With the world’s faces being shrouded behind a mask, eyes have become the new focal point on every face. While this provides us with an opportunity to flaunt another feature on our faces, the pandemic has also taken its toll on our eyes. Prolonged hours spent on our screens thanks to lockdowns and work from home arrangements have left our eyes surrounded by dark rings, fine lines and puffiness. Want to free your eyes of their grasp? Keep reading on as we uncover the causes behind common eye issues and how to tackle them from the root! 

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Common Eye Issues:  

Long before everyone was stuck home, we each experienced our fair share of dark under eyes, fine lines and puffiness – especially if we spent nights burning the midnight oil. But what exactly causes these issues?  

Dark Eye Circles:  

Though dark eye circles look adorable on pandas, they certainly are not doing us any favours. Apart from genetics, dark eye circles are a result of a combination of bad habits – sleep deprivation, eye strain and sun overexposure.   

Sleep Deprivation:  

Sleep deprivation causes the blood vessels under the thin skin of the eye to dilate, creating a dark appearance. Additionally, sleep deprivation can also cause fluids to build up underneath the eyes, making them appear puffy and casting a shadow on your under eyes.  

Eye Strain:  

Though spending long hours staring at a screen is inevitable given current circumstances, the long hours cause us to strain our eyes. This strain causes the blood vessels around our eyes to dilate, leaving behind a dark appearance.   

Sun Overexposure:  

While the feeling of the sun’s warm touch on the skin is great, too much can cause your body to produce an excess of melanin (aka pigmentation) which can cause the skin to darken and darken the under-eye area. 

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Puffy Eyes:  

No one wants to wake up to puffy eyes. Like dark under-eye circles, puffy eyes are largely caused by fluid retention. Fluid retention can be a result of multiple factors: Sleep deprivation, poor lymphatic drainage system, high salt diets and alcohol.   

Sleep Deprivation:   

As mentioned, a lack of sleep causes a buildup of fluids under the eyes, making them appear puffy.  

Poor Lymphatic Drainage System:  

Your lymphatic system is responsible for draining fluids that carry toxins, immune cells and waste products. When working poorly, it causes our tissues to be swollen with fluid. This fluid retention causes the puffiness often seen in your arms, legs and face just as you awaken.   

High Salt Diets & Alcohol:  

While salty foods can soothe your cravings, it often results in your body retaining more fluids than necessary. Likewise, alcohol causes your body to become dehydrated, causing the body to retain more fluids and sodium which leads to puffiness overall. 

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Fine Lines & Wrinkles Around Eyes:  

Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes are inescapable as we age – our skin loses its elasticity, and our facial muscles weaken. However, there are certain habits we have that we unknowingly do that make fine lines and wrinkles more prominent.   

Sun Overexposure:  

The sun is back to contribute to our endless list of skincare woes. UV rays cause the skin to experience photoaging – a process that damages collagen and results in wrinkle formation.   

Squinting and Frowning:  

While we don’t recommend living your life with minimal facial expressions, the repeated motion of frowning or squinting (especially at your screens) causes the muscles in those areas to contract. The repeated contraction causes the skin to wrinkle. As the muscle strengthens due to repeated movements, the wrinkles would also become deeper.   

Rubbing Your Eyes:  

Rubbing the sleep from your eyes can be the best feeling in the world, but the rubbing action stretches the thin skin of your eye area. Over time, it can stretch the skin and breakdown the collagen and elastin in the area. The same concept applies when applying or removing makeup from the eyes. Rubbing the delicate area is a no-go. 

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Tackling Your Eye Issues:  

It is highly likely that you experience several of these issues simultaneously and it can get tedious to incorporate various tips to tackle them. Thankfully, we’ve narrowed them down to three essential tips to help combat your eye issues at the root.  

#1: Sleep is Precious  

The world never sleeps, but this doesn’t mean you should burn yourself out to keep up with it. Catching sufficient quality sleep can do wonders for your productivity, health and skin. An adult should get an average of 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.   

