Vacation Ready? Best Skincare to Take For Your Summer Holiday
Summer holiday on your mind? If you are getting ready to fly for your summer break, don’t forget to pack the right skincare! We’ve lined up all of our favourite brands and products that are a must-have for holidays. From face masks and mists to moisturisers and sunscreen that last through the heat and humidity, here’s all you will need for that gorgeous summer selfie!
ILLUMIASKIN All 1n One Mask
If there’s one thing your skin craves on holiday, it is hydration. Whether this is caused by the dryness on a plane or overindulgence at the poolside bar, hydrating and nurturing your skin will help it look fresh throughout your holiday.
Now imagine restoring your skin’s moisture levels by a whopping 600 times! Packed with hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid, the ILLUMIASKIN All 1n One Mask is designed to restore supple skin and speed up skin repair. It comes powered with salmon DNA and adenosine/niacinamide for their skin firming and brightening properties. Hydrolyzed collagen enhances the skin’s elasticity while hydration hero HA attracts and locks in all that moisture.
ILLUMIASKIN Founder Kim Lim is known to have personally tested hundreds of face masks from around the world before curating the bio-cellulose material used in the All 1n One Mask. The result? It feels just like second skin!
ILLUMIASKIN All 1n One Mask is available online on their e-store shop.illumiatherapeutics.com and at the following outlets.
Orchard branch. 501 Orchard Road, #05-12B Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
Serangoon branch. 23 Serangoon Central, #04-26 Nex, Singapore 556083
Katong branch. 112 East Coast Road i12, #03-07, 428802
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Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream and Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil
Want an instant turn around moisturiser that will add a glow, no matter the climate your are travelling to? You have to get Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream! This famous cream loved by celebrities and supermodels alike, offers hydration in just 1 hour. Formulated with a combination of oils and ingredients. Vitamins C and E it will brighten your complexion in a jiffy. Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Oil and Rosehip Oil hydrate the complexion for a radiant-looking glow. There’s even Shea Butter to deeply nourish and soften the feel of the skin while Aloe Vera smoothens-out its appearance. We absoliutely love the delicate Frangipani Flower fragrance!
Discover the same spa-like radiance on holiday, with Charlotte’s Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil. With exceptional radiance promised in every drop, this facial oil will give you glowing radiance and results to make you feel beautiful! Having worked with collagen for years, Charlotte worked with experts from around the world to unfuse this facial oil with a next-gen plant derived collagen matrix that will help to supercharge your skincare routine, lock-in moisture and smooth and plump the look of skin over time! Just massage a few drops to clean skin after yor moisturiser, in the morning and evening. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen after. Perfect if your skin is dull from jet lag or having too many margaritas the night before. It even comes in a travel friendly 8ml size!
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Don’t forget to pack a facial mist for balancing inflamed and travel-weary skin! The holy grail of skincare and makeup, Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is loved by celebrities and makeup artists the world over. Encased in a brand-new gradient packaging, with the same unique formula, this versatile spray is a must for your summer holiday travels.
Moisturising and mood-lifting, it is ideal as a setting spray between layers of makeup or even as a soothing aftershave for men!
Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famous elixir of youth, Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir contains a blend of plant extracts such as Rose, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Peppermint and Grape Extract. A 100% natural concoction, it effectively hydrates, soothes and tightens pores instantly. Also doubling up as a setting mist it is packed with antioxidants to prevent your makeup from oxidising. A cult0favourite way to prep, set and glow!
Caudalie retails exclusively on the Sephora Singapore e-store, and in-stores
Drunk Elephant: Littles Night Out
Who better than Drunk Elephant to achieve the perfect summer holiday look! If your summer holiday plans include lots of sun and warm days, be cautioned that your skin is at risk.
Thankfully, there's Drunk Elephant. Whether you love basking in the sun or would rather stay out of it, Drunk Elephant has got you covered with skincare products to give your skin all the love and glow it deserves!
Get a power-packed travel kit with Littles™Night Out, that include four of Drunk Elephant’s favourite night owls. They resurface, smoothen and hydrate, all while you are busy catching up on your sleep! Start by washing off the day with Beste No. 9,and follow it up with a smoothie of T.L.C. Framboos, B-Hydra, and Protini. We;’ve got a special spot for the Protini™ Polypeptide Cream, a breakthrough protein moisturiser that combines an unprecedented concentration of signal peptides, growth factors, amino acids, and pygmy waterlily for immediate improvement in the appearance of skin’s tone, texture, and firmness!
