To achieve healthy glowing skin, we need to take care of the internal as well as external factors that influence good skin conditions.
- Sleep early and adequately
The general recommendation is to get 7 hours of sleep. You should try to sleep before midnight. Sleep is essential for recovery and healing of the body. Late nights or insufficient sleep can result in reduced collagen and reduced blood flow to the skin. The skin will start to look aged and dull with premature wrinkle formations and pigmentations.
This increases blood flow around the body, including the skin. Increased blood flow provides nutrients and oxygen supplementation to the skin, and faciliates the removal of wastes and toxic free radicals. In addition, exercise reduces stress. When stress is reduced, certain conditions like acne and eczema may improve.
Avoid sugary foods. Low sugar diet or low glycemic diet benefits acne-prone skin. Consume more fruits, vegetables, and healthy sources of Omega-3. Try to eat two or more vegetables of diffferent colours in a day. Drink plenty of plain water for hydration. It keeps the skin moisturised and facilitates metabolism and skin renewal.
It is well-known that sunscreen should be applied when you are outdoors. However, you should also apply sunscreen when you are indoors as UV rays can penetrate through windows. Every day apply a SPF 50 broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays for up to 4 hours. Remember to reapply your sunscreen. This should help delay the onset of sun induced pigmentations.
For facial skin care, choose water-based type if you tend to have oily skin and cream-based ones if you have dry skin. You can use either for normal skin. Check with your dermatologist or aesthetic doctor for moisturisers customised for acne prone skin. Adequate moisturisation can help reduce wrinkle formations and improve the glow on your face!
By : Dr Chen Yiming
Family Physician, MBBS (Singapore), GDFM (NUS), GDFP Dermatology (NUS)