Some quick tips to help you get the sleep you need are:  

Set a sleep schedule – falling asleep and waking up at the same time daily can help set a loop on your natural body clock (aka your circadian rhythm) and allow you to catch quality sleep.  
Reduce blue light exposure – blue light is light often emitted by electronic devices. It affects your circadian rhythm by tricking your body into thinking it’s still daytime, making it harder to fall asleep. Setting your computers and phones to restrict blue light along with minimising your use of devices 1-2 hours before bed can make a huge difference.   

#2: SPF is your BFF  

We love our SPF. Our day cannot start if our faces aren’t protected from the sun. Even at home, your skin is not protected from UV Rays. Thus, protecting your skin with a simple SPF every morning can do wonders for your skin. It drastically slows the photoaging process, protects the skin from developing pigmentation and reduces the risk of developing skin cancers. Give our Flawless- Skin Perfecting Moisturiser a try – crafted with skin-loving ingredients that would nourish and protect your skin simultaneously. 

#3: Invest in the Right Skincare  

Many get the impression that eye-care products are an unnecessary luxury – thanks to their typically small packaging and higher prices. However, investing in a good eye care product can significantly revitalise your eyes and restore youth to them.   

Treat your eyes to the spectacular formula with code REVITAL20 for 20% off your first RevitalEyes Concentrate! 

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Ever since their inception, we’ve been glued to our phones. From staying up way too late scrolling social media to not being able to have a meal without a video playing, it’s safe to say that our phones have earned a large (and irreplaceable) spot in our lives. While their presence isn’t an inherently negative thing, our phones can have significant effects on the health of our skin in ways you never knew.

How Does My Phone Affect My Face? 

Apart from filters, your phone can change your face and skin in ways you never knew. Have you ever noticed that one side of your face tends to have more acne/acne-like bumps and is more sensitive than the other side? This is because of the symptom of Phone Face – a form of irritant contact dermatitis and acne mechanica.   

Irritant contact dermatitis is a nonallergic skin reaction where a substance damages your skin’s outer protective layer. Acne mechanica, on the other hand, is often acne caused when the skin is pressed or rubbed. Phone Face arises when we have our phones pressed up and rubbing our skin during calls multiple times a day. This constant contact allows bacteria from your phone to transfer onto your skin, resulting in a weakened natural protective barrier.   

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Don’t think that your phone is that dirty? Just imagine – your finger taps all over the phone, it sits screen down on tables, it goes into your pockets or bags. Sometimes it even follows us to the restroom. All the places your phone has been allowing it to accumulate bacteria which inevitably find themselves on your skin.   

How do I Combat Phone Face? 

Avoiding phone calls may seem like the perfect solution (especially for those of us that panic at the sight of a call). However, that’s not enough to keep Phone Face away, so here are two of our most essential tips to help! 

#1: Keep it Clean 

In times of telecommuting, it is quite hard to avoid answering calls. Despite that, what better way to keep Phone Face at bay than to keep your face, phone and workspace clean?   

While it may sound obvious, it can get quite tedious (and potentially dangerous) to have multiple sanitising solutions hanging around your workspace. Plus, hand sanitisers and alcohol-based cleaning solutions can’t double up and be used to sanitise your face. 

Our Recommendation: 

Skin Protecting Sanitiser
This multi-functional sanitiser is not only alcohol-free but utilises a medical-grade sanitising solution that is effective and gentle on skin. Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus Oil use their potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to kill bacteria on the skin and soothe acne. You can also spitz it on your phone, desk and surfaces or toss into your bag for when you head out!

#2: Tone it Down 

What if you already have Phone Face? This tip is for you! On top of keeping your phone and space clean, incorporate skincare ingredients that would help the skin fight bacteria and inflammation. These ingredients can include:  

Witch Hazel Extract: for its potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Plus, it promotes the healing of broken skin and helps it to create a protective layer. 
Beta- Hydroxy Acids (BHAs): BHAs like Salicylic Acid have strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can penetrate deep into pores to treat acne.  
Chamomile Flower Extract: Chamomile Tea isn’t the only soothing thing you can get from this flower. It aids in relieving inflammation, soothes, moisturises and inhibits the growth of bacteria. 

