As we progress from our mid-20s into our 30s, some of us may start to notice the subtle signs of ageing. Do not fret, as we can put our best face forward with these five simple preventive measures – you will be left with glowing, healthy skin!

1.    Sunscreen

Prevent signs of ageing with sunscreen!

Summer is a year-long affair for Singaporeans. Sunscreen is a definite essential in our skincare routine, as it is a key weapon against the tropical climate.

You need sun protection during daytime, no matter if the sky is overcast or you are staying indoors. The sun’s rays can pass through clouds and windows, so you are always exposed. Wearing sunscreen daily is the first and most important step to safeguard against the harmful UV radiation.

When choosing a sunscreen, be sure to choose one that has at least SPF 30 for daily use. Do remember to apply moisturizing lip balm with sunscreen too, to keep sun-chapped lips at bay.

 

2.    Hydration

Prevent signs of ageing by staying hydrated!

As we have been told since a tender age, drinking sufficient water daily is vital for overall good health.

Not only does it bring an array of health benefits, it has inherent skincare benefits by effectively locking moisture into your skin.

Drinking water helps to improve the skin’s appearance, by giving it a radiant, healthy glow. Especially during the upcoming summer months, hydration can prevent signs of dehydration like dry skin and wrinkles, which makes the skin look aged. Toss away your soft drink cans – guzzle water and your skin will thank you for it!

 

3.    Moisturizing

 

Prevent signs of ageing by moisturizing!

One of the best defences for ageing should be a quality anti-ageing moisturizer that helps your skin build and retain a natural moisture barrier.

Besides protecting your skin from external pollutants, it keeps the skin hydrated and provides high levels of nutrients that replenish the skin. Leaving the skin looking rejuvenated, it reduces the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles.

Even if you have oily skin or breakouts, you can opt for lightweight, oil-free moisturizers for daily use that do not leave the skin feeling sticky. Pat it gently on your skin to effectively seal in the moisture and avoid tugging the skin while doing so.

 

4.    Whole Grains

Prevent signs of ageing by eating whole grains!

 

Healthy food choices play an important role in improving your complexion and can work wonders on your skin. Instead of your daily breakfast of white bread, opt for whole wheat bread as an alternative, to kick-start your morning.

Whole grains are unprocessed alternatives, which are good sources of B-vitamins and fibre. These essential vitamins moisturize the skin, keeping them from being dry and scaly.

Some whole grains like buckwheat contain antioxidants, which combat inflammation-related skin damage. Replacing your refined-flour pancakes with buckwheat pancakes help reduce acne, while nourishing your skin. Who says eating healthily entails giving up your favourite food?

 

5.    Exercise

Prevent signs of ageing by exercising!

 

Working up a good sweat offers a number of benefits for your skin and should be a vital part of any skin care regimen.

Breaking out in sweat boosts oxygen and blood flow to the skin, carrying nutrients that improve skin’s radiance by stimulating the collagen production. Sweat purges the skin of its toxins that clog pores and cause acne, resulting in a clear complexion with a natural pink flush. Notice how your skin has a natural healthy glow after each workout session?

When exercising, your skin starts to produce more of its natural oils that enhance the suppleness of your skin. Make exercise your secret skin care ingredient for a younger, healthier and smoother complexion. The next time you find yourself deliberating whether or not to head to the gym, don’t forget to factor vibrant complexion in as an added bonus to a better you!

 


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Today, we seek to debunk some of the most obnoxious myths about skincare. For those who have believed some of these myths, it’s time to see the light!

Myth #1: Oily Food Causes Acne

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Most people believe that oily foods cause breakouts. However, instead of Oil, the real culprit that we should be avoiding is Sugar. In recent years, some researchers found that the best way to have healthier skin is to eat in a manner that keeps your blood sugar steady.

Too much intake of sugary foods will trigger your body to make a burst of insulin and this disrupts the hormone balance in your body. So it is extremely important to regulate your consumption of sugary foods. 

 

Myth #2: The Higher the SPF, the Longer You Can Stay in the Sun

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SPF is not an indication of how long you can stay under the protection of the sunscreen. It refers to the ability of the sunscreen to block Ultraviolet B Rays (there are other types of UV Rays).

