As the largest organ in our body, our skin is our first line of defence against germs, bacteria, and pollutants. Glowing, healthy skin is also sign of youth and vitality. By keeping your skin well-maintained, you can stay beautiful longer.

In fact, you don’t need to break the bank to get good skin - you can get it by adopting some good skincare habits. Here are some of them:

Wear Sunscreen

While exposure to sunlight helps your body produce enough vitamin D, too much ultraviolet exposure can harm your skin, leading to various skin conditions like premature skin ageing, wrinkling, pigmentation, age spots or even skin cancer.

“As Singapore is located near the equator, we are exposed to strong sunlight all year round, increasing our risk of sun-related skin conditions,” says Dr Tan Siew Kiang, Specialist in Dermatology & Consultant, Raffles Skin & Aesthetics. “To minimise the risk of sun damage, stay out of direct sunlight between 10am and 4pm, where it is at its strongest, or use a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 when heading out.”

Start a Skincare Regime

No one can stop the tides of time and halt the ageing process.  However, by having a proper skincare regime, you can slow it down and maintain a healthy-looking skin.Even though your skincare regime depends on your skin type, it should contain the following:

  • Cleanse: Wash your face using a gentle cleanser suited to your skin type every morning and evening.
  • Moisturise: Moisturise your skin immediately after washing to lock in moisture.
  • Night-time treatment: Use a serum containing vitamins A, C or E. It stimulates your skin to create more collagen, remove dead surface skin cells and fight off free radical damage.

Ensure adequate nutrition

Aside from the creams and serums you apply on your skin, your diet is also important in keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Make sure your food contains these nutrients for a more beautiful skin:

  • Vitamins, A, C, and E: Fights off free radicals, keep your skin soft and free of lines and wrinkles.
  • Zinc: Protects against UV radiations and aids skin repair.
  • Magnesium: Keeps your skin wrinkle-free, combats acne and breakouts.

If you are considering taking supplements to improve your skin; aside from the above vitamins and minerals, make sure your supplements contains biotin as well. Not only does biotin keep your skin healthy, it also stimulates hair growth, which complements your skin.

Take Warm Showers

After a long day at work, taking a long hot shower or bath seems like a good way to relax. However, taking them frequently can lead to red, dry and irritated skin.“Take showers with cool or lukewarm water instead, as it keeps your skin hydrated, and your hair strong and shiny,” says Dr Tan. “Your skin is a good indicator of how hot the water is. If it turns red after your shower, the water is probably too hot.”

Take Time to Destress

If left unchecked, stress can take its toll on your body, including your skin. Do you find yourself with breakouts during prolonged stressful periods? This is because the stress hormones produced makes your skin oilier, reducing your body’s ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria. By practicing stress management techniques, you can minimise skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis from happening.
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