why we love it:

  • Protect skin’s barrier
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Reverse the signs of aging

Price: $98.00

Where to buy: 5erenity2

IRÉN Skin Quench-Up Hydrating Serum

As this serum is packed with Blueberry superfruit and Hyaluronic Acid, you can Quench-Up your skin on a hot sunny day. Also, it is infused with 12 moisturising ingredients and provides your skin with 12 times the moisture and hydration it needs.

Additionally, this hydrating formula uses a powerful blend of various moisturising agents that provide you with an instant and intense hydration that gives you a dewy and plump complexion. Other than those moisturising ingredients. there are ingredients like Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, Fructose, Trehalose, Glucose and Pentylene Glycol included to quench your skin.

Why we love it:

  • Intense hydration
  • Plumper skin
  • Contains blueberry extract

Price: $58.00

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Mediphyt Day Shield

The Mediphyt Day Shield is a product that works well in protecting your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. When applied, it works to keep your face looking much healthier and wrinkle-free. Also, as it is formulated with Z-cote and Hyaluronic Acid, this lightweight and non-oily cream have a texture so smooth that it aids in protecting and hydration your skin. Not only that, but it is also infused with SPF 35++ that shields your skin from harmful UV rays and infrared radiations.

Why we love it:

  • Protect against sun damage
  • Lightweight
  • Non-oily

Price: $113.00

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Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

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.

Why we love it:

  • 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.

Price: $50.00

Where to buy: Sephora

Académie Scientifique de Beauté Exfoliating Heating Paste

This Exfoliating Heating Paste is in a form of scrub that will heat when it comes in contact with the skin. It’s 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.

Why we love it:

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

Price: $57.55

Where to buy: Acadamie Beaute

For more information about this product and where to purchase it, click here

Biore Facial Foam Deep Clean

Kao Singapore 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!  

Why we love it:

  • 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!

Price: $7.90

Where to buy: Guardian

For more information about the product, click here.

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!

Why we love it:

  • High SPF
  • Free of any harmful ingredients (It is even ‘Clean at Sephora’ certified!)
  • Packed with antioxidant

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.

Price: $46.00

Where to buy: Sephora Singapore

For more information about the product, click here.

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.

Why we love it:

  • 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.

Price: $58.00

Where to buy: Sephora

For more information about the product, click here.

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.

Why we love it:

  • Soothes the skin instantly
  • Functions as makeup setting spray
  • Contains herbal and botanical ingredients

Price: $12.00

Where to buy: Sephora

For more information about the product, click here.

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!

Why we love it:

  • 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.

Price: $21.00

Where to buy: Innisfree

For more information about the product, click here.

Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel

Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel - Biossance | Sephora

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.

Why we love it:

  • 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: $77.00

Where to buy: Sephora

For more information about this product, click here.

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!

Why we love it:

  • 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: $15.00

Where to buy: Sephora

For more information about the product, click here.

Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

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. 

Why we love it:

  • 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!

Price: $9.91

Where to buy: 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!

Why we love it:

  • 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: $71.00

Where to buy: Sephora

AVENE, Soothing Moisture Mask 50ml | Watsons Malaysia

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!

Why we love it:

  • 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

Where to buy: Watsons 

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

What would this list of skin soothers be without the iconic SK-II PITERATM Facial Treatment Essence? With a PITERATM concentration of more than 90%, this essence feels refreshing and calming on the skin. It also has an ultra lightweight and watery texture that absorbs quickly into the skin without a heavy or sticky residue. We love that you can layer it on easily throughout the day as an instant skin refresher. Besides fortifying the skin’s moisture barrier, it also visibly plumps up the skin with moisture for a radiant lit-from-within glow.

Why we love it:

  • Lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin
  • Visibly hydrates and energizes the skin
  • You can decant it into a spray bottle and use it as a hydrating facial mist throughout the day

Price: $108
Where to buy: Lazada


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!