It can be downright frustrating to spend a ton of money on a cleanser that you think is going to work fabulously, only to find that it breaks you out and completely dries out your skin. When it comes to choosing a cleanser (for any skin type), it’s important that the cleanser is gentle yet effective in removing all traces of makeup and dirt that your skin has accumulated throughout the day.
Everyone’s skin is bound to be sensitive at some point in life (annoying but true) due to hormonal changes, genetics, environmental pollution, changes in weather, anxiety, lack of sleep or constant exposure to UV rays. Regardless of whether your skin is categorized as normal, dry, oily or combination, it’s always best to use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural moisture and mess up its pH levels. The skin should ideally be kept at a pH balance of 5.5, which is slightly acidic. Having it skew to a more alkaline level would cause the skin to be dry and irritated and sometimes even cause eczema flare ups.
SENKA, a skincare line developed by Shiseido, has recently launched its revamped range of cleansers and makeup removers as well as an all-new Perfect Whip foaming cleanser. Primarily consisting of silk essence and double hyaluronic acid, the cleansers are gentle and leave the skin feeling clean, refreshed and hydrated after each wash.
Silk essence (or silk amino acids) is a highly moisturizing component that easily penetrates the dermal layer of the skin, provides sun protection and anti-aging benefits via enzymatic metabolism. On the other hand, double hyaluronic acid stimulates tissue repair and boosts the skin’s natural elasticity and hydration.
The new SENKA range will be available in June 2016 in selected pharmacies and hypermarkets.
Aside from using a gentle cleanser for your cleansing routine, here are my TOP 12 TIPS to help you achieve healthy and hydrated skin:
- Avoid using hot water as it can really dry out your skin.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated.
- While cleansing, give yourself a facial massage using gentle circular motions to stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage.
- Get sufficient sleep, avoid excessive sun exposure and use sunscreen (broad spectrum SPF30 for daily use and SPF50 if you have to spend more time outdoors) in the daytime.
- Use a moisturizer every morning and evening and stay hydrated throughout the day using a facial mist infused with skincare oils.
- Make sure that your hands are clean when you touch your face and avoid picking at pimples to prevent future scarring.
- Use a mask at least twice a week to plump up your skin overnight.
- Avoid processed foods that will cause water retention/bloating and opt for balanced nutritious meals that are rich in antioxidants (seeds, grains, leafy greens, fruits, protein like fish etc.).
- Take the time to relax and unwind as stress can contribute to breakouts and eczema flare ups.
- Take supplements like Vitamin C and Evening Primrose Oil daily, or whatever is recommended by your pharmacist or general practitioner, as it can help to regulate your hormone levels.
- Get plenty of exercise! Sweating out toxins will keep your skin looking radiant and rejuvenated.
- Exfoliate at least 2 times a week with a granule-free exfoliator or use a damp face brush/wash cloth to buff away dead skin cells. Remember to tone and moisturize right after a shower as your skin absorbs products best when it’s damp.