HEALTHY SKIN: DE­FINED

Op­ti­mum skin health is achiev­able, ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts. We asked one for guid­ance on get­ting it right.

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Find out what hav­ing good skin re­ally means.

5 WAYS TO IDEN­TIFY HEALTHY SKIN

Even skin tone Re­gard­less of your skin type and colour, a con­sis­tent skin tone is a sign of healthy skin. A slight shadow on cer­tain ar­eas is nat­u­ral (they em­pha­sise the nat­u­ral con­tours of your face), but the gra­da­tion should be so seam­less that it blends nat­u­rally with your skin tone. Smooth tex­ture Good skin looks and feels soft. “When you look closely in the mir­ror, you should see a uni­form lay­out of all the pores, with tiny peaks around the hair fol­li­cles,” says Dr Priya.

All-over glow When skin is not too dry or oily – and pores are tight – light is dis­persed di­rectly and evenly onto your face and trav­els back in a straight line, in­stead of get­ting scat­tered. Your com­plex­ion will glow in per­son and in pic­tures.

Feels com­fort­able You shouldn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any itchy, burn­ing, dry, painful or tight sen­sa­tions.

Good hy­dra­tion “Skin that is well mois­turised feels sup­ple to the touch. You can feel the skin ‘bounce’ back when you re­lease it. That’s how you know that the lipid (fat) bar­rier is well pre­served and causes min­i­mal transepi­der­mal wa­ter loss,” ex­plains Dr Priya. It’s not just about what prod­ucts you use. Drink at least eight glasses of wa­ter a day and min­imise your in­take of caf­feine, sugar and al­co­hol. Ad­di­tion­ally, pro­tect your skin from UV rays. “Ap­ply at least an SPF 30 sun­screen, every four hours, in our cli­mate,” ad­vises Dr Priya.

Dr Priya Gill, con­sul­tant der­ma­tol­o­gist at Columbia Asia Hospi­tal – Petaling Jaya

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