Our Recommendation:  

Botanical Sensitive Care Toner: 
Tone your skin away from Phone Face! This gentle toner is formulated with a reparative blend of medicinal herbs like Korean Mint and Honeysuckle Flower extract to soothe redness while infusing skin with antioxidants to reduce impurities and free-radical damage.

With these two tips at hand, you can say goodbye to Phone Face!   

Think you need more tips to help you through your Phone Face? Book yourself a 30-minute Virtual Skin Education Session with our highly trained Skin Educators as they guide you through your Phone Face and make tailored recommendations based on your skin’s needs. Plus, it’s now complimentary because of COVID-19!  

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Oil cleansing has been a staple in the realm of skincare. Despite being a staple, new ways of using the same product are still discovered daily. Recently, an oil cleansing trend has resurfaced: Skin Gritting. Skin Gritting involves using an oil cleanser for 15 minutes to bring up “grit” – blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Porcelain Skin decided to break down the trend to see if this newfound way to oil cleanse is safe or a hyped-up trend with hidden dangers.

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What is Oil Cleansing?

Oil cleansing uses oil-based cleansers to free the skin of makeup, SPF, dirt and other impurities that build upon the skin throughout the day. They are often used as a pre-cleanser in a nightly double cleansing routine. But this does not mean you should be reaching for the cooking oils to cleanse your skin. Not all oils are equal. Cleansing oils contain ingredients to help hydrate or soothe the skin. They also contain surfactants to help remove the oils and dirt.

We know you may be thinking: “I’m trying to remove the oils from my skin, why would I use an oil cleanser and add more oil to my skin?”

Should I Oil Cleanse?

The basic idea behind oil cleansing is that “like removes like”. With this idea, it makes sense to use oil cleansers to cleanse the skin of its excess oils and other impurities. Furthermore, many of our daily makeup products are oil-based or waterproof. This makes an oil cleanser the gentler and more effective alternative to makeup wipes. 

On top of that, oil cleansers tend to contain fewer surfactants which can be harsh on the skin – especially for sensitive, dry or acne-prone skin. Thus, if you’re facing sensitive, dry or acne-prone skin, using an oil cleanser can be less irritating to the skin. 

Much like skin, every oil cleanser is different, and thus you should look for the best oil cleanser specific to you. 

What is Skin Gritting and Does it Work?

Skin Gritting involves vigorously massaging an oil cleanser for 15 to 20 minutes to coax out blackheads and sebaceous filaments. This trend uses the idea of “like removes like” – using oil cleansers to “absorb” the blackheads and sebaceous filaments out of pores. While the idea of like removing like stands, there is still a lot of debate over whether Skin Gritting is a legitimate method of removal and if the grits are actually blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Before we jump in, let’s establish what blackheads and sebaceous filaments are.

Blackheads

Blackheads are blockages that occur at the top of the pore. They prevent oils from escaping the pore. When doing blackhead extraction, they often have a plug-like shape with a darker top (exposure to air causes congestion to oxidise). The best extraction facial in Singapore will make sure that this situation will not happen to your skin.

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Sebaceous Filaments

Sebaceous filaments are a thin, hair-like structure that resides within the pore and helps the transport oil to the surface of the skin. On the skin, they have a grey, yellow or clear colour to them.

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While the method seems to bring up grits, according to Women’s Health interview of New York City Dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D., it is likely that the grits are dead skin from your face and hands. These grits are like the grains of dead skin you would get from exfoliating with gel exfoliators. Additionally, the grits in the viral images are much larger than regular blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Moreover, blackheads and sebaceous filaments do not share the same appearance characteristics as grits seen in photos. Blackheads tend to be dark only at the top of the plug and sebaceous filaments tend to be thin like hair and less dark.

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With all these factors considered, it is safe to say that Skin Gritting does not remove blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Apart from it being ineffective at removing congestion, the vigorous 15-minute massage can irritate the skin, over-exfoliate skin and cause broken capillaries. That’s not all – rubbing the tiny grits into your skin creates micro-tears. These tears can lead to inflammation and infections that can result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (like post-acne marks).

