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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Aging is an inescapable fate for all of us – as much as we dislike admitting it. It causes the beauty and health of youth to gradually slip through our fingers. However, much can be done to slow down its grip on our skin. These efforts can range from thorough anti-ageing treatments to simply including a potent serum into your skincare routine. Before we delve into the extensive realm of anti-aging prevention techniques, let Porcelain sort out the basics of anti-aging.

What Causes Aging?

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Apart from the obvious factor of time, signs of aging that appear on our skin are a compounded result of multiple factors such as exposure to environmental aggressors (like free radicals and UV Rays), diet and dehydration.

Free radicals cause oxidative damage to skin cells and thus result in skin cell death. On top of that, UV Rays (UVA & UVB) cause damage to skin cells and similarly, result in their death. Additionally, your diet fuels your body’s ability to recover and protect itself from the aforementioned aggressors. Fried foods contain free radicals which can cause skin cell death. Sugary foods and dairy can also lead to inflammation in the body, worsening existing skin issues and reducing the body’s ability to heal.

Dehydration – a common occurrence in warmer climates – causes the skin to experience an imbalance in the skin’s pH. This imbalance causes the skin’s natural barrier against free radicals and UV rays to be weakened, making the potential damage to the skin greater.

Considering that our skin becomes more fragile and its reparative ability decreases over time, it is vital to start your anti-aging routine early in order to require fewer intensive efforts in the future.

When to Start Anti-Aging?

While you can easily find anti aging treatment in Singapore, the general rule of thumb would be to start as early as possible – typically in the early twenties – to minimise the impact of aging on the skin. It is often in our twenties that our skin starts to weaken, and experience decreases in its reparative and regenerative abilities. Supporting your skin through treatments and products would build a strong foundation against aging.

The first step taken towards anti-aging can be as simple as including a potent serum into your skincare routine. Here are a few of our recommendations:

1. Balance – Sebum Control Essence:

One of the main contributors to ageing is dehydration and the resulting imbalanced skin pH. As its name states, this essence aims to rebalance the skin’s pH by rehydrating it and controlling its oil production. With potent ingredients such as Sodium Hyaluronate (known widely for its deeply hydrating properties) and Tea Tree Extract (known for its oil-controlling ability). Rebalance your skin and boost its natural barrier against other ageing factors!

2. Intensive – HA+ Hydrating Serum:

Intensive is not an understatement – made of 4 unique complexes, the HA+ Hydrating Serum’s complexes aim to deeply hydrate, soothe, minimise breakouts and most importantly, slow down the signs of ageing. Wakame Extract (Seaweed Extract) prevents cell degeneration, repairs skin and reduces wrinkles and redness.

It’s deep hydrating complex powered by a dual-chained Hyaluronic Acid and 4 hydrating ingredients to combat dehydration and restore skin pH balance.

What if I Started including Anti-Aging Methods Late?

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Though there is an optimal time to start your anti-aging efforts, there’s no time like the present to start down the anti-aging path. However, it is important to note that more intensive efforts and greater commitment are required to make up for the lost time.

The first step is to set up a strong foundation by having a well-rounded skincare routine which includes potent anti-aging products. A well-rounded skincare routine is one that is built to balance and maintain your skin’s pH and target your skin concerns. If you’re not sure how to balance your pH, we recommend checking out this article to learn the basics on how to set up a well-rounded skincare routine!

On top of the skincare routine, treatments are also needed to help slow down the effects of aging. The goal of these treatments should be to aid the skin in its natural repair and regeneration of the skin’s key building blocks – collagen and elastin. This would allow the skin to appear naturally younger for longer and strengthen the skin from within.

Here are some of our treatment recommendations that do exactly that:

1. CryoZap

A high performing custom-facial that utilises medical-grade technology, craftsmanship and effective products to tackle visible signs of aging while stimulating collagen production and toning facial muscles for a lifted visage.

2. Proionic

Harnessing a unique patented long-wave radio frequency technology, the Proionic treatment works to stimulate collagen and elastin production for instant and long-term anti-aging effects. It also boosts cellular ionic exchange, thus minimising the negative effects of free-radicals and restoring the skin’s natural ionic equilibrium.

While stopping the inevitable process of aging is near impossible, it is not impossible to start building a strong foundation to minimise its effects. Start your path of anti-aging today and emerge with healthier, youthful skin that would keep your real age a secret!

