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With the rise of air pollution and our hot climate, our skin slowly loses radiance and clarity. However, this can be easily countered. So worry no more, whatever your skin type is, there’s always a solution and we've got you covered! Keep reading for some tips, tricks and recommendations.

What's the best skin care routine?

No matter what you've done or where you came from, you must do the basic three:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Moisturise (Use one with SPF during the day, and a richer one for the night)

From there, you can fill in more products as you wish whether there's any issue you may want to target. With that, here's the right way to do your skincare routine base on product types:

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Ampoule or serum
  4. Essence
  5. Eye cream
  6. Treatment (Like Boosters)
  7. Mask or face oil (For night use only)
  8. Moisturiser (or Night cream before bedtime)
  9. Sunscreen (For day use only)

Here are some of the best skin care products available that will suit all skin types.  

Top 17 Skincare Recommendations in Malaysia

  • Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser
  • Sothys Vitality Cleansing Milk
  • Simple Facial Wash Gel
  • Some By Mi 30 Days Miracle Toner
  • Klairs Supple Preparation Toner
  • HADA LABO Hydrating Lotion Light
  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Essence Lotion
  • Lancome Advanced Genifique
  • Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate
  • The Face Shop Yehwadam Snow Lotus Pearls
  • Etude House Honey Cera (Cream)
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
  • Sephora Collection Intensive Instant Moisturizer
  • Neutrogena Combination Skin Oil-Free Moisture
  • Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash
  • L’Oreal White Perfect Cream SPF17
  • AVENE Skin Recovery Cream

1. Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser

Best for acne and to get rid of blackheads

Price from RM81.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM81.00

Mario Badescu's Acne Facial Cleanser has been clinically proven to be effective in fighting acne thanks to its salicylic acid content. With exfoliating properties, this cleanser also gently purifies the skin to rid it of any other blemishes and impurities. Furthermore, aloe vera and chamomile soothes and calms the skin to prevent future breakouts.

Promising review: "This is the best medicated formula soap-free formula for sensitive, acne-prone skin. It has helped with my oiliness too. Have been using this since 2015 and it’s my top pick for daily facial wash." - Angelique

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2. Some By Mi 30 Days Miracle Toner

Best toner with tea tree oil - suitable for acne-prone skin

Price from RM36.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM36.90 shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM36.00

If you’re suffering from acne breakouts and need something to help calm and soothe your skin, tea tree oil is an ingredient with antibacterial properties that will help to alleviate your condition. The Some By Mi Miracle Toner is not just mildly-formulated, but has great cleansing properties to help rid your skin of leftover dirt and grime too.

Promising review: “I love this toner so much! It helps to heal my acne and makes my skin appear brighter than before.” – Shafikah Baistaman

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3. Etude House Honey Cera (Cream)

Best skincare cream for dry and aging skin - good for wrinkles

Price from RM10.00

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM10.00

Dry and saggy skin begone! With Etude House Honey Cera Cream, your dry skin will turn to plump and moisturized skin in just one use. It also contains ceramides, flower extracts, honey, and royal jelly extract to moisturize and nourish the skin, improving the appearance of wrinkles and elasticity.

Promising review: "This product has honey and ceramide with a handful list of skin benefits, (it) doesn't have (a) heavy feeling when applied to skin (and) it smells nice." - Yhllie

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4. Simple Facial Wash Gel

Best drugstore cleanser for sensitive skin

Price from RM16.50

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM16.50 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM17.64

The cleansing process is usually what irritates and triggers sensitive skin. Simple’s slogan, ‘Sensitive Skin Experts’ is here to further reassure you that their products are specially formulated for your sensitive skin.

Simple’s Facial Wash Gel is a mild cleanser infused with vitamins to gently cleanse your skin without irritating it. Formulated without perfume or harsh chemicals, your cleansing routine will feel much better and easier.

Promising review: "After cleansing, my face felt refreshed. There wasn’t any tightness in the skin nor any tingliness. It does what it is supposed to do with minimal ingredients used (and is) suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin." - Tine

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5. HADA LABO Hydrating Lotion Light

Best for dehydrated skin

Price from RM46.20

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM56.10 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM46.20

Not to be confused with dry skin, dehydrated skin is when the skin lacks water instead of oil. The best way to combat this is by layering lightweight hydrating products. HADA LABO’s Hydrating Lotion Light is infused with 4 types of hyaluronic acids to fully hydrate the skin, giving it moisture and bounciness.

Promising review: "(This lotion is) suitable for combination skin types. It really preps my skin to absorb other layers of skin care. Bottom line, this is hands down by far the best hydrating lotion I’ve tried." - busybodycorner

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6. Neutrogena Combination Skin Oil-Free Moisture

Best moisturiser for combination skin

Price from RM33.50

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM33.50

Nothing is more annoying than dealing with dry patches and an oily T-zone at the same time. The Neutrogena Combination Skin Oil-Free Moisture is here to relieve your problems. The innovative oil-free formula moisturises the drier parts of the skin and controls oil production at the T-zone. Give this moisturiser a go in our humid climate, and experience a fresh and matte finish all day!

