Skincare should start early

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  • Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014

All your skincare and beauty problems answered.

My daughter is nine years old and is required to attend school activities most of the time. I’ve noticed recently that her face is getting drier and darker. May I know, at her age now, is it advisable for her to apply moisturiser or sunblock everyday? If not, when is the best time for her to start? – Teresa

Product trainer Regenn Lee for H2O Plus says that external aggressors such as pollution and the harshness of the sun do not recognise age. These will harm and damage the skin, regardless whether you are a child or an adult. Outdoor activities and excessive exposure to the sun are bound to cause UV damage, which appears initially as merely a darker skin tone and dehydration.

The darker skin tone is due to the overproduction of melanin. In between the epidermis and dermis, there are cells called melanocytes which, when exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, will produce melanin. 

This is absorbed by keratinocytes, which use it to protect themselves from the UV rays as a form of “sunshade”. This melanin response to UV becomes a natural sunscreen, providing protection to the keratinocyte cells by absorbing UV radiation, resulting in a visible tan.

This explains why your daughter’s skin gets darker after her outdoor activities. In the long run, overexposure to the sun will lead to hyperpigmentation which will be more prominent later when she becomes an adult. Prolonged exposure also causes water to evaporate from the surface, reducing the water and natural oil content in the skin.

Children may be too young for more intensive or targeted skincare. But a proper skincare regimen is recommended as soon as the child is able to be take ownership of taking care of her own skin. At different stages of our lives, our skin requires very specific needs that evolve over time. 

At the tender age of nine, a child’s skin is still healthy and able to exfoliate naturally. The key is giving them the correct products to use, and this should be basic, water-based, light textured, non-comedogenic, gentle on the skin, yet able to meet her skin’s needs.

So, do use a moisturiser and sunblock every day for your daughter. She also needs to clean and tone her skin properly to keep a healthy skin. H2O Plus, formulated from natural ingredients, is gentle and effective enough to suit your daughter’s needs at her age.

A very mild and gentle cleanser, Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel, helps to remove impurities and dirt, without drying the skin. Micro-encapsulated Softening Beads gently glide across the skin’s surface to remove dull cells and soften skin’s texture.

Marine Defense Green Tea Anti Oxidant Toner, has powerful antioxidants and an anti-pollution system to defend and repair skin against daily damage from the sun, pollution and free radicals.

For hydration, the Face Oasis Hydrating Lotion SPF 30 helps skin resist damage from environmental stress with broad spectrum sunscreens, UV-active technology and moisturising marine botanicals.

Use the Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment to restore moisture to depleted skin, deliver deep hydration and help skin resist daily environmental damage.

H2O Plus will be giving Teresa an Aqua-librium Marine Cleansing Gel and Face Oasis Hydrating Lotion SPF 30, altogether worth RM258, for her daughter.

I’M planning to use an oil cleanser to remove my make-up just before I wash my face with a facial wash. My problem is, I don’t know the exact amount to apply and the correct way to to use it. Appreciate your advice. – Mia

Make-up begins and ends with cleansing, says Lisa Yap, Shu Uemura education manager. The secret to beautiful skin starts with gentle, thorough cleansing which will remove impurities without stripping the skin’s moisture.

Shu Uemura recommends using cleansing oil as it protects the skin’s delicate moisture balance while removing make-up and impurities in a single step. We have an extensive range of cleansing oils to match your skin needs.

The Classic version is a high performance balancing cleansing oil advanced formula; there’s also one for sensitive skin (cleansing beauty oil premium A/I); for ageing concerns; brightening; global skin concerns and pore concerns.

Here are some tips on how to use Shu Uemura cleansing oil for best efficacy.

> Follow the instructions stated on the bottle. Some of our cleansing oils call for wet/dry usage. This is crucial to assure the efficacy of the cleansing oil.

> Apply three pumps of cleansing oil onto the palms of dry/wet hands.

> Gently spread the oil over your face, including eye area, lashes and lip. Do not forget the nose wing.

> Now wash your hands with water and massage your face like how you normally would with your foam cleanser. You will notice the oil turning into a milky white texture, which is called the “emulsification” step.

> Wash your hands and repeat the “emulsification” step four times. Do not rinse your face without emulsifying the oil!

> Lastly, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water or cold water. Towel dry, and follow with your skincare routine. No double cleansing is needed.

Visit any Shu Uemura boutique to get a proper consultation on the right cleansing oil based on your skin type.

Shu Uemura will be giving Mia a bottle of POREfinist cleansing oil worth RM110.

> Here's a chance to get your “always wanted to know but didn’t know who to ask” beauty questions tackled. E-mail your queries to to be answered fortnightly by beauty professionals from beauty or skincare houses. The queries should be beautyspecific and may be on skin or hair concerns, cosmetics or products, too. Please include your name, address and contact number. Published letters will receive a gift. All the best to your beauty quest!

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