In Singapore, we have the pleasure of living and experiencing a plethora of unique cultures and practices. However, a common point exists amongst them – the desire to be forever young. Join us as we breakdown the science behind aging, the importance of anti-aging and how to start your path down graceful aging. 

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The Science of Aging: 

Aging is a slow process that occurs from the day you were born. However, the negative effects of aging (like wrinkles, pigmentation, thinner skin etc) often appear when a person is in their late 20s. So, what’s causing it? 

Internal Causes:  

1. Poorer Blood Circulation  
Your skin’s blood circulation is vital as it delivers the nutrients and oxygen to your skin’s surface. As you age, naturally, your skin’s blood circulation gets poorer, causing the skin surface to turn dull. 

2. Genetics 
Genetics play a large part in determining the aging process we go through. Fair skin is prone to wrinkles at an earlier stage while darker skin tends to experience them at a later stage. Dryness induced by aging can also be determined by genetics.  

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External Causes: 

1. Sun Exposure 
Aging caused by excessive sun exposure is also known as Photoaging. The sun’s UV rays are comprised of 2 types – UVA & UVB. Simply put, UVA can penetrate deeper into the skin and causes damage to the collagen and elastin of your skin. Collagen is responsible for giving your skin a youthful, plump look while elastin gives your skin its elasticity. UVB on the other hand, affects the surface layer of the skin, often resulting in tans & burns. 

Too much sun exposure over time can lead to spider veins, pigmentation, uneven skin tone and wrinkles. 

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2. Pollutants 
Pollutants, especially in the cities, exposes the skin to free radicals. Free radicals are unstable atoms that cause oxidative stress to the body. Think of your skin as a freshly cut slice of apple. After some time, you would notice that the apple starts to brown and breakdown from oxidative stress. The same happens to your skin. Free radicals break down the cells over time and result in a loss of skin elasticity and wrinkles.  

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3. Lifestyle Habits 
Habits like smoking can contribute to greater oxidative stress while too many late nights contribute to dark eye circles, imbalances in your skin pH and slow down your skin’s ability to heal & recover. Lastly, your nutrition greatly determines your body’s ability to neutralise free radicals. Plus, a poor diet consisting of too many sweets and fried foods can result in greater breakouts – trust us, it’s not worth it, despite how good they taste! 

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4. Improper Care 
Much like any living thing, it will wither when poorly cared for. Improper skincare routines and habits – like over stripping the skin of moisture with oil blotters or skipping on SPF – can cause your skin to be more prone to oxidative damage, inflammation and pre-mature aging. These problems occur because improper care often results in an unbalanced skin pH and as a result, a weaker natural barrier against environmental aggressors. 

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Anti- Aging – Why is it Important? 

Your skin often experiences & shows signs of aging in your mid to late 20s. However, for signs of aging to be visible indicate that the effects of aging have already started taking a toll on you. Furthermore, anti-aging is not all about looking 10 years younger than you are – but rather focusing on strengthening and protecting your skin from internal & external stressors. By focusing on strengthening your skin, you work on minimalizing inflammation, sensitivity, oiliness/dryness and slower signs of aging.  

All this sounds wonderful to have, but how and where do you start? 

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Anti-Aging – When & How to Start? 

It is always ideal to start the basic practices young. These practices include understanding your skin, double cleansing as part of your nightly routines and applying SPF (even if you’re staying home)! However, we know that if you’re reading this article, you have probably started to see signs of aging appear on your skin and are in search of more potent methods of anti-aging.  

These potent methods often come in the form of treatments like Botox, Fillers, Ablative & Non-Ablative treatments. 

P.S. Ablative means that the treatment would remove the first few layers of your skin. 

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What to look for in Anti-Aging Treatments: 

There is a never-ending pile of anti-aging facials offered in the market of skincare. However, it is important that you do your research to find a reliable spa/clinic that offers treatments that: 

  • Deal with the root causes of aging – such as building up the skin’s collagen & elastin and boosting its natural ability to counter oxidative stress 
  • Suits your budget – anti-aging treatments are an investment that require consistency for effects to be substantial. 
  • Fits your time frame – is it vital to look 10 years younger by the end of one session? 
  • Is meant for your skin type – some laser treatments are not suitable for people with darker skin tones (particularly those with skin tones at level 5 & 6 of the Fitzpatrick Skin Phototype Scale 

Unsure of what treatment to go for? Here are some of our top anti-aging treatments you can check out: 

CryoZapWith over 1000 combinations, experience a fully customised treatment designed to target your specific anti-aging needs. 
Proionic: Using a uniquely patented long wave radio frequency, experience the instant and long-term anti-aging effects of cellular ionic exchange. 
Illuminate: A relaxing treatment that combines Oxygen Therapy, Diamond Microdermabrasion and Vino Therapy for the ultimate age-reversing treatment. 