Chapped skin? Take along a tube of Wonderwild™Miracle Butter an intensely nourishing salve that rescues and soothes dry, chapped and irritated skin. Perfect for travel and your flight bag, this salve comes with plant butters which shield the skin from external stressors and strengthen a compromised skin barrier. From wind burned cheeks, dry elbows, cracked heels, to chapped lips, its all you need for that extra TLC!
For another powerful ally, pack the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Fresh Day Serum a super-potent 15% vitamin C day serum with a powerful antioxidant complex, essential nutrients, and fruit enzymes. The result is a noticeably diminished appearance of signs of ageing and photo damage – with the perfect selfie glow this holiday!
Glowfully 7-Day Brightening Rescue Mask
Here’s one to brighten any summer holiday! The new 7-Day Brightening Rescue Mask by local favourites Glowfully is an intensive treatment repair mask to rejuvenate troubled skin for brighter, calmer and moisture-packed skin within just 7 days.
An immediate skin reliever, it is designed to be an all-in-one-fix for any skin emergencies - and we’ve had plenty of those on vacation!
Proven and backed by consumer testing results, the Glowfully 7-Day Brightening Rescue Mask is your perfect companion to effectively rescue stressed-out skin and get your glow back on track.
Soaked generously with a full bottle of 40ml mask essence, this intensive treatment repair mask works miracles to rejuvenate troubled skin for brighter, calmer and moisture-packed skin.
The magical powers of Niacinamide, Tranexamic Acid and Licorice root restore your natural glow for visibly brightened skin, while hydration powerhouse Polyglutamic Acid (PGA) and Ceramide work hard to protect your skin. Topped off with skin-soothing Cucumber, Bearberry, Aloe vera and Chamomile to combat redness and inflammation, this sheet mask truly is an all-in-one fix for any skin emergencies.
IWLT at Ksisters
Whether you love Korean skincare or are new to K-beauty, Ksisters is the one stop platform for all your needs. They curate hard-to-find Korean beauty, fashion and lifestyle products raved about by Koreans so you don't have to spend hours researching online! Each product is carefully handpicked and tested by their team, to ensure efficacy and suitability to our weather.
A top travel skincare recommendation is the IWLT Protecting Base Sun Cream, a sunblock that does not leave a white cast. It blends in naturally with your skin tone while leaving a natural glow. In fact, you will notice a naturally-lit effect from the moment you apply it!
Hate thick textures? This sun cream is a lightweight lotion so it won’t feel goopy on your face. It also absorbs quickly and can be worn as a makeup primer. Unlike other sunscreens which make you feel dry, IWLT sunblock will ensure an all-day moisturising effect on your skin.
For a hydration burst on your holiday, carry the IWLT Boosting Apple Soothing Wash Off Mask along. Also called the Snow White Pack, this moisture-filled gel mask contains extracts and key nutrients of apples that make the skin glow and feel supple.
If you are travelling with kids, take along the Botanical Therapy Waterproof Sun Lotion SPF50+/PA++++, a brand exclusive to Ksisters! Botanical Therapy grew popular in Korea through word-of-mouth in the mommy community.
This light sunscreen with SPF50+/PA++++, is made from 100% natural ingredients and has a lotion-like texture. Light and with no white cast after, it is long-lasting and a suitable match for any resort pool!
Sephora Collection Moisturizers
Rushing off on holiday and can’t wait for online deliveries? Just run into your nearest Sephora store and grab a couple of the Sephora Collection moisturisers! We recommend trying the All Day Hydrator, that comes formulated with 96% natural origin ingredients, and contains hyaluronic acid and brightening vitamins C and E.
It not only moisturises, but also brings radiance while protecting your skin from all things nasty. Double points for being ultra-lightweight, and milky in texture. You can use it as a makeup primer too! We are fans of the eco-design packaging, which means this tube is made of 61% plastic from sugar cane residue and its box is made of materials from sustainable forests!
If you are team matte, try the Sephora Collection Matte Moisturizer instead. A worthy companion for combination to oily skin, it contains squalane and reduces sebum without a loss in moisture. Made with 90% natural-origin ingredients, this matte moisturising cream is non comedogenic and clinically proven to be suitable for all skin types. Look forward to a matte finish that intensely moisturises your skin without the grease!
Paula's Choice - SPF Arsenal
You will find it hard to find a better SPF partner on holiday! Known for well-researched, targeted formulations that don’t lie, Paula’s Choice is the go-to skincare brand for anyone looking to make smart skin decisions.
