To fight wrinkles and other signs of aging, you need to keep your skin protected and hydrated. Though you can’t turn back hands of time, these anti-aging skincare tips will help keep your skin smoother and younger looking.

Eat For Skin Health

What we eat has a huge impact on how we look, especially when it comes to achieving that much-coveted youthful glow. Get plenty of healthy fats – omega-3s and monounsaturated fat – which help regenerate skin at the cellular level, improve texture and tone and help ensure skin looks supple. Get these smart fats from fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, halibut, sardines), avocado, olives and olive oil.

Choose food that are rich in lutein – a carotenoid that may help protect your skin from the inside out. The best sources of lutein are egg yolks, leafy dark green veggies and fresh corn. Some studies have found that lutein may also protect skin from UV damage.

Foods that are high in antioxidants, such as berries, broccoli, leafy greens (kale, spinach) and tomatoes are also great for your skin. We need antioxidants to help protect the skin from free-radical damage (rough texture, wrinkles, sun spots). Vitamin E is another must for skin health. Add vegetable oils, wheat germ, nuts, seeds and olives to your diet for healthy, glowing skin.

Stay Hydrated

If you want skin to look younger and more supple, drinking enough water is a must. “Dehydrated skin looks wrinkled and rough,” Spano says. Aim for eight glasses a day, which will also help you lose weight, aid digestion, improve your energy and concentration and flush toxins from your body. Keep a reusable bottle in your purse for easy, on-the-go sipping.

Anti-Aging Skin Care

 

Cleanse: Gently wash your face both morning and night, but steer clear of cleansers that have high alcohol content and other drying agents. Try Porcelain’s Soothe Hydro Cleanser (from Soothe range) for herbal extracts and mild cleansing.

Exfoliate: Exfoliate your skin weekly with a gentle facial exfoliator, which will get rid of dead skin cells and keep skin smooth, healthy and fresh.  Try Porcelain’s Revive, Natural Skin Refiner. It contains Natural Enzymes which help soften dead skin cells, and gently rub it away without agitating your skin.

Moisturize: Apply moisturizer over your entire face and neck twice a day. Dry, aging skin loses its elasticity, which is when wrinkles start to form. Try Porcelain’s Balance Essence. It contains 50% Sodium Hyaluronate which studies have proven that each droplet is a thousand times more absorbent than water. Meanwhile, Balance Essence helps lock in collagen and elastin which eventually slows down aging process.

Protect Your Skin

No matter your age, you need to protect your skin from the sun. Not only can sun exposure lead to skin cancer, it will also cause dryness, sun spots, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. Always use a moisturizer, sunscreen and cosmetics that contain SPF 15 or higher. If you spend a lot of time in the sun each day, wear both sunglasses and a hat.

Read more about Porcelain’s Flawless, Skin Perfecting Moisturizer (SPF20).

We seriously can’t emphasize enough the importance of sunscreen to reduce or prevent the appearance of pigmentation and premature aging. Though we’re sure most of you do know the importance of applying sunscreen daily, there are a few other must-knows that we’d like to share today. It could change how well your sunscreen works for you.

Some of you may question – ‘why is it that pigmentation spots still appear despite me applying my sunscreen religiously?’. Well, often we apply sunscreen as a base before applying our blusher or powder. Unknowingly, some of our sunscreen gets wiped off when applying make up. So, our suggestion is to wait for 3-5 minutes for your sunscreen to set. Also, remember not to apply too much pressure when you’re applying make up. Alternatively, you can opt for a tinted sunscreen. A good tinted sunscreen should give you some coverage and a radiant glow. Then, you’re good to go, without even having to pile on more make up.

We would also recommend that you apply your sunscreen around 30 minutes before leaving home. The reason is simple. Your sunscreen needs to take some time to be fully absorbed into your skin. This would prevent your sweat from wearing it off, especially during summer climate.

Apart from knowing the importance of applying your sunscreen religiously, it is necessary for you to know what it does for you and how you can pick your perfect sunscreen.

For a start, you will often see the term ‘SPF’ on your sunscreen. This represents ‘Sun Protection Factor’, which essentially means how much longer you can stay out in the sun as compared to when you are not wearing sunscreen. This may be a little hard to comprehend, so allow me to do a bit of explanation…

If you are someone who normally gets burnt under the sun without wearing sunscreen after 15 minutes, and you’re now using a sunscreen of SPF 20, then you can now stay out in the sun for 5 hours (20×15=300 minutes) without getting sun burnt. With this in mind, you can pick the ideal sunscreen according to your activity and length of stay out in the sun.

Also, try not to be too stingy with your sunscreen. If there is a need to reapply, go ahead. Sometimes our sunscreen gets worn off due to our sweat, especially when we are involved in vigorous activities like swimming, playing beach volleyball, wakeboarding…etc.

So, remember to slap on sufficient amounts of sunscreen whenever required, because prevention is definitely better than cure!

 

Porcelain’s, Flawless, Skin Perfecting Cream with SPF 20, gives you a glow, allowing you to regain natural youthfulness while protecting your skin against the harmful UV rays. Its advanced formula also prevents pores from clogging, making it an ideal make up base.

Hot weather, salt water, humidity, and chlorine taking their toll on our skin during the summer months. Here are some helpful skin care tips for keeping your skin safe and beautiful all summer!

Don’t Neglect Your Skin

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Did you know that most skin aging occurs during the summer? So consistent application of sun protection, regular professional facials, and a good home skin care routine are your best defences against fun in the sun…and heat.

