10 Skincare Products You Need to Combat Acne and Ageing

by Kayce Teo
LIFESTYLE  |  May 21, 2019
  • It’s a delicate balance between nourishing skin and overindulging it and causing it to break out.
    1 / 11 It’s a delicate balance between nourishing skin and overindulging it and causing it to break out.

    As you get older, skin gets drier. So you pile on thicker moisturisers. But ageing skin also gets oilier, because if you haven’t noticed, skin that is dry tends to overcompensate by producing more sebum. And to add to the bad news, your cell turnover rate also decreases as you age, which means that if you don’t cleanse your skin properly and remove the surface impurities, your skin will be even more prone to congestion and breakouts.

    So how do you strike a balance between curbing the breakouts and nourishing your skin properly? Products that do the former tend to dry up the skin, while those that do the latter might clog up the skin. But not all hope is lost, because there are products that can do both. Look out for key ingredients such as retinol, a form of vitamin A, which improves collagen production as well as promote skin renewal. It’s great for treating acne because it helps prevent dead skin cells from clogging pores. At the same time, it improves skin texture and diminishes the appearance of enlarged pores. The downsides? It’s not suitable for pregnant women, and will cause flaking. Thus, it’s best used with a super hydrating moisturiser afterwards.

    Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, is another super ingredient for fighting acne in ageing skin. It’s soothing, antimicrobial, and helps regulate sebum production, smooth out skin texture, as well as even out skin tone. Plus, it’s used to treat dry skin by improving skin’s moisture barrier and it prevents collagen glycation, so it helps plump up skin and fine lines.

    So here are 10 beauty products (five which have retinol and five which have niacinamide) you should add to your skincare routine, especially if you have ageing skin that’s prone to breakouts.

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  • Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum, $128
    2 / 11 Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum, $128

    This paraben-free serum is has a powerful formula that has a 6.5 per cent solution of retinol and retinol derivatives blend to fight signs of ageing such as fine lines and dull skin tone while decongesting pores and repairing UV-damaged skin. Meantime, a blend of white honey, cactus extract and ginger help rebalance and soothe skin.

    Available at Sephora

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  • Pixi Retinol Tonic, $22
    3 / 11 Pixi Retinol Tonic, $22

    (Also read: Best Lightweight Anti-Ageing Eye Creams That Aren’t Too Rich Or Sticky)

    This paraben-free toner has a unique time-release retinol to restore a youthful glow to skin. It also reduces fines lines and smooths out uneven skin texture while boosting collagen production. Plus, it helps strengthen skin’s moisture barrier to help lock in moisture so it doesn’t overproduce sebum.

    Available at Sephora

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  • Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer, $110
    4 / 11 Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer, $110

    Another paraben-free product, this hydrates skin and plumps up fine lines. Retinol, ferulic acid and an ECG complex work to smooth out skin texture, protect skin’s natural moisture barrier and reduces hyperpigmentation while protecting skin against free radicals that cause premature skin ageing.

    Available at Sephora

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  • Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% + Overnight Booster with Pure Vitamin A (Retinol), $52
    5 / 11 Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% + Overnight Booster with Pure Vitamin A (Retinol), $52

    (Also read: 10 Anti-Ageing Face Creams That Will Get Rid of Wrinkles And Fine Lines)

    Retinol and vitamin C work in synergy to fight signs of premature ageing in this powerful duo of booster serum. Mix a couple of drops of each into your moisturiser (the vitamin C in the morning, and the retinol at night) to see more even-toned and smoother skin. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are also said to be diminished with regular use.

    Available at Sephora

     

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  • Avene Physiolift Night Smoothing Regenerating Night Balm, $89.90
    6 / 11 Avene Physiolift Night Smoothing Regenerating Night Balm, $89.90

    This night moisturiser contains a gentler derivative of retinol, retinaldehyde, which makes it suitable for people with sensitive skin. It helps improves cell turnover while increasing collagen production, and also has hyaluronic acid to plump and moisturise skin, for smoother and more luminous-looking skin the next morning.

    Available at Watsons and Guardian

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  • Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial, $169
    7 / 11 Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial, $169

    (Also read: Tried And Tested: The Best Anti-Ageing Facials in Singapore)

    This leave-on treatment which has niacinamide is a powerhouse that helps unclog pores, kill acne-causing bacteria, refine skin texture, brighten skin tone and fade hyperpigmentation while you sleep. Hyaluronic acid and phospholipids hydrate and moisturise skin while probiotics help rebalance skin microflora to prevent breakouts.

    Available at Sephora

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  • Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, $115
    8 / 11 Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, $115

    Niacinamide is at the top of the ingredient list of this day-and-night moisturiser. It helps smooth out wrinkles, improve skin radiance and combat photo-ageing with ingredients such as algae and turmeric extract. Formulated with what the brand calls Reneura Technology+, this aims to help re-energise skin cells so that they can respond quicker and faster to skincare to alleviate signs of premature ageing. If you have drier skin, go for the Enriched version of this cream.

    Available at Sephora

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  • Starskin 7-Second Morning Mask 7-in-1 Miracle Skin Mask Pads, $48 for 20 pads
    9 / 11 Starskin 7-Second Morning Mask 7-in-1 Miracle Skin Mask Pads, $48 for 20 pads

    This is a leave-in treatment that comes in the form of exfoliating pads. You massage skin with the side that has beads to exfoliate skin and promote blood circulation, then you go over skin with the softer side which is infused with a serum/moisturiser that plumps up the skin. With ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, lactobacillus/soyabean ferment extract and niacinamide, this helps refresh, brighten and rejuvenate skin.

    Available at Sephora

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  • Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster, approx $58
    10 / 11 Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster, approx $58

    (Also read: 12 Anti-Ageing Eye Products That Actually Work)

    Mix a few drops of this booster with your moisturiser or apply it on its own to improve uneven skin tone, diminish the appearance of pores and wrinkles, and hydrate and soothe skin. It’s lightweight and suitable for all skin types, especially oily skin, and is free of fragrances.

    Available at Net-a-Porter

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  • 111Skin Y Lift Neck & Decolletage Serum, $495
    11 / 11 111Skin Y Lift Neck & Decolletage Serum, $495

    This high-tech skincare brand uses a proprietary ingredient NAC Y2 that was developed in a space programme to help in wound-healing. In skincare, this ingredient, with its high antioxidant properties, help improve skin resilience and protect it against environmental aggressors which cause ageing. This serum helps tone and tighten skin. Besides NAC Y2, it also has niacinamide that encourages collagen production while combating sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Other ingredients include Progeline to firm up skin, Lactil to replenish moisture and strengthen skin barrier, and Matrixyl 3000 to support elastin and collagen production.

    Available at Robinsons

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