Alternatives to Skin Gritting

While we have debunked Skin Gritting, there are many safer ways that you can minimise blackheads on your skin without the pain and danger of extractions!

#1: Balance your pH

Many skincare issues arise from an imbalance skin pH. Your skin’s pH determines the strength of its natural barrier. Our barrier thrives when there is an optimal balance of oil and water content in the skin. Any imbalances would be revealed through the skin’s type and symptoms. For example, oily skin types have an imbalance in their pH thanks to the over-production of sebum caused by a lack of hydration. Sebum is your skin’s way of retaining moisture and hydration. When there is a lack of hydration, the skin produces more oils to prevent further loss of hydration.

 Not sure which skin type you have? Grab a tissue and find out here.

Once you have discovered your skin type, it is time to work on rebalancing your skin pH.

Here are some simple principles you can use to help rebalance your skin’s pH.

  • Oily skin lacks hydration and produces too much oil to compensate. Thus, hydrate it sufficiently and invest in products that help to control oil production.
  • Dry skin lacks hydration and produces insufficient oil to moisturise the skin. Thus, focus on replenishing much-needed hydration and moisture. 

Combination skin’s needs vary based on the combination of skin types, but the same principles above apply. 

#2: Tackle the Root Cause

Blackheads, like any other form of acne, are a result of excess oil buildup and dead skin cell accumulation. Thus, cleansing and exfoliation are vital in keeping these blemishes at bay. 

Double cleansing does an impeccable job of removing excess oil buildup daily. The initial cleanse aids in removing the dirt, impurities and excess oil. This allows the second, deep pore cleanse to penetrate deeper for a better cleanse. Start your double cleansing routine with the Double Cleansing Set.

Regular exfoliation removes the buildup of dead skin cells and stimulates skin renewal. Plus, proper exfoliation leaves behind brighter and softer skin too! Need a non-abrasive exfoliator for the job? Try the Natural Skin Refiner

On top of regular exfoliations, you can add acids (like AHAs and BHAs) into your skincare routines. AHAs help to remove dead skin cells. BHAs penetrate deeper into the skin to dissolve the mix of sebum and dead skin cells within the pores. While these acids may seem perfect, it is important to use acids carefully. Generally, acids should be below 3% in concentration to be safe for daily use. Want our suggestion? Give the Glycolic Toner a shot – a perfectly balanced toner to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. Plus, it’s safe for daily use!

Along with blackheads, you may be looking to remove your sebaceous filaments. However, they are a necessary part of the skin as they help transport oil to the skin’s surface, keeping it moisturised. While it is possible to remove them with professional help, they will regrow every 28-30 days (the duration of our skin cycle).

Do you know of any skincare trends you’d like us to debunk? Let us know! Want to keep up with the latest in skincare and gain tips, tricks and nuggets of knowledge about skincare? Join our mailing below and let us navigate the realm of skincare together!

Sensitive skin is an increasingly common skin condition experienced by many. This is thanks to the more stressful lives many of us lead in addition to the increase in environmental pollutants that act to weaken our skin’s natural barrier. Sensitivity is often characterised by the skin turning red and irritated at the slightest change in environment or skincare. Though it is endlessly frustrating to deal with, let Porcelain Skin unearth its root causes and discover ways to manage our sensitivity.

What is Sensitive Skin?

Before we delve into how we can manage our sensitive skin, let us first understand the root of the problem.

There are generally two types of sensitive skin: Sensitive skin vs Sensitised skin. While both share the same symptoms and appearance, they are each a result of different factors.

Sensitive skin is a condition that is part of your DNA and often comes paired with other skin conditions like Eczema, Dermatitis and Rosacea. This form of sensitivity is often experienced from a young age and usually can be triggered by environmental changes (i.e. temperature). This sensitivity requires products and treatments that work to strengthen the skin’s inherently weak barrier to reduce reactiveness.

