Us mothers are notoriously short on time which often means that we end up neglecting our skin. After all, at the end of a busy day, a long, convoluted beauty regime just doesn’t sound like a good idea. I know, I know, it is important to take care of yourself and yes, prevention is always better than cure. Which is when I turn to these fabulous products listed below as a happy medium. After all, they aren’t just a cinch to use but also offer quick results — perfect for every busy mum and my current beauty lifesavers.
Allies of Skin 1A All Day Mask
Many of us complain that masks are troublesome, you have to put it on, wait for 20 minutes before you can wash it off. But the 1A All Day Mask is a supercharged booster that changes the game. A unique, multi-functional product that can be used as a daily booster for hydration, firming, protection against pollution and repair for damaged skin, this is a product that can be worn throughout the day and night to nourish and repair your skin. With active ingredients and antioxidants that help the skin to repair itself, this has been designed to be worn under sunblock and make up. Something that we can just slap on and let it do all the hard work? Sign me up now.
S$99, available here.
Estee Lauder Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Overnight Crème/Mask
I love overnight masks. Which is why this rich overnight creme/mask from Estee Lauder is on my beauty hit list. Not only does it help with deep hydration, it also offers nutrient infusion thanks to the use of their exclusive Pomegranate8Complex™. Hey, if it means I just put it on and then go to sleep and wake up with great skin, I’m totally sold.
S$106, available at Estee Lauder,#B2-52 ION Orchard.
Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque
Yes, yes, I know. Masks can be troublesome but we love this masque because it works as an ‘instant facial’ by exfoliating (thanks to crushed cranberry seeds) and nourishing at the same time! Apply generously all over face, leave on for five to 10 minutes and wash off for a rosy glow.
S$49, available at these Kiehl’s outlets.
La Mer Renewal Oil
Ok, I am the first to admit that I’ve never been into face oils but La Mer‘s Renewal Oil has changed my mind. Designed to mimic the skin’s hydrolipidic structure with a combination of water and La Mer’s proprietary Miracle Broth’s oils of eucalyptus and sesame, the Renewal Oil offers instant radiance and long-term anti-aging benefits. By helping to protect sin against external aggressors, this is perfect for mums who need a radiance boost or just a quick skin pick me up. Best of all, it absorbs into the skin so quickly that you reap the benefits without leaving an oily residue!
S$370, available at these La Mer outlets.
Philip Kingsley’s Daily Damage Spray
Something for the hair, this multi-faceted conditioning spray offers a plethora of benefits including protection from heat styling and adverse environmental effects. I usually spray it on after washing my hair as it helps to detangle and add shine but you can also use it when when hair is dry to remove frizz. For this busy mama who often just can’t be bothered to style my hair, this is super useful.
Available at Philip Kingsley, #03-08/09, Palais Renaissance
Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light
Hands up if like me you barely have any time to sleep much less do facial? If so, then this nifty little device is just the thing for you. By combining the power of coloured LED Light Therapy and Low Frequency Stimulation, this product allows you to self-administer a customised facial treatment right in your own home! The three lights include red (to help renew and repair skin), yellow (to aid brightening) and blue (to help soothe the skin). Our advice is to use this with any of your favourite water-based skincare — such as Skin Inc’s My Daily Dose or my favourite Deepsea Hydrating Mask — for best results. Our top tip: take this on the plane when travelling — your skin will thank you for it!
S$398, available here.
YSL Beauté Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow
I was a huge fan when YSL first launched its Top Secrets range but the Instant Moisture Glow is a new favourite of mine. Designed to be used after skincare and before makeup as a primer, this is a must have in my routine. Simply blend into the skin in big, upward sweeping motion and voila, you get glowing skin that best of all, feels smooth, soft like satin best of all, it is left feeling super hydrated.
$79, available at YSL Beauté stores and counters (e.g. #B2-34, ION Orchard).