The 10 Skincare Commandments

Everything you need to know for a healthy, youthful-looking complexion from the pros


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1. Moisturiser is a must

According to Dr Karen Soh, medical director of Prive Clinic, moisture in the air will not hydrate the deeper layers of the skin, so using a moisturiser daily is necessary.

2. Start an anti-ageing skincare routine sooner rather than later

“We start ageing the moment we are born, and studies have shown that our skin begins to lose collagen as early as our early twenties,” says Dr Low Chai Ling, medical director of The Sloane Clinic.

3. Keep calm for a flawless complexion

Low says that common culprits for adult acne include stress, changes in hormone levels or even switching or stopping oral contraceptives.

4. Soothe sensitive skin with fragrance-free products

According to Dr WS Heng of IDS Clinic, if you have sensitive skin, you should “keep your skincare routine simple and avoid products with fragrances or essential oils that may cause irritation”.

5. A healthy lifestyle leads to healthy skin

“Eat healthy, load up on fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants, and quit smoking,” Dr Heng advises. Smoking impairs blood flow and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin. It also damages collagen and elastin, contributing to wrinkles, sagging skin and dullness.

6. Daily sunscreen application is important for a youthful complexion

A high sun protection factor (SPF) protects the skin against UVB rays and a high PA rating fends off UVA rays, so choose a sunscreen that has at least SPF30/PA+++ for daily use. Dr Joyce Lim, a dermatologist at Joyce Lim Skin and Laser Clinic, also recommends looking for sunscreens with in-built infrared filters and antioxidants, to prevent ageing as well.

7. SPF in makeup isn’t enough

Makeup cannot replace sunscreen, says Dr Lim. “Most people don’t apply enough makeup for sufficient sun protection,” she adds. So you’re better off using a separate sunscreen.

8. Use sunscreen on your arms and legs daily, even to work

“If your clothing doesn’t cover your limbs, you should apply sunscreen to protect them,” says Dr Lim. This will minimise sun exposure, especially if you walk long distances in the sun, especially between 10am to 4pm, when the UV rays are most intense.

9. Blot and mist to keep skin shine-free

According to Dr Eileen Tan, dermatologist at Dr Eileen Tan Skin, Laser & Hair Transplant Clinic, blotting the face midday is the most fuss-free way to soak-up sebum without removing sunscreen or makeup. Alternatively, a facial mist can also help regulate sebum while providing the skin with added moisture.

10. Banish dark under-eye circles with a vitamin C-rich eye product

Dr Tan recommends using topical creams with ingredients like hydroquinone and vitamin C to brighten the area. In addition, she also says to avoid rubbing the eyes frequently as this can lead to hyper-pigmentation due to an increased deposit of melanin from the friction. 

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