Sensitised skin shares the same visible symptoms as sensitive skin (redness, inflammation, reactiveness) but often is a result of poor products and improper usage that lead to a weakened natural barrier. The improper use often results in damage to the outermost layer of the skin. This weakened barrier inhibits the skin’s natural ability to defend itself against environmental aggressors like free radicals and pollutants. All in all, it makes the skin more reactive to skincare products. Unlike sensitive skin, sensitised skin is easier to manage – once the skin’s natural barrier is restored, the sensitivity experienced will drastically decrease.

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How to Manage Your Sensitivity

Now that we understand the root differences between sensitive and sensitised skin, let’s work towards establishing a skincare routine that works to minimise it!

1. Balance Your pH:

Your skin’s pH determines the strength of its natural barrier. An optimal pH would be between 5.5 to 6. However, not everyone has a proper pH testing kit at home. Thus, we use our skin types as an indicator instead. This is because our natural barrier thrives when there is an optimal balance of oil and water content in the skin. Any imbalances would be revealed through the skin’s type and symptoms. For example, oily skin types have an imbalance in their pH thanks to the over-production of sebum to compensate for a lack of hydration. Sebum is your skin’s way of retaining moisture and hydration. When there is a lack of hydration, the skin produces more oils to prevent further loss of hydration.

Therefore, to minimise the reactiveness of your skin, you to determine your skin’s pH through your skin type. Not sure which skin type you have? Grab a tissue and find out here.

Once you have discovered your skin type, it is time to work on rebalancing your skin pH.

Oily Skin:

As mentioned earlier in the example, your skin over-produces sebum to compensate for a lack of hydration. Thus, focus on rehydrating the skin and controlling oil production with these products:

Balance Sebum Control Essence:
With a high percentage of Sodium Hyaluronate, Horse Chestnut Extract and Tea Tree Extract, excess sebum production is well controlled whilst skin remains deeply hydrated. This treatment essence also has effective anti-inflammation, rejuvenation and repairing properties to help reduce redness and itching for sensitive and sensitised skin.

Balance Hydraclear Gel:
This clear and weightless gel works hard to balance the skin and keep it healthy. Combating bacterial growth, reducing inflammation, hydrating, and regulating sebum & skin pH levels, this gel is specially formulated to providing moisture to the skin while balancing its pH levels.

Dry Skin:

Dry skin’s imbalance lies in an under-production of sebum. Since sebum is your skin’s way of retaining moisture and hydration, a lack of it causes your skin to experience a lot of hydration and moisture loss.  

Thus, focus on moisturising and hydrating your skin with these products:

Soothe Deep Hydrating Lotion:
A concoction of natural Jojoba Seed and Rose oils, Vitamin E and B5, Sodium Hyaluronate and Hyaluronic Acid, this lotion deeply hydrates, moisturises, and stimulates regeneration in our skin. Damascena Rose extracts also help deeply hydrate the skin and improve its natural resilience.

Pure Botanical Soothing Gel: Made from a special blend of Aloe Vera and herbal extracts such as Peach, Peony, Yoshino Cherry and Mountain Pepper. This anti-inflammatory, healing gel is rich in antioxidants, moisture and offers extra anti-bacterial benefits. Effectively treating skin that is dry, irritated, acne-prone, or suffering from eczema and/or other skin problems.

Combination Skin:

Combination skin often requires a more tailored approach as there are often two different imbalances existing on the skin simultaneously. Though it may seem cumbersome to tackle two imbalances on top of the sensitivity, simply hydrating the skin deals with a commonality between the two imbalances.

Soothe Aloe Recovery Gel: Formulated with pure Aloe Vera Extract, this gel moisturises provides intense hydration to heal dry and stressed skin. Not only does it repair skin, it also increases skin’s resilience over time. Our use of stabilized aloe vera gel helps extend the benefits of aloe vera for ongoing results. This restorative gel is also suitable for even sensitive skin and any epidermal ills ranging from blemishes to open wounds after dermatological procedures.

