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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Running a really hectic schedule shopping for Christmas? Struggling to finish everything by that dreaded deadline before the festive season? You might be putting yourself (and your skin) through some serious stress right now, and you might have noticed duller skin on top of increased tension and fatigue.

Here are 10 tips on how to #GetYourGlowOn in time for Christmas and the New Year (and they pretty much revolve around hydration and oxygen)!


1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

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You probably already know that hydration is the key to better skin. Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to flush your skin back into plumpness, which helps to “fill in” wrinkles and pores for a smoother-looking complexion. Water can also help fight off breakouts as sebum levels on the skin are reduced when it’s sufficiently hydrated. It’s one of our guiding philosophies to have a good balance of water and oil on the skin in order to prevent acne breakouts and blemishes. Then again, drowning yourself in water at one go isn’t the solution. Moderation is key – hydrate yourself and give your skin a steady flow of water throughout the day, since your body can only take in so much water per hour.

If you aren’t the kind to drink your water, eat it! It’s even better to reach out for vegetables and fruits simply because they hydrate your body twice as effectively as a glass of water! Moreover, this water stays in your body longer, as opposed to the water that simply passes right through.

A final water tip? Water actually reaches all your other organs before reaching your skin, thus it’s important to give your skin water directly (and keep it there – another of our mantras!) as well by using suitable products. Apply a hydrating moisturiser as soon as you can after leaving the shower (especially if you’re the kind to take really hot showers, which actually dries out your skin – but more on that later). After showering, the skin is extra porous and thus can better absorb the water that you apply on it after.

2. Double Cleanse — Because Once Just Isn’t Enough

We’ve probably worn our clients down with Mantra #2: Always double cleanse.

The first cleansing step not only helps remove makeup, but also the more superficial layer of grime that accumulated throughout the day (so this applies to you too, guys). The second step essentially is a deeper cleanse for your pores before using a toner to clear any other remnants.

You might think it a hassle, but your skin will really thank you for it once you’ve worked this habit into your skincare regimen. After all, there really isn’t a point in slathering on the moisturisers if nothing is going in (worse, you might be further trapping dirt and increasing sebum production within): Double cleansing and toning only help to prep the skin to maximize absorption of nutrients from your serums and moisturisers afterwards.

3. Exfoliate!

Twice to thrice a week, use a gentle exfoliator to boost your skin’s job of clearing dead skin cells. Exfoliation also helps to boost microcirculation, so you experience brighter skin within minutes.

4. Moisturize your skin

Our tropical climate in Singapore largely calls for gel moisturisers rather than cream-based ones, but get your skin specialist to make suitable recommendations for your skin type. As we mentioned above, it’s not sufficient to drink or eat your water, especially if you’re gunning for a healthy, radiant glow this Christmas! Remember to moisturise every morning and night to speed up the process.

In the morning, spritz skin with a hydrating mist or spray for instant rejuvenation, followed by a lightweight water-based moisturiser and top with sunscreen. Nighttime calls for a little more intensive moisturisation, so consider using a deeply hydrating serum underneath the moisturiser for an added moisture boost for glowing skin.

5. Don’t Forget Your Lips, Neck and Décolletage

Remember to care for the rest of the area on and around your face as well as you care for your skin! It’s easy to neglect these areas, but your neck and décolletage develop wrinkles which tend to reveal more about your age than your face itself. Don’t forget to include all these areas in your skincare regimen, including cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturising. Your lips also deserve some TLC to complete the entire healthy outlook!

6. Let Your Skin Breathe

Aside from Tip #1 (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate), this is also another really fast way for your skin to reboot into its healthy, radiant state – don’t wear foundation! It’s something most women find a challenge, but by skipping this step, you’re also feeding your skin with more oxygen without it having to go through all the layers of makeup, foundation, and whatnot.

Moreover, foundation and heavy makeup can cause congested skin – a shortcut to acne and dehydration thereafter. Unless you’re really conscientious about removing your makeup at the end of every day, we suggest skipping this step for awhile if you want glowing skin pronto for Christmas and the New Year.

Oxygenated blood is red, and deoxygenated blood is blue, right? Keep those cheeks flushed with oxygen, and you’ll naturally experience brighter skin.

We probably also shaved ten minutes off your morning routine before work for you – you’re welcome.

7. Never Leave Home Without SPF

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No matter the time of the day or night, never leave home without sunscreen.

