Top tips: in the spotlight
Sharon Cheung Po-wah, a former news anchor at Cable TV and now senior vice-president of listed company eSun Holdings, offers tips on how to keep your skin camera-ready.
'News anchors need to apply thick layers of makeup constantly to avoid the reflections from the high-voltage spotlights at the studio. But there is no fast track to keeping your skin healthy other than cleaning it thoroughly.
'What damages skin is the residue from cosmetic products. I have oily skin so I had to reapply makeup often to prevent it looking shiny under the lights. If I had to read the news flash broadcast every half hour, I had to constantly reapply my makeup. The layers would get so thick I could feel it cracking when I tried to smile.
'To keep my skin healthy then I had a facial treatment every fortnight, which is more often than I do nowadays. I only go for facials every few months now.
'A more stable job also helps my skin condition. When I was a reporter, I was outside on assignments all the time. The dust and pollution on the street, plus the pressure of deadlines triggered pimples.'