[By April Evans]
It may be a birthday that marked a cross over to the next decade of life, a bad break-up or a recent pregnancy. There comes a point in every girl’s life when it’s hard for her not to notice signs of aging whenever she caught sight of her own reflection. And from that point in time, it becomes her life-long mission to embark on a constant quest to fight off these pesky tell-tale signs. If you’re already there or gearing yourself towards that day, here are some fab skin tweaks that’ll help to keep you looking youthful no matter what age you are. Remember the golden words of beauty mogul Helena Rubinstein? — “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.”
Maxed out on SPF
Studies have shown that when it comes to fighting wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation and leathery skin, sunscreen is the most potent weapon, more so than Retin-A and antioxidants alone! However, according to a new survey by the American Academy of Dermatology, only 1 in 7Americans wear sunscreen daily. Ideally, your sunscreen should be water and sweat resistant, with an SPF of at least 30.For maximal protection against harmful ultraviolet irradiation, opt for SPF 50 or more.
The SW1 UMBRELLA UV Protection & Light Diffusing Cream is a powerful 100% chemical and fragrance-free physical blocker that offers top notched sun protection, providing mega dose of SPF 70 with potent UV-shielding ingredients including Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, suspended in a blend of 3 antioxidant teas with an invisible shine-absorbing micro mesh of UV reflectors. A super lightweight and non-comedogenic formula that doesn’t clog pores, this soleil protecteur extraordinaire forms a breathable shield to safeguard you from both burn-causing UVB beams and wrinkle-inducing UVA rays. Added potent tea and botanical extracts provide extra perks of smoothening and brightening skins, giving complexions the desirable youthful glow along with excellent sun protection against photo-aging.
Enrich with retinol
Retinol is a dermatologist’s best kept secret and is a magical skin elixir that fight wrinkles and age spots, keeping your complexion radiant and youthful looking. This vitamin A derivative penetrates deep within the dermis and evokes stimulation right where collagen fibers are created, smoothing the texture of your skin, erasing fine lines and softening deeply etched wrinkles. In addition, it increases the rate of turnover of skin cells and thus tackles uneven skin discoloration and helps to unclog pores as well. And look beyond the usual night cream to harvest the potential skin benefits of retinol.
An awesome preparation that can be used nightly to fight visible signs of aging is the aptly named, SW1 AGE DEFY, a rejuvenating and anti-aging lotion which combines retinol with a powerful, natural moisturizing agent packed full of hyaluronic acid and vital collagen to reduce common side effects of vitamin A derivatives such as dryness, redness and photosensitivity, which can be rather intolerable especially on aging, matured skins. It therefore not only fights wrinkles as you drift off into slumberland, but also effectively tones, lifts and firms skin while delivering long-lasting hydration, keeping skin soft, supple and forever young!
Hydrate with hyaluronic acid
Nothing can age you more than dry, listless skin. It’s imperative to keep your skin adequately moisturized if you want to retain your youthful mien for as long a time as you possibly can. In recent years, hyaluronic acid is the hot dermal hydrator that has taken the skincare scene by storm.Hyaluronic acid is able to hold up to a thousand times its own weight in water, thus producing amazing benefits for dehydrated skin, pulling moisture into your skin to give it that plumped up suppleness everyone desire.
A silky solution to dry, troubled or sensitive skin, the CHAI PURE GOLD Youth Reset Serum is a pure anti-aging hyaluronic acid serum powered with pure 24 Karat Gold extracts and boosted with vitamin E to soothe, nourish and regenerate lackluster skins. Fighting against skin’s fragility caused by environmental stressors such as pollution, change of seasons and travel, it helps to improve skin’s elasticity and suppleness, leaving it positively glowing and smooth. The pure 24K Gold combination notably decreases inflammation and improves circulation of skin, calming sensitive ones and restoring normalcy to combination skins which are dry on the surface but oily on the inside.If you’re on the lookout for fuss-free, omnipotent anti-aging skincare gems, this handy sized product will fit right in.
As an injectable, hyaluronic acid works as a skin booster, plumping drawn out faces by filling wrinkles and fine lines. Because it’s already naturally present in our bodies, hyaluronic acid is a safer alternative to synthetic ingredients and is highly unlikely to be rejected as a foreign substance.
Targeted to lift and hydrate tired and dull-looking skin at the same time, the cutting edge Revitalift is a safe and efficient procedure for replenishing one’s natural store of Hyaluronic acid, ensuring optimal hydration via inner moisture replenishment without running the risk of clogging pores.Thanks to an exclusive patented bio-synthesis process, the pure hyaluronic acid used is highly identical to our own skin’s polymer, and hence maintains high bio-compatibility and is readily incorporated for exceedingly natural looking results. With nary any downtime, results are apparent even after the first treatment, with optimal outcome achieved after 3 to 6 sessions done at monthly interval.
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Skin renewal peels
Especially if you’re pushing 40 and beyond, talk to your aesthetician about Professional Chemical Peels. By removing the damaged outer layers of your skin with the application of fruit acids, chemical peeling allows the healthier skin cells beneath to come through, improving its texture and allowing your skin to glow with absolute radiance. When done consistently, new collagen is laid down in the deeper skin levels, resulting in firmer skin tone with fewer lines and wrinkles.Aimed to add glow and sparkle to less-than-stellar complexions, the aptly named Glamour Peel is touted as the 6-in-1 weekend peel with a red carpet difference, using not one, but a combination of three different types of pharmaceutical grade fruit acids to deliver a quick all-round improvement. By effectively getting rid of dead skin cells and replenishing essential antioxidants into your skin, this star-worthy treatment addresses six key skin concerns for a thorough perk-me-up at one go. With skin brightening, spot fading, line smoothening, pore reduction, sebum balance and hydration boost under its belt, the Glamour Peel is the obvious choice for the savvy lady, with a penchant for quality treatments without a price tag that threatens to break her Hermès Birkin fund.
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Supplement with skinfoods
It’s best to consult a certified health-care professional before starting, but the right type of supplement can do wonders for keeping your face forever youthful looking. 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 color 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 colorless 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 and anti-inflammatory properties,” explains Dr. Chua Han Boon, senior medical consultant with the SW1 Clinic (formerly from The Sloane Clinic). “For all over skin brightening, it can be taken regularly as a once-a-day oral supplement to give your skin glow and radiance from within. For some patients, results are evident as early as two weeks after starting Crystal Tomato, but for most, it generally takes about six to eight weeks before visible changes to skin color and quality become noticeable.”
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