Living under the tropical climate of Singapore can be bad for your skin. Not only will you have to deal with the constant heat of the sun, but you will also have to face your skin getting dry from the humidity. Both of these can accelerate the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of ageing. To assist you in this, we’ve compiled the following skincare tips from one of the most trusted aesthetic doctors in Singapore.
1. Wear sunscreen every day
The skin’s biggest enemy is the sun, and a lot of times people don’t realize how it contributes to accelerating the signs of ageing. To be fair, Asian skin naturally has a lot of melanin, which helps in dealing with sunburn especially in a tropical country like Singapore. However, this melanin barrier is not enough sun protection as intense UV sunlight can still penetrate this. The best thing to do here is to add another layer of sun protection by wearing a good sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. It is recommended that people wear sunscreen every day even if it’s a cloudy day, as the sun’s harmful UV rays can still reach your skin.
2. Get enough sleep
We often overlook the importance of sleep when it comes to beauty. Yes, some issues that stem from a lack of sleep can be covered with makeup and concealers, but this doesn’t really solve the underlying problem, which is the stress that your skin experiences. It is recommended that people sleep for 7 to 9 hours each night to give their bodies enough rest, as well as precious time for healing and collagen production. There’s a reason some people call it a ‘beauty sleep’. For your beauty sleep to be more effective, use a night moisturizer before sleeping to help your skin retain more water.
3. Avoid drinking too much alcohol
Drinking alcohol dehydrates you, which is bad for your skin. When your skin gets dry, your fine lines and wrinkles become more noticeable which you obviously want to avoid. Alcohol also increases blood flow, which can cause some red spots to appear due to blood vessel swelling. Finally, alcohol hinders vitamin A consumption, which is very important for the skin.
4. Drink enough water
If you haven’t realized yet, hydration is very important for your skin. To combat dehydration stemming from different factors, drink enough water every day. Moisturized skin keeps the skin firm, soft and healthy. Besides that, drinking water also detoxifies the body from various toxins that can cause skin problems.
5. Use a hydrating cleanser and a moisturizer
Asian skin does not respond well to drying cleansers, especially those that contain alcohol. Although it removes excess oil from the skin, drying cleansers can dry out your skin which can, in turn, cause wrinkles and fine lines to appear. You may also develop some acne when your skin gets extremely dry due to too much oil production. Hydrating cleansers, on the other hand, helps keep moisture in the skin while removing any excess oil.
6. Stop smoking
Regardless of skin type, smoking will always be bad for your skin. The toxic ingredients in cigarettes cause blood vessels to constrict which affects the production of collagen – a protein very important to our skin. This can cause wrinkles and saggy skin, which are two very prominent signs of ageing. Besides its negative effects on your physical appearance, smoking is also generally bad for your health – increasing your chances of developing lung diseases such as cancer.
7. Use gentle exfoliants
The skin of most Asian people is naturally sensitive and thin. This makes exfoliation an important topic to discuss. Exfoliation has a lot of benefits for skincare such as scrubbing away dead skin cells and dirt from our skin. However, due to the sensitivity of our skin, it may not respond well to extreme exfoliation and may get damaged. Use gentle exfoliation to get its benefits without damaging your skin. Look for skincare products that contain microbeads as these exfoliate the skin without causing much damage to it. If you’re looking for a more extensive exfoliation, then opting for a mild chemical peel is your best option.
8. Get laser treatment from a trusted aesthetic doctor
One of the best cosmetic procedures for Singaporean people is laser treatment. As a top aesthetic doctor in Singapore, Dr Lim Ming Yee provides several laser treatments for many skin problems in MY Medical Aesthetics. If you’re facing skin pigmentation issues or dealing with acne scars, then getting a laser treatment is a safe and noninvasive way to fixing those problems. One of the advantages of laser treatments is that they stimulate collagen production in the skin by heating your underlying skin layers. Increased collagen production is important for keeping the skin firm, soft and looking younger.
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