By Jenny Teng, Director Aesthetician, Porcelain The Face Spa

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Anti-Aging is….

Achieving a balance within your skin between moisture and sebum level. It means maintaining a high level of collagen and elastin production, and low level of oxidation within the skin hence, reducing signs of aging.

2. How do I stop the clock?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to do so as chronological aging is part of life. We can prevent the signs of aging from showing by increasing our level of anti-oxidants to prevent free radical damages, stimulating collagen, elastin production and skin’s natural regenerating ability with technology such as Radio Frequency, Intense Pulsed Light, LED and reduce our sun exposure by applying sunscreen.

3. At what age should I start my anti-aging regime?

You should start your general skincare regime during puberty. Anti-aging should not be separated from your routine skincare regime. Revise your home care and professional treatments with your aesthetician or doctor every year to evaluate your changing needs. The skin begins to age around 25 to 30, however, many young skin display signs of premature aging due to improper care and lack of sun protection.

4. How do I prevent premature aging?

The number one cause of premature aging of the skin is caused by sun overexposure. It causes skin dehydration and discoloration of the skin’s pigment, which results in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, freckles and other forms of pigments. We recommend that sunscreen to be applied daily prior to sun exposure, even when you are spending most of your time indoors. Next, frequent exfoliation of your skin can reduce dead skin cell buildup and stimulate cell regeneration.

That will help prevent and reduce existing signs of aging. Keeping your cells moist keep skin looking plump and firm. Use products such as Hyaluronic Acid to enable that and eat foods that are high in water content to keep your skin well hydrated at the cellular level.

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No two skins are the same. Are you Asian? Are you in Asia? It all matters and will affect how you care for it. Here are 6 differences that Asian skin has compared to other skins.

1. Prone To Sensitivity

Our skin is said to be prone to irritation as we have a thinner stratum corneum or the outermost layer of skin, compared to other ethnic groups. As a result, Asian skin becomes extremely sensitive to environmental factors and chemicals, which can disrupt the skin’s pH level.

We need to be more careful with what products and treatments we use on our skin as most of us may not react well to harsh treatments such as peeling or acidic chemical solutions.

Asian skin is more prone to sensitivity

Credit: Aiony Haust

2. Scars More Easily

Because of our thinner stratum corneum, it is also said that Asian skin is genetically predisposed to scar more easily than others. Hence, greater care must be given when one has acne breakout and when one is trying to heal from some skin scarring.

Do not go squeezing that pimple and poking at that acne. Use gentle products like emu oil or Vitamin E to heal the scars.

3. More Issues With Hyper-Pigmentation

All skin contains about the same number of melanocytes but the amount of melanin they produce varies. Melanin is a natural skin pigment that protects the skin from UV damage. Obviously, dark-skinned people produce more melanin and light skin people produce less. While research has indicated that Asians have more photo-protective pigment melanin.

Use sunscreen religiously and use a product containing gentle skin brightening properties from your early twenties. Avoid hydroquinone!

Asian skin is more prone to hyper-pigmentation

Credit: Brock Elbank

4. Loses Moisture Easily

Asian skin showed the highest levels of Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL), as well as increased levels of permeability. TEWL is the amount of water vapour lost through the skin under non-sweating conditions.

We need more skin hydration and it’ll be good to choose a moisturizer high in water-binding ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.

Asian skin loses moisture more easily

5. Gets Oily More Easily

It is often said that Asian skin has more sebaceous glands and is oilier than Caucasian skin type. This might have to do with the weather as well but it is generally true that most of us are constantly fighting to keep shine away from our skin.

Our skin may get clogged easily and it’ll be good to exfoliate once or twice a week. In addition, do not use harsh products that will strip away our natural skin lipids and make the skin oilier.

6. More Resistant To Aging

While we have a thinner stratum corneum, we also have a thicker dermis that contains greater collagen. This means that our skin shows fewer signs of premature ageing.

Most of us know the importance of using  sunscreen to protect our skin from ultraviolet rays(UV rays). However, there is often the misconception about sunscreen and sunblock. Although they might be similar in offering protection against the sun, they actually differ in their mechanism of action.

Sunblock

Just like what the name has suggested, sunblock works by physically blocking out the sun’s UV rays.  Hence, sunblock serves as a physical blockers of the sun’s UV rays. The two important active ingredients found in sunblock are Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.

For Titanium Dioxide, it offers protection for UVB and short UVA rays while Zinc Oxide blocks out both UVA and UVB rays. Generally, in comparison to sunscreen, sunblock is better tolerated by most skin types as the active ingredients used in sunscreen might cause irritation to the skin. However, one major disadvantage of sunblock is that it tends to leave a whitish tint behind when applied to the skin.

