The Truth About Whitening Skincare From Dr. Wu Himself | Clozette


Our recent 48-hour trip to Taipei saw us reuniting and sitting down for another chat with renowned dermatologist and founder of his eponymous brand, Dr. Wu. This time, our discussion ventured into what is considered one of the most prominent beauty trends in Asia: whitening skincare.


In the Western context, given the widely talked-about issue of race equality, “whitening skincare” is often viewed as a somewhat controversial topic. However, in Asia, to what extent do we equate whiteness to beauty? Is whitening merely about having, well, whiter skin? We don’t think so, and neither does Dr. Wu. We talk to Taiwan’s Godfather of Cosmetic Medicine about whitening skincare and the brand’s latest revolutionary DR.WU Glutalight™ Whitening System.


A woman with a bobbed hair takes a close-up photo of the Dr. Wu products lined up at a table with her phone.

Yes, whitening injections are a thing in Taiwan

Fun fact: the top three countries the majority of overseas patients come from to get this non-invasive whitening treatment are Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. “We customise treatments based on the frequency of their visits,” shared Dr. Wu.


A dermatologist, tagged Dr. Wu, wears a white coat and glasses and sits behind a desk and a black laptop while speaking into a microphone.


And yes, the Glutalight™ Whitening System mimics whitening injections


Formulated with key Japanese-patented ingredient, Gluthathione, the DR.WU Glutalight™ Whitening System is crafted to mimic the formation of whitening injections. The results from skincare products, as compared to an aesthetic treatment, may not be as quick. But it is more affordable and less invasive, so to speak. “The government is very strict on beauty product guidelines,” said Dr. Wu. “We started on creating the Whitening System two years ago and spent a lot of time testing and verifying the results with academics from good laboratories before doing internal testings.”

“The objective of our skincare products is to bring our science-backed, dermatological experience to users for the ultimate home care indulgence.”

Whitening is not about having whiter skin


“After observing different skin types for so many years, I realised what’s important to most is achieving an even skin tone and having smooth skin,” Dr. Wu revealed. “It’s not about having whiter skin. We place emphasis on healthy skin with a healthy glow – skin with a pink baseline resulting from good blood circulation.”

That’s why DR.WU launched the latest Glutalight™ Whitening System, designed to tackle the issues of dullness and uneven skin tone caused by free radicals and melanin.


A photo collage of Dr. Wu whitening skincare products. On the left is a photo of the white bottles laid with some cotton and beige cloth. On the right, is a shot of someone's hand trying out and swatching the products.

So yes, with Gluthathione, your skin will become fairer – but the skincare benefits of the Glutalight™ Whitening System is much more holistic than you think. Featuring four products tailor-made for Asian skin types – and sensitive skin! – the toner, serum, lotion and eye serum each work to make your skin appear brighter, clearer, softer, more even and moisturised than ever. The addition of Vitamin B3, B5, B6, and HerbEx Silybum Extract also help to soothe, relieve, repair, protect and hydrate skin. How’s that for a winning formula?

Other skin-protecting habits you should be observing


Of course, prevention is always better than cure. Besides using the Whitening System, make sure you’re caring for your skin by observing these habits as recommended by Dr. Wu. “Use physical protection like umbrellas, hats and masks. Understand the differences between using a physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen for various occasions. Most importantly, get plenty of rest to ensure hormonal balance for better skin.”



Discover the highlights of our 48-hour Taipei trip and learn more about the DR.WU’s latest Glutalight™ Whitening System here.


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Everyone gets butt acne, which is isn’t really acne at all, but a combination of blocked hair follicles and mild bacterial infection, that can be caused by a variety of reasons. Nobody really wants to discuss this with anybody, except maybe a professional, but it’s an issue that can be addressed, and we’re here with some hopefully helpful solutions that might help you tackle this not-so-peachy problem, privately.


Sitting too much


Sephora Collection Exfoliating Face Wipes

SGD10/~USD7.39


Yes, there is such a thing, and this thing is a contributing factor in butt acne. If you’ve got a day job, it’s a little difficult to get work done while you’re walking around, but at least it’ll give you some incentive to stretch your legs around the office. Alternatively, you can look into unclogging your pores with something simple like Sephora Collection Exfoliating Face Wipes, which can help remove excess oils and dead skin to prevent the acne from forming.


