[By Annabel Lancaster]

Every girl of any age and colour would want to hang on to youthful looking skin even as the years roll by. And while it’s not possible to stop Time from moving forward, there are certainly things you can do to slow down its aging effects. Here’s a round-up of 5 factors that’ll give a peep into your aging process, and getting acquainted with them well beforehand will give you an edge in your journey towards graceful aging.

Mama knows best

Our genetic makeup forms an integral part which influenced how quickly we aged. By observing how the looks of your mom and granny has changed over the years, it is as good as getting a sneak peep into the crystal ball at your future self. If your family tends to not show their years easily, then you’ve got that on your side. However, all is not lost if you aren’t genetically blessed. By making smart, healthy choices in various aspects of living, you can help combat the prediposition to early aging.

If hereditary speaking you’ve drawn the shorter straw,get round your shortfall and transform an aging complexion from drab to fab with Rejuran DNA Resurgence, a 30 minute treatment backed up by findings from advanced scientific studies.Similarly, PDRN cellular facial is one of several anti-aging facials specially designed by aesthetics physicians for the SW1 Spa which engages proprietary techniques, to repair and restore visages to a more youthful state.

The DNA of young people is regulated to express the right genes at the right time. With each passing year, this regulation of DNA gradually gets disrupted, making it an important cause of intrinsic aging.However, this isn’t true for everyone as there are people whose DNA appear youthful despite their advanced year. Bingo— these are the “Peter-Pans” who strike it big in the genetics lottery.By delivering Polydeoxyribonucleotides commonly referred to as PDRN or in the case of Rejuran, salmon DNA extracts (polynucleotides) directly into the skin via microinjections, aging skin cells are repaired and given a rejuvenating boost from within. Acting in the same manner as the buiding blocks of our very own DNA, effects are seen about 3-5 days from your treatment, with most patients reporting an improvement in brightening, lifting, elasticity and overall appearance of their complexion. Be the perennial cover girl of your life from 20 to 70, cause you can, and deserve to look your very best at any given age.

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Your skin type predicts skin wrinkling

You might be cursing your oily skin for when your makeup run, but there’ll come a day when you’re thankful for it. Compared to skin types that are inclined to dryness, oily skin has the benefit of staying moisturised naturally, and tends to wrinkle much later in life. If your skin is prone to dryness, make sure you keep it adequately moisturised and well hydrated to scale back on potential Botox bills in your latter years.

Nowadays, the most innovative skincare product is no longer confined to a bottle or a jar, but comes with an electric cord and plug in the form of anti-aging laser treatments. The Light Lift done as a standalone treatment or as part of the Luxe Lift Program, is designed to produce younger and healthier looking skin to counteract the visible signs of sun damage, inevitable ageing and stress reflected in our complexion. By engaging FDA-approved CoolView technology, it treats all skin types, bypassing the surface to penetrate into the deeper layers of skin where it stimulates a collagen overhaul and skin repair for effective facial tightening and skin rejuvenation.

Thanks to an exclusive patented bio-synthesis process, Revitalift which engages the help of pure hyaluronic acid (HA) that’s highly identical to our own skin’s polymer, is as natural a way as it can get to replenish our skin moisture to optimal levels. By maintaining high bio-compatibility, the HA introduced via a series of pain-free microinjecitons is readily incorporated for a dermal monsoon, providing deep hydration that restores moisture back to youthful levels. Improvements are apparent even after the first treatment with close to zero downtime, and optimal outcome is achieved after 3 to 6 sessions done regularly at monthly interval for well hydrated peaus that glow with the radiance of Youth.

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Debts incurring vices

A drag of ciggie or another shot of Tequila may give you a hit of pleasure at that moment in time, but they’ll do nothing to the way you look in the years to come. Days of hard living with many a night drinking and partying it up be reflected on your appearance long after those dancing shoes were hung.

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but they are also a dead giveaway to a woman’s actual age. The skin around the eyes are naturally thinner with a paucity of sebaceous glands, often bearing the brunt of aging and displayed the first signs of it. While previous technologies failed to deliver consistent results or cannot be safely applied to these sensitive areas, the situation is revolutionised by the introduction of NeoGen Plasma therapy. Proven to have a high safety margin without any risk of injury to the eyes, NeoGen employs a unique nitrogen plasma technology to provide consistent, controlled rapid heating over treated areas, stimulating collagen remodeling in deep tissue to regenerate and restore the skin’s natural architecture with significant resultant tightening. It can be safely applied to both the upper and lower eyelids, as well as the wider periorbital region, providing exceptional all round periorbital rejuvenation by addressing fine under-eye lines, Crow’s Feet, dark eye circles and droopy eyelids, restoring aging peepers by putting back that twinkle that somehow got lost with the passage of time.

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U.V. I don’t love you

If you grew up in the late 70s and spend hours upon hours at the beach, by the pool and in the solarium roasting yourself to a sickening golden tan that rivaled then poster girls, Bo Derek and Farah Fawcett, it’s most likely that you’re now faced with repercussions with a heavy price to pay. As we age, our skin tends to show sun damage that we accrued from a lifetime of sun exposure, and the UV destruction often starts deep in the dermis and surfaces many years later.

Our skin contains two vital proteins, collagen and elastin that help maintain its structure, and when one is constantly exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays, these proteins start to break down giving rise to changes associated with sun damaged skin. Unlike natural aging which is characterized by thinning of skin and the accentuation of expression lines into fine wrinkles;  accelerated photo-aging is distinguished by coarse wrinkles, leathery textural alterations, abundant freckling, lost of firmness and skin discoloration.While agreeably the warmth of sun rays is one of Life’s simplest pleasures which shouldn’t be denied, enjoy it in moderation and responsibly with the judicious use of sunscreen.

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Make the best of your sleeping hours

“Beauty sleep” is not just an old wives’ tale as it has been shown that clocking enough hours of eye shut is essential for healthy, youthful looking skin. Sleep allows the skin to restore its natural balance and increases the effectiveness of certain skin care ingredients, potentially providing more benefits to your complexion. Poor sleep habits will bear it’s toll on the skin, ranging fro dark eye rings to dehydration and acne breakouts.

“Growth hormone is released during our sleep cycle and studies have linked this to collagen stimulation and rebuilding of tissues for healthy looking skin.” Explains Dr Kenneth Lee, medical director of  SW1 Clinic (formerly from The Sloane Clinic). “The application of specially formulated skincare products with anti-aging and nourishing ingredients is best done before bedtime as cellular renewal of our skin is most active while we sleep, helping your skin gain the most benefits with peak absorption of these nutrients.”

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