In an age where there are a million beauty products and beauty guides to influence your buying decision, how do you find what’s the best product for your skin type (and your wallet)? We’ve created an easy guide here for you to select the best beauty products in Singapore. In this article, we’ll be sharing with you beauty tips, beauty hacks like how to choose the best health supplements and anti-ageing supplements for your lifestyle. In addition, we’ll also share what you need to look out for in beauty products. You’ll learn through our insight knowledge, that perhaps skin types don’t matter, too.
We know you’re stuck at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and not seeing anyone new, but that doesn’t mean it’s not time to think about skincare and beauty! Many individuals are taking this time to reset their skin, test new beauty products and even come up with new skincare treatments.
Well, it’s time to get your glam on!
All hail the ingredients list
When looking for a new beauty product, the first thing that comes to mind (other than how it will look) is the ingredients. Nobody wants to look beautiful for one night or day, and then pay for it with a skin breakout or rash for a week after. Girl, you’ve got to take better care of yourself! By knowing the ingredient list, you also help to support brands which use ethically and locally sourced as well as beauty brands that do not test their products on animals. When looking out for products, look for top-quality ingredients like TruMarine™ Collagen. Such products have been clinically tested in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study and were shown to promote a younger appearance of skin in as few as four weeks. If unsure, contact a medical practitioner for more advice.
Is your skin sensitive?
Knowing your skin’s sensitivity levels is a great start to choosing your favourite products. Always do a skin test or request testers to bring home before purchasing new products that contain certain skincare ingredients. Here’s a quick guide on how to do test skincare or beauty products!
- Put a small dab of the beauty product to either the inside wrist or inside the elbow. Zalora’s beginner’s guide to patch testing skincare products recommends the skin behind the ear too.
- Rub it into the skin thoroughly.
- Keep the test area small, just in case there is a negative reaction to the product.
- Allow the product to sit on the skin for at least 24 hours. Avoid taking a shower within the 24 hour period, since you don’t want to wash off the product.
- Check throughout the 24 hour period for redness, burning, swelling or any soreness to the skin patch area. If you do have these symptoms, gently rub off the beauty product using cool water only. Pat the area dry with a towel.
- Look at the test patch area when the 24 hours are up. If there was no skin reaction, the product is safe to use on your body or face.
For further reading, here’s the Health Science Authority’s Regulatory overview of cosmetic products.
Knowing your allergens list
Having an allergic reaction to your favourite beauty product is not fun at all. There are many horror stories of people out there who use beauty products that made their skin react adversely. So when looking for your next beauty haul, think about looking for products that are labelled as hypoallergenic or guides that tell you about the most common allergens in beauty products.
When it comes to other products like health supplements and anti-ageing supplements, you can email the brand to clarify any doubts. Who knows, they could even recommend a product that’s better or more suited to your skin/body type! Like for example, due to advancements in technology, there are new innovative formulas containing essential vitamins, key minerals and proprietary blends to help slow premature ageing, which suit your needs.
Sunblock and SPF protection
In sunny Singapore where the seasons are only hot and wet, sunscreen is ever so important. Even for you bronze goddesses out there. Sunscreen helps to protect you from those ultraviolet rays that are ever so prevalent in hot and sunny Singapore. Wearing sunscreen every day can help to combat sun damage to help you look younger and wrinkle-free, doesn’t that sound great? You know, sunscreen isn’t just a ladies thing, “skin cancer rates are reaching epidemic proportions in people under the age of 40,” says dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla, so men, sunscreen is important for you too.
It gotta be worth the money
When men ask us how much our beauty routine costs, the first option is to usually roll your eyes and mutter, “Oh you don’t get it” and divert the topic. However, we do know the cost of looking almost perfect. It is expensive when you add up 3 or 4 tubes of ‘liquid gold’ and the total comes up to about the price of a fancy night (including drinks) out in town. While you may occasionally splurge, the price of beauty can be affordable as well. While the Great Singapore Sale is cancelled this year, it is the opportune time to carefully select what goes on to your skin.
Reviews, reviews and reviews
Recommendations for the best beauty products can come from a wide variety of areas. Friends who swear by the latest health supplements, your mom who keeps bugging you to take some anti-ageing supplements and comments on your non-existent wrinkles or even online reviews. Read up on articles by famous beauty bloggers and editor-recommended beauty products to see what they say but at the end of the day, make sure you try it out! Nothing beats the first-hand experience. Take care of your skin and your skin will thank you.
Making your choice
At the end of the day, there are a few golden guidelines when choosing new beauty products or supplements. If you’re ever in doubt, seeking professional dermatological or medical advice from experts is still your safest route by ensuring that you know what your skin needs or doesn’t. Let us know through a message if this guide helped to clarify any doubts or if you have any questions about beauty products in general, we’d love to hear from you.