Stewing in sweat


Botanist’s Botanical Bar

SGD17/~USD12.57


This one may not surprise you, as sweat also causes acne on other parts of the body, including face, neck and back. Be sure to change out of your sweaty clothes after hitting the gym, or if you have the time, practice showering with a gentle soap like Botanist's Botanical Bar after working out to help remove the sweat, oil, and dirt that accumulate on your skin.


Dry skin


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair

SGD20/~USD14.79


If your skin type is dry, your booty may very well be dry and flaky as well, exacerbating breakouts down under. Look into an all over moisturiser like the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair cream to keep you super soft, and restore hydration to the area, to prevent further clogging of the pores.


Not exfoliating


Neutrogena's Body Clear Body Scrub

SGD9/~USD6


Sounds a little strange when you talk about exfoliating your butt, but using a product like Neutrogena's Body Clear Body Scrub can really help with clearing out the clogged pores that cause butt acne in the first place. This formula contains salicylic acid, but it’s gentle enough to use every day.



Tight clothing


Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap

SGD20/~USD14.79


Now this, came as a bit of a surprise to us. We had no idea that our fashion choices could directly affect butt acne at all. Tight clothing traps sweat and bacteria in the skin by preventing it from getting breathing room, so loosen up, and maybe grab some Mario Badescu AHA Botanical Body Soap to wash off all that grime and break down the dead skin cells that have been giving you grief.


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What are the things you typically expect of a good primer? A smooth canvas to put your makeup on? Longevity? Pore-blurring qualities? Cover FX recently launched a primer that promises all that, with a major bonus: pollution defence. This year, there’s been a growing trend among skincare brands when it comes to adding environmental stress-fighting properties in their products. With more people choosing to live in the city, constant exposure to smoke and free radicals is inevitable, resulting in rapid signs of ageing. Cover FX’s Water Cloud Primer adds to the roster of anti-pollution products that help strengthen your skin barrier against environmental aggressors and skin damage. Seems promising? I decided to try it for myself to see how well it holds up against other primers in the market.



cover fx water cloud primer


Packaging and Texture


The Cover FX Water Cloud Primer is neatly packaged in a minimalist white squeeze tube. Cover FX’s products are known for their functional, no-frills approach to makeup though in terms of design, this primer seems to err on the side of simplicity. Functionality, however, is excellent as the squeeze tube is perfect for delivering a controlled amount of product and minimising contamination.


cover fx water cloud primer swatch


In terms of texture, the primer is really something of a dream. It comes out mousse-like in a light shade of blue which appears transparent once blended. It’s lightweight and there’s a noticeable cooling sensation once it touches your skin—one which is quite similar to after-sun gels. I think this would really appeal to those who live in a hot, humid climate as it feels incredibly soothing.


Application and Wearability


The primer is spreadable though it sinks into the skin rather quickly so it felt as if I needed to put more on to cover all areas of my face. Its pore-blurring qualities are minimal; I don’t really struggle with large pores though there are a few on the sides of my nose and the primer didn’t really make much of a difference in that area. At the time, I was struggling with a bit of redness from the heat and the primer only managed to tone it down slightly. Prior to application, I also used a sunscreen which gives the skin a bit of shine though the primer managed to mattify the finish fairly well.


cover fx water cloud primer makeup test


As a base, it smoothed out my skin enough to make light work of makeup application. That being said, I don’t particularly have any dramatically uneven skin texture so I can’t say for certain how this will work for those who do. I appreciate how it minimised shine even hours later and there were fewer touch ups with this on when it came to oil control. Longevity is average though--it made my makeup stay on a bit longer than normal, but I could already see traces of wear after a little over four hours.




Overall Thoughts


I think the biggest selling point of the Cover FX Water Cloud Primer is in how it claimed to protect against pollution and blue light. The formulation is also skin-friendly in that it’s free from parabens, fragrance, mineral oil, gluten, sulfates, and phthalates. The fact that it’s vegan and cruelty-free is also a huge plus. As a primer however, I don’t think it does extremely well. At SGD58 for 30ml, it’s pretty steep in comparison with other available primers on the market, though not all of them have the same anti-pollution qualities as this one. I’m still on the lookout for a primer which can cover all bases when it comes to colour-correction, smoothing, priming, and getting my makeup to last but Cover FX’s Water Cloud primer has also led me to consider looking for alternative pollution-defence products to add to my skincare.


The Cover FX primer is available at the Sephora SG store and site.

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