How To Get That Daily Glow With Minimal Effort

I'm a better person when I'm moisturized.

By Alvina Koh

May 6 2019

Mornings are tough. Apart from having to drag ourselves out of bed, many of us ladies spend a substantial amount of time putting on our “war-paint” for the long day ahead. The desire to look presentable, and of course, refreshed, necessitates that we take at least 15 minutes to doll ourselves up each day. Ugh, if only we were all Beyoncé and woke up looking flawless. 

However, having a good skincare regimen can really save you the trouble of slapping on layers after layers of foundation and highlight to achieve that radiant look. STYLEGUIDE looks into some non-negotiable essentials that all modern-day ladies should have on our beauty tables at all times. Here are 5 daytime skincare products that you should consider incorporating into your daily routine to get that glow working! 


Facial Cleanser: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Available at Sephora for $23 (50ml)

An extra-gentle gel cleanser suitable for all skin types, Fresh Soy Face Cleanser has been a cult favourite among many local influencers. Made to soothe and soften your skin, this cleanser functions as a good perk-me-up for the mornings! Simply squeeze out a dime-sized amount and massage it into your face for a quick facial in the morning.

Author’s tip: Massage it into your face for 2-3 minutes and cleanse your face gently with warm water.


Toner: Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Tone

Available at Sephora for $69 (250ml)

Infused with real rose petals, Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner is a winner for many of us beauty-lovers. Beyond the aesthetically pleasing packaging of this product that embellishes our beauty counter, its gentle formula is also amazing at clearing surface debris and residual impurities. This simply means you’re off to a clean start in the morning!

Author’s tip: Use your fingers instead of a cotton pad to apply this on your face. Massage the product in gently to get that hydration going.


Serum: Sunday Riley’s Good Genes

Available at Sephora for $148 (30ml) 

Known as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), products like Sunday Riley’s Good Genes are a must-have for that gentle exfoliation we need on a regular basis. Unlike most AHA products that might cause redness and inflammation to sensitive skin, this product is instead formed using a milder AHA (lactic acid), which reduces the chance of a skin reaction. The inclusion of other soothing botanicals such as aloe, prickly pear extra and cactus extract also hydrates the skin, making it a multi-functional serum that is well loved by all its users. Created with every skin type in mind, this relatively pricey product is a good investment that all ladies should consider purchasing – perhaps in the next Sephora sales!

Author’s tip: Apply the serum using your finger and avoid coming in contact with your eyelids and undereye. Highly recommended for individuals with sun-damaged skin as it helps to brighten your skin while working to fade dark spots!


Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly

Available at Sephora for $60 (125ml)  

A clear jelly moisturizer, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly is a light moisturizer suitable for daytime use! Not only does this jelly provides your skin with that much-needed hydration, but it also protects your skin from pollutant particles (read: dust, smoke, exhaust) that is mostly unavoidable in our urban city. Thanks to its one-in-a-million Clean-Shield Technology, this product creates an invisible and breathable barrier on the skin.

Author’s tip: One pump goes a long way!


Sunscreen: Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

Available at Sephora for $48 (50ml) 

When it comes to skincare essentials, sunscreen is definitely an indispensable step. However, finding an SPF-packed product that is neither oily nor leaves a white cast can be extremely challenging. Thankfully, brands like Supergoop have responded to consumers’ demands and released the widely popular Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40! Rich in antioxidants with a clear base, the oil-free product can double up as a primer due to its velvety matte finish. Include it in the last step of your morning routine to protect yourself against UVA and UVB rays, as well as infrared and blue light from your electronic devices.

Author’s tip: Besides the relatively steep price point (for a sunscreen), there is really no reason why one shouldn’t purchase this product.

There you have it - 5 skincare essentials that you should not miss out on. Be good to your skin - after all, you'll have to wear it every day for the rest of your life. 


Photo courtesy of Sephora.