16 tips to keep your skin healthy and radiant

Healthy and youthful skin isn’t just for the beautiful selfies but also give you more confidence, provide a first-line of defense from external forces and aid essential body functions. Even if you’re super lucky and are born with it, your skin still  needs TLC to be kept healthy and nourished all year-round.

Here are 16 tips and tricks from a professional aesthetic doctor to get the clear, radiant skin you’ve always wanted.

1. Water Woes

This is often a neglected aspect of skin care because it is so habitual that nobody pauses to think about it!  For example, soft water doesn’t remove soap well, so it can leave a residue on your skin. So if you get soft water supplied at home, use soap and cleansers sparingly. On the other hand, hard water doesn’t allow for easy lather, prompting you to use even more soap causing dryness.

2. Rub A Dub Dub

A good body massage puts you in a good mood and helps you feel refreshed. Why not give the same benefits to your facial skin? Use light pressure and massaging moisturizer or facial oil into your skin in a circular motion. This is said to increase blood flow in turn improving  collagen production which is what keeps your skin firm.

3. Take Inspiration from Korea

The Korean beauty scene is exploding beyond Asia for good reason as koreans take great pride in their soft, glowing natural skin. Korean-inspired beauty is aimed at increasing moisture in the skin and giving it an age-less look. Incorporate overnight sleeping masks to correct dullness; sheet masks for quick TLC; charcoal in beauty products to remove impurities and get facials whether diy or from professionals regularly.

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4. Detox your body

We’re not going to get all Gwyneth Paltrow on you and suggest your steam your parts but you can help your body detoxify in easy ways.

●       Drink lemon in hot water each morning to jump start your digestion and get that extra dose of Vitamin C.

●       A few drinks in the week may seem like a fun way to let your hair down but alcohol dehydrates the skin majorly. So try to limit your intake and rehydrate soon after.
●       If you want to give yourself a major push, try a juice cleanse.

●       Reduce salt in your diet as it can cause bloating and water retention making your skin look puffy.

5. Keep Stress in Check

Stress is unavoidable but boy, does it damage your psyche, mental health and even appearance. A Stanford University study found that students who felt stressed had more severe acne breakouts than those under less pressure.  To keep calm inside and out, try stress-management techniques like yoga, meditation, dancing and self-care.

6. Monitor Your Dairy Intake

Although there is no conclusive proof that dairy causes skin problems, research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that teenage girls who drink a lot of milk are 30 percent more likely to get acne than those who drink less. While there is no guarantee that you will never get a pimple if you quit dairy, it will make a drastic change to those who suffer severe breakouts.

7. Exfoliate

The pores on your skin can appear large and inflamed if they’re filled with dirt, oil, dead skin cells. Exfoliation can help remove the impurities on the outer layer of the skin makes it easier for moisturizers and serums to penetrate the surface. Don’t go overboard with the scrubbing though and limit this ritual to a maximum of twice a week.

8. Fun in the Sun

You’ve known this forever but it is just so easy to forget or take for granted. Direct exposure to the sun will harm your skin, causing age spots, early wrinkles and even painful burns. Repeat after us. Always apply sunscreen 30 minutes before stepping into the sun and reapply every few hours.

9. Get Your Beauty Sleep

If your skin looks tired, its maybe because you are tired!  Being sleep-deprived not only makes you sluggish but also causes the body to release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger breakouts. Getting at least 8 hours of good shut-eye can provide you more benefits than expensive night creams and get rid of those under eye bags.

10. Drink plenty of water

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it constantly because it is so true! The minute you are dehydrated, your skin will respond by being dull, flaky and loose. Experts recommend 8 glasses of water everyday, but we say make it 10 to give your skin a dewy, glowy look without a highlighter.

11. Be Antioxidant Rich

Antioxidants are the best remedies to a lot of skin issues caused by free radicals and aging. Antioxidants counter the natural aging process, help treat acne and delay signs of aging making this compound a youth elixir.

Some of the best natural sources of antioxidants are blueberries, pomegranates, goji berries, nuts, broccoli, spinach, kidney beans, green tea and red wine.

12. Know Yourself

We know that everyone has different kinds of quirks and issues with their skin, knowing your skin type can help tailor products for your skin care. You may have noticed that sometimes a best selling product with great reviews didn’t really work for you. This could be because this product didn’t cater to your skin type. For example, a rich moisturizer may not work for someone with oily skin.

13. Sugar Sugar Honey Honey

A tough one! But increased sugar intake does no good to your heart health, weight and skin. Increased sugar intake can cause a spike on insulin in the body causing skin inflammation. This further leads to damaged collagen and elasticity, causing the skin to sag and get wrinkled. So instead of reaching out for the doughnut, opt for natural sugars like fruits and dried berries. Or even start small by replacing white sugar with honey.

If you need to tighten or firm up your skin, you can also consider looking into korean thread face lifts.

14. Clean Your Makeup

All of the amazing foundations and bronzers won’t do you any good if they are unwashed, covered in bacteria and dirt. Not only can dirty brushes and cause acne, clogged pores, skin inflammation and  in some cases cause serious infections. To be on the safe side, clean your applicators with warm water and special cleanser at least once a week. While we’re on the subject, always remove makeup, no matter how tired you are, being you go to sleep.

15. Rainbow on your plate

We believe that good skin is 70% diet and if you eat well, it will definitely show on your face. To get all the nutrients that your skin deserves, fill your plate will rainbow colours because every colour of the rainbow is connected to a different nutrient. For example, green foods are rich in chlorophyll, while purple foods are rich in anthocyanins, while orange fruits are full of vitamins.

16.  Workout Regularly

Here’s another reason to make it to that yoga class- when you exercise the circulation of oxygen increases providing you a youthful glow for hours. An added bonus is sweat which releases toxins from your skin making it clear and firm. Of course, regular exercise helps keep stress at bay while giving you deeper sleep. Another benefit to exercise is that it also helps you get that V-shape slim face that you’ve always wanted too!

Author: Dr Ho Rui Ming

The Medical Director for M Aesthetic Clinic, Dr Ho Rui Ming has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Dermatology at the prestigious St John’s Institute of Dermatology of the University of London, based in the United Kingdom.