How To Hydrate Your Skin This Summer | Clozette

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Summer is the season for dewy, hydrated skin that is smooth, plump, and moisturised. It's also the time for that no-makeup makeup look for that effortless Summer style. It would be great if we could all say that our skin looks flawless the moment we wake up; but there are just some days when we need a little bit more help in our skincare regimen.

So here are a few tips on how you can give yourself a hydrating skincare boost and get your skin primed for summer and beyond.


Hydrate From The Inside

When you think of the term hydration, you naturally think of water. So drinking water through the day is key if you want soft, supple, and hydrated skin. You may even add a couple of slices of lemon to freshen up the taste (best thing about this, lemon water is also a great way to cleanse your body). You can also up your water intake through other sources such as fresh fruits likes Watermelon, Cucumber, and Berries.
Cut Down On Caffeine & Sodium

Nothing dries out your skin more than caffeine or a high-sodium diet. So drinks like coffee and caffeinated tea; and snacks like chips and processed food pull water away from your body. Excessive intake may lead to dehydration that results in sallow, dull skin. But if you absolutely need to have your morning cup of coffee or tea, ensure that you follow it up with at least a glass of water to cut down its dehydrating properties. 

Focus On Hydrating Skincare

Complement your new healthy (and well-hydrated) lifestyle with a skincare regimen that is focused on pumping moisture back into your skin for a healthy radiance. Start by first gently exfoliating your skin every few days to get rid of any dry patches. Then with a clean face, layer skincare products that offer hydrating results such as the Estée Lauder Nutritious Vitality8 skincare range. The combination of its 8 powerful ingredients result in skin that looks youthful, vibrant and nourished--with visible results in just 8 days. It's great for those looking to give their skin a quick boost.

Sheet Masks

When your skin needs a good boost at night (and for those times when you just want to have a relaxing treat after a long day), a hydrating sheet mask is your best friend. It gives your skin a quick pick-me-up and can be done any time of the day--either before bed or in the morning before your makeup routine. When your skin is feeling particularly dry and stressed, a sheet mask will quickly plump it back with moisture for a glowing and radiant complexion.

Hydrating At-Home Facials

For those days when you're in between facial appointments, give your skin the hydrating boost it needs through at-home facial masks made with natural ingredients. Give these homemade mask recipes from Clozette Ambassador Crystal Phuong a try. All you need are a couple of tomatoes as the base ingredient. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes before rinsing.



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If a product is cheaper and does an equal (and at times better job) than a highend product, it's definitely something to rave about. After all, who doesn't love a good deal? 

So here's to proving that a makeup hoarding habit doesn't have to be expensive. Bask in the wonderful world of makeup without having to break the bank with these 3 drugstore dupes.


Urban Decay NAKED Palette & MUA Undressed Palette

Urban Decay's NAKED Palette (US$54) is a cult product, with beauty girls everywhere impressed with its pigmentation, colour selection, and creamy blendability. But if you're looking for something that comes at a fraction of its cost and has a similar colour selection (a mix of nude shimmers and mattes), then check out the MUA Undressed Palette ($7). While the eyeshadows may not be as creamy to the touch as the NAKED Palette, the colours are pretty spot-on with decent pigmentation.

Anastasia Brow Wiz & Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Pencil

There's no doubt that the Anastasia Brow Wiz (US$21) is one of the best brow product out in the market today. Its slim, precise tip allows you to draw the most natural brow shape and create the illusion of texture. But if you're on the budget, give the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow (US$4) a try. It has an equally silky smooth texture to define and shape your brows. In fact, we may actually like this more for its angled precision that makes it easier to create defined and well-shaped brows.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer vs e.l.f Baked Highlighter

If you love highlighters as much as we do, then you'll love this dupe. The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer (US$24) is a honey-hued highlighter that adds a pop of sheen to your cheekbones for a subtle glow. It's also probably one of the most talked about highlighters in the beauty world (other than Hourglass' Ambient Light Powder). For a cheaper alternative, turn to e.l.f Baked Highlighter in Moon Pearl (US$3) for a pretty close dupe--the only difference is that e.l.f's is a bit cooler toned. But as a whole, both products give that sheer, lit-from-within glow that lasts.



Being a woman has its ups and downs. One being that there is pressure to uphold the standards of beauty seen around media, another is being stereotyped to do "girly" tasks and domestication. We may not be aware of it, but sometimes we adhere to these pressures put by society because of what society has dictated upon us in our past experiences.

This time, how about not looking back or having regrets? How about not giving in to labels, pressures, and what have have you. This time, we’re looking forward. We're focusing on the future and inspiring others and ourselves in the process. This is what #faceforward is all about. 

Here are 3 promises you can tell to your future self. And in the end, don't forget to make a promise to the future and put it out there too. 


Keep On Doing What Makes You Happy

Margaret Zhang is a blogger, creative director, and a law student. How she manages to excel in all 3 is beyond us; but we believe it's because she is simply doing what she loves. As she notes: "We don't always have to do what people expect us to do."

And that's a statement to live by, promise your future self to keep on doing what you love--whether it may be something unconventional or something simple. As long as it makes your heart happy, keep on doing it. 

Dream Big

Tavi Gevinson is a writer, director, and actress and is without a doubt someone who knows how to dream big. Why settle when you can be so much more? And why stay where you are if you can go higher? Get out there and be with people who can make you a better person. Just as what Tavi Gavinson says, "Dress for yourself. Dream Big. Find your voice and put it out there."

Love Yourself 

Media is both amazing and scary all at the same time. It can be inspiring as it is able to share stories from people all over the world, but at times it can also ruin our own ideals about the world, the people around us, and ourselves. Sometimes media portray women as images that are too perfect that we tend to feel less about ourselves.

So promise your future self that you will love yourself, no matter what you've become, what you're doing as a job, who you're with, and what you're wearing. Because you are the only version of you, and you are precious.