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What to do in preparation for Anti-Aging Treatments: 

Anti-aging treatments are known to be very stimulating in order to stimulate the collagen & elastin that reside deep within the skin. Unfortunately, this stimulation can result in breakouts, inflammation and sensitivity if your skin’s pH is not balanced. This is often the reason that causes many to suffer from breakouts after anti-aging treatments.  

Thus, it is imperative that you work on balancing your skin pH first before continuing with anti-aging treatments. If you’re unsure on your skin’s pH and how to balance it, why not let our Skin Educators figure it out for you?  

Join our Skin Educators in our Virtual Skin Educators as they focus on helping you understand your skin, achieve a balanced pH and healthy skin – all in just 30 minutes! 

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What to do post Anti-Aging Treatment: 

Congratulations! You started down your path to healthier, youthful skin. While getting started is important, ensuring consistency is equally vital. Thus, it is important to have a treatment plan to guide you through to younger skin. A treatment plan should consist of the various treatments suited to you as well as the durations between treatments. In addition to this, after-care is extremely vital to ensure the longevity of the treatment’s result. While after-care tips do vary from treatment to treatment, here are some general tips that should be adhered to: 

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – while your skin is working hard to minimise signs of aging, you need to work hard to supply it with the nutrients, anti-oxidants and hydration it needs to operate! Might we suggest our HA+ Hydrating Serum
  • SPF is your new BFF – remember that the sun is one of the main causes of aging, so protecting yourself from its UV rays is always a safe bet. Plus, some anti-aging treatments tend to make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it’s always a good idea to make SPF a staple in your daily routine. Try out the Flawless Skin Perfecting Moisturiser – flawless skin that’s protected from the sun in one swipe! 
  • Pace yourself – as we mentioned prior, anti-aging treatments can be very stimulating to the skin. While this is not inherently a bad thing, it is important to note not to over-stimulate the skin with overly frequent treatments as it can result in more sensitive skin. 

We hoped this guide helped to break down aging – its causes and solutions – as well as share some hacks on anti-aging treatments! 

Over on our Instagram, we received an intriguing question during one of our #LetsTalkTuesdays – a weekly installment where we discuss skincare topics and tips. We were asked: 

“What will help firm up one’s skin? Can we consume collagen to produce collagen?” 

With such an interesting question, we felt it would only be fair to research, discuss and share our findings with you! 

Why is everyone so obsessed with Collagen? 

Collagen is a protein that accounts for one third of your body’s protein composition and is the major building block of bones, skin, muscles, tendons & ligaments. Collagen also facilitates healthy skin cell functioning and is one of the reasons why your skin looks healthy and plump in your youth.  

As you age, your collagen production greatly decreases to the point where your body is unable to produce collagen rapidly enough to replace collagen that has been broken down by the body. This leads to more obvious signs of aging (like wrinkles, sagging and loss of suppleness in the skin). Undoubtedly, no one wants to go through this process if they had an alternative to slow it down or bring it to a halt completely. This desire to look forever young led to the creation of technology, treatments and supplements to help slow the process of aging.  

Collagen Supplements – Do they work? 

Among the many options available to help slow the inevitable aging process, supplements have been touted as an easy solution. But does it really work? 

There are two types of collagen used in supplements: Whole & Hydrolysed. 

Whole collagen is collagen that comes whole and will be broken down as peptides in your digestive system. Hydrolysed collagen is collagen that is already broken down into peptides. The difference?  Apart from where the collagen will be broken down into peptides, not much. However, it is important to note that collagen peptides are better absorbed into the bloodstream as they are much shorter chains of amino acids compared to whole collagen.  

The effectiveness of collagen supplements is still a highly debated topic amongst scientists and dermatologists. Although collagen supplement sales people will tell you that their products are effective, there have not been sufficient, well-funded and large enough studies to prove that collagen supplements (both hydrolysed and whole) are effective in boosting the skin’s collagen production and skin elasticity.  

