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No redness, dryness or patchiness – banish skin woes and look your best for the year-end festivities with this solid skincare regimen BY ARISSA HA

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No redness, dryness or patchiness – banish skin woes and look your best for the year-end festivities with this solid skincare regimen BY ARISSA HA

You may be ready for the dinners and parties this holiday season, but your skin may not agree with you. What now? Instead of reaching out for the best concealer in your makeup arsenal in a bid to hide your flaws, we suggest you dive deeper to target the root of your skin concerns.


A number of factors can contribute to skin redness – rosacea, inflammation, allergy, the weather, and even stress. Although a splash of chilly water can help calm skin by constricting the blood vessels, sometimes you need a bit more than that. Soothing products can help repair damaged skin, or boost resilience.

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KENZOKI Moisturizing Lotus Mask, $106 (60 ml).

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Kora Organics Soothing Moisturizer, $65 (50 ml).

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1 Crème Simon Crème Universelle, $68 (30 ml). 2 Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Re-Cover SPF 30/PA++, $74 (50 ml).


Skin dullness can manifest with the accumulation of dead surface skin, making it look like you have a permanent grey filter over your skin. Slough off dullness with a clarifying mask, which not only gently exfoliates but also regulates sebum, so skin appears brighter and more even in tone.

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Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask, $148 (box of 5). 2 Fresh Rose Face Mask, $38 (30 ml). 3 Skin Inc Oxy- Recharge Bubble Mask, $76 (30 ml). 4 HERA Blue Clay Cooling Mask, $38 (50 ml).


The biggest culprit for fatigued skin, dehydration causes a number of problems, inluding skin losing its natural glow, enhanced lines, flakiness – even makeup doesn’t go on properly. Hydrating serums and moisturisers work well for your daily regimen, but sometimes you need to pull out the big guns.

Let skin soak up the hydration with the KENZOKI Moisturizing Lotus Mask, $106 (60 ml). The cream-in-gel mask is almost too beautiful to use as the cream comes suspended in the shape of a lotus within a hydrating cooling gel. The mask is super lightweight, goes in deep and saturates parched skin to impart a natural radiance.

The Fresh Rose Face Mask, $38 (30 ml), is made with real rose petals and formulated with antioxidants to help soothe redness and protect skin from free radical damage. The gel mask now comes in a smaller jar, so you can take it with you for some in-flight skin nourishment.

Made with hydrogel, a unique material that seals in hydration and prevents transepidermal moisture loss, and infused with 24k gold and damask rose extract, 111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask, $170 (box of 5), hydrates deeply and calms inflammation in just 20 minutes.

Unlike most masks that leave you with a drippy mess, the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask, $148 (box of 5), is made with breathable GORE-TEX, which helps the ingredients to penetrate skin without drying it out. The two-piece mask fits facial contours perfectly and doesn’t slide off.


The area that is most telling when you don’t get enough rest, the delicate eye area requires a lot of TLC in addition to a careful selection of products that are nourishing, yet don’t feel too heavy on skin.

A balm that feels instantly cool after application, the BECCA Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer, $48 (5 ml), depuffs and refreshes the under-eye area.

Lightweight and virtually undetectable on skin, the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream, $72 (15 ml), smoothens out lines and is suitable even for those with sensitive skin.

Containing active ingredients like retinol and peptides, the Patchology Restoring Night Eye Gels, $29 (box of 5), soothe tired eyes and help to brighten dark circles.

Formulated to target specific concerns, the Alcheme Personalised Eye Care, $65 (15 ml), is tailored based on an online survey to tackle problems like sagginess, crow’s feet, dark circles and fine lines.

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From left: Patchology Restoring Night Eye Gels, $29 (box of 5); Alcheme Personalised Eye Care, $65 (15 ml); It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream, $72 (15 ml).


Specifically tailored for fatigued skin, the Porcelain Beespoke Honey Facial, $425.86 (90 mins), harnesses the antioxidative and antibacterial properties of honey to rejuvenate skin. Coupled with cryotherapy, shiatsu face massage and red LED light therapy, this facial is the ultimate pickme- up before a big event.

The Radium Red Carpet Medispa Facial, $308 (90 mins), from Radium Medical Aesthetics starts off by giving skin a thorough cleanse using AquaPeel. Then a medley of anti-ageing and calming ingredients are infused into skin to refresh complexion. Skin is then treated to red LED and radiofrequency treatment to lift and improve collagen production.

Using a combination of high-tech equipment, the STAR treatment, $550 (120 mins), from EPION Clinic helps improve skin elasticity and hydration. HydraFacial MD uses a four-step treatment to gently exfoliate and infuse skin with nutrients without aggravating skin. Then, Sciton SkinTyte effectively tightens skin with deep infrared pulses. To end off the treatment, a 24K gold facial mask is applied for a truly luxurious experience.