Do you sometimes feel like your skin is not recuperating like it used to? Perhaps it takes longer for your skin to recover from a late night or from a long trip. The reason? As we age, skin renewal slows down, the signs of wear and tear become more visible. That being said, it’s not too late to adopt good habits to maintain a youthful complexion.
First, you may wonder why and how your skin is ageing.
On top of our natural ageing process which eventually will create wrinkles and spots, your skin ageing depends on a variety of factors. Your lifestyle, diet, exposure to sun (also known as photo-ageing), stress and pollution factors can accelerate the skin ageing process. Let’s focus first on the natural ageing process. You might first notice that your skin isn’t as firm as it used to be. One of the main cause is the loss of the elastic tissues due to the breakdown of elastin fibers and a reduced collagen production. This is why many anti-ageing products focus on stimulating collagen production.
When it comes to external factors, free radicals which are generated by our body accelerate the ageing process. Normally, the body can handle free radicals, but if antioxidants are unavailable, or if the free radical production becomes excessive, cellular damage can occur. This makes free radicals a major cause of skin ageing (as well as other health damages of course). Antioxidants bind with free radicals, to counter the damage caused by pollution, stress or poor diet.
Now that you understand what causes your skin to age, here are 5 tips and tricks for you to use on a daily basis:
- Eat healthy
That sounds trivial but what you eat affects your entire body, including your skin. Fruit and veggies that contain anti-oxidants like Vitamins C, B, A and E are great for your skin as they help to terminate free radicals in your skin.
What you can do: Try to have a balanced diet with fruits, vegetables as well as nuts, milk and eggs to bring you key vitamins
For Vitamin C, eat fresh fruits and vegetables such as Oranges, Kiwis
For Vitamin E, you will find them in nuts (such as almonds), mangoes, broccoli and vegetable oils
For Vitamin A, add a mix of carrots, sweet potatoes, milk and eggs to your diet
- UV Protection
The sun plays a major role in prematurely ageing our skin especially if you live in the South-East Asia region. Singapore lies just 1 degree north of the equator making UV damage all the more potent. UV damages certain fibers in the skin, called elastin. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch and lose its ability to snap back after stretching. This is called photo-ageing.
What you can do: Protect your skin by seeking shade, covering up with clothing, and using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, SPF 30 (or higher), and water-resistant. You should apply sunscreen daily to any skin not covered by clothing.
- Drink in moderation & don’t smoke!
Cigarette smoke has a huge impact on your skin ageing, wrinkles appearance as well as increasing your skin sensitivity. Having more than one glass of alcohol increases inflammation in the bloodstream, which can hasten sagging over time. It’s hard to avoid drinking in this day and age but do make an effort to only drink in moderation.
- Cleanse your face
Though a very simple step, washing your face before bed is an excellent way to mitigate the external factors associated with ageing and to stimulate the internal processes that fight ageing. So, don’t skip that step in your daily routine!
- Moisturize your skin
In a warm climate like Singapore we often turn to air-conditioning to cool off but air-conditioning often leaves our skin dehydrated. Using a moisturizer will trap the water in your skin and leave it looking youthful.
What to do: when applying moisturizer, pat it gently on your skin and don’t tug or pull at your skin (which will contribute to more fine lines over time!). Start from the jawline and smooth the products up and out. Applying products in a downward motion pulls and stretches the skin in the wrong direction, contributing to wrinkles and sagginess.
If you want to boost up all these efforts, Alcheme’s anti-ageing ingredients such as Ginseng extract as well as Centella extract, will help reduce wrinkles and boost your collagen production. Our products are also packed with Babchi seeds, which have Retinol-like properties.
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Updated April 5, 2019