Moreover, when you do consume collagen supplements, much like any other supplement, your body directs and absorbs the collagen in areas that need the most repair. Therefore, it does not guarantee that the collagen you consume will all go to boosting your facial collagen.  

But not all hope is lost, there are still other scientifically proven methods to get your collagen production going! 

Technology & Treatments for Collagen 

Technology has advanced to a point where it can directly stimulate your fibroblasts – a cell that is responsible for producing collagen & elastin –and be extremely relaxing.  

Thankfully, Porcelain has curated a selection of equipment and crafted treatments to create a luxurious and effective experience for you! 

Here are several options: 
CryoZap: 
The pinnacle of customisation: derived from a combination of luxury, technology and in-house formulated products, this facial utilises Intense Pulsed Light to zap your fibroblasts awake (and subsequently product collagen) while a CryoProbe chills the surface of your skin to achieve micro-circulation. An incomparable experience that will leave your skin feeling youthful and radiant.

Proionic: 
Sit back, relax and experience the warm sensation of ionic exchange and long wave frequency that heightens cellular regeneration and collagen & elastin production. Emerge with brighter, healthier and refreshed skin.

Ready to get the get your collagen going? Download our App and book an appointment with us! 

It’s amazing what (sun)light can do for you. We’re talking the magical Vitamin D, said to boost happiness levels, build stronger bones and lower blood pressure. Sunlight can also heal the skin… and generously leave it with little brown gifts called pigmentation. Then there’s the other kind of light called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which can also generously lighten the damage dealt. That’s our ZapZapTM for you.

A Zap is A Wish Your Skin Makes | The ZapZap IPL Series | #GetYourGlowOn

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ZapZapTM — An IPL Fairy Tale for the Skin?

The latest introduction to the family of existing treatments, the ZapZapTM series is a suite of IPL treatments targeted at pigmentations, wrinkled/lined skin, acne and acne marks.

IPL isn’t really new to us, but we’d recently given our equipment an overhaul and exchanged our existing Korean technology for the latest, most premium of non-medical grade Spanish Variable Pulse IPL machines that aestheticians are legally licensed to operate. Also, while most other IPL treatments only use blue or green light, our ZapZapTM equipment pairs blue with red light for accelerated recovery.

In other words:

– Better, faster results with even less to no downtime
– It’s good for more than just pigmentations — it’s also great for softening fine lines, heal acne and its marks, balancing excess sebum and brightening the skin
– Suitable for all skin types
– Doesn’t cause dryness to the skin — we promise

We don’t believe in shortcuts, but this is as close as it gets.

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

 

 

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

 

 

 

Good Things Come in Threes: ZitZapTM, ZapBrightTM and ZapGlowTM 

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ZitZapTM — Healer of Scars, Acne and Broken Hearts Skin

Meet ZitZap™ — the new best friend that makes our signature QuintessentialTM extraction facial so much better. Designed to — well — zap zits, marks and bacteria away, remarkably enhancing skin’s healing after it’s been uncongested (did I just make that up?) to death.

ZapBrightTM — Healer of Pigmentations, Age Spots and Dull Complexions

ZapBright™ zaps melanin, effectively lightening blemishes on the skin. Waste particles are then flushed out of the body and never see daylight again.

ZapGlowTM — Healer of Wrinkles, Lines and Sags

Imagine this: Results so stark yet subtle, a phone camera can’t capture it… but your friends will definitely notice the lines that did a mysterious disappearing act! Designed to reduce fine lines, firm and brighten the skin, ZapGlow™ is an IPL treatment that’s perfect for anti-ageing concerns.

With Good Things Come Bad Things Like Nagging

We love the fast results ZapZapTM brings us and our clients, but as with all things, prevention is better than cure. While some skin problems are truly hereditary (and there’s nothing we can do about genes), we can mitigate/prevent them with these quick skincare tips:

– Use sunscreen so pigmentations don’t appear/appear less
– Stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially if you’re pregnant and prone to pigmentations
– Acne is fixable but just made harder if you keep picking at it

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We’re just a zap away,

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: As always, speak with our trusty consultants to determine if the ZapZapTM series is right for you. There’s always something that might be better for what your skin needs.

 


 

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