Spend hours in air-con? Drink at least 1.5L of water to keep skin hydrated

Spend hours in air-con? Drink at least 1.5L of water to keep skin hydrated
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I spend at least 10 hours in an air-conditioned office every day. How do I make sure that my skin stays hydrated? Is it true that I don't have to wear sunblock as I'm indoors?

For starters, drink between 1.5 and three litres of water a day and put plants on your desk as they act as a natural humidifier to keep your skin supple.

It is also important to take a few extra steps in your beauty regimen, says Taiwanese celebrity skincare guru Robin Niu.

To improve your skin's absorption of moisturiser, you should first remove dead skin cells which your skin generates daily, with a gentle exfoliating lotion.

If you don't slough away the dead cells at least once a day, your skin will end up being oily on the outside and dehydrated inside.

First, use a cotton pad soaked in exfoliating lotion and apply it in a circular motion on your face to remove dirt and dead skin. Pat skin dry with clean fingers.

Next, spread some moisturising lotion on a new cotton pad and apply it on your skin with upward strokes.

The damp cotton pad is gentler on your skin and ensures that your skin absorbs just enough lotion without clogging your pores. Do this in the morning before you head out and before you sleep.

Follow up with a serum and a moisturiser, as well as sunscreen in the day.

Don't forget your body too. A good body moisturiser can give you 24-hour hydration.

You should apply sunblock with at least SPF 30 PA+++ even when you are indoors as the sun's harmful UV rays can penetrate the windows.

Niu recommends applying three thin layers on the face - wait about two minutes between each application for the product to be absorbed completely.


This article was first published on June 26, 2015.
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