6 Tips For Brighter Skin This Summer | Clozette

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In the beauty world, once summer rolls in, it means that one, its time to switch our heavy foundations and moisturisers for lighter options; and two, that we have to immediately protect our skin and apply brightening products because the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage it, leading to dull, dehydrated skin.

While switching up our foundations and moisturisers is easy, combating dull skin tends to be trickier as you have to find products that perfectly work for your skin and actually deliver on its claims.   

Luckily, we have below 6 skincare tips that will easily help you fight dull, dehydrated skin for a brighter complexion this summer!


Don't skimp on the SPF

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SPF will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, preventing the formation of dark spots and brighten up your complexion over time; so don’t skip sunscreen, whether you’re indoors or outdoors! Plus, there are a ton of sunblocks in the market now, so whatever your skin type is, you’ll surely find your perfect one! Our recommendations? Biore, VMV Hypoallergenics, Kiehl’s, Crème Simon, and Nuxe!

Start using a serum

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Serums are "moisturisers on fleek” – because their ingredients are more potent and concentrated, this allows them to penetrate deeper into your skin and distribute its amazing ingredients! If you want to get brighter skin this summer, invest in a good quality serum, such as The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Serum! Its lightweight formula quickly absorbs into the skin to deliver efficient brightening and hydrating ingredients!

Drink lots of water and eat lycopene-rich foods

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Due to hot weather, we sweat; and when we sweat we lose water in our bodies, which can lead to dehydration. So always drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day to keep your body and skin hydrated and bright! And as much as possible, squeeze in lycopene-rich foods into your diet such as tomatoes, watermelons, papayas, mangoes, and carrots for that extra skin-brightening boost!

Use a sleeping mask

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Sleeping masks are godsends when it comes to brightening your complexion because they nourish your complexion and lighten any dark spots or hyperpigmentation while you sleep, allowing you to wake up in the morning with rosier, more illuminated skin! If you’re wondering which sleeping mask to try out first, go for our holy grail LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask as its SLEEP-TOX™ technology purifies skin, while hydrating and revitalising it.

Opt for subtle highlighters

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We all know the power of a great highlighter. So if you want to add extra brightness and luminosity to your complexion, strobe your face using subtle highlighters, such as the Hourglass Ambient Light Powders! Their soft shimmers will elegantly add dimension to your face to give you that dewy finish every one wants.

Don’t touch your face

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The best thing you can do to not only brighten your skin, but keep it blemish-free and hydrated, is to not touch and pick at it. Leave your face alone; if you see a blemish popping up, treat it with some tea tree oil or salicylic acid! Don’t try to pop it because it might spread bacteria and scar. Trust us, try to avoid touching your face for a week and you will instantly see a difference!


Got any more brightening skincare tips? Share them with the community by commenting down below!



After getting my hair done at The Hairshop at Paragon Shopping Centre, Redken’s Technical Hair Director, Xiao Hui, gave us the lowdown on her tips and tricks to maintaining new hair colours, as well as keeping it healthy and shiny.

So if you’ve recently dyed your hair or want to learn how to maintain its true shade, keep reading below for Xiao Hui’s tips!


Don't wash before going to the salon

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Before you colour your hair, try not to wash your hair the day before. If you can, two days would be better. Why? The natural oil on your scalp is going to protect your scalp from the chemical treatment!

Dry shampoo is a must-have

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After colouring your hair, do not to wash it the next day. Try to last without washing it for two days to help the colour last longer. And to keep your day 2 (or day 3) hair fresh, spritz on some dry shampoo. My favourite is the L’Oreal Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo, and I love pairing it with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to give my tresses some volume again.

Xiao Hui also recommends using a colour care shampoo for, at least, the next two weeks to make your new shade last longer. Also, she says, expect to see the true colour results of your new hair dye after a week.

Use hair products that will care for your hair

Did you know that the water, humidity, weather conditions, and environment of where you live affects the health and the colour of your tresses? According to Xiao Hui, the water and weather in Singapore turns blonde hair yellower and warmer. Which is why the Redken Blonde Idol Haircare range is the perfect haircare collection to use as it has proven helpful in maintaning and keeping the colour of your hair healthy. Even if you’re artificially blonde, the products will definitely help!

The Custom-Tone Conditioner in this range comes with a dial to allow control of the calibration of the blend of the two conditioners. The dual-chamber conditioner has a nourishing formula that helps refresh colour to preserve cool or platinum/warm or golden blonde hair. The conditioners also include Redken’s exclusive Kera-Bright System with kerabond which helps blonde hair stay healthy, beautiful, and strong.


What are some of your personal hair care tips? Share them with us in the comment section down below!



It’s clear that all of us want to have beautiful skin, but why is it that even after piling on product after product, some of us just can’t seem to get that healthy glow? Hada Labo invited us to Red Dot Museum last Friday to show us what we all are neglecting — hydration.

Dubbed as the Prince of Make Up, we were graced with the presence of Xiao Kai Lao Shi, celebrity make-up guru of hit Taiwanese lifestyle variety show, Ladies First, at the event.

Xiao Kai Lao Shi showed us how patting the product into your skin using your fingers, as well as massaging your face with your palm, encourage greater circulation and accelerate absorption of the product. Pair the use of the new Hada Labo Hydrating Essence with any Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion and it will guarantee even better results by amplifying the effect of any skincare product used after!

While most of us would opt for re-applying and slapping on foundation powder during our midday touch up, Xiao Kai Lao Shi suggests dabbing a few drops of the Hada Labo Hydrating Essence onto a makeup sponge and patting that onto your skin instead. That way, your makeup will sink in and moisture will be released to give that fresh, dewy look.

When asked about how one can differentiate between oily skin and hydrated skin, the celebrity makeup artist cheekily commented, “You will know the difference between the two – because when you have hydrated skin, people will naturally start to compliment you more on your beautiful skin.”

Over at the mini Hada Labo science laboratory, Dr Naelong Wang, General Manger of Hada Labo Asia Research Centre, explained the science behind the High Performance Penetrating & Deep Moisturising (HPP&M) Hydration Technology – a technology Hada Labo prides itself on.

One common misconception that most people have – as Dr Wang pointed out – is to think of hydration and moisturising as the same thing. You’ll be surprise to know that hydration and moisturising are actually two different things. While one talks about water penetrating into your skin, the other talks about preventing the water in your skin from evaporating and locking it in. With both, that’s where dewy, healthy looking skin comes in.

With the presence of four different sizes of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in their products — Large-sized HA, Medium-sized HA, Super HA & Nano-HA — the market leader in the study of Hyaluronic Acid (one gram of HA is able to hold up to six litres of water!) promises to deeply hydrate and moisturise your skin at the same time.

With hydration this deep, it’s no wonder Hada Labo has claimed its name as a hydration expert in the skincare industry, living up to its tagline — ‘One Drop Locks Up An Ocean’!


The new Hada Labo Hydrating Essence retails for $31.90 in Guardian and Watsons stores.