The haze is back again and closely following in its wake are breakouts, red, sensitive skin and breathing issues.

It is especially tricky to care for sensitive skin as each of us responds differently to different products. Beyond avoiding products that contain alcohol and strong fragrances, it is important to keep the skin well-hydrated, strengthened and calm so that flare-ups are reduced.

Bio-essence’s reformulated and dermatologist-tested Bio-Water range is specially developed to counteract sensitivity and having sensitive skin ourselves, we decided to give the new range a try.

Made with the skin-soothing and mineral-rich Bio-Water, the range is said to be able to lower skin temperature to relieve and soothe the skin, something that we all could do with, in our humid climate. With a pH value of 6.5 – our skin’s optimal pH level of 6.45 – it is gentle and safe for use on sensitive skin and is able to deliver deep hydration while its anti-pollution formulation blocks even minuscule environmental pollutants, thereby protecting the skin’s barrier.

Bio-Water-Vitamin B5 Gel-Cream, $32.90

This new gel-cream is formulated with intense moisturising abilities and is great for those with parched skin, like myself. Enhancing the effects of Bio-Water and Bio Energy ComplexTM are Sodium Hyaluronate and Vitamin B5, also known as Pantothenic Acid.

The former provides a rapid hydration boost, while the latter improves the skin’s softness and smoothness, and also has an anti-inflammatory effect that aids the skin’s ability to recover. I love how that gel-cream absorbs instantly and makes my skin look and feel so much bouncier, even after a whole day in frigid airconditioning.

Bio-Water-Vitamin B5 Gel, $45.90

Infused with 5% Vitamin B5, Bio-Water and Bio Energy ComplexTM, this ampoule replenishes the nutrients your skin requires to feel smoother and look younger. It also contains Sodium Hyaluronate to deeply hydrate and enhance elasticity and softness while smoothing out dryness and flakiness.

Maximising the benefit of a daily moisturiser, it is clinically proven to reduce skin roughness, soothe skin, repair damage and strengthen the barrier function. This lightweight gel absorbs instantly and works best when combined with the new Bio-essence Bio-Water Vitamin B5 Gel-Cream. You can even use it by itself for a quick boost of hydration on particularly hot and humid days. 

I am also a huge fans of their Energizing Water, which I use every single day before I apply my toner and throughout the day, to keep my skin cool and refreshed. The mist is so fine, it hydrates my thirsty skin without smudging my makeup!

The Bio-essence Bio-VLift and Bio-Renew ranges are available at all CK Department Stores, Guardian, NTUC Fairprice, OG, Robinsons, Watsons and selected cosmetic houses.