Bonus Product for All Skin Types:

Soothe Botanical Sensitive Care Toner:
Formulated with medicinal herbs like Korean Mint, Honeysuckle Flower Extract and Chamomile Flower Extract, this gentle toner possesses strong anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Experience soothed, moisturised and more resilient skin with each use.

2. Look Out for These Ingredients

For both sensitive and sensitised skin, there are a handful of skincare ingredients to look for as they help the skin strengthen its natural barrier. Additionally, there is another handful of ingredients to avoid as they have track records of irritating the skin.

To Look For:

Ceramides: This ingredient is a lipid that is naturally found in high concentrations in the uppermost layers of the skin. They act as the glue that holds your skin cells together. They also form a protective layer that controls moisture loss and protects against environmental aggressors.

Allantoin: Extracted from the Comfrey plant, Allantoin helps to soothe and protect the skin. It helps the skin heal and stimulates new tissue growth. Plus, it softens and helps to protect the skin over time.

Niacinamide: Known as Vitamin B3, it works to strengthen the skin’s surface while improving skin tone, minimising pores and diminishing dullness. Additionally, when paired with moisturisers, it can boost the skin’s healing ability and retain greater moisture.

Apart from the good stuff, keep an eye out for these known irritants.

To Avoid:

Drying Alcohols: Though not all alcohols are bad for the skin, drying alcohols are as they cause the skin to be dry and more sensitive. Drying alcohols include SD alcohol, ethanol, denatured alcohol, ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol.

Phthalates & Fragrances: Several Phthalates DEHP & DBP have been classified as a reproductive toxicant by the European Chemical Agency.  Additionally, they are common components in synthetic fragrances found in products. Synthetic fragrances are known to sensitise the skin over time. Furthermore, it is not a requirement for brands to list the individual ingredients that make up fragrances, making them an unknown danger.

3. Treatments are Your Friends

Often when products are insufficient, and your sensitivity requires more, facial treatments are the best way to go. While not every treatment may suit you, look for ones that focus on stimulating the skin’s natural healing process and aid in its repair.

Created with a three-pronged approach of calming, repairing and hydrating to provide restorative care, the Sun Rescue Treatment is the perfect option for reducing the skin’s sensitivity. Contrary to its name, you do not need to be sun damaged to experience the soothing ability of this treatment. It’s combination of Oxygen and Cryo-therapies gently calms the skin, stimulates its repair, shortens recovery time and boosts skin resilience.

Still unsure of what to do to help your sensitive skin? Book yourself a 30-minute Virtual Skin Education Session with our highly trained Skin Educators as they guide you through your sensitivity and make tailored recommendations based on your needs. Plus, it’s now complimentary because of COVID-19!

We hope this guide to sensitivity helped you better understand your skin and what you can do to achieve healthier skin! Need more tips, trick and nuggets of knowledge? Join our mailing below and let us navigate sensitivity together!

Time is precious. With each day, you find yourself chasing a never-ending list of tasks. You actively seek out hacks to make your workday more efficient. While it may seem that you have gotten a grasp on time, you have not. Time continues to slip away, leaving behind its effects on your skin. While you search for tips to make work efficient, we are here to provide you with 5 quick anti-aging tips you can easily implement to help fight the effects of time and to keep your skin youthful. 

Tip #1: Swipe and Exfoliate  

Healthy skin has a cell renewal rate of 28 days. This means that it takes 28 days for new skin cells to generate and reach the surface of your skin. As you age, this cell renewal process slows down, leaving behind a dull and rough complexion with visible fine lines and pigmentation.   

Including regular and proper exfoliation into your skincare routine aids in speeding up the process while also helping:  

  • The skin stays soft and supple  
  • Stimulate cell renewal  
  • Minimise dullness, fine lines and wrinkles  
  • Boosts the skin’s absorption of products  
  • Increase collagen production in the long run  
  • Unclog pores, minimising the frequency of breakouts  

With all these benefits in mind, you might think regular and proper exfoliation would take a lot of effort. Contrariwise, all you need is an effective chemical exfoliant and a cotton pad to swipe and exfoliate.   

