Serene Aesthetics

How to Delay Aging

Sep 30, 2017 — by Andrew Ooi

Sadly, you can’t avoid aging. Just right from the time you were born, your body parts already have been aging and there is no exception for your skin as well. Don’t be depressed! Fortunately, despite of the natural aging process, there are some skincare tips that can help you to ensure your skin matches your age or even look younger than you really are.


Keep your hands away from your face:

You can’t imagine how many times you touch your face a day. This not only brings bacteria to your face and cause infection, it can also lead to aging of your skin especially the sensitive area around your eyes. Rubbing your eyes can damage the skin around the eyes because this can create microscopic tears in the tissue which makes the eye area look older; break the capillaries in the eyelids causing telangiectasia; and break the capillaries under the eye intensifying dark circles.


Say no to smoking and drinking:

Smoking and drinking may help you to relax but the cost is your skin will experience premature aging. Smoking and drinking can lead to skin dehydration, premature wrinkles, loss of collagen and elasticity and redness of the skin. In addition, smoking reduces blood supply that keeps skin tissue looking supple and healthy which will accelerate aging and lead to wrinkly face.


Protect your skin against sun damage:

Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin damage and accelerate aging process. UV rays from the sun can suppress your immune system and lead to wrinkles and brown spots. You should apply sunscreen to every area of your skin which subjects to sun exposure. You may also consider wearing sun-protective clothing and choose clothing which uses fabrics that provide added sun protection. Also, staying indoor doesn’t mean you do not have to apply your sunscreen because glass windows, car windshields and windows can’t stop UVA rays. Besides, you are not safe even when it is cloudy, rainy or cold outside as clouds filter out sunlight but not UV rays and UV rays still exist regardless of temperature. The strongest sun ray occurs between 10am and 4pm so you might want to avoid direct sun exposure during this period.


Get sufficient sleep:

Your body needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep to repair itself. 8 hours sleep is still not enough. You should go to sleep not later by 11pm because the most regenerative sleep is between 11pm and 3am. Having sufficient sleep and sleeping on time are important so that your skin cells can repair and regenerate to avoid aging skin. Moreover, sleeping more than 8 hours is also not good for your skin as it will make you look puffy and feel sluggish.


Load up on antioxidants:

Antioxidants prevent premature aging by fighting skin-damaging free radicals.  For example, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects collagen fibers in your skin from damage due to free radicals and promotes skin elasticity. Hence, you should include foods that are anti-oxidant rich in your daily diet. Some sources of antioxidants include black plums, goji berries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, broccoli, olive oil, bell peppers, pecans, red grapes, carrots, beans, dark chocolate and artichokes.


Keep your skin moisturized and hydrated:

As you grow older, the skin tends to lose its moisture easily and appears dry. This can lead to faster collagen depletion, fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore, regular moisturizing is necessary to ensure the skin remains hydrated and nourished. In addition, applying moisturizer immediately after shower can helps the skin to retain the moisture more effectively.


In a nutshell, preventing premature aging is not as easy as say. It requires you to have a healthy and consistent lifestyle and skincare habit.

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Essential Night Care For Tomorrow's Fresh Skin

It has been said that nighttime skincare is the key to flawless skin. This is because skin cell regeneration and repair is at its height between 1am and 3am. So, you will want to enhance this natural process by preparing and nourishing your skin with appropriate products.

To do so, here are some easy skincare tips you might want to follow at night before heading to bed so that you can have a healthy glowing skin in the next morning.

           

First of all,

it is essential to properly cleanse and exfoliate your face. Sweat, sebum, makeup and other impurities may have accumulated on your face throughout the day. It is important that you gently but deeply cleanse your face every night to remove impurities on your skin and prepare your skin for other skincare routines. Besides, dead skin cells are hard to remove from your skin. Hence, you can exfoliate your skin twice or thrice per week as exfoliating can remove the dead skin cells and avoid clogging pores which cause pimples.


Secondly,

Don’t skip toners! Apply toner right after cleansing. Different type of toner is formulated to target different skin issue that can help you to overcome your skin concern. Toners act as a delivery system for essential ingredients such as antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives and toning acids. Besides, using toner at night helps keep moisture level of the skin in balance and further exfoliates the skin.


