Aside from external factors such as exposure to environmental aggressors (think free radicals from UV rays), how our skin ages is also predetermined by genes in the body. But just because you may not be blessed with awesome genes, doesn’t mean all’s hopeless and you’re to resigned to your biological aging clock. Here are 3 ways to help you slow down, if not turn back, the clock and defy aging.
Skincare That Breaks The Ageing Code
“If you focus on good skincare, you really won’t need a lot of makeup.” – Celebrity Demi Moore
Demi Moore said it well. Quality skincare acts like a strong barrier, defending the skin against the onslaught of environmental assaults that threaten to damage DNA of the skin, causing it to age. In fact, advanced skincare that contain hyaluronic acid or Vitamin C can even help to heal the skin from within by strengthening skin cells with much needed essentials.
“With age, the collagen, hydration and elastin levels in our skin gets depleted. These result in a drier, duller complexion as well as the formation of fine lines and wrinkles,” said Dr Michelle Lim, Senior Aesthetic Consultant at SW1 Clinic.
A famed anti-aging ingredient to look out for is Retinol. Its benefits include stimulating cellular turnover, slowing collagen breakdown to preserve youth and even clearing up acne. With improved formulas like in SW1 Super Helper Mattifying & Detoxifying Serum or SW1 Age Defy Rejuvenating & Anti-Aging Lotion, products that use Retinol today are less harsh on skin but still as effective, if not more so, in tackling aging. However, when using products with Retinol, Dr Michelle recommends to use them at night as Retinol is rendered inactive under sunlight as it oxidizes or breaks down.
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Treatments That Break The Ageing Code
Aside from skincare, clinical treatments can elevate the skin’s wrinkle-fighting abilities to unparalleled heights and radically reduce signs of aging. Put your best face forward with gold-standard treatments like Ulthera and Thermage. Ulthera utilizes ultrasound to lift the foundation of skin while Thermage employs radiofrequency waves to tighten the overlying skin.
As quality treatments are targeted treatments, Dr Low Chai Ling, Founder of SW1 Clinic suggests employing a combination of treatments for optimal results and an overall improvement in skin laxity.
“Most patients focus on just one treatment and that’s where they fail to see more consistent improvements over time especially for those with severe skin sagging,” she says.
SW1 Clinic combines the two technologies mentioned above with two others – Exilis Lift and Sygma Lift – in their Trinity Facelift Program to further enhance lifting, tightening the firming effects so skin is not just taut but has increased bounce, elasticity and suppleness.
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Supplements That Break The Ageing Code
Supplements also hold the key to anti-aging. Formulated with incredible ingredients like stem cells or antioxidants, they help to address aging from the inside of the body, by repairing and preventing damage of cellular DNA.
Dr Michelle thinks Glutathione, commonly known as the “mother of antioxidants” should be in your skin diet. Sublingual Glutathione available at SW1 Clinic does more than defend skin against the sun, it also helps protect cells against UV damage. If there’s one pill of cellular immortality, this might be it!
She also mentioned another skin supplement of hype lately: Adenosine. It can spur collagen production and improve blood circulation to reverse signs of aging. As this skin booster can only be delivered in-clinic, SW1 Spa has included it in its wide range of facials as an add-on, Happy Ending, which uses both stem cells and Adenosine to unlock the aging code.