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As we greet the arrival of warmer months, our skin now has to switch gears and prep for a new set of beauty woes. Clogged pores caused by excess sebum and sweat can lead to acne among other skin concerns.

As moisturizing as your winter skincare regimen is, it may not be your best bet this time of the year as spring often calls for water and oil balance. We’ve scoured for three best-kept secrets to do just that and rejuvenate your skin this blooming season, with a series of new in skincare and makeup goodies this month that can be easily purchased from beauty outlets of Harbour City!

1. Keep it simple

Avoiding layering too many products is key. Lighten up your skincare routine to avoid clogging up pores as the warmer temperature allows your skin to produce and retain more of its natural oils. Simplify your steps and opt for products with a shorter ingredient list to cleanse, hydrate, and nourish your skin.

Begin your routine with Dior Foaming Cleanser, which is composed of 90% natural-origin ingredients. Infused with purifying water lily from the new Dior Garden and soothing cornflower floral water, the cleanser removes makeup residue and combats environmental aggressors such as pollution while gently nourishing the skin.

Avoiding the eyes, pour a few drops of Tatcha’s The Texture Tonic on a cotton pad and sweep over the face for a gentle exfoliation to slough off dead skin cells. The fruit AHAs, Niacinamide, Japanese Mugwort, and wild rose – among other key ingredients in the product – gently buff away dull skin and debris to resurface smooth and brighter skin.

Finish off the three-step routine with Dr. Barbara Sturm’s The Better B Niacinamide Serum. With the hero ingredients being Niacinamide – a form of vitamin B3, the serum provides the skin with the essential nutrient that boosts cellular processes. When applied topically, vitamin B3 also helps control excess oil to visibly refine and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, restore radiance, and repair skin barrier.

2. Hydrate the skin

One of the myths of spring skincare is to skip hydration altogether. Hydrating the skin is one of the essential steps to protect the skin against excess sebum production and sensitivity. It also strengthens the natural barrier of skin to keep it in tip-top shape.

Meet La Mer’s The NEW Advanced Treatment Lotion. While the much-loved serum itself needs little introduction, the revamped version comes with even more Miracle Broth™ formula. Its proprietary Liquid Hydrogel is what allows the serum to penetrate the skin to release waves of all-day healing hydration to soothe and renew skin cells. The Revival Ferment, on the other hand, helps protect the skin against visible irritation and sensitivity to reveal a calm and healthy-looking complexion.

Wind down at night with Kiehl’s new addition to the heralded Midnight Recovery family. The Midnight Recovery Omega-Rich Cloud Cream boasts a potent blend of botanical extracts to lock in moisture and boost plumpness for supple, more youthful-looking skin overnight.

2. Master the skin’s “yin and yang”

Don’t overlook what UV rays and irritations from face masks do to your skin. They are two of the culprits of dehydration, redness, and enlarged pores, which often cause blackheads and breakouts. Mastering the art of shine control and hydration is the prevention you need.

Prevent excess shine throughout the day by incorporating a mattifying primer in your makeup routine. GUCCI Beauty’s Sérum De Beauté Fluide Matifiant is enriched with moambe jaune tree extract, salicylic acid, and bamboo powder to blur skin imperfections for a smooth canvas while soothing the skin with antioxidant power.

Don’t forget to finish off your makeup with Clarins’ Limited Edition Rose Myrtle Fix’ Make-Up. The lightweight mist makes sure your makeup stays put all day without transferring onto your mask. The organic aloe vera, meanwhile, moisturizes the skin all day while protecting it against any harmful pollutants. The limited-edition also comes with a refreshing sweet scent inspired by Rose Myrtle, so you can fully embrace what spring has to offer.

A nice hydrating mist is a godsend as the temperature rises, especially one with an awakening floral scent.

Jurlique’s Exclusive Edition Rosewater Balancing Mist Five Roses is the best of all worlds as it combines the hydrating and healing benefits from extracts of Rosa centifolia, Rosa damascena, Rosa canina, Rosa rugosa and Rosa gallica from the Jurlique farm to deliver an instant burst of soothing hydration for refreshed skin.

If you’re after something fruity, the Passion Fruit Refresh Hydrating Mist by CANVAS is made with natural ingredients including – you guessed it – passion fruit, which is known for its effectiveness in locking in moisture and promoting skin cell renewal. The tropical fruit also restores the natural firmness of skin and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.


Make the best of the season of new beginnings and treat yourself to a revived, holistic beauty routine so your skin looks and feels revitalized and ready for the summer rays.

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