As much as we love our international skincare and beauty brands, nobody quite knows Malaysian skin like Malaysians. Not only will you be supporting local with these brands, but you already know for a fact that their products will hold up through rain or shine, and our ever-humid climate. Whether you’ve got dry skin that’s just dying for some hydration heroes, or oily skin that could use a lil’ more lovin’, these skincare brands have got your back. We know you’re in the mood to shop, so let’s take a look at the best local skincare products – because your skin only deserves the best!

The Best Malaysian Skincare Products

1. The Raw. Niacinamide 5% Serum

If you haven’t heard of The Raw., it’s time to quiet up and listen down. A local brand that’s the brainchild of a Malaysian pharmacist, The Raw., is all about creating effective products centred around active ingredients that don’t cost a fortune. For example, their Niacinamide 5% Serum is seriously incredible at fading dark spots, reducing acne, controlling oil and sebum production, and minimising the appearance of pores, and trust us when we say that it works. Other bestsellers from The Raw. include their Daily Ceramide Moisturiser, the Arbutin 2% Serum, and the Acne Spot Drying Solution!

Why we love it:

  • Affordable
  • Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive
  • Available in mini sizes


  • Non-fragranced

Price: Starts from RM29.90

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2. Chuck’s Glow On Brightening Peony Mask

We know you already know about Chuck’s, but can’t hurt to talk about one of our most-loved products; the Glow On Brightening Peony Mask. We love a good sheet mask, and we reach for this one a lot. It’s formulated with 78% Peony Water, which is chuck-full of antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, which really help to calm the skin and leave your skin looking bright. This sheet mask also contains niacinamide, which has tons of benefits like minimising pores, improving the skin tone, and softening fine lines. Seriously, this is one of our favourite local skincare products ever.

Why we love it:

  • Brightens the skin
  • Leaves skin feeling hydrated
  • Plumps up the skin

Cons: May take a while to be delivered

Price: RM72

Where to buy: Chuck’s

3. LUMI Vitamin Glow Super Serum

Get your glow on with the Vitamin Glow Super Serum by LUMI! Packed with a ton of skin-loving natural ingredients, this serum is amazing at brightening up the skin. With naturally-derived Vitamin C from fruits and veggies like citrus, grapes, and apple, this serum promises to even the skin tone, smoothen the skin, reduce signs of ageing, and retain moisture. It’s lightweight, non-sticky, and it easily absorbs into the skin – what more could you ask for in a serum?

Why we love it:

  • Fades hyperpigmentation
  • Cruelty-free
  • Free from minerals and parabens

Cons: Has a citrus scent

Price: RM135

Where to buy: LUMI

4. CLEF Skin Perfecting Tinted Physical Sunscreen

If you’re the type to often find yourself rushing and having to choose between sunscreen and foundation, CLEF has got the answer for you: their Skin Perfecting Tinted Physical Sunscreen! It’s a tinted sunscreen that does a great job at both protecting the skin and covering up blemishes, perfect for days when you just have to go, go, go. CLEF also stands for “clean” and “effective”, so you can be sure that their products only contain ingredients that are good for your skin. This tinted sunscreen doesn’t have that awful sunscreen-y smell, but it does leave a natural, semi-matte yet radiant finish. One of our favourite local skincare products ever, period.

Why we love it:

  • Has a medium, semi-matte, buildable coverage
  • Does not smell like sunscreen
  • Contains antioxidants


  • Only available in three shades

Price: RM148

Where to buy: CLEF

5. Handmade Heroes Oat Mighty Cleansing Balm

When Lily Collins herself uses this brand, you know it’s good. We all know the importance of double-cleansing, which is why you need an effective cleansing balm to start your skincare routine right. And there’s nothing better than the Oat Mighty Cleansing Balm by Handmade Heroes! Truly one of our favourite local skincare products, this vegan and cruelty-free cleansing balm removes every trace of makeup, grime, and impurities with ease. It’s also formulated with Colloidal Oats, Ceramides, Alpha-Linolenic Acid, and a blend of skin-loving oils, which ensure that your skin stays happy and hydrated – not tight or squeaky.

Why we love it:

  • Easily removes stubborn makeup
  • Unscented
  • Leaves skin feeling soft


  • May sting the eyes

Price: RM58

Where to buy: Handmade Heroes

6. Cuura Recharge & Brightening Sleeping Mask

If you’re sleeping in the chill of an air-conditioned room every night, then it might be time to consider using a sleeping mask every so often. Sleeping masks help to deeply nourish the skin to keep it hydrated, resilient, and healthy, and we really love the Recharge & Brightening Sleeping Mask from Cuura. Made from natural ingredients, this baby has both hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, so you’ll wake up to glowing, bright skin.

Why we love it:

  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Has a lightweight texture
  • Formulated with natural ingredients


  • May have a slightly earthy scent

Price: RM69

Where to buy: Cuura

7. ZarZou Daily Deep Cleanser

A good cleanser is essential in any solid skincare routine to remove any excess sebum, impurities, and even excess makeup, which keeps your pores clean and clear in the long run. One of our favourite cleansers is the Daily Deep Cleanser by ZarZou, which always does an excellent job at deeply cleansing the skin without stripping it of its oils. What we love most about this cleanser is that it’s formulated with infused with 2% AHA and 2% BHA, which gently exfoliates the skin to remove dead skin cells and sebum. Combined with the soothing properties of allantoin and aloe vera to calm irritation and redness, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Why we love it:

  • Gently exfoliates the skin
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and supple
  • Clears clogged pores


  • Not suitable for sensitive skin

Price: RM44

Where to buy: Zarzou

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