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Smart Skin Tips

Day cream and night cream contain different ingredients and serve different functions. A day cream usually contains a light sunscreen, and protects against sun exposure and damage. It acts as a barrier to shield the skin from UV exposure and environmental stresses like pollution and also helps to fight free radicals. A day cream typically has a light, non-greasy formulation to ensure your pores can breathe even after your makeup has been applied. You should apply your makeup only after your day cream has been fully absorbed by your skin.

In contrast, a night cream typically contains ingredients to intensely hydrate and repair the skin. The nighttime is when your skin typically undergoes renewal, repair and regeneration. A night cream complements this natural renewal process by infusing the skin with powerful moisturisers over a period of several hours. A night cream also contains high concentrations of anti-aging compounds, and as a result, is usually richer and heavier than a day cream.

Using a light day cream at night deprives your skin of the moisture and nutrients it requires to renew itself, while using a heavy night cream in the day will clog your pores and leave you feeling greasy and uncomfortable.

Use both a day cream and a night cream daily for your skin's protection and restoration.

Exorbitantly priced skin care products are not necessarily the best or most effective products. Often, manufacturers spend large sums of money on flashy marketing campaigns. This adds to the cost of their products.

In fact, the skincare and cosmetics manufacturers who sell pricey, high end products in upmarket retail stores typically also carry those same products in mass market chain stores and drugstores under a different brand.

Focus on the ingredients contained in your skin care products to ensure you know exactly what you are getting for your money.

Washing your face too often will lead to more harm than good. Too much washing strips your skin of sebum (natural oils) and leads to dehydrated skin. A facial wash which leaves your face feeling "tight" and "squeaky clean" is a sign that it has caused overdrying and damage. In response, the sebaceous glands in your skin overproduce sebum to compensate, leading to oily, acne prone skin.

Using an exfoliating facial scrub too often will also lead to harmful stripping of your skin, causing irritation and inflammation.

Wash your face gently once in the morning and once at night, and use an exfoliating facial scrub no more than 2 to 3 times a week.

Water alone does not effectively remove the dirt, grime and sweat which has accumulated on the skin over time. Body wash and shampoo are not formulated for use on the face and tend to strip the skin of sebum (natural oils). They are too harsh, and will cause dry, irritated skin. Men should supplement their skin care routine with a simple moisturising cream applied at night to ensure their skin is well-hydrated. Moisturised skin also guards against shaving nicks and cuts, which typically occur when skin is dry and irritated.

Men should use a facial wash twice a day, and supplement this with a moisturising night cream for clean and healthy skin.

There is no universal product which works for everyone. Every individual's skin is different, and a product which works well for your friend or relative may not give you the same results if you do not have the same skin type. Suitability of skincare products depends on your skin condition and even the environment in which you live.

There is also no single miracle ingredient for amazing skin. Just like how our body needs a variety of fruits and vegetables for well-balanced nutrition, our skin also needs a potent combination of different ingredients to stay healthy. Akin to assembling an army to fight a war, each ingredient should be carefully chosen for a particular result. It is important to adopt a multi-pronged approach in the battle for healthy skin.

Select skincare products which are suitable for your skin type, and which contain several active ingredients to ensure your skin has the necessary combination of nutrients to be healthy.

They cannot expect instant results. Often, viral marketing campaigns sell hope and promise miraculous results overnight. These types of marketing campaigns are misleading and should be ignored. Results take time and require the dedicated use of well-formulated products. Continued use is also necessary to maintain the results that you see.

The best results can also be achieved by applying skincare products in the correct order. For example, a moisturiser should only be applied after a serum. A good serum provides intensive treatment by penetrating deep into the skin to deliver its active ingredients effectively. In contrast, a moisturiser helps to seal in moisture on the surface of the skin and should be applied only after your serum has been well absorbed into your skin.

Apply your skin care products consistently for an extended period of time, and ensure that they are applied in the correct order for the best results.

Although it is okay to wash their face in the shower, they should always save washing their face until the end of their shower.

Haircare products like shampoo and conditioner tend to be oil-based and usually leave residue on skin. As your rinse your hair in the shower, these products drip over your face, shoulders and back. If they are not properly washed off, they may cause breakouts on your face, shoulders and back. To avoid this, you should shampoo and condition your hair in the shower before washing your face and the rest of your body. Be careful to ensure that no oily residue is left behind on your face and body after your shower.

When showering, save washing your face until the end, and ensure no shampoo or conditioner residue remains on your face, shoulders and back.

Serums and moisturisers are two completely different products with distinct purposes. Good serums should have highly potent formulations and should effectively deliver active ingredients into the dermis layer of your skin. Serums are also made up of small molecules which allow them to penetrate deeper into your skin. In contrast, moisturisers protect the epidermis layer of your skin and lock in moisture to keep your skin supple and hydrated. Their larger molecular size helps to form a thin protective film on your skin which acts as a barrier to shield your skin from the environment and seal in hydration.

Always apply a moisturiser after your serum and never use a serum as a replacement for a good, faithful moisturiser.