Foundation is rightly named: It’s the bedrock of your makeup routine, applied every morning, whether in the form of a tinted moisturizer or a more substantial long-wear formula, to create a flawless starting point for the rest of your makeup. But recent trends have seen models walking runways more often than not without a slick of it—just clean, shining skin, with a flush that left them looking youthful and real. The lightweight look left us wondering: Is it possible for the rest of us to shed our most trusted layer of makeup, too?
According to Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of SW1 Clinic at Orchard Paragon “Foundation is about covering up flaws, and giving you an even tone. To sport a nude look, you need skin so good and healthy you can abandon this layer of coverage” she says. So how do you accomplish that cosmetic magic with skin care alone? A careful laser regimen, packed with the right powerhouse products, can utterly transform your skin—and, according to Dr Low, is more attainable than you might think. “It’s definitely achievable for everyone!” she says.
Exfoliation is key to keeping your pores purged and utterly clean, an essential pre-requisite for the nude skin look. If you are not removing your makeup with a zealous care, it’s time to start investing in special makeup remover products that excel in erasing every trace of cosmetics, including the waterproof kind from your skin. A weekly facial scrub can also keep dead cells in check as can using mild fruit acids as part of your skincare regime.
#2 Complexion Perfecting Lasers
Let’s admit it. Not all lasers are created equal. While some excel in lightening pigmentation, others may target redness or flushing. When it comes to transforming complexion from dull to problem-free, you need a multi-tasking laser that does covers all bases— from evening out skin tone to refining pores. That’s where Fraxel Light laser checks all the correct boxes. “My patients find that when it comes to transforming the complexion, commitment is key” says Dr Kenneth Lee, medical director of SW1 Clinic. “My patients who have undergone a series of Fraxel Light treatments see greatest improvement in their skin tone and colour”. With the propensity towards the ‘nude look’, the demand for complexion perfecting lasers has spurred SW1 to offer Lustrous Skin Program which offers six sessions of Fraxel Light together with LED Red photobiomodulation and vitamin C skin therapies for an all-round skin revitalization effect.
#3 Skin vitamins
It’s called the skin vitamin for good reason—doctors love it, it is a vital part of any conversation about bright skin, and it, flawless skin might just be a distant dream. While most vitamins are taken orally, there is good evidence to show that when it comes to your skin, some vitamins are better applied directly to the areas that need it the most— your face. According to Dr Low Chai Ling, the two vitamins that are vital for skin health are Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) neutralises free radicals in the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, so it heals and hydrates the skin too. It also has an anti-ageing effect as it boosts collagen production, which in turns helps to reduce the formation of wrinkles. While it’s true there is no magic bullet when it comes to perfecting skin, one ingredient comes pretty close —- vitamin A. “Prescription retinoids and OTC retinols increase skin cell turnover and stimulate collagen synthesis” explains Dr Low. With consistent use, expect to see an improvement in fine lines, texture, dark spots and tone.
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