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MOISTURISING COULD BE THE SOLUTION TO YOUR SKIN WOES. HERE’S WHY.
As time-starved women, we’re always looking to cut corners. But if you’re ditching your moisturiser, thinking the humidity will do it for you, you’re wrong. In fact, moisturising is probably the skincare step you should never skip because it yields so many benets. When exposed to sunlight, skin produces pigments to shield itself from the damaging rays. This occurs evenly in healthy skin, but dehydration combined with age and toxin overload can cause the pigment factories – melanocytes – to overproduce melanin, resulting in dark spots and uneven skin tone. Thirsty skin also tends to look dull, as it becomes rough and cannot reect light well.
To boost the moisture levels in your skin, use topical moisturisers. Try HERBALIFE SKIN DAILY GLOW MOISTURIZER, $75.45 (30ML), which has vitamins B3, C and E, and aloe vera extracts to soothe and hydrate. If you are concerned about dark spots and an uneven complexion, look for brightening skincare that counters melanin production. The oil- and paraben-free CREME SIMON BRIGHTENING DETOX OXYGENATING LIGHT DAY MOISTURIZER, $95
(50ML), promotes toxin removal with extracts of rose, jasmine and iris, and helps brighten skin with a botanical complex, while SHISEIDO WHITE LUCENT BRIGHTENING MOISTURIZING EMULSION W, $90
(75ML), inhibits melanin formation and keeps skin superbly moisturised. As a monthly brightening and rming treat, go for an SK-II INTENSE RADIANCE FACIAL,
$260 (85MIN), from SK-II Boutique Spa by Senze Salus. Aside from nourishing your skin with a powerful brightening face mask, SK-II Whitening Source Dermrevival Program, it also includes a facial massage to promote blood circulation and deep relaxation, a neck mask, and an ultrasound application to improve skincare absorption and collagen production.
WARDS OFF AGEING
As you get older, your skin’s production of hyaluronic acid and sebum slows down. Skin therefore becomes less effective in regulating and retaining moisture. Dehydrated cells are less able to perform everyday tasks like detoxification, renewal and protection, so apply cream or lotion twice daily to seal in moisture.
As skin loses moisture with age, its ability to keep itself rm, supple and even-toned also declines. To counter this, opt for moisturisers with anti-ageing benefits, like ESTEE LAUDER RESILIENCE LIFT FIRMING/SCULPTING FACE AND NECK CREME OIL-FREE SPF15, $140 (50ML). This cream is said to give skin an overall boost by enhancing the energy source inside each skin cell to improve its functions, for more luminosity and firmness. FRESH BLACK TEA AGE-DELAY LOTION BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN SPF20,
$110 (50ML), protects skin against free radicals with black tea ferment, lychee seed extract and blackberry leaf extract. SHISEIDO VITAL-PERFECTION WHITE REVITALIZING EMULSION ENRICHED,
$132 (100ML), targets wrinkles and discoloration with a blend of plant extracts for smoother, more radiant skin.
Once a week, turbocharge your efforts with a nourishing mask like SK-II SKIN SIGNATURE 3D REDEFINING MASK, $125 (BOX OF SIX SHEET MASKS). The stretchable mask comes in two halves for a better t, and soaks your face with skin-renewing ingredients like Pitera and niacinamide for a complexion that feels refreshed, lifted and suppler.