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.


No No Pop Pimples

We know pimples are super annoying. It not only brings you physical pain but also causes psychological and social issues. To get rid of these unsightly red dots or bumps, you might think that popping them will clear the infection and help them cure faster. Well, when performed properly by the professionals, extractions can clear certain types of pimples. However, bad techniques combined with attempts to pick non-pickable pimples can give you a nightmare. Improper popping could make everything a whole lot worse.

Here are the reasons why you shouldn't pop your pimples:

Working against body natural healing ability:

Acne is the body’s response to clogged pores and bacteria infection. The red bump means your body is working on these issues. When you are picking or popping your pimples, you are disturbing the body’s process to heal itself.

Aggravating existing pimples:

Instead of making progress, you might just end up forcing the bacteria and sebum down even further into the pores leading to an even larger pimple. As you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit as well. This causes the pimple to become redder, more inflamed and swollen with further infection.

Creating new pimples:

When you pop one pimple, more pimples can pop up in the surrounding area. This is because the bacteria, oil, and debris that are being contained by the acne papule, pustule or cyst once released, can spread and lead to more acne.

Tearing of the skin:

When popping a pimple, you are putting a lot of pressure on your skin which can actually tear the skin. The worst case is that you end up with an open wound instead of a bump. Which one is uglier now?


Since popping a pimple can tear your skin, it is possible that the wound becomes a scar after the skin undergoes a self-healing process. Scarring is especially a risk for people who have more severe acne problems, such as a deep cystic pimples. Scars are difficult to treat once they have occurred. Normal peeling treatment may not work and you may need to spend your savings on laser or filler treatment.

Therefore, it is crucial that you fight the urge to pop your pimples yourself as most of us do not know how to do it correctly. If you really feel that your pimples need to be cleared, you can seek help from skin doctors or beauticians armed with proper knowledge, skills and equipment. Anyway, fighting pimples needs patience and you should continue applying your acne products at home.

Are you sleeping right?

Many of the common aging factors are obvious, like sun exposure, smoking, squiting and the list goes on. However, there are things like your sleeping position that fly under the vadar. The way you sleep can affect how sleep lines and wrinkles form on your face. Sleep wrinkles are more difficult to treat than expression lines and the most effective way to prevent sleep lines is to sleep in the right position. To investigate, we are breaking down the most common sleeping positions to explain how they may contribute to fine lines and wrinkles as well as determine the best sleeping position.

Sleeping on Your Side

Sleeping on your side consistently push your face into the pillow, creating vertical creases down your cheeks and chin. This sleep position can also cause vertical expression wrinkles like frown lines and lines around lips. Favouring one side over the other can make one side of your face to experience faster aging than the other side. Moreover, when your face comes into contact with your cotton pillowcase, the cotton can draw moisture out from your skin and dry skin is more susceptible to premature aging.

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Sleeping on Your Stomach

Sleeping on your stomach with your face buried into the pillow is the worst position. Immediate vertical lines or sleep marks after sleep is a preview of sleep wrinkles, especially forehead lines. Sleeping on stomach can also cause body fluid to accumulate under your eyes, resulting in eye puffiness. Same as sleeping on the side, the pillowcase can remove moisture from the skin. Lastly, if you have oily skin or you apply overnight skincare, your face will transfer some of the oil and product residue to the pillow, which can exacerbate clog pores and cause blemishes.

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Sleeping on Your Back

Sleeping on your back is the best position. When you sleep on your back, there is no pressure exerted to your face throughout the night which will prevent formation of sleep wrinkles and lines. Besides, sleeping on the back help avoid back-and-forth exchange of oils, dirt and grime between your face and pillowcase, preventing blemishes.