Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Beauty Q: Not too young for serum

I am cursed with skin that, no matter how much moisturiser I use, still ends up peeling and flaking (especially when I apply foundation) and then, there’s a coat of oil an hour later. Also, at the age of 22, besides the cleanse-tone-moisturise-eye cream regimen, when should I add more products to improve my skin? When should I start using serum? – Candice

According to Stephen Lian, Kiehl’s educator, dry skin can be caused by both internal and external factors, including genetic and hormonal changes, climate, medication, sun exposure, or overly strong cleaning products. Your skin is struggling to preserve its moisture reserves to maintain a healthy skin barrier.

When looking for a moisturiser for dry skin, heavier does not necessarily mean better. Firstly, it is important to know the skincare products that you are buying as they should be of superior formulation, and address skin concerns at a deeper level of the skin.

It sounds like your moisturiser is not hydrating enough for your skin, and too heavy. Possibly, the hydration content within the moisturiser you are using is either insufficient, or the moisture in the cream evaporates too fast. The layer of oil however, could be the butter and waxes from the product, left behind on your skin, or a result of your skin overworking to form a protective layer of oil to prevent further moisture loss.

Keep an eye out for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid which will help lock moisture within the skin, as well as humectants such as glycerin to help pull moisture from the environment into your skin. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Intense Hydration, a very good lightweight moisturiser, formulated without butter and waxes to weigh it down, contains apricot kernel oil, glycerin and a hydrating complex of enriched hyaluronic acid to provide an intense level of hydration.

Make sure you include a serum as well as a sunscreen into your skincare regimen. The serum should be regarded as a targeted treatment, addressing your primary concern, which is hydration. It will help provide the intensive care your skin needs. in your area of concern, where the moisturiser will not suffice. You are not too young to start with a serum, but do get one that is agreeable with your young skin. At Kiehl’s, we have a Try-Before-You-Buy programme which offers samples for you to try.

Apart from sun exposure, you get UV damage indoors too with exposure to computer screens, lights, etc. UV damage is accumulative, and most of it occurs in the inner layers of the skin, invisible to the naked eye until much later. This may result in dry and sensitive skin, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and pigmentation. Overall, the function of the skin barrier is damaged, resulting in less resilient skin that becomes reactive to the elements in our environment. Also, consider using a weekly hydration masque.

Kiehl’s will be giving Candice an Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration and a Ultra-Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA+++, altogether worth RM240.

I’m in my 50s and still working. I want to look presentable and my problem lies in my pigmentation. And it looks like it’s spreading. It looks awful with one patch on my left and another on the right side of my face. I have tried applying various pigmentation creams but they don’t work. – Irene

Cindy Cheong, SK-II Asean trainer manager, says that indepth skin science research by SK-II has revealed new insight on the anatomy of spots, confirming that for every visible spot found on the surface of the skin, there are approximately five more “hidden” ones below it! The result of SK-II’s Akita longitudinal study conducted over 11 years, it has been proven that when spots become visible, they also become larger and darker over time. Research by SK-II on hyperpigmentation also revealed a feedback loop between spots and skin damage – where the spots formation damages the skin, and how the subsequent damage triggers the appearance of more spots. This newly discovered vicious cycle is the reason why spots are so tough to remove once they appear.

Try SK-II’s Magic Ring skin analysis for your tailored solution for tackling problem of spots. There’s a new Spots Odds Index, a measurement system designed to determine a person’s spots risk to help recommend a tailored solution for tackling the problem of spots. Available at SK-II counters, the analysis will help assess one’s risk of developing both visible and hidden spots over time based on lifestyle, skin condition and skincare habits.

The key to breaking the spots’ vicious cycle is to use SK-II’s powerful Ultimate Spots Corrector within the new Whitening Power Spots Specialist range. The result of five years of whitening technology research and development, it is touted to be the most revolutionary spot-fighting technology to date. It acts on existing skin damage to prevent the formation of more spots.

SK-II will be giving Cindy a SK-II Whitening Power Spots Specialist worth RM419.

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