If you’re prone to sensitivity, New York City dermatologist Dr Neil Sadick, says to avoid physical scrubs (which can lead to tears in delicate skin) and instead use a chemical exfoliant (these rely on enzymes or acids)—and no more than once a week. We like (1) Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel and Micro Pad set (RM118.30, 11street. my), which buffers lactic and salicylic acids with soothing allantoin and coconut milk—you leave it on for only one minute, lessening the chance of irritation. Build up the barrier.
Your skin’s barrier is allimportant: It’s the shield
that prevents irritants like makeup and dirt from getting beneath the surface and causing major drama. Overusing exfoliants chips away at this structure— which already loses strength naturally as you get older. Once a day, put on a treatment “made with ingredients like ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids, which fortify the barrier and fill in cracks that could allow irritants to slip in and cause trouble,” says Engelman.
(2) Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules (RM499, zalora.com. my) contains all three ingredients.