The first beauty product I'd ever bought was a jar of day cream. 14-year-old me spent hours in the beauty aisle at Watson's in Singapore, reading the back of every product, each one full of hope and promise. Did I want radiant skin? Healthy skin? Blemish free skin? Oh yes, please. Finally, I picked one purely based on looks - it had little blue beads suspended in creamy white lotion that had me intrigued.
I've come a long way since and though good looks can't hurt, what I look for in a day cream are its hydrating and glow giving properties. And because I wear makeup most days, it also needs to be absorbed readily so as to act as a makeup base. These are my top picks:
Ultra UV protective daily moisturiser SPF 30+ (Hydrating) - I would never go without sun protection during the day so my foundation comes with SPF. On make-up free days, however, I slather on this product all over my face and neck. Not only does it protect my skin from the sun's rays, it also moisturises my thirsty skin, making it a winner in my books.
Sukin rose hip hydrating day cream - What an amazing cream! It simply melts into the skin on application and is hydrating
enough even for the drier cooler months. My
skin feels soft, smooth, hydrated and perfectly primed for make-up,
thanks to the beautiful blend of rosehip oil, pomegranate and kakadu
Antipodes Certified Organic Rejoice light facial day cream - The first thing you'll notice about this cream is its smell - the perfect blend of sweet almond oil and vanilla which makes it an absolutely pleasure to use. Its all-organic ingredients makes this a super hydrating cream that leaves skin feel soft and supple.
Vanessa Megan white tea anti-oxidant day cream - True to the brand's statement of“You should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat.”, this day cream is packed full of anti-oxidants to protect skin from pollutants, the sun and other environmental stresses. It has a light silky texture that my skin loves.
Dr LeWinn's private formula day cream moisturiser - This no fuss, fragrance free cream provides a healthy dose of hydration to my face every time I use it. It has a rather thick consistency but is readily absorbed by the skin without that greasy look or feel. A little goes a long way so that 113g jar lasts me months and months.