Effective chemical exfoliants can be AHAs (like Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid) that have concentrations below 2%. Any higher concentration would be too strong for daily use and may require an expert’s opinion for its suitability to your skin.   

Therefore, add the simple step of swiping your chemical exfoliant nightly to counteract signs of aging! 

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Tip #2: Stay Hydrated  

The most effective tips are ones that are easy to implement and can help to tackle multiple issues. Although this tip may seem blatantly obvious, it serves as a good reminder to do the things that are so obvious that they are often forgotten. Additionally, dehydrated skin is often less elastic, has more obvious fine lines and is rough to the touch.   

On top of keeping the skin hydrated and plump, keeping hydrated provides a whole host of benefits – from promoting cardiovascular health, lubricating joints, and easing muscle fatigue to helping the body drain toxins. This makes drinking water a multi-functional anti-aging technique.   

 Aim to drink an average of 2.5 to 3.5 litres of water per day. To minimise the time spent walking to and from the water cooler, keep a large water bottle or water jug close by. Besides, the water bottle/jug can serve as a visual reminder to stay hydrated!   

Tip #3: Do Not Strip Your Skin of its Moisture  

After a long day of work, all you want to do is to step into a hot shower and wash away the grime of the day. Unknowingly, you are stripping your skin of its natural moisture, causing it to become dehydrated. As relaxing as a hot shower can be, hot water damages the epidermis of our skin, preventing the cells from locking in moisture. A lack of moisture in the skin often results in dryness and irritation that can cause signs of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin tone and rough skin texture) to be more obvious.  

Thus, all you need to do is to simply swap out your hot showers with lukewarm or cold ones.   

Tip #4 Slap on the Sunscreen  

UV exposure is inevitable, even though you may be working from home or in an office environment with no windows nearby. UV rays comprise of UVA & UVB Rays. UVAs penetrate deeper into the skin to cause cell damage and often result in premature aging, sunspots, and wrinkle formation. UVBs are responsible for giving sunburn and largely contribute to skin cancers.  

Avoid the aging effects by simply applying a Broad Spectrum SPF before starting your day. If you’re rushing for time and cannot afford the extra step in your skincare and makeup routine, search for tinted Broad Spectrum SPF to emerge with protected and airbrushed skin.   

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Tip #5: Fuel Your Body with the Best  

Much like drinking sufficient water, fuelling your body with the right food does wonders in the realm of anti-aging. Here are some of our favourite skin-loving foods:  

Fatty Fish

Fish like Salmon, mackerel and herring are great for skin as they contain Omega-3 Fatty acids which are vital to keeping the skin thick, supple, and moisturised. Plus, they strengthen the skin against harmful UV Rays. Fatty fish also often contain Vitamin E – a potent antioxidant that can help protect against the aging effects of free radicals.  

Need a vegan/vegetarian alternative? Try out Avocados and Walnuts!   

Sweet Potatoes  

Rich in beta carotene, sweet potatoes fuel your body with anti-oxidants while protecting your skin from damage caused by UV Rays. Plus, beta carotene adds a nice warm, orange tone to your skin, giving you a healthier and glowing appearance.  

Soy   

Soy contains isoflavones – a plant compound that mimics or blocks estrogen in the body. Isoflavones have been shown to improve wrinkles, collagen, skin elasticity and skin dryness. All the anti-aging benefits contained in a tiny soybean!  

Red or Yellow Bell Peppers  

Like sweet potatoes, red and yellow bell peppers are a great source of beta carotene. They are also one of the best sources of Vitamin C which are necessary for creating collagen.  

Just with these 4 ingredients, you prepare a multitude of meals in advance for an entire week: time saving and good for the skin! In addition to this list of skin-loving foods, always remember that a balanced diet is best. Minimising sugary or fried foods can also help in anti-aging as they impact your body’s ability to receive nutrients and can break down vital proteins like collagen and elastin.  

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While there are many other tips and tricks you can apply to start your anti-aging journey, start with small, easy steps to establish key routines, and build a strong foundation for a healthy body.   

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