Here’s a quick reference guide:

SPF 15 – Blocks 94% of UVB Rays

SPF 30 – Blocks 97% of UVB Rays

SPF 45 – Blocks 98% of UVB Rays

After that, it does not really make much of a difference. The real trick is to reapply it often (every 2 hours or so).

 

Myth #3: It’s Wiser to Pop Pimples to Get Rid of Pus

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As good and right as it might seem, releasing the pus unprofessionally can cause more inflammation that can lead to scarring and spreading under the skin. That is also the reason why a few days after popping one, another one often appears.

It is best to leave the popping business to dermatologists and well-trained aestheticians. That will minimize the risk of scarring and spreading.

Next time you think about popping your pimples, please think again!

 

Myth #4: Everyone Eventually Outgrows Acne

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Parents tend to tell their children to not worry about their acne problems because they will disappear after they grow up. Sure, time may heal, but sadly, it does not heal everything. You can blame this on hormones.

For men, their hormone levels tend to level out after puberty, so they can indeed outgrow acne. However, because women’s hormone levels fluctuate throughout their lifetime (thank you, period), the same, sadly, cannot be said.

 

Myth #5: You can Get Rid of Cellulite

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Truth be told: even Liposuction cannot entirely get rid of Cellulite.

Most treatments and creams can only minimize the look of Cellulite (the dimpled effect) by ironing out fat cells. However, the effect mostly lasts for at best, a few months.

The best advice would be to exercise often and regularly. Everyday energizing movements and skin warming exercises will help prevent the formation of Cellulite.

 

Myth #6: The Tingling Sensation Means that the Product Works

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No, this tingling sensation should not be confused with the one you get from love.

In fact, it is your skin telling you to abort mission! It is your skin responding to irritation, resulting in inflammation. Products that produce this sensation can even damage your skin’s healing process.

Make sure to check if the product contains any possible skin allergens, and if the tingling sensation does not die down after a while, pay a visit to your doctor/dermatologist!

 

Myth #7: There is no Need for Sunscreen on a Cloudy Day

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This is probably the most common myth today. But get this: unless there is a rare occurrence of a solar eclipse, UV Radiation from the Sun is always prevalent. So even on a cloudy day, UV Rays do indeed reach the Earth’s surface.

Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you apply sunscreen everyday, regardless of weather conditions. Do remember to reapply it for best results!

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Sorry people, the truth does hurt sometimes. But do share your new found knowledge with your friends as it might help them tremendously!

 1. BANANA PEELS

Most of us just throw out the banana peel after enjoying the fruit. While many feel that the skin has no benefits, it actually helps to reduce acne and acne scarring. Here is how you do it!

Just take a small piece of banana peel and rub it on the affected area. Keep rubbing until it turns brown. Leave it on for 30 minutes. As it dries, your skin will absorb the vitamins and nutrients from the peel. Do it 3 times a day and you will start to see the results!

 2. AVOCADO

After a whole day of working and schooling, our skin might be dry and dehydrated with all the environmental aggressors around. Just grab an avocado on your way home as it is a natural moisturizer. Here is how you do it!

Take a small amount of avocado and mash it up. Gently spread it all over your face and neck. Leave it for about 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water.

 3. KIWI

Apart from cleansing, you must exfoliate your skin twice a week, especially for those with oily skin. Did you know that an exfoliant can also be edible? Have half a kiwi and use the other half as your facial scrub. The seeds act as an exfoliator. Also, it has Vitamin C that helps the skin to look young and radiant. Here is how you do it!

Take a quarter of a kiwi and slice it. Gently scrub the kiwi slices all over your face. If you do not want to waste the other quarter, you can mash it up and make a face mask out of it. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and wash with warm water.

 4. ICE CUBES

Who would have thought something so simple could help with our skin care routine right? Ice cubes help to give you a more refreshed and toned complexion. Here is how you do it!

Get some water and freeze it up. You can choose to also add lemon juice or cucumber while you freeze. Grab an ice cube and gently rub it on your face in an outward and upward motion. You can also choose to freeze up green tea to get the anti-inflammatory extracts from it on top of the toned complexion.

There you have it – 4 tips that can help you get better skin. Try it out and you’ll definitely see the results!