Promising review: "This moisturiser moisturises my dry areas and controls shine in oily areas which is really good for me since I live under humid weather." - Priya

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7. L’Oreal White Perfect Cream SPF17

Best cheap skincare for whitening

Price from RM26.51

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM39.11 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM26.51

Dark spots and hyperpigmentation are caused by not wearing sunscreen and frequent exposure to UV rays. With L’Oreal White Perfect Cream, you can undo your mistakes and watch your pesky dark spots disappear! It is enriched with Melanin-Vanish and Tourmaline Gemstone to help reduce the appearance of dark spots.

Promising review: "(I) was delighted to see no sign of any oiliness, greasiness, redness or stickiness on my skin. My skin looked as soft, fresh, and bright. This cream also reduced my pore size, making my complexion look brighter, smoother, and more transparent." - road2beauty

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8. The Face Shop Yehwadam Snow Lotus Pearls

Best whitening cream with all-natural ingredients from Korea

Price from RM180.00

shopping_cart Joymix RM180.00 shopping_cart Hermo Malaysia RM279.00

Pearlescent skin is only a step away with The Face Shop's Yehwadam Snow Lotus Pearls. Formulated with snow lotus, domestic pearls and marine collagen, this cream helps you to achieve a beautiful and bright complexion with its intensive whitening properties. Simply crush the pearls and apply as it is. It will leave your skin feeling smooth and moisturised!

Promising reviews: "This cream has an instant brightening effect because it contains glowing white pearls and is an anti-wrinkle product. (I) love its special double care effects with real pearl-like capsules that delivers skin brightening in just few seconds." - Chanwon

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9. Sephora Collection Intensive Instant Moisturizer

Best skincare product for brightening and dry skin

Price from RM92.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM92.00

The Intensive Instant Moisturizer from the Sephora Collection is formulated with hyaluronic acid boosting complex and antioxidants to brighten and hydrate dry and dull skin. It acts as a moisturizer and radiance booster as it plumps up the skin, while also illuminating and brightening the skin tone with light-reflecting pigments.

Promising review: "This is a fantastic moisturiser with a slightly thick texture that blends into skin smoothly and absorbs quickly. Skin doesn't feel oily or sticky either. I would recommend this for all skin types but especially dry skin." - Nitasha Singh

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10. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

Best for oily skin and oily T-zone

Price from RM149.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM149.00 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM149.00

For a dramatic difference in your skin’s texture and moisture barrier, try one of Clinique’s most popular moisturizers - the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. The oil-free and dermatologist-developed formula is suitable for oily and acne-prone skin users

Lightweight yet powerful, it contains skin strengthening ingredients that provide intense hydration without the sticky residue.

Promising review: "I can feel my skin 'drinking up' all the moisture goodness. After using the lotion for about 3 weeks, I'm happy to say that my skin has been well moisturised and become more soft and supple." - Sabby Prue

11. Lancome Advanced Genifique

Best anti-aging skin care product 

Price from RM70.00

shopping_cart Lancome Malaysia RM70.00

This cult-favourite - and Lancome’s best-selling product, Advanced Genifique is a serum that will turn back time and bring youthfulness back to your skin. With just a few drops, this potent serum brightens, restores, and refines the skin’s texture in just seven days.

Youthful, radiant, and plump skin is finally attainable, thanks to Lancome Advanced Genifique.

Promising review: "I have been using this product on and off for more than 8 years. Although my curiosity in trying other brands and new releases sometimes got the better of me, I'd still return to this serum for the amazing results it provides." - JT

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12. Klairs Supple Preparation Toner

Best for teen skin

Price from RM54.00

When it comes to resolving skincare issues, many times, it starts with first ensuring that your skin's moisture barrier is kept intact. One easy way to achieve this is with this toner from Klairs that has been specifically formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to be a moisturising toner.

Gentle in formula, it is also packed full with botanical ingredients such as aloe, centella asiatica and althaea rosea flower so that it does not just remove impurities, but also hydrates, soothes, heals and protects your skin.

Promising review: "I use the 7-step method with this toner and honestly, it's the best thing that has ever happened to me. I have extremely dry and dehydrated skin and this is the only toner that my skin really fully absorbs!! (A) holy grail level (of) good!" - Xin Ying

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13. The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Essence Lotion

Best skincare lotion for wrinkles - no animal testing

Price from RM122.00

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM122.00 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM304.00

This Youth Essence Lotion is the first step of your skincare routine to prep and activates the skin for the next skincare step. Using potent plant stem cell technology, this lotion hydrates, plumps and smooths the skin’s texture. Your skin will feel smoother and firmer!

Promising review: "Despite having a gel texture, this Essence Lotion sinks in very fast with no residue on the skin. Despite containing alcohol, this product doesn't actually feel drying on my skin." - musicalhouses

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14. AVENE Skin Recovery Cream

Best skincare cream for eczema and rosacea

Price from RM67.00

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AVENE Skin Recovery Cream is enriched with thermal spring water that is known to rapidly calm irritated skin. It has a simple ingredient list and it’s paraben-free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free and preservative-free to ensure the formula doesn’t irritate or trigger any flare-ups. Soothing and hydrating, say goodbye to flakey red skin!

