Best Singaporean skincare brands to try: Handmade Heroes, Rough Beauty, Sigi Skin, etc

Best Singaporean skincare brands to try: Handmade Heroes, Rough Beauty, Sigi Skin, etc

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Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @rookibeauty

Not to start things off on a controversial note, but we have to ask: how is your shopping cart looking these days? In our case, it's pretty barren. Not because we want for none, but rather because we lack the patience to wait out the (understandable) delivery delays from international sites. If we had self-restraint in spades, this would logically lead to a decrease in expenditure. Too bad we're severely lacking in that area. Instead, we're coping by delving into the great, wide world of local skincare — and have emerged triumphant in our discovery of promising new formulas and innovatory labels. Below, the contenders tempting us into displacing our old favourites.

Cleanser: Rough Beauty Ash Black Soap Bar

Unless you've never been a teenager with overactive oil glands (lucky), it's likely that you've integrated a charcoal product into your skincare regime at some point. Known for their soothing, absorbent, and antibacterial properties, charcoal is highly effective at deep cleansing without causing skin sensitisation or flare-ups. Throw tea tree and eucalyptus into the mix and you'll essentially get a lean, mean acne-fighting machine. Just what you need in the time of quarantine- and mask-related breakouts, indeed.

Mask: Handmade Heroes Beauty Warrior Face Mask Australian Pink Clay

We've talked your ear off about the complexion benefits of pink clay since our run-in with Sand & Sky's cult offering last year. And it seems local label, Handmade Heroes, is in the loop, dropping a version including jojoba and sweet almond oil that promises a nourished, glowing visage. We've had the privilege of trying it out and found that it worked wonders on all pore-related problems. Whether they're clogged or, well, simply too large for your liking, this bad boy has got ya covered in five minutes flat. Pack it on a wet face and wash off after.


Serum: Skin Inc Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Perhaps Paris and Nicole got it right when they preached about The Simple Life (ha). In all seriousness, we are all for skincare minimalism — which is probably why Skin Inc's HA serum is such a good fit. This one comes a pretty short ingredient list but don't let that fool you into thinking it lacks potency. In fact, the brand has taken things up a notch by hydrolyzing its hyaluronic acid. This allows for deeper absorption and longer-lasting moisture, which translates to baby-soft skin in the long-run.


Moisturiser: Rooki Superfood Saviour Crème

They might be new to the scene, but don't denote them as amateurs just yet — yes, that's despite their name, ironically enough. As it happens, Rooki stands for approachable, easy-to-use skincare that channels the natural powers of superfoods. This is best exemplified in their moisturiser, a heroic cell-regenerating cream comprising antioxidant-rich kale, resveratrol-rich lingonberries and protein-packed chia seeds. We feel healthier just reading the ingredients list; a sound indication that it's probably going to be just as beneficial for your skin.


SPF: Sigi Skin Morning Glow Physical Sunscreen SPF 50 PA ++++

Hey, if it's good enough for Meghan Markle's makeup artist, it's good enough for us. Lightweight, moisture-granting, and a reliable shield from UVA/UVB rays, it's no stretch to declare this a game-changer in the SPF scene. A favourite amongst sensitive-skin folk and even those suffering from eczema, reviewers have also praised its non-greasy texture and brightening capabilities. Definitely give this a go if you haven't had any luck tracking down The One yet.


Facial Mist: Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist

In an alternate universe, we'd all have the time — and patience — to grapple with a jar of moisturiser whenever our parched skin is in need of a pick-me-up. Reality, of course, is a different story. That's probably how facial mists came about, really. This one is composed of an alcohol-free aloe, rosewater base, and a mix of probiotics that freshen up fatigued miens with ease. Spritz away.