[By Tricia Han]

Given the high humidity once we hit the warmer months, it is always a challenge to look put-together when one is on the go from morning till evening. Getting ready and having your makeup stay fresh for a longer period of time is so much easier if you’ve a good base to start off with. Without the need to conceal zit marks, pigmentation and dark eye rings, here’s our top 5 contenders for Best Complexion Enhancers in 2018, to help you put your best face forward with flawless looking skin. Whether you’re heading to a dinner date straight from work or making your way to the gym with a chance of running into that cute trainer who smiled at you last Friday evening, these beauty treats are truly essential that you can’t do without once you’ve laid your manicured paws on them!

Best BB Cream

Erborian BB Crème au Ginsengis a five-in-one BB Cream made with ginseng for flawless-looking coverage and protection, an incredible product that truly helps to awaken and revive dull, tired skin. During the growth process, the root of Ginseng pulls many nutrients from the soil, making it a prized ingredient that’s ideal for skincare formulation. Erborian’s ginseng takes four to six years to reach maturity before it can be harvested, and the essence is pumped into this beauty gem for enhanced moisturization and skin smoothening.

Boasting a lightweight formulation that comes in 3 different shades to choose from, it provides a buildable and mattifying coverage, minimizing the look of pores and skin imperfections for that perfectly primed base to be worn alone or under your favorite makeup look. Broad-spectrum SPF 20 helps to shield skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, giving you a well-covered, adequately moisturized and sun- protected complexion that looks radiant and feels velvety soft with a non-greasy finish.

Available from www.sephora.com @ $39 USD

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Best Loose Powder

Despite the price tag that comes with it, LA MER The Powder got to be on the list simply because it’s the best, and sometimes the best comes with a pretty penny. From moisturizers, lotions and face creams to cleansers, tonics and powders, La Mer prides itself with top-quality skincare products and has cemented her place as a top player in the industry that had stood the test of time.

Extremely lightweight, translucent and pleasantly smelling, La Mer The Powder is a luxurious makeup powder that’s universally compatible with all skin tones and types, hiding all imperfections to enhance complexions without making them appear overly charged.Infused with skin-renewing Miracle Broth™, this light-diffusing loose powder magnetically attracts to skin for a perfect fit and flawless finish. Air-spun seaborne particles – some of the lightest materials on earth – help this beautiful formula create an imperceptible finish and set makeup impeccably.Enriched with the brand’s coveted, ultra hydrating Miracle Broth™, this nourishing formula is so light that it appears to float, blending seamlessly into the skin to conceal pores and even out texture. Developed with light-diffusing, symmetrically shaped and uniquely coated air-spun seaborne particles that are touted as some of the lightest material on earth, LA MER The Powder magnetically adheres to skins when applied, creating an imperceptible finish that leaves them looking exceedingly flawless and feeling absolutely divine.

Shell out $95 USD and get it online from www.creamedelamer.com

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Best Home Peel

A DIY at-home peel is an excellent way to uncover brighter and more youthful skin that allows makeup to present and stay on better without a trip to the spa or doctor’s office. Composed of naturally occurring fruit acids, peels are intended to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells, giving the face a smoother and more radiant appearance. When used correctly, they are great complexion enhancers that minimize pores, even out skin discoloration and diminish the appearance fine lines and wrinkles.
A powerful resurfacing, revitalising triple-action treatment, Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask stars nature-derived, skin superfood pumpkin enzymes that ‘digest’ dulling dead surface skin cells, alongside skin-renewing AHAs and aluminium oxide crystals to instantly enhance radiance, refine skin texture and unify uneven skin tone. Skin may look a tad red immediately after use, but this should soon dissipate to reveal incredibly soft, luminous skin for a perfect base to ace your urban warpaint.

Retail @$58 USD for 150ml, www.peterthomasroth.com                          

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Best Spa Indulgence

The award-winning Opium Spa at the Siam, Bangkok has a theatrical, multi-storeyart-deco reception area that is almost worth a visit in itself. At the Opium Spa, only products from Sodashi, a skincare brand that gleams with goodness, efficacy and elegance,are used for their inconceivably gentle yet incredibly effective spa treats. Sodashi is a Sanskritword that translates to ‘wholeness, purity, radiance’, adjectives which perfectly describe the values by which all of its 100% chemical-free skin care products are created;drawing on natural resources from the earth and sea without compromise and as Nature intended.

The SAMADARA™ Ultimate Age-Defying Facial uses a sequence of timeless, anti-aging techniques rooted in Ayurvedic healing traditions that are designed to reawaken the skin’s natural healing energies. Turn back the hands of time and transform your skin with this intensely hydrating and nourishing treatment to increase firmness and elasticity, diminish the appearance of fine lines and restore a youthful glow. A Rose Quartz Crystal facial massage enables the powerful SAMADARA™ Ultimate Age-Defying Crème to penetrate deeply into the skin for maximum benefits, dramatically regenerating the skin with complexion enhancing effects while infusing a deep sense of well-being to both spirit and mind.

Now can we all say “OM”?

Splurge $8500 THB for pure bliss in your own private sanctuary @ www.thesiamhotel.com

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Best Clinical Technology

Bothered by persistent lackluster skin, resistant pores, stubborn pigmentation and lines that refuse to budge with anything and seeking refuge with a ton of foundation before you dare to step out to face the world? Medical lasers are currently the latest go-to, being the surest and most cost effective route in the long run to garner desirable changes of the highest level to enhance complexions sans surgery.

In the ever progressive K-Beauty world, korean ladies are now gunning for “glass skin”, a highly coveted complexion that’s so healthy and well hydration that it’s glistening and translucent like a shard of glass. As part of the Glass Skin Program, SW1’s Pico Smooth treatment uses the Pico Discovery laser in a skin smoothening protocol specially designed by their team of dedicated medical professional to harvest maximum benefits with minimum downtime. Tailored to the specific needs of different individuals, bespoke settings dictating specific intensities are customized to generate controlled damage at a specific depth beneath the topmost layer of the skin, stimulating collagen and elastic tissue production with appreciable improvement in skin pigmentation and uneven discoloration as an added bonus.The Picosecond technology allows the use of light as the unfiltered, direct energy source by virtue of its speed of delivery, achieving similar, or perhaps even better end results; with comparably lowered risk of possible side effects such as hyper or hypopigmentation, often a limiting factor when handling darker skinned Asians.

Paired with skin-soothing LED Red light photomodulation and skin-rejuvenating Happy Ending which infuses a cocktail of dermal elixirs including adenosine, betaglucan and glutathione deeply into skins, the Glass Skin Program is one scientifically proven regime that’s worth investigating if you’re looking to invest in something BIG to enhance your complexion in 2018.

Invest  $5885 SGD for 6 sessions Pico Smooth, 3-times LED Red Photomodulation therapy, 3-times Happy Ending, 6-time water infusion masks for GLOWING GLASS SKIN @www.sw1clinic.com

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