Skin Smarts

MEN 'S FOLIO Singapore|May 2020

Skin Smarts
Welcome to a new era of skincare gadgets which analyse, light up, detect and possibly scare one’s house pets.
Bryan Goh  

This writer is fully aware that if one is reading this page, it is assumed he is not one who uses the same bar of soap for the face, feet and other appendages. However, when it comes to the more complex skincare step like moisturising, it is not as straightforward as purchasing an aggressively masculine-labelled product and hoping his skin is not as fragile as his masculinity.

It is a two-pronged approach instead — one that is personally dependant on how far one’s wallet stretches and the other being how much moisture one’s skin really needs. Some telltale signs of skin dehydration includes tightness when smiling, flaking and in some extreme cases, a burning sensation or over oiliness. According to Jungmin Lee, founder of Korean online beauty store Ksisters, the solution is not as simple as chugging water.

“Moisturising is definitely the key to well hydrated skin. When you drink water, it doesn’t go directly to the skin — it goes into the stomach, passes through the intestines, and gets absorbed into your bloodstream and kidneys. At this point, it will hydrate the cells inside the body! Hence, for water to reach the outer layers of the skin to provide sufficient hydration will be very challenging.”

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May 2020