Of all the benefits you get from this tip, this is probably the most convincing in your quest for Christmas-ready skin: It helps to prevent sunburns, skin discolorations, which means more even skin tone, which means a reduced need for foundation or concealer… refer back to Tip #6.

8. Book Some Facials

While you still have some time, clock in some hours at your facial spa to help boost results from your home skincare regimen. Your therapist has techniques and access to equipment that can revitalize your skin with greater efficacy.

What can professional facial spa services do? Good facial massages help stimulate microcirculation and lymphatic drainage to aid removal of pollutants in the skin. What you get afterwards is healthier and more radiant skin.

9. Shower Without the Heater On (If You Can)

We all enjoy really hot, steamy showers sometimes – especially when the rain’s making for a cold, cold day. But the heat actually isn’t doing our skin many favors in terms of hydration. If you’re able to, jump into the shower without the heater on!

10. Clock the Zs

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Your skin and body naturally heals itself during sleep.

Sleep helps your body reverse everyday free radical damage via cellular renewal, which means you wake to better, brighter complexion (if you’ve rested enough and well). We won’t go too much into the science of it all but know that a good night’s rest can also stimulate the repair and regeneration of collagen-producing cells – so you’ll experience firmer skin.

If you suffer from restless nights and struggle to get some shut-eye, try using a sleep remedy, such as a silk sleeping eye mask to help you reach that stage of deep slumber.

And there you have it, our ten tips to #GetYourGlowOn for the festive season! You have just slightly more than a month to go – start treating that skin well!


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Today, more and more people are interested in anti-aging. Being the outermost layer of our body, the skin often acts as an important sign of someone’s age. Therefore, it is better to know the causes of aging skin and prevent it.

There are two main causes of aging skin. One is intrinsic aging and the other is extrinsic aging – photoaging. Intrinsic aging occurs due to chronological changes and is an inherent, natural degenerative process which we cannot prevent. It is destined by genetic factors such as level of hormone secretion and thickness of the skin. On the other hand, extrinsic aging can be delayed with proper and continuous care. The accumulated effects of pollutants (dirt, cold, wind, smog and exposure to sun) is the culprit of extrinsic aging. Compared to intrinsic aging, extrinsic aging can appear at earlier periods in more severe degrees. Signs of extrinsic aging include dryness, wrinkles, rough skin and pigmentation.

What is photoaging?

Photoaging is the biggest external factor that makes our skin saggy and old. It is a combination of photo- which is ‘related to light’ and aging. As you can guess from the word itself, it is an aging effect due to light, specifically UV rays. Photoaging is classified into 4 phases from Mild to Severe.

Group Classification Typical Age Description Skin Characteristic
I Mild 28-35 No Wrinkles Early photo aging; mild pigment changese, no keratosis, minimal wrinkles, minimal or no makeup
II Moderate 35-50 Wrinkles in Motion Early to moderate photo aging; early brown spots visible, keratosis palpable but not visible, parallel smile lines begin to appear, wears some foundation
III Advanced 50-65 Wrinkles at Rest Advanced photo aging; obvious discoloration, visible capillaries, visible keratosis, wears heavier foundation
IV Severe 60 & up Only Wrinkles Severe photo aging; yellow/gray skin color, prior skin malignancies, wrinkles throughout – no normal skin, cannot wear make-up because it cracks and cakes

Major factor of photoaging – UV rays

UV rays are part of the light spectrum that reaches earth. UV rays have short wavelength so it is not visible to our eyes. There are 3 kinds of UV rays; UVA, UVB and UVC. Severity of UV rays can be measured by UV index.

1.       Categories of UV rays

  • UV A

UV A cannot be absorbed by ozone layer. It can penetrate through windows even during cloudy days. Among UV rays, it mostly damages our skin. It creates redness and it is responsible for premature aging of the skin and skin cancer.

  • UV B

UV B radiation is stronger than UVA. 90% of it is absorbed by ozone layer, but the rest still reaches earth’s surface. It is the most intense in summer from 10 am to 2 pm. It usually affects outer layer of skin, causing sunburn, premature aging of skin and skin cancer.

  • UV C

UV C is the most devastating and harmful to our skin. It has the strongest UV radiation. However, it can be absorbed by ozone layer.

2.       Effect of UV rays

When UV A and B work together the damage becomes a lot harsher. It will penetrate into our skin breaking down collagen and elastin. To make matters worse, it slows down production of collagen. Hence, repeated exposure to Sun will cause premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, freckles, discoloration, and dryness.

