Good beauty recommendations can come from anyone—celebrities, friends, or even the lady working the beauty counter at your local mall. But great beauty recommendations? Those only come straight from the experts themselves. Dermatologists, aesthetic doctors, plastic surgeons, makeup artists, models live and breathe good skin care, so we tapped three experts for their top picks that don’t require you to break the bank to get first-rate stuff.
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“This is great for an extra boost of hydration with a mess-free application,” says aesthetic doctor, Dr Michelle Lim who herself boasts a to-die-for complexion. The mask boasts marine collagen, chamomile flower water and witch hazel, making it perfect for anyone with dehydrated, stressed-out skin.
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“I mix up a timberful of this miracle vitamin-enriched elixir to their pure vitamin C powder, then apply the resulting vitaminized concoction to prep my celeb clients’ skins before make-up. This is the only vitamin preparation I know that actually delivers pure, fresh vitamin C goodness to the skin right when you need it. And you see an immefdiate glow!” says Nancy, a professional makeup artist to the stars based in Kuala Lumpur. Vitamin C is known for its rich antioxidant properties and is abilities to soothe and balance all skin types.
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“This amazing, non-greasy moisturizer does wonders for dry skin without leaving a greasy after-feel” says Dr Kenneth Lee, medical director of SW1 Clinic, “It’s formulated with skin soothing and repairing ingredients, like ceramides, and antioxidants”. Just as the name implies, this cream is the ultimate reparative product for dry, distressed or eczema-ridden skin.
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SW1 Skin Gym ($58)
There are makeup removers, foaming cleansers, facial oils, facial milks and the list goses on. But once in a while, a star product comes to blow us off our feet, and in this case, it comes in the form of a self-heating “facial sauna in a bottle”. This thermal cleanser not only heats up on its own when applied to the skin, it is made from snail slime extracts that has been shown in studies to have superior skin healing properties. It does not lather up as this cleanser does not use any skin irritant ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfates or parabens, but it dissolves grime and light oil-based makeup effortlessly. Upon rinsing, it washes off flawlessly to leave your skin sparkling clean, invigorated, yet completely balanced and soothed, without that tight, over-dry sensation that accompanies cheap bar soaps or strong alkaline cleansers. Using a proper cleanser is key to maintaining skin health as a harsh cleanser may stimulate excessive oil production in the long run while making the skin feel dry in the short term. “I love Skin Gym as it keeps my skin clean as well as removes light makeup at the same time! The thermal is really good for facial blood circulation and often leaves my cheeks flushed and glowing pink” comments Janet Hui who is new convert to this Skin Gym after visiting SW1’s flagship clinic at Orchard Paragon.
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