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Time-starved but love your skincare routine? These multitasking products will save you time and money

It truly feels like life is back to its busy pre-COVID times. And with everyone constantly on the go, who has time for a multi-step beauty regimen anymore?

Fortunately, there are hardworking, multitasking skincare products that promise to do it all. Going beyond skin minimalism, these products not only save time, but also target multiple skin concerns at the same time.

But are they as effective in addressing a multitude of skin woes as target specific products?

“Using a multipurpose skincare product that claims to address various skin concerns may be effective to some extent, but results may vary depending on the product and individual skin type,” explained Dr Angeline Yong, consultant dermatologist at Angeline Yong Dermatology.

According to Dr Yong, the effectiveness of these products is dependent on several factors, such as the formulation and the combination and concentration of active ingredients. It’s also why some people might see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of the skin, while others might notice little to no change at all.


Still unsure? Here are the advantages of each camp to help you along.

A multitasking product is good for:

Convenience. All-in-one/multi-tasking products are convenient because they combine multiple effects in a single product. They may be suitable if you have several minor concerns and prefer a simplified routine. However, do note that the effectiveness of these products may be lower compared to targeted products due to the lower concentration of active ingredients, shared Dr Yong.Ingredient compatibility. If you have multiple skin concerns that require different active ingredients, an all-in-one product would be an easy solution. This is because the product is already well-formulated to ensure that the ingredients inside work well with one another, which in turn minimises risk and skin irritation.Maintenance. A multitasking product is good for maintenance and everyday use when there are no major issues to tackle for your skin, said Dr Tan.Budget and simplify your skincare routine. All-in-one products can be cost-effective and simplifying your skincare routine, especially if you have a limited budget, travel frequently or prefer a simpler all-in-one approach. They can strike a good balance between treating different issues without the need for an extensive range of products.


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A targeted product is good for:

Specific skin concerns. If you have specific skin concerns that require targeted treatment, such as acne, hyperpigmentation or deep wrinkles, targeted skincare products may be more effective. These products contain higher concentrations of active ingredients and are designed to directly address specific issues.Treatment intensity. Targeted products usually have a higher concentration of active ingredients, which allow for a more potent treatment.Customisation. Targeted products offer the advantage of customisation. This means you are allowed to choose the products you need to address your specific concerns and adjust your routine as needed. “This flexibility allows you to target different areas of the face or adapt your routine to your skin’s changing needs,” added Dr Yong.

However, she also cautioned that extra care needs to be taken with product compatibility and potential interactions between active ingredients when building a skincare routine comprising of different products.

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2. Paula’s Choice Resist Triple Active Total Repair Serum, S$75  

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4. Lancome Renergie H.C.F. Triple Serum, S$226

This night-time serum targets 25 anti-ageing markers as it helps resynchronise and boost skin’s natural cycle to repair and regenerate. Wake up to healthier, glowier and more youthful skin.

Available at Sisley counters.

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