You glow, girl! How to achieve popstar-worthy skin

Not blessed with K-pop star-worthy skin like Sandara Park? Here’s how to get an instant radiance fix for 24/7 glowing skin

Graphic design: Rahayu Binte Mat Hashim
Graphic design: Rahayu Binte Mat Hashim
03 Jun 2016

Graphic design: Rahayu Binte Mat Hashim

1. Keep skin hydrated

Greasy skin is not the same as hydrated skin. Shiny complexions are the result of too much sebum, and they can also be dehydrated underneath the shiny surface. Dehydrated skin tends to look dull, while perfectly hydrated skin gives off that coveted “inner glow” effect, thanks to its ability to evenly reflect light. We like Hada Labo’s hyaluronic acid-packed hydrating lotions, and the new Hydrating Essence, $31.90, keeps the moisture in for longer and even works as an intensive hydrating mask. 

2. Use brightening skincare – religiously
2. Use brightening skincare – religiously
03 Jun 2016

2. Use brightening skincare – religiously

The whitening skincare these days are not just for pale-skin fans, but are also for bringing out the skin’s true radiance. Mt Sapola’s Gigawhite XeTract serum contains a potent blend of proven skin-brightening Swiss botanicals that will inhibit melanin over-production and increase skin radiance from the inside-out. 

3. Keep makeup light
3. Keep makeup light
03 Jun 2016

3. Keep makeup light

Light is bright, as heavy or overly opaque makeup can absorb light instead of reflecting it, making skin look duller and more unnatural. Lancome’s Absolue Precious Cells White Aura Skintone Brightening Care CC Cream, $160, is the perfect mix of skincare and makeup, and makes your complexion look like it’s naturally flawless, sans makeup. 

4. Shine bright like a diamond
4. Shine bright like a diamond
03 Jun 2016

4. Shine bright like a diamond

Easy-peasy with IDS Clinic’s DD Diamond Dust Perfector, $90. This tinted complexion enhancing cream feels a little thick, but mix it with your regular moisturiser to thin it out, and it gives skin a natural-looking luminosity in all lighting conditions, thanks to tiny diamond particles. Also helps to keep your foundation intact all day in the heat.

5. Spritz often
5. Spritz often
03 Jun 2016

5. Spritz often

If you feel hot and bothered after a long day out, imagine how your skin looks! Keep it fresh through the day with Allies of Skin’s new Molecular Saviour Toner Mist, $69. The anti-evaporation facial mist is power-packed with charged rose hydrosol, a blend of antibacterial healing oils, colloidal silver, probiotics and antioxidant acai berry to calm skin from inflammation and the stresses of the day, which can make it appear red, shiny or haggard.

6. Get a high-tech facial - regularly
6. Get a high-tech facial - regularly
03 Jun 2016

6. Get a high-tech facial - regularly

Nothing deep-cleanses more thoroughly and revitalises skin deeper than a good facial. TaraBliss Spa’s renowned Lightening+ face treatment, $380 for 90 minutes (www.tarabliss.com.sg), is like a spa getaway and bootcamp for tired, sun-damaged skin in one. It incorporates an oxygen infusion spray, advanced dynamic pulsed light technology and an ultra-relaxing lymphatic drainage massage to erase dark spots and unveil extraordinary radiance – after just one session.  

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