Basics of skin care


  • Health
  • Sunday, 16 Feb 2003

By PAUL YEO

I’M a slap and dash kinda guy. The most I would do to clean my face is splash it with some water, dry it, and voila, it’s clean. Occasionally, I would use some soap, and that’s that. I suppose that’s why my face can best be described as “full of character”. After all, wrinkles do give you that wise and distinguished look, or so I console myself. 

But the experts definitely will advice against such a routine, especially to those who really do take care of their appearance. And it doesn’t sound too difficult at all. 

According to Dr Daniel H. Maes, vice president of research and development at Estée Lauder laboratories, there are three cardinal steps to effective skin care – cleanse, repair and moisturise. “Soaps are not a good idea because they leave alkaline residues on the skin, which is not optimal as the pH of the skin is slightly acidic. 

“Skincare doesn’t have to be too complicated,” he emphasised. “As long as you follow the principles of cleanse, repair and moisturise, your skincare needs will be fulfilled. 

“The problem of different skin types is really not a problem now as Estee Lauder has products with components that work on both types of skin. The only difference is the form of the product, whether it’s a lotion or cream you’re looking for. This depends on individual preferences. So it’s essentially quite simple. 

“The technologies that are being unearthed are really exciting. Thanks to advancements in the understanding of the ageing process, researchers have developed a wide range of approaches to skincare.  

“From whether your skin is in good shape now and you want to preserve it, or you have uneven pigment, poor skin tone with fine lines, enlarged pores, sagginess, sallowness, or wrinkles, you can maintain or improve the vitality of your skin. 

“And it’s not just about reacting to stressors in the environment. For example, Perfectionist. It works from within, helping the skin help itself. We’re not reacting to external stimuli, but working within the internal skin structures to help skin repair and maintain its elasticty,” says Dr Maes.

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