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Late 30s and combination skin
by Hong Xinyi

Q I am in my late 30s and have combination skin.

I do not have visible wrinkles but I am using an anti-ageing moisturiser that leaves my skin feeling oily before noon.

Should I continue to use this or switch to an oil-control moisturiser for younger skin?

A Dr Cheong Wai Kwong, a dermatologist who practises at Specialist Skin Clinic in Grange Road’s Orchard Building, says that an oil-control moisturiser is not quite suitable for a person of your age as this type of moisturiser is not hydrating enough.

To solve your dilemma, simply divide your skincare regimen into day and night routines.

For day, Dr Cheong suggests sunscreen as well as a moisturiser that provides light hydration.

Clarins’ HydraQuench Smoothing Gel ($88) might be suitable as this lightweight moisturiser is specially formulated for hot and humid weather.

Leave the richer stuff for night-time use.

You may want to opt for a retinol-based night cream if you do not have sensitive skin.

Retinol is a common anti-wrinkle ingredient found in many best-selling anti-ageing products such as Shiseido’s Revital Wrinklelift AA ($158).

Another alternative for night-time skincare: Consider pairing a lightly hydrating moisturiser with a serum that contains antioxidants like vitamins C and E, such as SkinCeuticals’ CE Ferulic ($159, from the retail pharmacies at National Skin Centre and specialist clinics).

Do not forget the all-important under-eye area, one of the first places where signs of ageing appear.

Consider an eye cream such as Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Recovery Complex ($82), which has a luxuriously rich texture and sinks in swiftly, leaving the skin feeling plump and smooth.

This article was first published in Urban, The Straits Times.

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