Promising review: "My skin loves this (cream) a lot; it made my skin more plump and healthy than it has in a while. It has also reduced my redness." - Rane Chin

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15. Sothys Vitality Cleansing Milk

Best cleansing milk for combination skin

Price from RM215.00

shopping_cart Sothys RM215.00

Loved by many for its softening effect on the face, this cleanser works to remove makeup and other impurities easily. With grapefruit extract as its main ingredient, your face will feel fresh and smooth afterwards. This cleanser is best suitable for the face and neck.

Promising review: "This cleanser is very effective at removing all makeup. Other cleansers that say they can be used around the eyes (have left) my skin dry and exacerbate the lines around my eyes - not this one!" - LovelySkin

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16. Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash

Best skincare product for men

Price from RM83.80

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM83.80

A do-it-all product for men, Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash is an energising cleanser that contains caffeine and menthol to not just remove dirt, grime and impurities, but also refresh and invigorate your skin. Apart from giving you a healthier complexion, it is also perfect to prepare your skin for a more comfortable shave.

Promising review: "Top notch facial cleanser. The smell is great and the caffeine really seems to "energize" your face. I use (it) every morning or after intense workout sessions." - Brad

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17. Lancome Advanced Genifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate

Best skincare product to reduce redness

Price from RM267.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM267.00

Red, irritated skin? Worry no more. Lancome’s Advanced Genifique Sensitive Dual Concentrate is a serum that will help soothe the skin from irritation, dryness, tightness and redness caused by environmental aggressors. Not only that, it’ll help strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and give the skin a healthy look.

Promising review: "This serum is amazing. It is a holy grail product (and) has calmed my sensitive skin. It definitely makes my skin feel softer too after applying it." - Nurfasihah Abdullah

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Identifying your skin type 

Often times, we get caught up in trends and find ourselves wanting to try the latest products that people are raving about. But buying the correct skincare products starts with knowing what your skin type is. And trust us, this makes a huge difference. Here are the five main skin types, explained:

  • Normal Skin Type

If your skin is neither dry nor oily, chances are that you have normal skin. Pores are usually small and not easily visible, and your skin tone is generally even, with few blemishes. In the rare cases when your skin is oily or dry to the point that it is flaking, it is also easy to resolve. Additionally, your skin does not exhibit an apparent amount of fine lines and wrinkles, nor does it display excess shine. 

  • Oily Skin Type

Due to an increase in sebum production, your skin appears greasy and your pores appear larger and more visible. You commonly experience blackheads, whiteheads, pustules and other forms of acne blemishes due to the excess amount of oil that is produced and you find it difficult to make your makeup stay on all day without sliding off.

  • Dry Skin Type

Your skin is patchy or flaky and you regularly experience tightness in your skin. Your pores are not visible and your skin is easily irritated. You may also be more prone to premature wrinkles. 

  • Combination Skin Type

The most common skin type - your skin type is a mixture of two kinds of skin type, resulting in dry areas around certain parts of the face, and excessive oil on others. Often, the T-zone is the greasiest part while areas such as your cheeks remain generally dry.

  • Sensitive Skin Type

Your skin could display the characteristics of oily, dry or combination skin, yet it is prone to redness and irritation. It is also easily inflamed, causing you to have to be extra cautious about the products that you use. 

Choosing the right products for your skin type

Now that you've identified your skin type, it is important to know which kinds of products would work best for your skin. This is especially so because no matter what skin type you might have, steps such as cleansing, moisturising and wearing sunscreen remains basic steps that ought to be taken. Here are things to take note of when putting together your skincare regimen:

  • Normal Skin Type - The easiest skin type to maintain, simply avoid products that make your skin feel either excessively greasy or dry. 
  • Oily Skin Type - Forgoing a moisturiser might actually make your skin oilier. Opt for one that is lightweight and oil-free. Do not immediately settle on products that dry out your skin as these might be harsh. Use products that contain gentle exfoliators and use Salicylic Acid to treat acne.
  • Dry Skin Type - Cream moisturisers might be better than lotions as they have a higher volume of oil. Avoid harsh ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide that dries out your skin even further and stick to products with moisturising ingredients.
  • Combination Skin Type - Stick to natural ingredients and products without fragrance. Use heavier products on drier areas, and lightweight ones on your greasy parts. Exfoliate regularly with a gentle exfoliator to unclog pores. 

At this point, we know that it can be slightly daunting to have so much to take into consideration. However, your skin will thank you for it. 

Conclusion: Give it time

Overall, building a skincare regimen is a process that will require lots of trying to know what suits your skin best. But consistency is key. Bear in mind that it generally takes an average of 6 weeks for you to see visible results. So give it time. At the end of the day, there is no quick-fix to getting the skin that you want. 

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