UV rays also interact with melanin. Melanin first absorbs UV rays in order to protect your skin from damaging. However, if it receives excessive UV rays, you will get sunburn. Other than that, it can modify DNA called p53, which is in charge of repairing damaged cells and discarding severely damaged cells.

3.       Measure of UV

The amount reaching the Earth’s surface can be affected by several factors, for example weather, time of the day and year etc. Thus to help people understand intensity of UV rays, meteorologists came up with UV index. It is a global standard indicating the strength of the UV rays reaching the ground for an hour around noon. It is advisable to check before going out and prepare for potential sun damage. 1-3 means low exposure; 4-6 means medium; 7-9 means high; 10+ means extreme exposure. The higher the number, the greater the exposure to UV rays. Therefore there is a higher change of getting sun damage which ultimately leads to skin cancer.

Effective way to avoid photoaging

1.      Wear Sunscreen

To minimize aging caused by sun, reducing UV ray’s effect is the key. So wear sunscreen! Sunscreen acts as a protector which prohibits harmful UV rays from penetrating into our skin. It is recommended to wear it at least 15 minutes before going out and reapply as frequently as possible.

2.       Avoid peak sun hours

Most of sun rays reach the ground from 10 am to 2pm. Thus, staying inside during peak sun hours is a good way to delay photoaging.

3.       Wear sunglasses and hats

It is a good way to block sun ray from reaching our skin with accessories. Wearing those accessories not only makes you appear more fashionable, it also reduces intensity and amount of UV rays reaching our skin, preventing wrinkles and fine lines.

4.       Soothe your skin

After an entire day of outdoor activities, you have to soothe your skin. Cleanse properly and apply soothing products such as aloe vera gel. Slicing potato and putting it on your face will also moisturize and soothe sunburn skin.

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Time passes fast and summer is here. The weather is getting hotter and we are more inclined to stay indoors with the air conditioner on. Our skin, being the outermost layer, is the first to be affected by our external environment and temperature changes. In fact, high temperatures have a hugely adverse effect on our skin. Collagen and elastin, in charge of maintaining elastic and resilient skin, are destroyed due to high temperatures, resulting in a skin appearance that is dry and lusterless. The damaged collagen can no longer support our skin, causing us to wrinkle! To make matters worse, the use of air-conditioner also dries our skin, causing it to age. This is why mist toners come in handy during summer. It is an effective skincare product that gives an instant cooling effect for skin that is affected by intense heat.  It also moisturizes our skin immediately.

 

Benefits of Mist Toners

A facial mist provides hydration that exhausted skin needs. When sprayed onto our skin, tiny particles of water penetrate into our inner layers, supplementing the moisture required. It also forms a thin layer of protective moisture, giving us fresh and moist-full skin. 

Apart from that, a facial mist helps to calm sun-damages skin. It lowers the skin surface temperature, soothing delicate skin. By maintaining this moderate temperature for a while, it delays the skin’s premature ageing process.

A facial mist also freshens us up and lightens our moods. We will be refreshed and revitalized by the pleasant and calming fragrance. An instant glow will be created by the little water particles, making us look more youthful.

 

Proper use of mist toners

Many people complain that the use of facial mist toners actually steals the moisture from our skin, resulting in even drier skin than before. In actual fact, this problem stems from the incorrect usage of a facial mist. Today, we will teach you the correct usage of a facial mist so you can reap the amazing benefits and achieve youthful looking skin.

Before applying, be sure to use a tissue to clean off a film of dirt, oil and other pollutants so that the mist can be better absorbed.

When applying, place the mist toner 20cm away from your face and spray. If you spray it too close to your face, the mist forms dewy drops, which are too large for your skin to absorb entirely. Spraying it further away keeps the air around you moist, creating a better environment for your skin.

After applying, it is important to protect the moisture. It is a common mistake to skip this step, causing your skin to feel dry after a while. We recommend that you apply some moisturizer to lock in the moisture and keep your skin hydrated for longer periods.

Other Useful Tips

1.    Moisture saver
Spray the mist toner right after cleansing your face. Your skin usually feels dry after cleansing. This is because the cleanser removes the protective oil on your skin. By using a facial mist, you can preserve the moisture in your skin effectively. At the same time, the mist acts as a booster, allowing skincare products to penetrate into your skin easily.

2.    Reduce water retention
If you often worry about water retention, worry no more, because your facial mist can also be used for reducing water retention. Soak a cotton pad with mist and place it on your eyelids. We promise you will look and feel fresher after just 5 minutes.

