If you’re a busy working woman in your 30s, good skin and a healthy body can be really hard to maintain. And once problems arise, treatments and procedures can be really expensive. In celebration of International Women’s Day, take charge of your health with these seven helpful skincare and diet tips by a local dermatologist and a nutritionist:
Skincare Tip #1: Use a gentle cleanser.
Everyone knows the importance of a clean face to remove the dirt and grime collected over the day. Dr Lawrence Khoo, Consultant Dermatologist at Farrer Park Hospital, advocates using a good and gentle cleanser: “The skin is usually not too dry at this age group, so a gentle cleanser for normal skin would usually suffice.”
“Clean two to three times, preferably with cold or mildly warm water. Generally, two times per day is sufficient. If make-up is used, then a good make-up remover to clean off the make-up is also important,” he says.
Skincare Tip #2: A good moisturiser is key.
In Singapore’s warm, humid weather, it’s crucial to use a moisturizer. “Depending on one’s skin type, a person with dryer skin will need a richer moisturizer, while one with normal or slightly oily skin may need a lighter moisturize,” says Dr Khoo. Click here for the best toners and moisturisers as seen in our latest Beauty Awards!
Skincare Tip #3: Never forget sunblock.
In this weather, women must also constantly remember to use a good sunblock. According to Dr Khoo, “Pigmentation issues are common problems among ladies, so a good sunblock is important. Use one from a reputable company, with sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 to 50, PA (protection against UVA) of 2++ or 3+++.” He recommends applying sufficient quantity and reapplying the sunblock after a few hours.
Healthy Eating Tip #1: Drink Green Tea
Green Tea contains antioxidants to prevent infections and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. “It contains phytonutrients (catechins) that are high in antioxidants for cancer prevention and helps slow down the ageing process,” Grace says, “In addition, the caffeine in green tea enhances your metabolism when you are on a diet and regular exercise regime to help you lose your excessive fat.” She recommends a cup of green tea a day, and to drink it 1 to 2 hours after your meals.
Healthy Eating Tip #2: Build Immunity
Lemons and oranges are rich in Vitamin C to strengthen the immune system to fight free radicals, prevent infections and inflammations. They’re also good skin boosters!
Healthy Eating Tip #3: Prevent UTIs with Cranberries
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are quite common, with one in five women experiencing a UTI at least once a year. Nutritious cranberries contain PACs (proanthocyanidins) which are known to help maintain urinary tract health, so add it to your daily snack routine.
Healthy Eating Tip #4: Eat More Almonds
Cut down on sugary treats and snacks. Almonds make for a nutritious substitute, as they’re rich in Vitamin E and are known to stimulate the production of antioxidants and antibodies. “Almonds help to lower LDL cholesterol (bad) by protecting you from getting cardiovascular diseases. They are also good for your brain and cognitive functions,” says Grace.
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