Whether you’re a teen plagued with pimples or a grown-up scoffing at the first signs of wrinkles, it takes real dedication and hard work to win the good skin game. And, we don’t mean going crazy experimenting and piling on skincare products.
Work with a good aesthetician to hook you up with a quality skincare routine that is tailored to your individual skin condition. It might set you back a little in the financial department, but really, your skin will thank you for that investment. Need I also mention that you’ll feel naturally confident with clear and radiant skin? Ready to get schooled in skincare 101?
The DocDoc team rendezvoused with Dr SK Tan, an internationally acclaimed pioneer in the field of aesthetics, at his Innovative Dermatological Solutions (IDS) Clinic to suss out his personal skincare regime, skincare dos and don’ts, and busted some aesthetic treatment myths along the way. Revered as the “father of aesthetics” by some of his blogger fans, this is one feature you don’t want to miss out.
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
What inspired you to pursue aesthetic dermatology?
I trained in dermatology in the 70s, where I worked in a hospital in London. I later practiced at a family practice back in Malaysia and Singapore, and I saw a lot of dermatological conditions, including acne. Also, a lot of parents, especially mothers, started asking me about their own aesthetic problems. So I think that was what set me off many years ago.
Do you have a personal skincare regimen?
I personally test all the products that we formulate, so my face is like a testing ground for products. But I do use vitamins C and A regularly, until I need to test products again, which is very often.
When it comes to skin solutions, what’s your patient-care approach?
I believe that vitamins C and A, especially when formulated properly, have very good benefits for the skin. So I have a regimen call C.A.R., where I use vitamin C, followed by vitamin A, and R stands for our proprietary rejuvenating complex – The C.A.R. regimen is actually something we’ve come up with. I think this addresses most of the problems faced by patients who come to see us.
How do you pit yourself against over-the-counter products?
We don’t pit ourselves against them. Over-the-counter skincare products only offer that much efficacy and we believe our unique and innovative products offer much more than that.
What’s the right age to embark on skincare?
I personally believe that the earlier you start off taking care of your skin, the better off you are; preventing problems from arising is much better than trying to treat the problem when it arises. Starting early is very important.
What are some common myths about aesthetic treatments that you’d like to bust?
The most common myth that I hear almost every day is that makeup, skincare and cosmetics clog up your pores – that’s totally untrue. The pores get clogged up by oil or sebum created by your skin and if any makeup or skincare causes whiteheads and blackheads, it’s really due to irritation from the product itself.
What are some skincare dos?
The most important thing that I would advise people to do is to apply sunscreens every day and reapply when they are out in the open. I also see a lot of problems arising from delayed treatment of acne, so please do treat acne urgently to prevent scarring. Finally, I think consumers should be well-informed. They should do their due diligence and know exactly what they are doing to and putting on their skin.
What are some skincare don’ts?
I would urge people not switch from one brand to another, especially when they are not facing problems, because that is when you will run into them. The other thing is to also not be fooled by hype or swayed by what other people say – know exactly what you want and be confident in your choice. Finally, don’t rush into short term or quick fixes.
About Dr SK Tan
Dr SK Tan is an internationally-acclaimed pioneer in the aesthetics scene, whose passion has catapulted him to the forefront of aesthetic technologies and the cosmeceuticals industry in Asia. Prior to ringing the curtain up on his latest brainchild – IDS clinic – he had conceived and helmed several successful aesthetics clinics and skin care product lines in Asia.