There’s no shortcut for beautiful, flawless skin, but it helps to have the right answers. Unsure what to do about your skincare concern? Read on and you might just find your solution.
1. Should I double cleanse my face?
It is advisable to cleanse the skin twice a day, in the morning and at night. While using just one type of cleanser is enough for the morning, you should be double cleansing at night. Living in a hot and humid climate, we are likely to break out in a sweat as we go about our day. Sweating stimulates our skin to produce more sebum. Excess sebum, when combined with the dust particles and pollutants in our environment, may lead to clogged pores, skin irritation, and breakouts.
To effectively remove all impurities from the skin, the double cleansing method uses two cleansers with different functions. The first cleanser, or pre-cleanser, focuses on unclogging pores in addition to removing dirt, excess oil, and makeup residue. The second cleanser then acts to solve skin concerns, provide hydration, treat acne, and more.
2. When should I start using anti-ageing skincare products?
People tend to associate signs of ageing with mature age. The truth is, even if you are just in your early 20s and have yet to notice any signs of ageing, you can already start using products with anti-ageing benefits. Doing so is an effective preventive measure to delay the appearance of early signs of ageing including dullness, dehydration lines, an uneven skin tone, tired-looking skin, and others.
3. How do I know if I have sensitive skin?
Red, irritated, dry, flaky, and blemish-prone—these are the common characteristics of sensitive skin. Sensitive skin has reduced tolerance to certain products and environmental factors in comparison to normal skin.
If you have sensitive skin, make sure to read product labels and pick products specially formulated for sensitive skin. Practise proper cleansing and always remove all makeup before going to bed. Another tip would be to add a treatment lotion into your skincare routine to prep and rehydrate the skin. A treatment lotion also acts to rebalance the water-oil ratio in the skin, which is sometimes vital to reduce any skin irritation you may be experiencing.
4. Is using a serum or an ampoule necessary?
Yes. Add a serum or an ampoule into your skincare routine if you want more visible results in a shorter time. These products contain active ingredients that are optimally formulated to penetrate deep into the skin layers and effectively treat specific skin concerns. Some serums and ampoules function to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while others give the skin a boost of radiance and improve its overall appearance. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to pick one gentle enough for your skin type.
5. Do I need different skincare products for morning and night?
In the daytime, our skin works hard to regulate our body temperature and protect us from germs and the environment. At night, our skin goes into repair mode to recover from any damage caused during the day. During this time, our skin will also generate new cells and purge waste.
Hence, to achieve the best results, daytime skincare products should help optimise the skin’s protective powers whereas night-time skincare products promote skin regeneration and boost skin recovery.
6. How important is eye cream?
When you meet someone, you are more likely to be drawn to their eyes first, especially now that we are all wearing face masks most of the time. Yet, when it comes to skincare, many of us pay more attention to the rest of the face than the eye area.
Keep in mind that signs of ageing almost always appear at the eye area first. An eye cream is specially made to suit the skin around the eyes, which tends to be thinner. It is important to start using an eye cream early on to prevent or improve the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles.
7. Do I need to change products after a while?
Not necessarily. If what you are using currently works well, you can continue to use it. However, as your skin changes with age, its condition and needs may evolve. Listen to what your skin is telling you and adjust your skincare routine by adding on or stopping products accordingly. When your skin is acting out, go for products made for sensitive skin. Choose lightweight products if you dislike the feeling of heavy products. Make sure your skincare products are hydrating enough to prevent the appearance of dehydration lines that may make you look older than you are.
8. Sunscreen is for the beach, no?
Even if you are indoors most of the time, sunscreen is still a skincare step you should not skip! Many of us are unaware that the sun’s harmful rays can still reach us through the windows, especially UVA rays. This is a major concern because UVA rays can travel deep into the inner layers of the skin, leading to the acceleration of the ageing process and appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, saggy skin, and hyperpigmentation, among others.
To protect your skin from the sun, always use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. You can also opt to use any moisturiser or makeup product with an equivalent SPF power.
Got more questions? Reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram and ask away. We are always ready to listen and provide a skincare solution tailored to your needs. Also, check out our Skincare Finder for a fun, easy way to build a skincare regime suitable for you.
Complete your skincare regime