Sunscreen

On the other hand, sunscreen works by chemically absorbing the UV rays at the skin’s top layer and converting them into energy before they penetrate further into the skin. Some common chemical UV filters include Aminobenzoic acid derivatives, Benzophenones,  Cinnamates and Salicylates. Find out more here. In addition, sunscreen is able to offer coverage for the full spectrum of UVA rays and UVB rays

Sometimes, chemical ingredients are combined with that of physical blockers to obtain better coverage against UVA and UVB radiation.

With all these information, you are now able to decide whether sunblock or sunscreen is best suited for your skin!

The ideal of eternal youth will never fail to drive some of the most expensive skin care and scientific research. At this point, it is still an inevitable process unavoidable by no one. However, there is a glimpse of hope in slowing down the aging process by taking adequate amounts of anti-oxidants. In this entry, let us share with you how antioxidants are able to aid in fighting free radicals – one of the causes of aging.

Free Radicals

They are unstable electrons that are by-products which tend to react quickly with other electrons to gain stability. There are 2 ways they can be formed. First, when the cells in our body uses oxygen, it begins a chemical reaction chain which will result in the formation of Free Radicals. The second way which they are formed is during metabolism and when fighting against any viruses and bacteria present in the body.

Our body is designed to deal with these free radicals. However, when there is an insufficient amount of antioxidants or an excessive amount of free radicals in the body, our cells will be damaged and structure of our DNA changed, resulting in aging.

We have often seen how a piece of sliced apple turns brown within minutes due to oxidation. This is very much the same like the free radicals inside our body. But if this sliced apple is coated with orange juice, an antioxidant food that contains Vitamin C, the sliced apple will be able to prevent oxidation for a much longer time.

Thus, to effectively protect our cells against these free radicals, the intake of antioxidants are especially important. Not only do antioxidants break off these chain reactions, they also act as scavengers to neutralize the effects of the free radicals.

Here, you will find some sources where you can derive 3 great antioxidants!

Vitamin A

  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Peaches
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pomegranates
  • Blueberries

Vitamin C

  • Orange
  • Lime
  • Kiwis
  • Strawberries
  • Green leafy vegetables

Vitamin E

  • Nuts
  • Whole grains
  • Vegetable oil

Other antioxidants include food that are rich in phytochemicals. Found in fruits and vegetables, phytochemicals are compounds produced by plants which has antioxidant properties. It is also able to help improve the body’s immune system while reducing the risk of cancers. Some  common types of phytochemicals includes Flavonoids, Lycopene, Lutein and Lignan which can be derived from food like Tea, Soy, Oatmeal, Barley, Broccoli, Watermelon and Rye.

Free radicals are also present in the air as well as the food that we consume. Therefore, it is increasingly important for us to include antioxidants in our daily diet. Not only will it help to fight against aging, it can also greatly reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Taking food rich in antioxidant goes a long way. Start to include them in your diet if you have not and you will still be able to flaunt your youthful look irregardless of your age!

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It is said that the eyes are the windows to one’s soul, a gateway for us to connect with the others. Looking at how drastically different one can look by simply whisking on some mascara or putting on some colored contacts, there is no doubt the eye can make a huge difference to the way you look. It is bad enough that such an important feature is the first to show signs of aging, lack of sleep, stress, etc. In this entry, lets take a look at how we can better care for the skin around your eyes and reduce that dependence on “industrial-strength” concealer.

It is known that our skin tends to lose its elasticity as we age, as it is also known that the skin area around our eyes are much more delicate and sensitive since it is the thinnest compared to all the other areas of our body. This explains why it tends to develop wrinkles, dark circles and other signs of stress more easily. In addition, the lack of sebaceous glands also makes it easier for wrinkles to develop. Facial movements and expressions such as smiling and frowning cause the formation of wrinkles and lines too.

The skin area around our eyes can also become saggy due to crying, excessive rubbing and tugging, removal of eye makeup and the continuous insertion and removal of contact lenses. At the same time, puffiness of the eyes may result due to internal dehydration, overconsumption of a large intake of salty food or in some cases, an allergy condition.

Tips

1. Hydrate

  • Your skin needs to be well hydrated to maintain its elasticity.

2. Quit Smoking

  • Smoking causes a breakdown of collagen which leads to your skin losing its elasticity.

3. Sunscreen

  • It has been shown that UV rays are responsible for up to 80% of aging.

4. Reduce facial expressions

  • Wear sunglasses whenever you are in the sun to avoid squinting
  • Look at yourself in the mirror and try to avoid expressions which creates creasing around the eye area

5. Sleep

  • Having sufficient sleep prevents blood from clotting around the eye causing dark circles

6. Avoid Alcohol

  • Alcohol dehydrates your body

7. Use the right make up remover

  • When using heavy eye make up, use oil based remover to prevent excessive rubbing and stress around your eye area

8. Eye Care Regime

  • Use specific skin care products for the eyes as they contain specific ingredients to counter eye problems
  • Go to a professional to have regular Eye Treatments to help alleviate and prevent eye problems

Start young, and preserve your youthful looking eyes before its too late. 🙂