3.    Water mask pack
Wet a sheet of dry mask (or even cotton pads!) with your facial mist and place it on your face for 10-15 minutes. This is an inexpensive homemade mask pack that gives your skin instant hydration and revitalization.

 

 Mist Toners: Porcelain's Deep Hydrating Lotion is great for hydration in summer

Porcelain’s Soothe – Deep Hydrating Lotion

Porcelain’s Deep Hydrating Lotion is perfect for summer weather. It is a lightweight facial mist toner that tones, hydrates, soothes and revitalizes dull skin.

It is made from all natural ingredients such as rose and jojoba oils and Vitamin E, which fights against free radicals and prevents cellular damage, while Damascena Rose extracts, hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate deeply hydrate the skin and improve its natural resilience.

With an infusion of botanicals and vitamins, it is gentle and calming with a fresh floral scent. It combats environmental damage. It also hydrates the skin without overly moisturizing it, keeping your skin hydrated and refreshed, even in summer.

Understanding acne (or misunderstanding it) is a common thing. Acne is a skin problem that affects almost all teenagers. The action of hormones on the skin’s oil glands (sebaceous glands) causes the condition. The sebaceous glands make an oily substance called sebum that empties onto the skin surface through the hair follicle opening (pore). The mixture of oil and cells allows bacteria that normally live on the skin to grow in the follicle openings. When this happens, pores become clogged and pimples develop.

Understanding Acne: Acne is a skin problem that affects almost all teenagers, especially males

Pimples can be one of the following kinds:

  • Comedones: Non-inflammatory papules that can be open (blackheads) or closed (whiteheads).
  • Papules: Lesions that are inflamed and can be tender to the touch. These usually appear as small, pink bumps on the skin.
  • Pustules: Lesions that are inflamed and filled with pus. They may be red at the base.
  • Nodules: Solid lesions that are large, painful, and lodged deep within the skin.
  • Cysts: Pus-filled lesions deep under the skin. These may cause scarring and pain.

In most cases, pimples occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne does not present a serious health risk, but severe acne can result in permanent scarring. In addition, acne can have significant physical and psychological consequences, such as poor self-image, social inhibition, and anxiety.

Why Do Some People Get Acne and Others Don’t?Understanding Acne: Difference between skin with and without acne

It is not clear why; the exact cause of acne is not known. But one important factor is an increase in male sex hormones called androgens. These increase in both boys and girls during puberty, and cause sebaceous glands (oil glands) to enlarge and produce more sebum. Androgens also can increase during pregnancy due to hormonal changes or starting / stopping birth control pills.

Another cause of acne is genetics. Researchers believe that the tendency to develop acne can be inherited from parents. In addition, some drugs (for example, anti-epilepsy medication, prednisone, androgens, and lithium) are known to cause acne. Cosmetics that have a greasy consistency may change the cells of the follicles, causing them to stick together and resulting in a plugged pore. Water-based products are less likely to cause acne.

Things that can make acne worse include:

  • Friction caused by leaning on or rubbing the skin; harsh scrubbing
  • Picking or squeezing blemishes
  • Pressure from bike helmets, backpacks, or tight collars
  • Changing hormone levels in adolescent girls and adult women 2-7  days before the start of the menstrual period
  • Stress

Other factors that were previously thought to make acne worse do not seem to have an effect on the development of acne. These factors include chocolate, greasy foods, and dirty skin.

What Does Acne Look Like?

Acne can appear as one of the following:

  • Whiteheads: White dots. Basically pores impacted with oil and skin covered by skin layers.
  • Blackheads: Black bumps. Basically impacted pores out of which congestion pushes from the follicles. The black color is not from dirt, but rather, bacteria and matter that react with oxygen.
  • Papules, pustules or nodules: More serious lesions that appear red and swollen due to inflammation or infection around the clogged follicles. Often painful and feel hard.
  • Cysts: Deep, painful, pus-filled lesions that can cause scarring.

Acne Prevention Tips

  • Don’t over wash or use harsh scrubs. Remember, acne is not caused by dirt. Two gentle washings a day is sufficient. Too much cleansing can leave skin irritated and dry, triggering increased oil production and increasing the likelihood of pimples.
  • Use oil-free, non-comedogenic products (these won’t clog pores)
  • Don’t squeeze or pick blemishes. Popping pimples can drive acne bacteria deeper into the skin. Picking can lead to more inflammation and permanent scarring.

Don’t let acne define who you are. Do the things you can to improve your skin, and then get back to doing the things you enjoy.