The Surprisingly Easy Beauty Habits That Women With Great Skin Swear By

by Balvinder Sandhu
LIFESTYLE  |  August 18, 2017
  • Tried-and-tested skincare habits to live by!
    1 / 11 Tried-and-tested skincare habits to live by!

    Here’s the deal. Nailing a flawless complexion is actually easier – and less expensive – than you might think. You don’t have to splash out on elixirs containing gold and silver, or subject your skin to aggressively harsh peels that’ll leave your skin looking like raw liver for weeks. Here are 10 daily habits practised by all Asian women with gorgeous skin.

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  • Use Sunscreen – Always
    2 / 11 Use Sunscreen – Always

    You shouldn’t protect your skin from the sun only when you’re cavorting in a bikini on the beach. Your skin is exposed to the elements even when you’re just walking from the train station to your office building or while running errands outdoors. Daily incidental exposure to the sun over many years leads to the visible signs of ageing, such as fine lines and brown spots. This rule is even more relevant in a country like Singapore, where the sun is almost always shining. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 at least and, if you want to take it a step further, only use SPF makeup and always accessorise with sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats as these protect your skin from sun damage too.

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  • Stay Hydrated
    3 / 11 Stay Hydrated

    Drink lots of water day and night – and all the time in between too. Hydration is very important for skin as a lack of moisture can lead to less radiant and even flaky and irritated skin. Don’t drink only when you’re thirsty – that means your body is already dehydrated. Instead, drink eight glasses of water a day and try to use skincare products that have hydrating formulas so you’re hydrated both on the inside and outside. (Also Read: Follow This Water Drinking Schedule For Maximum Health Benefits)

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  • Don't Touch Your Face
    4 / 11 Don't Touch Your Face

    Your hands have a fair amount of bacteria and touching your face constantly will spread these nasty creatures and lead to breakouts and, in the long-run, wrinkles. If you need to touch your face for some reason, wash your hands before doing so. And never ever pick your pimples or blackheads – it’ll only make them worse.

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  • Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
    5 / 11 Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise

    For best results, use a moisturiser after you step out of the shower and before you go to bed at night. Find a brand that suits your skin and is gentle enough to be used daily without causing any irritation. You can also use sheet masks for an extra hydration boost. (Also Read: A Dermatologist’s Guide to the Best Treatment for Every Type of Acne)

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  • Sleep Well
    6 / 11 Sleep Well

    It’s not just the number of hours of sleep that you get, the quality is important too. Try to get eight hours of interrupted sleep every night – a good night’s sleep doesn’t just refresh your mind and body, it repairs your skin too.

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  • Clean Your Phone
    7 / 11 Clean Your Phone

    You’d be surprised by the number of germs that live on your mobile phone. Wipe if often and never press it directly against your skin while you’re talking on it as that transfers all those bad boys to your face.

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  • Remove Your Make-Up Before Bed
    8 / 11 Remove Your Make-Up Before Bed

    Never go to sleep with makeup on. Do it even if you’re exhausted or you’ll regret it later in life. Leaving makeup on your face overnight means it could get pushed deeper into your pores and cause acne. Also, your skin is meant to shed dead cells each night but with makeup on, they’ll stick to your skin instead, which could lead to breakouts too. If you don’t have time to wash your face, at least remove your makeup with a cotton pad soaked in a cleanser. (Also Read: 4 Unbelievably Scary Things that Happen When You Sleep with Makeup On)

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  • Change Your Pillowcase
    9 / 11 Change Your Pillowcase

    Okay, you don’t have to do this every day but every few days will be beneficial for your skin. We don’t mean to freak you out but your pillow case contains dirt, bacteria, dead skin cells and even traces of makeup – all of which can clog up your pores and lead to acne. So change it often or at least flip your pillow over every few days if you don’t have time.

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  • Keep It Simple
    10 / 11 Keep It Simple

    Women with great skin usually don’t care for fad products or ‘miracle’ ingredients. They find a few products that work and stick to them. Keep a good cleanser and moisturiser at the core of your skincare regime and don’t waste time on products that sound too good to be true.

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  • Stay Happy
    11 / 11 Stay Happy

    And finally, a smile goes a long way in making a woman look good. When you feel good on the inside, you’ll look better on the outside, too. So let your inner glow shine through and other women will be envious of you.

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