Boost Skin Hydration: A 7-Day Challenge That Works | Clozette

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t arrive at hydration city by hopping on board the water train. Depending on what your current skin condition is, you need to make pitstops and change gears to arrive at your desired destination — that is hydration inside-out.

Before you dismiss it as laborious, though, here’s proof that it’s actually easy. You just need to make a few tweaks in your routine and trusty aqua-rich, moisture-giving products like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel​ and ​Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule In Serum​. To prove it, we had three members of #TeamClozette — Jordianne, Dhivya, and Vicky — try a 7-day challenge that will give your skin the surge of hydration it needs.

Use a humidifier

More often than not, we find ourselves cooped up in airconditioned spaces — whether it’s for work or leisure. While the cold can be comfortable, especially when you live somewhere so hot, it can also be too drying to the skin. The easiest way to remedy this is by using a humidifier.

Hydration tip: Use a Humidifier along with a good moisturiser

At night, before going to bed, make sure you put on a hydrating serum like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule in Serum, which instantly quenches dry skin*. It also helps repair the skin’s moisture barrier and protects the skin from getting dry. The capsules found inside the serum release antioxidants that help fortify the skin barrier and protect against recurring dryness. After that, turn on your humidifier and sleep in peace — and hydration.

“Aside from getting cold and cough because of the airconditioning, I noticed my skin also becomes incredibly dry. So using a humidifier was a welcome change for me,” Jordianne says of the experience. “After doing it for seven days, along with using the Hydro Boost Capsule in Serum, I noticed I don’t have dry patches when I wake up anymore. There’s also a glow to my skin.”

*Based on SIUT Test Results

Quit coffee and switch to tea

Some of us can’t function well without coffee as fuel. But did you know that drinking coffee too much can affect how your skin produces collagen? And that means dehydrated skin and more chances of getting wrinkles. So instead of gulping cups of coffee, go for relaxing, antioxidant-rich tea instead.

Quit coffee and drink tea

Vicky tried it by slowly eliminating the coffee in her routine, although she’s a heavy coffee drinker. “It was pretty magical that after five days on the caffeine-free challenge, my skin became more radiant in the morning and definitely more plump and smooth,” she says. “I actually don't mind extending this hydration challenge and continue using the Hydro Boost Water Gel.”

The hyaluronic-packed Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is great for a surge of hydration. It’s an oil-free moisturiser that helps leave the skin more supple and smooth. “It really hydrates my skin instantly, and I noticed that my makeup has become more long-lasting after continuously putting the moisturiser on before I put on face colour,” adds Vicky.

Eat your water

There are a lot of excuses we can make for not being able to drink water. So the easiest way to still do it without having to lug a bottle around is to eat your water. How? Make sure you incorporate water-rich foods into your diet such as watermelon and celery.

"Undergoing the challenge was hard especially because the food around the office is unhealthy,” Dhivya said. “But I tried to make a conscious effort to eat and drink more water-rich foods.”

Boost your hydration with Neutrogena

*based on combined level of hydrating ingredients of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule In Serum and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel when used together

Amp it up by treating your skin to a vitamin-rich hydrating serum like the Hydro Boost Capsule In Serum, which is packed with vitamins E and B3. “Upon application, you just feel moisturised,” Dhivya says. “However, after a while, I notice that I look like I have highlighter on. It’s like a liquid highlighter but with lots of skin-caring benefits. Meanwhile, the Hydro Boost Water Gel is already a favourite because it’s so lightweight and gets absorbed quickly. After doing the challenge for seven days, along with applying the Capsule in Serum, I noticed that my skin texture has improved. My skin doesn’t feel as dry."

Get the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule In Serum here and the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel here.



The first half of the year has gone, but it isn’t too late to work on our mid-year resolutions. Every day is another chance to learn. Because of that, this month, we’re all eyeing stuff that can help us get through the day. Self-care and improvement is our top priority, and we’re looking at these fashion and beauty picks that can help bring out our better selves.


Deputy Editor

Top fashion and beauty picks this month include these Chloe C bags

The Chloe C bag, price unavailable

“Over time I've come to realise that investing in pieces that will last you a long time is better than acquiring trendy pieces on a whim. While I've dismissed the idea of buying designer bags before, I'm slowly warming up to it now. When you think of the cost per wear, it surely seems more practical. My eyes are on the Small Chloe C bag. The ones in the fall/winter 2019 collection come in hues that are hard to resist.“


Features Writer and Campaign Executive

Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance by Angela Lee Duckworth, price unavailable

“As someone who's about to reach life's first quarter mark in less than a year, my perception of things like 'success', 'fulfilment', and 'happiness' has become tricky. So I figured that maybe I can pick up some points from Angela Lee Duckworth's new book to give me a new and more positive outlook. Elaborating the ideas on her Ted Talk on the power of grit and how it empowers a person to strive for long-time goals, I believe this read will serve as a great inspiration and motivation to combat my impending quarter-life questions and dilemmas.”


