6 Best Summer Skincare Ingredients To Look For





1. Vitamin C

SPF is important for summer skin protection, but we have a stronger combination for you. Do you know that Vitamin C can boost your sunscreen’s SPF protection? As an antioxidant, Vitamin C neutralises the free radicals from environmental aggressors that cause sun damage to the skin if they manage to escape through your SPF protection. Double up your SPF with Vitamin C, and worry no more!

2. Swiftlet Nest aka Bird's Nest

If we imagine a baby's skin, it's plump and smooth - that is because it is full of epidermal growth factor (EGF). Scientific studies have proved that the Swiftlet Nest aka Bird's Nest has a large amount of EGF, a protein that helps to boost collagen and elastin production in order to maintain youthful skin. And because collagen breaks down more rapidly when we expose ourselves to the sun, Bird's Nest gives an extra push in collagen production to replace what we have lost during the day when we are out. 

3. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a natural sugar molecule that is found in our skin. It helps to retain hydration on the skin for a dewy look. During the summer, our skin dries up easily and ageing is sped up due to environmental factors. This causes a decrease in Hyaluronic Acid production. Hence, applying a product with Hyaluronic Acid topically helps to keep your skin hydrated for more hours under the sun without damaging your skin!

4. Salicylic Acid

Hot weather causes us to sweat a lot, but due to the high humidity, the sweat stays on our skin for a longer time during the summer. It then traps bacteria, dirt, and cell debris in your pores resulting in ACNE. As an exfoliator, Salicylic Acid works by penetrating through our clogged skin to dissolve all the dreadful things that are trapped inside. This prevents acne from forming. However, do take note that Salicylic Acid causes inflammation when it is used with Retinol so be sure to consult your dermatologist before incorporating it into your routine. 




5. Chamomile Extract

We all know that drinking chamomile tea calms us down for better sleep, but do you also know that chamomile extract calms our skin too? Chamomile contains a high level of apigenin, an antioxidant that aids in calming, healing, and soothing the skin. If long exposure under the sun causes you horrible sunburn, chamomile extract can reverse the DNA damage on your skin. Thus, it preserves a few more years of youthful skin! (who doesn’t want a few more years of youth?)

6. Copper Peptide

We reckon Copper Peptide isn’t the first thing you thought about during the summertime. However, we bet that you would love this ingredient just as much as we do! Copper Peptide works as the key of activation to a wide range of skin health functions - healing, collagen synthesis, anti-inflammation, and normalizing bacterial concentration on the skin which may contribute to acne. Not only is it perfect during the summertime, but Copper Peptides are also highly needed for long-term smooth and youthful skin throughout the years. 

If you are astonished by the blessings that Copper Peptide can bring you, we recommend the CLEF Copper Peptide Mask that incorporates both chamomile extract and Copper Peptide that cools down and repairs your sun-kissed skin if there was any damage done. 

We know that searching for products that consists of safe and effective ingredients can be hard to come by. Here at CLEF, we're committed in providing our users with the best quality of products that are not only suitable for all skin types, but also effective enough in solving skin concerns.

Each and every one of our products are extremely suitable to be used during summer and all year long as they are formulated to protect the skin barrier from within, ensuring that your skin health comes first! 

Check out our website CLEF Skincare for more information on all of our products and to try them out today. 

About CLEF

"Optimising your skin with CLean and EFfective solutions."

At CLEF, we don’t want to treat skin issues— we want to introduce forward solutions that can improve all skin types in the most optimal way. We want results that are not only notable, but also safe and long-lasting. We want to provide solutions beyond addressing your skin’s true concerns.

When developing each solution, we ask ourselves: (1) is it made CLean & EFfective and (2) is it a Face Forward solution?

Our Practice

CLean & EFfective

CLean & EFfective is what CLEF is all about.

We source only high-quality, cruelty-free ingredients that are indiscriminately friendly to the relevant skin types, excluding any harmful, unsafe ingredients in our formulations.

Moreover, all our products are accommodative to our high-humidity weather for maximum local suitability.

By combining totally safe ingredients with cutting-edge formulations, we strive to optimise your skin in the most harmless yet innovative way.

Our Philosophy

Face Forward

Everyone has a skin goal, but current skincare trends may not be able to meet that yet.

As a futurist skincare brand, we keep tabs on the newest scientific breakthroughs to research and develop forward solutions that the market has yet to see.

We also instill creative thought into bettering each product’s texture, scent, and packaging for an optimised user experience.

With these solutions, we aim to advance you towards your skin goal, empowering you to Face Forward with confidence.

Let’s optimise your skin, and say hello to a better you!

Our Products

CLean & EFfective Solutions

Our Journey

CLEF’s Story


The Spark

Various skin concerns plague those closest to us, and the lack of accessibility to skincare products without harsh or downtime-inducing ingredients pushed us to develop our own products that are free from the stress of damaging their delicate skin further.

The challenge began as we set out to look for a lab willing to realise our vision. After meeting 24 potential investors and 12 manufacturers, one finally agreed to work with us, as we began developing our first product— the Copper Peptide Mask.


Black & Gold

After 1.5 years, our Copper Peptide Mask was finally ready— a leakproof sheet mask soaked in a soothing serum that repairs early signs of aging to nurture a youthful complexion, and is suitable even for sensitive skin, eczema and angioedema.

The mask became a hit locally, which paved the way for us to develop our next Anti-Aging product: the Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel.



Going abroad to the US, UK, Canada and Europe, we brought along the new and gentle Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, garnering fans overseas. Back home, major beauty retailer Sa Sa welcomed CLEF onto its shelves, making way for us to provide solutions offline across Malaysia.



Blessed with media attention i.e. The Sun Daily and Vulcan Post, we expanded into body care with the Relaxing Body Lotion, and marched our Anti-Aging Series forward with the Radiant Gold Essence. With an ensemble of solutions, we made our Shopee Mall debut and began collaborating with various creators, local brands and media outlets including Astro Go.



Kicking off the year with the Pomegranate Instant Calming Mask which immediately became a crowd favourite, we then completed the long-awaited Anti-Aging Series, created makeup assist products Potato Instant Hydrating Mask and Skin Perfecting Sunscreen, and released the now sold-out Nourishing Body Lotion. We concluded the year with a fully-expanded team in the Kuala Lumpur office, and an established presence amongst online skincare enthusiasts.

As CLEF products are also made available in major stores Aeon Wellness and Watsons, we slowly found our footing in becoming a household brand for locally-produced clean skincare products.


Facing Forward

As we’re on the way to launching our very own physical store, our mission to bring forward solutions for all skin types is far from over. 

Look forward to brand-new product lines for specific skin types and exciting offline events in the near future!