Take their range of sun defence products for instance! Want an anti-ageing SPF formula? Try the Paula's Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30.
A universally perfect, lightly tinted mineral-based anti-ageing moisturiser with SPF protection, it minimises shine by absorbing excess oil. This daytime anti-ageing moisturiser is perfect for oily-combination skin and prevents premature ageing of skin.
For a feather-light SPF product, try Paula's Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50, This facial moisturiser for normal to oily skin, provides effective UVA/UVB protection while also providing hydration for a healthier, younger-looking complexion. The light weight formula comes enriched with potent antioxidants that fight environmental stressors. And for those who have oily skin, Paula's Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 will give water-resistant broad-spectrum anti oxidant-enriched coverage every day. A skin-softening lotion, its light and weightless texture is perfect for the face or body and leaves behind a smooth matte finish. Bring on the summer!
Tatcha Clarifying Clay Mask
Inflamed, acne-prone skin? Add to that the stress of a summer holiday and an indulgent diet(because why not!) and your pores will be begging for help! Say hello to Tatcha’s Clarifying Clay Mask, a creamy mask with a subtlewarming effect from Japanese Volcanic Ash. It absorbs excess oil with Okinawa Kucha Clay, and then ever-so-gently exfoliates and decongests pores with Japanese Konjac.
Off the southernmost tip of Japan’s mainland lies Okinawa, the home to kucha, a clay found only in the central and southern seas of these islands. This clay is enriched with minerals and nutrients and blessed by marine life. And for centuries, women in akinawa have cherished this clay as a timeless beauty secret, harnessing its superb oil-absorbing and properties as a hair powder or face mask.
Taking the same ancient secret a step further, Tatcha’s Clarifying Clay Mask warms,exfoliates,and clarifies for a brighter, smoother appearance. No long drawn mask wearing here! In just three minutes this mineral-rich mask absorbs excess sebum, leaving skin fresh and clarified.
Pixi H2O Skin Tint
Look forward to flawless hydrated skin on holiday with the Pixi H2O Skin Tint. A refreshing face gel that looks completely natural, it is both breathable and lightweight. Suited to all skin types it crafts a flawless finish without looking heavy like foundation.
When travelling, it is always good to keep your skincare routine simple and avoid overpacking skincare products. Some other holiday-friendly treats up Pixi’s sleeve include the Rose Flash Balm. This 3-in-1, oil-free, quick-absorbing formula instantly hydrates to brighten the skin. It is also great as a revitalising mask and primer that preps the skin for perfect makeup application after. You can also use it as a face mask! Just apply a thick layer on a cleansed face and leave on for 5 minutes, wash after to reveal fresh, hydrated skin.
If you love that pearlescent glow, make sure to carry the +Rose Radiance Perfector
A delicately tinted, rose-infused complexion enhancer that blurs and brightens to give skin a fresh finish. Just a tiny amount onto your cheekbone, brow and cupid's bow will enhance features and give you that holiday glow - even before you step into the sun!
Aesop B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel
You still need to moisturise your skin on a summer holiday - yes, even when it is hot and humid! Switch to a gel-based moisturiser that can lightly hydrate the skin, without making it feel sticky.
Aesop’s B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel is formulated to deliver incomparable doses of Vitamins B and C to intensely nourish and lightly hydrate the skin, and impart a smooth, matte finish.
It comes with a Green Tea Extract, Witch Hazel and Chamomile that are known to soothe, nurture and protect the skin. In fact, the swiftly absorbed gel formulation makes it an ideal option for those of us in the tropics! Use daily as part of your usual routine, or twice weekly when you need an intensive vitamin boost.
Premium skincare brand Porcelain is formulated in Singapore and harnesses the power of natural ingredients with technologically advanced formulations. Free of harmful chemicals, the range makes worthy additions to your flight bag, no matter your holiday destination.
First off, don’t forget your sunscreen. Rain or shine, every holiday needs a quality sun protection product that can save your from all things UV! The Porcelain Ultra-Sheer Platinum UV Protector is an organic sunscreen enriched with Platinum and 10 other natural ingredients. This antioxidant-rich physical sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB damage, while preventing inflammation and combatting premature ageing. Not a fan of sunscreen? This weightless texture, and lavender-infused blend will leave your skin feeling fresh and soothed - unlike any sun product you’ve used before!