Features Writer and Community Specialist

Orange-striped crop top and midi skirt

Kate Spade New York Summer 2019 RTW Stripe Crop Top and Midi Skirt, prices unavailable

"You know the quote that goes, 'Never underestimate the power of a good outfit on a bad day?' I totally agree with that. It's hard not to get sloppy in terms of how you dress when things get too hectic. But I would say that along with maintaining a proper skincare routine and exercise regimen, putting effort into your outfit will make you feel better, more confident and in control of your life. I've always loved dainty pieces with a splash of colour, and I haven't shopped for new clothes for quite some time so I'm eyeing these two cheerful pieces from the Kate Spade NY Summer 2019. I can wear them together or mix and match them with other pieces from my wardrobe depending on my mood."


Features Writer

Shu Uemura Nobara Collection Pressed Eyeshadow

Shu Uemura Nobara Collection Pressed Eyeshadow, SGD25 (Photo from: @shuuemura)

“I’ve never been really good at applying eye makeup because I have hooded lids and, therefore, do not have much space to put colours on. Usually, when I do a full-face makeup look, I waste half an hour trying to perfect my lids. That’s why my goal for this month is to be better at my eyeshadow game. For that, I’m looking for an eyeshadow I can practice with daily. I’m already eyeing Shu Uemura’s Pressed Eye Shadow from their recently launched Nobara collection because it seems versatile and can be used day or night. Their brick rose-tinged shades would add a pretty warm yet natural glaze to my eyes — perfect for a sublime look for casual affairs.” 


Community Executive

Facial cleansing device FOREO LUNA 3 in blue, pink and lavender

FOREO LUNA 3 Facial Cleansing & Firming 2-in-1 Device, SGD299

“As a fan of Swedish beauty tech brand FOREO, I was ecstatic when I heard that they will be launching the highly anticipated LUNA 3. What's cool is that FOREO now has an app which allows you to personalise your skincare, including the type of facial massage you wish! How convenient that the FOREO only takes a minute to remove all dirt and grime that causes breakouts after a long workday. My best takeaway is that this device removes your makeup while cleansing and firming your face, saving the hassle of using multiple products.”


Creative Manager

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask, SGD80

“I have eczema so my skin dries out really easily. I am excited to try Fresh's newly launched Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask. It's a two-step mask that is easily absorbed and leaves your skin supple the next day! Because I love going under the sun, I always need something to help replenish the moisture on my skin.”


Creative Manager

Samsung Galaxy Fit Silver

Samsung Galaxy Fit, SGD168 (

"As a fitness junkie, I’d love the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Fit for its fitness tracker. I think I can be dependent on it in ways that will surprise me. I can rely on it to monitor my daily sleeping patterns, which would help me to adjust my sleep cycle to get quality rest. This little device will help me understand my body in ways I’ve never imagined."

Next, improve your power dressing game this month with these tips.



Sometimes, it’s pretty hard to trust newly released skincare products. We want to make sure that they’re safe and effective for our skin. Thankfully, L’Occitane Beauty Market is here to give us some peace of mind. Here, you can come and see for yourself the natural freshness of your fave L’Occitane products. 

L'Occitane Beauty Market sketch

Experience the natural

L'Occitane Beauty Market event map

(Photo from: Hannahchia)

All around the adorable flower-filled market are booths where you can experience the freshness of L’Occitane. Take a walk around the modern take on the quaint farmer’s market to see what actually goes behind the creation of your go-to skincare products. For one, you can go and create your almond milk in an instant at Jaubert’s Almond Milk. Be sure to also check out the mythical Imortelle Reset Fountain, where time goes back and water flows upwards, showing you how the L’Occitane Imortelle Reset Serum can stop the clock for your skin. L’Occitane Beauty Market has lots of Insta-worthy and magical experiences in store for you, so take your time and explore.

Imortelle Reset Fountain

Imortelle Reset Fountain

Take part in L’Occitane Beauty Market workshops

Hands holding two jar of handmade bath salts

Bath Salt Making

If you love pampering yourself during bath time, then check out their Bath Salt Making during Mondays, where you can create your very own bath treat to take home. If you’re tired of wandering around, take part in their Tea Blending Workshop available on Tuesdays, and blend a relaxing cuppa for yourself. Lastly, for those having bad hair days during this humid rainy season, go to their Hair & Scalp consultation station to learn what’s best for your locks. 

Bring home the best

L'Occitane Beauty Market

After spending the day visiting all the stations at L’Occitane Beauty Market, end your day with a treat! That’s right — after trying out their best-selling products, you can take home the best of Provence for free. 

Want to try out this one-of-a-kind shopping experience? Head to ION Orchard B4 Station. Open from 27 June to 9 July, this serves as the first stop to L’Occitane Beauty Market’s tour around Southeast Asia. Skip the queue and pre-register here.