Dennis Paphitis' business partner Suzanne Santos shares some simple skincare solutions for dealing with the Hong Kong climate. 'Living in Hong Kong's oppressive humidity and dry air-conditioning means your skin is subjected to a range of extreme environments. 'Pay attention to the amount of water you drink. Studies show most people consume only 70 per cent of the moisture their body needs and air-conditioning will dry the skin further. 'Hydrate skin in the morning using a product with humectant qualities, which helps trap and keep moisture in the skin. Maintain moisture throughout the day both internally with water and herbal tea and topically with a product that can be applied over makeup, such as an essential oil spray. 'Air-conditioners also propel oxidants into the environments in which we work, travel and sleep. Products containing high levels of scientifically validated antioxidants are the only constructive protection that can be built into cosmetics, and the quality and quantity must be carefully considered if they are to perform this function effectively. Look for products containing high levels of stabilised vitamin C. 'On the flip side, humidity forces the skin to produce excess sebum. Methodical, consistent cleansing with a low-foaming, anti-bacterial cleanser helps regulate sebum production without stripping skin. Opt for serums with ingredients such as aloe vera, which is well known for its soothing and anti-bacterial properties. 'Deeper cleansing is a vital skin maintenance step for people living in Hong Kong. A twice-weekly treatment with a clay mask will remove excess sebum and deeper levels of impurities, and promote the skin's own natural regenerative process. 'Blemishes are another consequence of Hong Kong's lifestyle and climate. Look for botanical blends to soothe and heal the infection.'