Secrets to Smooth, Radiant Skin

Dullness, dehydration or redness? We hone in on these skin issues and help show you how to treat them

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Dullness, dehydration or redness? We hone in on these skin issues and help show you how to treat them
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Using skincare products with the right ingredients is akin to prescribing the proper medication for your ailments. Here are some common skin problems, and what your skin might need so you can treat them quickly.

Skin Woe: Redness
TRY: Licorice

Most of us think of licorice as candy, but it’s used in skincare for its anti-inflammatory properties, helping to calm redness, reduce skin irritation and ease skin conditions such as eczema. It’s also a potent antioxidant which helps skin defend against free radical damage.

Skin Woe: Dryness
TRY: Hyaluronic Acid

Naturally found in the body, hyaluronic acid is able to hold many times its weight in water, creating a reservoir of hydration within the skin. However, as we age, the level of hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases, leading to a loss of elasticity and firmness. Dry and dehydrated skin will benefit from using skincare products containing hyaluronic acid, as it is able to moisturise and plump skin.

Skin Woe: Pigmentation & Dark Spots
TRY: Chlorella

Skin ageing and sun exposure can lead to formation of dark spots, a common bugbear for Asians. Nutrient-rich algae chlorella has essential vitamins and minerals that help reduce oxidative stress from free radicals. Anti-inflammatory flavonoids, sterols, and peptides present in chlorella also inhibit melanin production, to diminish dark spots for a brighter complexion.

Skin Woe: Fine Lines
TRY: Collagen

It’s no secret that collagen, along with hyaluronic acid and elastin, is one of the building blocks for youthful-looking skin. As skin ages, it is unable to produce enough collagen to keep up with the loss, causing sagginess and inevitably fine lines and wrinkles. Serums containing marine collagen can be topically applied on areas of concern to promote skin suppleness.

Skin Woe: Blemishes
TRY: Vitamin B3+
Vitamin B3 or Niacinamide helps strengthen the skin barrier while reducing the appearance of enlarged pores. Its anti-inflammatory properties, and ability to reduce clogging in pores, make it ideal for treating acne and preventing breakouts.
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3 quick fixes for dehydrated skin 

1 Saturate a compressed paper sheet mask with a hydrating skin mist like the Skin Inc Pure Serum Mist and apply on your skin for five minutes before putting on makeup. You’ll discover your skin will be smoother, and foundation will glide on like a dream.

2 Target dryness with a hyaluronic acid serum to boost hydration. If you experience redness and dullness as well, add ceramide and licorice serums for your own customised hydrating blend.

3 The right skincare products, combined with chromatherapy (also known as light therapy), can improve the skin condition of blemish-prone skin, boost collagen synthesis and reduce pigmentation. Try using Skin Inc’s Optimzer Voyage Blue with your fave serums to calm and soothe skin.

Mix Masters

Let’s face it: Everyone’s skin is different, and even our own skin behaves differently from day to day. Multimasking is a skincare trend that is catching on due to its ability to target different areas of the skin – so yes, you have different masks that are formulated to target different concerns on your face.

The Skin Inc Flash Sheet Mask is a fuss-free hydrogel mask that comes in two sections – one for the T-zone and eye area, and one for the cheeks, mouth and chin. It comes in three variations: Soothe-N-Purify Black Gold Mask is infused with vitamin C and skinloving plant extracts to provide intense hydration; Lines Be-Gone Rose Gold Mask, with vitamin A and floral extracts to reduce fine lines and give skin a lift; and Get Glowin® Platinum Mask, that’s infused with vitamin B3 and brightening floral extracts to boost skin’s radiance. What’s great about this is that you can customise your facial mask experience simply by mixing and matching to target your skin concerns. So, for example, if you are worried about lines forming on your forehead, and also experience dryness on the jaw area, choose the Gold Mask for the lower half of your face, while the Rose Gold Mask will help plump up the forehead area. At $17 per mask, or $48 for a set of three masks.