[By Akina Yunomori]
As the saying goes, “Beauty is only skin-deep”, but the importance of skin goes a lot deeper. Most of us tend to regard our skin as just our body’s visible outer layer instead of the largest living organ. Like any other internal organs of our body, your skin can be healthy or ill, well-fed or malnourished, and can undergo wear and tear with age or abuse. While you can’t control your age, you certainly can control numerous other factors that accelerate the aging process. Unlike the other organs of your body, you can also apply ‘protectors’ and ‘enhancers’ directly to the skin, and for this simple fact alone, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t have healthy, attractive skin throughout your life! Although not all skins are made equal and there are no beauty products that suit everyone, there are however rules that apply no matter what your skin type. Here are 5 easy breezy ways to awaken your hibernating skin this spring, keeping your complexion radiant and glowing to look your absolute best from 16 to 60.
Curb your sweet-tooth cravings
You’re what you eat and the state of your complexion is reflective on how ‘clean’ your diet is. Refined sugars are the worst culprits standing in your way to healthy, glowing skin this spring. Aim to replace sugary sweets and snacks with nutrient-dense foods like fruit, vegetables and healthy sources of Omega-3. According to Dr. Michelle Lim, senior medical consultant with the SW1 Clinic (formerly from The Sloane Clinic), unbeknown to even health fanatics, protein bars are one of the biggest beauty offenders.
“Protein bars are essentially candy bars dressed and marketed as a healthy option,” warns Dr. Michelle Lim, a mother of two who’s currently on a quest to regain her pre-preggers’ figure. “The sugar rush will lead to an insulin spike, aggravating acne, wrinkles and even skin allergies. A much healthier option will be a handful of almonds or a piece of whole fruit such as a banana or medium sized apple. You’ll be eating a whole lot better for your skin, and you’ll feel more satisfied and charged with energy.”
Exfoliate away your winter blues
Exfoliation, which is really just a fancy word for a good, thorough scrub, is one of the surest and easiest ways to pave the ground works to good skin this spring. By removing the dead skin cells, it helps expose the new and radiant skin underneath the surface, and is also an excellent way to prep your skin to allow skincare products to penetrate 20% better! The iconic Hepburn Hydrafacial exclusive to the SW1 Spa is an age-defying, complexion-rejuvenating spa treat back by medical expertise, helping to revive dull and lackluster complexions to bestow upon them the elegance of springtime rebirth. With the help of patented Hydrafacial MD technology for a turbo-charged deep exfoliation, dead skin cells that cloud your complexion are gently peeled away to allow healthier and more youthful-looking cells from beneath to shine through. Skin is permeated, infused and lifted with Epicuren ezymatic peels bursting with skin brightening vitamin C and potent antioxidants, with Pure Gold Gel Mask Therapy that further detoxifies and revitalizes dermal skin cells from within. Finishing off with a cold mist of selected skin tonics suspended in a solution, pore tightening is triggered, leaving skin positively radiant and glowing to wear the most desirable makeup trends for S/S ’18.
Go beyond the basics
Basic, for lack of a better word, is just basic.
If you’re a cleanse, tone and moisturise kind of girl, perhaps it’s time to spruce up your basic beauty regime this spring if you’re looking for results that are anything but mediocre. An easy way to introduce pharmaceutical grade dermal goodies which can help realise the ‘hidden potential’ of your skin without switching out your usual skincare basics is by adding on gems from the CHAI series available online from the SW1 Shop.
For instance, CITRINE Pure Vitamin C Elixir & ,Powder is a professional-grade, high-potency, pure vitamin C that goes above and beyond brightening to deliver skin clarity and correct uneven skin tone for transformative, visible results for all skin types. By engaging premium vitamin C stabilization technology, CITRINE offers the purest and freshest form of hydra-stabilized L-Ascorbic Acid, with unparalleled anti-oxidant prowess to fight against destructive free radicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. Besides its anti-aging role, CITRINE plays added roles as a skin brightening and skin rejuvenating agent, boosting skin’s health and improving its resilience to enhance skin radiance, imparting upon dull and lacklustre complexions an invigorating glow that heralds the awakening of spring .
Pair CITRINE with CHAI LIQUID GOLD Eye Illuminating Serum to coax your complexion into stellar condition, an ‘eye-opener’ packed with potent yeux-prettifying 23 carat gold and other powerhouse ingredients including wrinkle-relaxing Argireline, often touted as “topical Botox”. Regular use will dramatically recharge skin elasticity to reverse the signs of photo-damage and dermal aging, targeting directly on skin fibroblasts to visibly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles at the surface level and beyond. LIQUID GOLD works in overdrive to strengthen the skin’s regenerative ability, helping to counteract the visible signs of aging by increasing skin’s natural moisture barrier and restore elasticity to crepey undereye skin.It certainly pays to look beyond the basics for doctor inspired and scientifically based skincare products that pack a punch, to give you a helping hand for the coveted glowy skin for not just spring but all year round.
Supplement from within
A healthy diet and good skincare regimen can take you pretty far when it comes to keeping your skin beautiful, but we could all use a little help here and there, and oral supplements are an easy way to support your already healthy habits.
What’s trending now in both natural health and medical circles is Glutathione, a powerhouse molecule often nicknamed as “The Mother of all Anti-oxidants”. In fact, Glutathione is so pivotal to our health that the level of it in our cells is becoming a predictor of how long we will live! Amongst a long list of health benefits include anti-aging effects on the skin, with visible overall dermal whitening when taken regularly, to impart on tired-looking skin that unbeatable healthy glow of translucent clarity. In addition, newer studies have also demonstrated the superiority of a sublingual (under the tongue) route of consumption over swallowing, the traditional oral route that’s routinely engaged. If you’re intrigued and wish to find out more, book an appointment and chat with the beauty experts from the SW1 clinic for further details.
Early investments for big returns
“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.”— Coco Chanel.
To embrace graceful aging, we should aim for our skin to look it’s best at any given age. What you do at 25 will determine the face staring right back at you in the mirror when you hit 50. Apart from cultivating good skin habits such as sunscreen application, smoking cessation and removing all traces of makeup before you hit the sack, making sound investments to ‘age-proof’ your skin early in life is a great way to soften the brutality of time.
Rejuvenate, refine and even out your skin tone not only in spring but for the seasons that follow with the Porcelain Skin Program, based on a revolutionary Japanese research into ultimate skin fairness and pigment correction. Engaging advanced Pico Pigment Laser to tackle skin pigmentation, this comprehensive approach is designed to refresh dull, fatigued complexions and radically correct skin discolouration and texture irregularities without significant downtime.This brilliant laser utilizes premiere Picosecond technology with the possibility of an added IPL function to erase stubborn pigmentation together with surface imperfections such as pores, lines and textural irregularities; working in synergy with LED RED photomodulation and Pearl éclat to supercharge cellular renewal, self-repair and collagen replenishment to bestow upon users enviable glowy skins, that’ll bound to keep bystanders second guessing your age… and beauty secrets too!