Wearing Sunscreen

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Putting on sunscreen daily will significantly cut back on accumulative sun damage. Recent research indicates that 78% of all the sun damage incurred in a lifetime is from incidental exposure! You may say “I’m not out at all during the day” but just walking to your car, and even driving in your car will expose you to unnecessary sun damage. Windshields do nothing to protect you from UV rays! Wear a moisturizer that contains a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15. Apply it in the morning so you’ll be covered all day!

People are always asking me which SPF number should they use. The truth is, an SPF 30 only offers 4% more protection than an SPF 15. You would have thought it was double the protection, right? As you get up in the higher numbers (SPF 45, 50, 70 +) that percentage comes down, but you’re also exposing your skin to more chemicals which might result in a negative reaction on the skin. The key to protecting your skin in the sun is to re-apply your sunscreen generously at least every two hours. A little dab won’t do ya…you need to slather it on.

Do Not Use Soap

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One of the biggest complaints we hear during the summer is, “My skin gets so oily!

The binders that hold a bar of soap together are in an alkaline base (high pH balance), which will strip all the water and natural oils out of the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dehydrate. Your skin cells need to stay moist in order to be healthy, and without water, your skin will be producing more oil to compensate for the lack of water which is that last thing you want your skin to do in the heat of the summer!

Using soap can also cause more break outs as the dehydrated cells being caused from the drying soap can cause a layer of dry skin cell buildup which can trap oil and keep them clogged in the pores.

Avoid Dairy Products If Your Skin Are Prone To Break Outs

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With the heat and humidity in the summer, break outs are a real concern for a lot of people. And we’ve all heard that greasy foods and chocolate cause breakouts. In our experience, when breakouts are cyst-like in the chin and jawline area, most often this is related to excessive dairy products in your diet.

Try cutting out cheese, milk, ice cream, and frozen yogurt, and watch your skin clear up! There are many other ways to get calcium in your diet; broccoli, asparagus and orange juice.

Get Your ZZZ

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According to recent research, the vast majority of Americans – particularly women – are sleep-deprived. Lack of sleep not only makes you grouchy, forgetful, and drowsy, it also wreaks havoc on your skin. Even an extra 30-60 minutes every night will make a difference.

It’s summer time! This is the perfect time to be flaunting your perfect bikini figure at the beach. But hold your horses babes! Don’t forget to protect your youthful skin while having your fun and games! Repeated or prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation leads to skin cancer. Your skin also starts to age prematurely if you don’t shield it from the harmful rays of the sun. You can find out more about the sun and premature aging here.

With the sun being so evil, our only protection against it is to slap on sunscreen religiously.

According to Patricia Agin, director of photobiology research at Schering-Plough Corp., the maker of Coppertone products, sunscreens work by either absorbing or reflecting and scattering UV.  This means that most of the sun’s harmful rays don’t get to penetrate or damage your skin when you use a product with a minimum of SPF15. It is highly recommended to use a broad-spectrum coverage, meaning a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB. This information can usually be found on the product label.

Sun Protection Factor, SPF

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Sun Protection Factor, more commonly known as SPF, measures the extra length of time a sunscreen will protect your skin from reddening or burning. A generally the higher the SPF, the more protection you have. For example, without sunscreen, you can usually stay in the sun without reddening or burning for about 20 minutes. Theoretically, a sunscreen with SPF15 should increase your skin’s protection levels by 15 times. This means that your skin should be able to last for about 5 hours, instead of 20 minutes. However, that does that mean that if you apply a sunscreen for SPF15, you will definitely be fully protected during the 5 hours. Sunscreen will wear off after a certain time.

Common Sunscreen Myths

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It is important to know that layering products with sunscreen doesn’t give you more protection against the sun. On the contrary, you are only given the protection of the highest SPF. For example, you use 3 sunscreens of SPF 15, 30 and 60 at the same time. This does not mean you have SPF105 worth of protection. You are only protected with SPF60.  It is also not advisable to skimp on sunscreen when you are indoors. UV rays are still able to penetrate the windows and glass. Similarly, it is also not advisable to skimp on sunscreen on cloudy days.

Sunscreen Tips

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1. Apply sunscreen SFP 15 or higher 20 minutes before going outside

2. Remember to re-apply sunscreen!

Set your cell phone timer to remind you to re-apply sunscreen every two hours when you are outside. Sunscreens often degrade in the sun – “all-day protection” does not exist.

3. Avoid the hottest time of the day – Between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm

4. Don’t forget your – Lips, Ears and Eyes

If you’re worried about melting sunscreen that irritates your eyes, you can try using lip balm with SPF 30+ on both your lips and your eyelids. It doesn’t bother the eyes and it stays on really well.

5. Always choose a Broad-spectrum sunscreen to block both UVA & UVB rays.

6. Use water-resistant sunscreens

This is useful whenever you go swimming or exercising as your perspiration will wear the sunscreen off. Water-resistant sunscreens are also useful for daily use in Singapore’s humid weather since we tend to perspire more.

7. Exfoliate often as it helps the skin absorb moisturizers in the sunscreen

8. Seek shade especially when you feel your skin burning

Don’t worry if you’re currently using a sunblock! Sunblock also shields the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, deferring only in mechanisms. Sunscreens usually last for about 3 years, so invest in a good one and start including sunscreens in your daily skincare routine to fight the prowess of the evil sun!(:

P.S: Porcelain’s Flawless Tinted Moisturiser not only shields the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays with SPF 20, but is oil and Paraben free as well.

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