12th October 2016 / Beauty / by Chia Sihan

How To Get Great Skin At Any Age

With more and more celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Gabrielle Union and even Kim Kardashian appearing in public bare-faced, the focus went from obsessing over which designer labels they were wearing to how good their naked skin looked.

We couldn’t help but wonder: is having glowy skin all down to fantastic genetic intervention and the perks of being part of a celebrity, or is there some way great skin could happen to any one of us?

A lot of it has to do with making your environment conducive for change. If your goal is to achieve a natural glow from the inside out by becoming fitter, having an exercise buddy increases your chances of sticking to a fitness regime, according to Thomas Plante, PhD, professor of psychology at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California who has conducted several studies on having exercise partners.

Other factors point to eating more of the right foods: chocolate lovers will be happy to chew on more of that good stuff, as cocoa actually hydrates our skin. But pick the ones that have at least 70% cocoa “as dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant,” says Nicholas Perricone, MD, a dermatologist in New York City in an interview with Fitness magazine. Or if you believe Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham’s dermatologist, salmon is the secret to exceptional skin.

From sleeping to drinking sufficient water, using the right skincare and using sun protection, establishing little healthy habits early in your 20s and 30s can help anyone to ease into ageing gracefully. Don’t just take our word: we spoke to these experts for their personal tips on how to put your best face forward.

Expert: The Skin Doctor

Dr Kevin Chua is the founder of Drs Chua & Partners with his wife Dr. Iroshini Chua, and Dr. Kevin Chua Skincare

I believe skincare should have a holistic approach. It needs to be good for your skin and make you feel good when applied. It helps to reinforce the look-good-feel-good approach to your daily skincare routines.

Over the years, I’ve treated many pigmentation disorders and realised that prevention is far better (and easier to treat) than to cure. Depending on your skin type, moisturisers may not be the best option if your skin is particularly oily, so you may wish to try the Vitamin B3 serum for oil control instead. If you are acne-prone, then caffeine and alcohol should be avoided.

For anti-ageing purpose, a serum with antioxidant properties such as the Golden C serum will be useful. Formulated based on plant stem cells, it helps with hydration of the skin and encourages rapid wound healing. Used regularly, it helps to keep the skin well hydrated and looking brighter.

Sunblock is crucial and needs to be applied at least 20 minutes before sun exposure and re-applied every four hours. Choose water resistant brands if you’re planning to swim.

Dr Kevin Chua

Kevin’s beauty mantra: Prevention (with sunblock) is better than cure

Catherine’s beauty mantra: Mind your sugar intake 

Expert: The Personal Branding Expert

Catherine Chan is a personal branding coach and founder of Iconiq Image

My daily skincare routine is pretty basic. I wash my face and moisturise in the morning. One thing I make sure to do everyday is to remove my makeup immediately when I get home. Then I’ll cleanse my face, apply eye-cream, serum and moisturise.

I watch my intake of sugar and hardly take sweet drinks. I drink my coffee and tea with no sugar. I still have my indulgence of desserts although not on a daily basis.

When I travel, I make it a point to use sunblock, and usually bring along my facial wash, moisturiser, eye-cream and serum. I drink green tea every day because I love the taste, and not specifically for beauty reasons. Perhaps the good properties of green tea are helping in some way.

My definition of beauty: being happy with who we are and what we have. If you start with this, you do not have to conform to society’s definition of beauty. Of course, we need to put in some effort to look presentable and respectable. But there is no need to overdo it.

Expert: The Frequent Traveller

Nejla Matam-Finn is the CEO of luxury vintage site The Fifth Collection

I am lucky to have pretty low-maintenance skin so I tend to skip makeup on most days.

Travelling is a terrible time to start experimenting with new products, so I don’t change my skincare routine then. Having said that, I make sure that I stay physically hydrated during long haul flights. I always have a face cream, hand cream, a mist and a lip balm in my carry-on.

Some of my favorites are: Chanel La Solution 10 (face cream); Kamill (hand cream) works well and comes in small tubes; Caudalie Grape Water (face mist) is great. As for lip balm, the Lucas’ Papaw ointment is great as it doubles up as a cuticle cream and is great for sunburns, cuts and mosquito bites.

On the other side in my suitcase, most of my “911” skin care remedies go here, including my scrubs and face masks. I actually decant them in Muji containers that are labeled. From experience, it is always when you are far from home that you have odd things happening to your skin, so I’d rather be ready than sorry.

When it comes to my overall skincare routine, it is pretty simple. Lately, I have been washing my face with oils such as the Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser or the Muji Oil Cleansing. After rinsing, I would mist with La Roche- Posay Thermal Spring Water, and pat dry my skin. Depending on my mood, I will use a toner, otherwise I’ll apply a face cream, either the Lait Embryolisse or Chanel la Solution 10, followed by SPF. I love those two creams because they are buildable, which makes me ready for any climate.

Nejla’s beauty mantra: Let your skin breathe

About the Writer

Chia Sihan

A story junkie by nature, this TFCS scribe thrives on uncovering the backstories of her interview subjects, whether they are heads of corporations or a working Mum caring for a child with a developmental disorder. She finds it a privilege to be privy to these personal experiences. Some of the publications she has written for include the Singapore Women’s Weekly, L’Officiel Singapore, and Harper’s Bazaar Junior. It is this genuine love for storytelling and collaboration that led her to kickstart her journey as a co-founder of The Fashion Collective Singapore. Now the chief storyteller at TFCS, she is particularly inspired by the personal journeys of TFCS Mentors, not to mention their dedication towards the refinement of their craft.

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