When we live in a city like Singapore, it means our skin is constantly exposed to city triggers like dirt, pollution, climate/humidity, stressful lifestyles and a processed diet. That’s why we have what I call “city skin”. These triggers result in skin sensitivity over time and cause symptoms like redness, tightness and even breakouts. Sensitive skin varies from person to person – I have slightly sensitive skin while others suffer from extremely sensitive skin. All skin types are prone to it – no matter if you’re oily, dry or combination.
Here are the triggers for my sensitive city skin:
- Air conditioned environment
I’m always in an air-conditioned environment when I’m teaching my make-up classes – whether be it at my studio or at a corporate office. The dry and cold condition in the office and humid weather outdoor pushes my skin’s barrier to its limit, causing oily and dry patches.
- Lack of sleep/ sleeping late
I’m always sleeping late due to my busy schedule. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! Our cells renew and repair at night, producing keratin and collagen. Late nights means we lose out on the chance to rejuvenate our skin. This has resulted in tired and sallow looking skin and even the occasional break out.
- Stressed skin from make up
Constant experimentation with make-up stresses my skin out causing redness, dryness and sometimes clogged pores when I don’t cleanse thoroughly.
I’m the epitome of ‘city skin’. That’s why I am always on the lookout for products that are gentle to my skin. I can’t blame my skin cells. Sorry guys!
Thankfully, there’s Simple®! I’ve been a user since my college days and have only recently rediscovered this sensitive skin favourite. They are an established brand for sensitive skin users like me, it’s free of harsh chemicals, artificial colours and perfume. In fact, it’s UK’s favourite facial skincare product* and loved by celebrities and professional make-up artists alike.
To take the city out of your skin, it’s all about getting your skincare right. So here’s my current Simple® skincare routine! Let’s get started!
Besides using the right products, good skin is also a holistic approach – combining great skincare, nutrition, mental wellbeing and exercise. Good skincare can be simple. Here’s a rundown of my Simple skincare routine but to see more of it, watch the video!
- Cleanse with the Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, massaging in circular motion to unclog any trapped impurities.
- Tighten your pores with Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner. I like to pat it in for better absorption.
- Moisturise and replenish nutrients with Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser in the day and the Regeneration Age Resisting Night Cream. Do not over apply, an almond size amount is usually sufficient.
While you can’t take the girl out of the city, you can take the city out of her skin with Simple®.
You can find Simple® skincare products in-store at selected departmental stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and personal care stores. Follow the Simple Facebook page for more skincare updates. Thank you Simple® for sponsoring this post and for helping me rediscover how amazing you are for sensitive skin girls!