For a hydration hero, also buy the Porcelain Deep Hydrating Lotion, a combination of natural Jojoba Seed and Rose oils, Vitamin E and B5, Sodium Hyaluronate and Hyaluronic Acid. The 5 in 1 toning lotion combats the free radicals in our environment and stimulates regeneration in the skin. Perfect for the frequent traveller to counteract cabin dryness!
ESTA Hand Sanitiser
Tired of the way your hands are looking after sanitiser overdose? Now you can keep harmful germs at bay with ESTA Hand Sanitisers that have a 99.99% killing efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 virus and other types of viruses.
Specially formulated with ULTRABactech™ it is derived sustainably from botanical sources and proudly developed in Singapore. The sanitiser can protect you and your loved ones against opportunistic microbes for up to 24 hours (Hand Sanitiser).
What’s more, ULTRABactechTM has excellent processability and superior biocompatibility, making it ideal to be applied on different products including mobile phones, wallets, keyboards, handbags, and more. Free from non-toxic ingredients such as Methanol and Acetaldehyde, the ESTA hand sanitiser is gentle on the skin and safe for the entire family - from the youngest to the eldest.
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen
What if sunscreen could truly be unseen? Sun protection wizards Supergoop have made all our SPF dreams come true with the Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen! The perfect companion for any summer holiday, it is a 100% invisible, 100% game-changing, makeup-gripping primer with broad-spectrum SPF 40 with a soft, velvet finish. The smooth, completely invisible texture works beautifully on all skin types, plus, its ingredients help protect your skin from blue light too. It’s also non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores. Red algae help protect skin from damage caused by blue light while Frankincense helps the skin be resilient and soothes irritation.
And there’s more of it to love! Now in a bigger tube, Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen gives you more protection and plenty to share.
Can’t travel with your skin doctor? Bring your favourite aesthetic clinic along on holiday with IDS Skincare’s range of effortless complexion soothing products.
Short for Extra Ordinary Asian Skin, EOAS is designed by Asians for Asian skin needs. The EOAS Lifting Essence is a spray that delivers a reduction in fine line sand wrinkles, and improvement in skin texture. Being a transversal product, it is suitable for even sensitive skin types!
Made with unique Asiatic marine and botanical active ingredients it delivers a moisture burst to the skin, as well as promotes firming and lifting effects to the skin.
To take along a non oily clinical sunscreen, get the IDS Skincare New Tinted Sunscreen that delivers UV protection and matte finish while evening out your skin tone. Wear alone for sheer coverage or as the last step in your skincare regimen.
This is no ordinary sunscreen either! The addition of Iron Oxide allows for greater protection against blue light and the tpatented technology gives efficacious anti oxidant delivery so you can be rest assured - your skin is good hands!
Philosophy: Hope In A Jar Water Cream
Hot, humid beach days may feel like the last place for a moisturiser, but believe us, your skin needs the hydration! Look no further than Philosophy: Hope In A Jar Water Cream.
A transformative, cooling water soufflé textured moisturiser it comes with a burst of hydration for the skin. An airy, innovative water texture it will feel cooling to the skin and be absorbed as quickly. The result? Super hydrated skin with a healthy skin that’s soft to touch. Proven to provide up to 72-hours of hydration and it features 20% hydra glow complex: a mix of enhanced hyaluronic acid, Norwegian glacier water and pineapple extract.
Dr.Jart+: Ceramidin Cream Mist
Did you know that flying on holiday can play a number on your skin? When you are thousands of feet above in the hair, the lack of humidity and extra dry hair can cause havoc to your skin.
Get your hydration levels back with Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin, a powerful moisturiser infused with ceramides to strengthen the skin’s natural protective barrier. Your skin isn’t a stranger to Ceramides- these are a natural protection barrier that save it from environmental aggressors. However, as you age, this protective layer weakens and is followed by loss in elasticity and suppleness over time.
The 5-Cera Complex in Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Cream is effective at visibly strengthening skin and preventing dryness in harsher climates. Whether you’ve got normal, dry or very dry skin and experiencing itching and discomfort, this cream will help to fortify and hydrate it.
Pyracantha Fortuneana Fruit extract helps boost the skin’s own ceramide production while Rhodiola Rosea extract assists in maintaining the skin's moisture level when exposed to extreme temperature differences. A perfect companion for your holidays - no matter the destination!
Wordsmith and marketer by day, Natasha is your go-to girl on all things beauty, travel and family. This mommy to two loves her cheese, a fab read and crooning to Ping Fong (don't we all?). Natasha also heads Communications at Expatgiving and helps volunteers find their dream non-profit role! Reach her at email or via her Instagram @sonattymama
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