A concise guide to summer skincare

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Winter is over, so throw out your thick, greasy moisturiser and opt for one that is oil-free, has plenty of SPF, and evens out your skin tone as it naturally darkens with the sun. Since even the best foundation gets oily as summer heat takes its toll, your best option may be a tinted moisturiser. However, if you must use foundation, opt for an oil-blocking primer.  Below are three essential summer products that are ideal for travel.

 

To BB or not to BB

This little miracle formula has taken the cosmetics world by storm, virtually eliminating the need for separate serums, moisturisers, primers, and foundations. Estee Lauder’s newly launched Double Wear All-Day Glow BB moisture make-up features SPF 30, vitamins E and C, and antioxidants. It is formulated for long-wear and is non-acnegenic.
US$49
Available at airports worldwide and online at esteelauder.com

 

Prime Time

Although both BB and CC creams are thought to sufficiently prime the skin for make-up, no one has the primer market cornered quite as well as Smashbox. The revolutionary Photo Finish line of primers block out oil and minimise fine lines and pores all day, with hardly any need for touch-ups. While Photo Finish comes in many varieties, the SPF 20 one is the best for the sunnier months of the year.
Travel Size US$15
Full Size US$42
smashbox.com

 

Or to CC

CC cream takes the all-in-one concept further with more of a matte texture and several additional skin-correcting properties. It is said to brighten up the skin and work towards evening out imperfections like wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars. Origins’ Smarty Plants CC packs quite a punch. It combines SPF 20 with a unique antioxidant capability that will block out other harmful environmental pollutants such as city smog, and actually neutralise them into vital hydration for the skin.
US$35
Available at select airports and online at origins.com

 
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