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5 Must-Have Items For A Lazy Skincare Routine

Lazy? Low maintenance? The thought of a sticky face from moisturizing scares you, but you still want decent looking skin? Look no further than the product recommendations we have put together to help you keep your skincare routine trim and simple, no-frills guaranteed.

For the lazy people who want well hydrated and decent skin, look no further than our round-up of skincare products for you to incorporate into your skincare routine, or lack thereof, perhaps.


Prevention is better than cure, and the same concept applies to skincare. Sun exposure is the largest cause of ageing, and even incidental exposure to harmful UV rays will destroy your half gone collagen cells.

Sunscreen is the most important step in a skincare routine, and all other efforts and precautions are taken to preserve your wrinkle-free skin are to nought if you do not use a good sunscreen daily.

For sweaty men with oily skin,


Biore UV Athlizm Skin Protect Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

This sunscreen is formulated for a non-sticky, mattifying finish which is perfect for a non sticky residue in the hot tropics of Singapore. The high SPF 50+ rating also guarantees strong protection from harmful UV-B rays (sunscreen has to be reapplied every 2 hours for maximum efficacy!) and PA++++ guarantees strong protection from UV-A rays which cause ageing.

For men with normal or dry skin,


Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Gel SPF 50+ PA ++++


This gel formula doesn’t leave a white cast when applied generously and sinks into the skin almost immediately upon application. Non-sticky, waterproof with SPF and PA++++ ratings, this sunscreen is guaranteed to preserve the status quo of your skin (sunscreen has to be reapplied every 2 hours for maximum efficacy!).


Essences are a relatively new concept that has been widely popularised by K-beauty. Usually considered the nourishing, in-between steps of a skincare routine, essences tend to promise a host of skincare benefits not exclusive to soothing, brightening, and hydrating.

Generally, essences are great for hydrating dehydrated skin which is why they are typically considered as in-between steps of a skincare routine.

Essences tend to work for many skin types as their primary function is usually to increase the water content of the skin.

Some essences for all skin types to try:

Hydrating, soothing and brightening:

This essence is a popular powerhouse in Korea, and multiple reviews have testified to its soothing properties. This has a sticky, gel texture that sinks into your skin quickly and doesn’t leave skin sticky to the touch.

Hydrating, soothing:

This Laneige Cream Skin Refiner is the first of its kind to emerge in the skincare market. With an ultra revolutionary formula, the Cream Blending technology patented by Laneige, this product’s watery texture settles into some creaminess when it settles into the skin.

Excelling at hydrating and moisturizing skin, this product packs a punch and is especially great for lazy people who want to keep their routine minimal.

A few layers of this product offers a similar level of moisture and hydration as your traditional cream-based moisturizers.


Nia what? This lengthy name is more an active ingredient rather than a product category. Niacinamide is an ingredient that is excellent for anti-inflammation, hydrating, fading scarring and controlling oil production.

With its host of benefits, this ingredient can be widely found in many skin care products you may already own.

The cult favourite:

The Ordinary. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% has been a crowd favourite since skincare influencers started introducing to their followers the benefits of including niacinamide into their routine.

This serum is fuss-free, potent and effective, delivering at once all the benefits of niacinamide. It has a gel consistency and is relatively lightweight. It leaves minimal residue and is easy to incorporate into your day and night time skincare routine.

However, first-time users of niacinamide should proceed with caution as the niacinamide content in this serum is of a relatively high concentration and may cause skin irritation.

Before fully incorporating a new product into your day or night time routine, it is always advisable for you to do a patch test on your under forearm or neck area to test for sensitivity.

The above product recommendations are neither medical advice nor medical treatments for underlying skin conditions, please consult a professional dermatologist should you be unsure of any skin conditions you may have.

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