Only Hongkongers will truly understand the struggle our skin faces during our summers; make-up will melt, hair will frizz and pores will shine. That said, we've spent plenty of time (and money) finding the right products to keep us looking stellar all simmer. From mattefying moisturisers to protective serums, these are the Hong Kong Tatler editors' summer skincare essentials

Clarins' Re-Fresh Mist

"Perfect for beating the heat and keeping your skin dewy and moisturised. I really like Clarins’ Re-Fresh Mist, which contains moisturising fig extract, Robinia flower water to soften the skin, and coconut water and Alpenrose extract for a healthy glow. Plus Clarins beauty counters will take back empty bottles and jars for recycling."—Emilie Yabut-Razon, Managing Editor

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Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen

"I’m a huge fan of Tatcha’s Japanese ingredients-inspired skincare range—their Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen is non-greasy and ideal for the Hong Kong humidity, and I can’t wait to try their latest Satin Skin Mist with Okinawan clay to further reduce the inevitable face shine in the 30C+ heat."Charmaine Mok, Editorial Director, Food & Wine

Hourglass Veil Primer

"I'm all about a good SPF in the summer months! I use Hourglass' Veil as a primer, which prevents my make up from sweating off in the heat. I also use Dr. Barbara Sturm's Sun Drops."—Justine Lee, Fashion Director-at-Large

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Bare Minerals Bare Pro Liquid Foundation

"After an extensive amount of research, I found that Bare Minerals Bare Pro Liquid Foundation is the best foundation to wear in this kind of humidity. So far, it has not disappointed!"—Natasha Tang, Social Media Editor

Cha Ling L'Esprit Du Thé Summer Mask

"My eyes are set on a spot-free summer, which is difficult because of Hong Kong's rising humidity. Cha Ling's L'Esprit Du Thé summer mask soothes and balances skin, and will be my go-to when my complexion goes a bit awry!"Annie Darling, Watches and Jewellery Editor


Grown Alchemist Matte Balancing Moisturiser

"One of the eternal struggles of summer in Hong Kong is to not look like a disco ball, as the heat and humidity can really bring out the shine in your skin—and not the kind that we like. I've tried various moisturisers but have found this one to be my favourite. It's very light, delicately scented and leaves your skin matte and balanced without drying it out."—Coco Marett, Digital Editor

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Royal Fern Phytoactive Anti-Oxidative Ampoules

"Living in a city like Hong Kong means we’re constantly exposed to urban pollution. These highly concentrated antioxidants from Royal Fern work like a serum but the texture is not sticky and it’s easy for my skin to absorb. Applying it in the evening one or twice a week helps protect my skin from environmental aggressors during the day, especially after exposure to the sun and in the humidity during summer."Pearl Yan, Digital Projects Editor

YSL Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow—Ultra Moisture

"This works really well for me as both a daily moisturiser and a makeup base in Hong Kong’s humidity. Its blend of super nourishing shea butter and hyaluronic acid keeps my skin moisturised and looking matte throughout the day."Helen Yu, Digital Editorial Assistant 

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