Thirdly,

Apply your treatment products. Treatment products are used to target specific skin concerns such as stubborn acne, age signs, hyperpigmentation and uneven texture. It is best to load up on your facial treatment products in the evening on freshly cleansed skin because you will be going to bed fresh-faced and these products will be under optimal conditions to work their best.


Next,

Apply your serums. Finishing the above steps, you can apply your serums on the clean skin but before moisturisers or creams. This is to avoid blocking the penetration of serums into the skin which causes wastage. Serums are products that are made up of smaller molecules that deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. This makes them a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns. Hence, serums are also treatment products. However, they need to be handled more carefully as they are usually pricey and the way of application can affect their effectiveness.


Lastly,

you can now apply moisturisers or face creams. Make sure you apply your heavy night cream as the last product in your nighttime routine. Not only will the heavier texture block ingredients from reaching the skin if applied too soon, but saving it for the end will create the added benefit of locking in all the ingredients you previously layered under it as well as some much needed moisture.


These tips may seem overwhelming after a long day but slowly incorporate them into your nighttime skincare regime and your skin will thank you! That’s all. Goodnight.

Skin Type Check

The first step on your way to beautiful, radiant skin is to determine your skin type. Skincare routine and products depend on your skin type and thus it is important for you to know your skin type. Products formulated for your skin type offer the best chance of giving you the results you want. Therefore, knowing your skin type allows you to choose and tailor your skincare routine and products that will be most beneficial to your skin.

There are generally 5 skin types. Firstly, normal skin that feels clean and smooth with natural radiance as it is not too oily or dry. Normal skin does not experience breakouts often. Secondly, oily skin which tends to shine and feel greasy. Excess sebum production makes oily skin more prone to whiteheads, blackheads, clogged pores and acne. Thirdly, combination skin which is a combination of oily and dry skin. People with combination skin will experience shine and greasiness on some areas of the face while having localised dry patches on other areas. Besides, combination skin can change according to weather. Next, dry skin that feels tight, rough, flaky and dry. Dry skin is more prone to aging and irritation. Last but not least, sensitive skin which gets irritated easily accompanied by rashes, red patches, itchiness and pain.

Other than visiting a skin doctor, you can determine your skin type by yourself at home. There are several simple methods to identify your skin type.


1. The Blotting Paper Test.

To perform this test, you need to prepare blotting paper. At the night before the test, wash your face and go to bed without applying any skincare product. Once you wake up in the morning, take the blotting paper and blot key areas of your face including T-zone, forehead, under eye, cheeks and jaw area. After that you can check the oils absorbed by the blotting paper to identify your skin type.

  • Normal skin: Blotting paper has average amount of oil in all areas.
  • Oily skin: Blotting paper has excessive amount of oil in all areas.
  • Combination skin: Some areas of the face have excessive oil but other areas don’t have much oil on them.
  • Dry/sensitive skin: Blotting paper has little or no oil on it.


2. The Mirror Method.

After your morning cleansing, do not apply any skincare or makeup as well as no wiping and blotting. As soon as midday comes, go see what your skin looks like in front of a mirror.

  • Normal skin: Looks the same all the time.
  • Oily skin: Look shinier compared to morning.
  • Combination skin: T-zone looks shine but the rest of the face is the same.
  • Dry/sensitive skin: Dry patches, peeling and redness at the midday. 


3. The Touch Test.

Similar to the mirror method, prepare your skin in the morning. When midday hits, use your hands to touch your face to feel how is it. However, make sure that your hands are washed and clean.

  • Normal skin: Entire skin feels supple and moisturised.
  • Oily skin: T-zone and other parts of your face feel oily.
  • Combination skin: T-zone, nose and chin feel oily while other areas feel rough and dry.
  • Dry/sensitive skin: The skin feels rough without oily or supple feel.


Finally, when you get to know your skin type, you are ready to learn what are the skincare products available in the market that suit your skin type. After that, incorporate them into your skincare routine correctly to maximise their effects on the skin for a beautiful and radiant skin. If you are still not sure about your skin type, do seek help from the professionals like Serene Aesthetics.