[By Tania Hui]
In our scientific age of medical advancement, from a solitary pimple to crinkles and wrinkles, there’s a cream or an aesthetic treatment to fix the problem and make it better. I think if a woman wants to get a few Botox jabs or a chemical peel, that’s her prerogative and that’s all fine with me. A little nip here and a little tuck there to make you look and feel better? I’ll say, “Girlfriend, go for it!” However, in our quest for eternal youth and beauty the scientific way, let’s not forget doing stuff that’s natural.
Adopting a healthy habit and tweaking part of your diet can lay a strong foundation to graceful aging— be it to delay the onset of wrinkles or prolonging the lifespan of your newly Botox-ed forehead. I can attest to the fact that at 32, my skin is looking way better than when I’m 20. Back then, I laid in the sun for hours all summer, sneaked a cigarette whenever I could and downed tequila shots like water in many a restless dormitory night. And breakfast was never breakfast without heaps of pancakes drenched in syrup and paired with pan-fried crispy bacon streaks. Now, I know better the repercussions of an unhealthy lifestyle and you should too. Here’s my list of the top 5 habits that I had adopted over the years to stay youthful the natural way. If you follow my approach, I’m sure you are going to see changes that cumulate into a healthier and happier NEW you!
Tip #1: Shun the Sun
Staying out of the sun is perhaps the cheapest and cleverest habit to adopt against premature aging. Everyone should avoid too much sun especially so if you are predisposed to or have a family history of Hyperpigmentation. Minimize your direct exposure to the sun with its harmful Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation as much as possible, particularly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you got to be out and about, put on some protective clothing, including a wide brimmed hat. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen, one that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays, to your face and neck before heading out. Your sunscreen should have an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 and be sure to re-apply at regular interval if you are remaining under the sun for a longer period of time (which you shouldn’t be!) The Sloane Inc. SPF 70 Sunblock is one such product that offers maximum sun protection while remaining non- irritating, non- comedogenic and hypoallergenic with its 100% chemical and fragrance free formulation that makes it suitable for both adults and children.
Tip #2: Go Greens for Glow
Dark green leafy vegetables also known as greens are what we call “nutritional powerhouse”. They are, calorie for calorie, probably the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. Greens are highly rich in minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins. They also provide a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect our cells from damage— including those from our skin and eyes from age-related problems. Greens are henceforth the most detoxifying, beautifying and energizing nutrient of all. Eat it raw, sautéed, juiced or blended to help improve your complexion, combat acne outbreak, reduce fine lines and wrinkles while keeping your weight in check and your body trim and fit along the way!
Tip #3: Ace Out with Vitamin A
Vitamin A rich foods in the form of beta-carotene have been proven to be excellent in fighting the aging process. Carrots automatically come to mind but this beauty vitamin can also be found in abundance in pumpkins, sweet potatoes, leafy greens such as kale and spinach and tomatoes too. Vitamin A is one of the most potent naturally occurring anti-oxidant that fights off free radicals and inflammation, keeping our skin vibrant, glowing, blemish and wrinkle free too! However, one problem with consuming large amount of orange or red carotenoids is that they tend to change the skin colour to a tan or orangey shade. After a decade of research and development, scientists were able to cultivate a unique breed of non- genetically modified “white tomatoes” that contain a high concentration of colourless carotenoids, phytoene and phytofluene; leading to a revolutionary skin care supplement, Crystal Tomato. Crystal Tomato offers skin protection against UV damage while repairing the skin at the same time with its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and whitening properties. As a health supplement, Crystal Tomato which is available at all branches of The Sloane Clinic, is a convenient way to achieve a youthful and fair visage the natural way.
Tip #4: Not all Fats & Oils are Bad
If you are on an absolute fat free diet, it’s hard to keep your skin supple and wrinkle free. You don’t need to overdose on fat but a small, substantial amount of healthy fats daily is essential to keep your skin looking its absolute best. Omega 3 oil is a prime example of healthy fat, found in abundance in wild fish such as salmon and trout. Healthy fats are also obtainable from avocados, walnuts, almonds and dark cacao too! Chocolates? Now isn’t that good news? Instead of using expensive moisturizers and eye creams, opt for raw organic coconut oil instead. The fatty acids in coconut oil are amazing especially for the thinner undereyes skin, moisturizing and fighting crinkles and wrinkles the natural way. If you are afraid that coconut oil will cause breakouts, either limit its use to around the eyes or opt for a gentler but nonetheless equally effective formulation, the Bulgarian Rose Otto Oil from Epicuren. Natural rose oil will hydrate the skin without clogging pores as it permeates the skin in a unique way that allows it to breathe easily. In fact, it is a very good antiseptic and acts as a healing tonic that soothes and calm down active acne while locking in moisture to keep the skin well hydrated.
Tip #5: Get Enough Quality Sleep
Last but not least, you will need to have adequate eye shut to remain youthful and lines free as our skin shed its cells and repair overnight to give rise to new skin cells. It’s pertinent to clock 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted quality sleep daily as a good habit to remain youthful the natural way. After all, there’s a reason why it’s call a “beauty sleep”, ladies!
* Selected as Article of the Month Oct 2013*