These days it can be hard to know what to use on your skin, especially with the seemingly endless variety of products on the market and alternative methods to keep skin looking younger. From sunscreen to facelifts and laser therapy, three Hong Kong experts - dermatologist Moniz Wong Mon-ching, Lauren Bramley, a general practitioner with a special interest in skin care, and dermatologist Tinny Ho Tin-yee - talk about how they care for their own complexions. How do you care for your skin? Wong 'I follow the simple three-step regimen: I use a mild cleanser, a moisturiser and then sunscreen. Sometimes they don't penetrate well because I have oily skin. When this happens I do a chemical peel - about once a month - to remove the oil and dead skin cells. The skin-care products can then do their job.' Bramley 'I use a high-content vitamin C on my face every day as well as topical vitamin B5. Several times a week I use a vitamin A-based retinol as well. I also use sunscreen with vitamin C and E every day. A tinted one doubles as makeup. I do the green peel by Schrammek every one to two years to treat pores, stimulate collagen and remove photo-damage and ensure topical products work better by clearing away dead layers. I do Botox for both the cosmetic appearance and the amazing effect it has reducing tension headaches. I've used Restylane for lines around the nose and mouth. It lasts quite a long time. My favourite facial is the ultra-sonophoresis by Ultraceuticals, which uses ultrasound to increase the levels of vitamin C in the skin by up to 1,000 times more than topical application.' Ho 'I use sunscreen daily. That's the most important thing you can do for you skin. I make sure my sunscreen provides good UVA protection as well. You can't tell that just from the SPF rating. It helps being a dermatologist and being able to read the ingredients list. I use an antioxidant serum every day, which contains vitamin C and E, to delay ageing.' What would you consider doing to your skin? Wong 'I may have Botox for my frown lines. And I'd consider radio-frequency - it's a new technology designed to tighten the skin. A current conducts heat in the dermis and promotes collagen remodelling. The effect lasts about a year.' What skin-care steps do you wish you'd taken when you were younger? Bramley 'I wish, as most people probably do, that I hadn't done all that sun-tanning in the 80s. And I wish I'd known about the benefits of nutritional supplementation on the skin such as omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, grape seed extract, green tea and the importance of correcting iron deficiency. I wish I'd realised the importance of diet by eating super-antioxidant foods such as salmon, blueberries and pomegranate.' Ho 'I did a lot of water sports as a teenager - sailing and diving. I refused to listen to my mother's advice about putting on sunscreens. I regret it so much now.' Would you have a facelift? Wong 'I wouldn't because I'm afraid of surgery. I don't like the invasiveness. You have to have stitches and it takes a while to heal. There could be complications and the outcome isn't guaranteed.' Ho 'I'd consider upper blepharoplasty [upper eyelid surgery] when I grow old, as droopy eyelids run on my mother's side of the family. My mother had hers done at 62. As for facelifts, never say never, but I hope I'll never need one. It's major surgery and results aren't always natural. It's ridiculous to have a 30-year-old face when you're 60. Most of us want to grow old gracefully.' Are there any treatments you'd never have? Wong 'Other than a facelift, I wouldn't have ablative rejuvenation of the skin by laser. It's used often in the US and Europe, especially by Caucasians, to remove the epidermal layers of the skin and allow it to rejuvenate. It's good for wrinkles. But it's not good for Asian skin because you can get scarring or post-procedural pigmentation or infections.' Bramley 'I wouldn't use retin-A on my skin for the potential damage caused by sun exposure. I also wouldn't bother with lesser concentrations of vitamin C as found in many products. I wouldn't do some chemical peels as I prefer the invigorating effect of lactic acid and green peels rather than the melting effect of alternate chemical peels.' Ho 'There are so many quacky treatments out there. They're not well-proven regarding the efficacy and safety. For my patients and me, I'd only go for those backed up by science.' What do some female patients ask for that you think is a bad look? Wong 'They may ask for Botox to remove static lines that can't be corrected by injection. Too aggressive treatments for wrinkles may produce an unnatural look.' Ho 'Some of my patients ask me to give them a very high arched brow with Botox. I think this would make them look like Cruella de Vil, so I talk them out of it. Looking pleasant and friendly is the prerequisite for a beautiful face.' What treatments, ingredients or surgery would you like to try? Wong 'New lasers - for example, the new infrared Plasma for stretch marks, cellulite and acne scars. It's an alternative to ablative rejuvenation. It's a newer technology and is good for Asian skin because it's milder. The treatment time is longer, but there's less risk and it protects the epidermis more.' Bramley 'I'm keen to do mesotherapy. It's new to Hong Kong, and is a technique of dermis injection with multiple tiny needles. It's used for vitamin or antioxidant infusion and lipo-sculpture of the face and chin. I'd also like to try new products as they arrive, as I feel that different cosmeceuticals offer different benefits. For example, there's a melatonin skin cream that has excellent anti-ageing effects and also improves your sleep.' Ho 'Isolagen, once it's approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It involves growing your cells in the lab from a piece of harvested skin and can be stored for later use to fill up wrinkles. It would be good if I could store some of my skin cells while they're still not too old. However, we're waiting on the results of FDA testing to see if it really works. It may be too good to be true.'