Your Top 3 Needs for Beautiful Skin
What are the top 3 needs for beautiful and glowing skin? Singapore General Hospital and KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) shares.
Good skin care,
coupled with vitamins and sunscreen, are the secrets to beautiful skin.
What makes you glow? Uncover the secrets of beautiful skin
Top 3 skin vitamins you need
- Vitamin A strengthens the skin, keeping wrinkles at bay. Get it from liver, spinach, milk, egg yolk, orange-coloured fruits and vegetables.
- Vitamin B helps to maintain a healthy skin tone. Get it from chicken, tuna, potatoes, asparagus, black beans and watermelons.
- Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen, an essential skin protein. Get it from citrus fruits (like oranges), strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli and cabbage.
Top 3 skincare steps
These three words form the essentials of good skin care.
- Clean – Wash your face at least twice a day and do it gently. The two letters to remember are pH, which refers to the balance of acid and alkali on your skin. Certain foods and products can upset the pH balance and cause skin problems. Soaps, for instance, may be too alkaline. If you wear makeup, you need a cleanser formulated just for this purpose.
- Nourish – Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. It flushes out toxins and keeps skin hydrated, giving it a healthy glow. You also need a moisturiser for day and a heavier-duty cream at night if you're older and your skin is dry.
- Protect – Always use a sun protection product with a minimum Sun Protector Factor (SPF) of 15, and steer clear of outdoor activities from 10am to 4pm. Sunburn should be avoided at any age, but especially during childhood and the teenage years, as this could lead to serious skin problems, even skin cancer, in adulthood.
Top 3 sunscreen tips
As we live in the tropics, we all need to be especially concerned about sun protection.
- Apply your sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go outdoors, to give your skin time to absorb it. Keep reapplying it when you're swimming or sweating.
- Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA (ultraviolet A) / UVB radiation. UVA contributes to wrinkles and leathering of skin and can also cause skin cancer. UVB is the main cause of skin cancers.
- The SPF numeric value indicates how long you can stay in the sun before you get sunburned. If you burn after 20 minutes, an SPF 15 means you can stay our for 300 minutes (20 x 15) without getting sunburned.