Best Beauty Buys is The Singapore Women’s Weekly’s annual awards to discover the most effective and game-changing skincare, haircare and makeup products for busy women and their families. The products were road-tested by a group of mums, and these are their picks.

Here’s the uncomfortable truth: Dark spots are a normal part of ageing. They are caused by an excessive production of melanin, which is largely triggered by acne and sun exposure.

During and after pregnancy, some women experience hyperpigmentation due to the fluctuation of hormones like oestrogen and progesterone. This can cause patches of darkened skin to form, and overstay on your face.

Fortunately, what is also true is that dark spots can be lightened with the help of clever skincare. Of course, you should also do your very best to prevent more spots from appearing, by being diligent about applying sunscreen.

As for the spots that are already there, there’s no point crying over them. We recommend trying these gentle yet effective products with active ingredients like retinoids, vitamin C and peptides.

1. Best Anti-Ageing Serum: Paula’s Choice Resist Triple Active Total Repair Serum

Best Anti-Ageing Serum Paula's Choice Resist Triple Active Total Repair Serum

This power-packed serum is formulated with three synergistic actives, each chosen to target a specific skin concern: hexylresorcinol to fade dark spots, retinoid to dramatically firm and smooth the skin, and niacinamide to even out the skin and protect its barrier. It is light, hydrating, and gentle on the skin, but expectant and nursing mums may need to put this on hold due to the presence of retinoids.

$75 for 30ml

Shop at Paula’s Choice

2. Best Hydrating Serum For Dull Skin: Decorte Whiteologist Neogenesis Brightening Concentrate

Best Hydrating Serum For Dull Skin: Decorte Whitelogist Neogenesis Brightening Concentrate

The hero ingredient here is kojic acid, a natural skin brightener that specifically targets the melanin-producing cells, suppressing melanin production and preventing the formation of dark spots on the face. Moisturising ingredients like feverfew extract, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide not only nourish the face, they also inhibit melanin production and improve cell turnover rate, which makes for a brighter, smoother complexion.

$165 for 40ml

Shop at Takashimaya

3. Best Brightening Serum: Sigi Skin Daylight Oasis Vitamin C Brightening Serum

Sigi Skin’s Daylight Oasis Vitamin C Serum cuts straight to the chase by delivering a punchy dose of potent ingredients: L-ascorbic acid – known to be the most effective form of vitamin C – as well as other well-known brightening ingredients such as turmeric, resveratrol, fucoidan, and copper tripeptides. Impressively, this serum also contains exosomes, which are usually injected into the face as treatments at aesthetic clinics to repair the skin barrier and encourage cellular repair.

$109 for 30ml

Shop at Sigi Skin | Lazada

4. Best Multitasking Serum For Dull Skin: Rationale #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+

Best Multitasking Serum For Dull Skin Rationale #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+

A gentle, nourishing serum that hydrates the skin, protects it from UV damage, and lightens dark spots, thanks to a concoction of zinc oxide, iron oxide, and melanin. It even contains light-reflecting particles, which gives your face a gorgeous, lit-from-within glow. 

$222 for 30ml

Shop at Rationale

5. Best Lightweight Serum For Under-Eye: Mtm Labo Custom-Blended Realize Eye Primo

Best Lightweight Serum For Under-Eye Mtm Labo Custom-Blended Realize Eye Primo

Whether you’ve got dark eye circles, fine lines, puffiness, loose skin or hyperpigmentation around the eyes, Mtm Labo has got you covered with a series of five targeted eye serums. The Brilliant, Innovate, and Discover serums contain ingredients that actively target dark spots and hyperpigmentation, helping you regain the light in and around your eyes.

$428 for 5ml x 6 bottles

Shop at Mtm Labo

6. Best Multitasking Moisturiser For Mature Skin: Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream

Best Multitasking Moisturiser For Mature Skin Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream

Proteins are the building blocks of our cells, and a protein-rich moisturiser is a great addition to your beauty shelf, especially if you’re battling tired and hyperpigmented skin. Pygmy waterlily extract, along with peptides, encourage the production of collagen and elastin to keep your skin plump and youthful-looking, while prompting your skin to renew itself. Dark spots are lightened when old skin cells are replaced by new ones – it’s that simple.

$105 for 50ml

Shop at Sephora

Prices are accurate at time of publication.

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