The bad news: Ageing is inevitable. The good news: While you might not be able to stop ageing, you can slow down its visible signs on your skin.
Keep your skin looking healthy, radiant and youthful with these six smart skin anti-ageing tips.
Fact: Anti-ageing starts with sunscreen. Sunscreens contain UV filters that block out damaging UVA and UVB rays that are responsible for skin ageing, such as dryness, fine lines, sagging and even pigmentation.
But more importantly, we need to apply sunscreen 365 days of the year, even when it’s cloudy or if we’re working from home, as UVA rays can pass through clouds and windows too. Long-term exposure to blue light (from our computers and phones) may cause more redness, swelling, and hyperpigmentation than UVA.
Privé’s SkinWorks Triple Action Skin Defence SPF50 is a high performance, physical sunscreen that protects the skin against age-inducing UVA and UVB rays, by preventing UV rays from hitting the skin. This premium formula contains ultra-fine micro zinc oxide for SPF protection, and blocks and reflects blue light away from our skin.
When we get sufficient sleep, our bodies are well-rested and our skin looks less tired too. This is because our skin, together with our body, goes into recovery mode at night when we rest. It’s the time where it naturally repairs the damage it has sustained during the day, from aggressors like the sun, pollution and even stress.
To further boost recovery, incorporate homecare products like Calecim Restorative Hydration Cream, which revives dry, tired and stressed skin with fast-acting ingredients that target every layer of the skin while you sleep. Well, they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing.
Did you know that pigmentation and age spots can make you look older than having lines and wrinkles?
According to Dr Karen Soh, medical director of aesthetics clinic Privé Clinic, discolorations like age spots and uneven pigmentation can make you look older than you actually are. “This is because these are more obvious than fine lines and wrinkles, and can be visible even from a distance especially when dealing with patchy, uneven skin tone.”
To keep the complexion even, Dr Soh recommends treating pigmentation and age spots with the PicoSure Laser Treatment. It uses a unique wavelength from other laser machines, to target pigmentation like sun spots, freckles and even stubborn melasma, all usually found deeper within the skin.
PicoSure uses minimal heat energy to deliver rapid and ultra-short laser pulses into the skin, breaking down the pigments into tiny dust particles without overheating, burning or damaging the skin surface.
The result is a more efficient treatment as PicoSure is able to clear more pigments in a session, which means fewer sessions are needed. It also has a much lower risk of side effects like Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) – pigmentation that happens as a result of skin being irritated or injured.
“At Privé, we specialise in tailor-made combination treatments that best target patients’ unique concerns,” says Dr Soh. “For example, if they have dry skin, we may combine PicoSure with a hydrating facial. The former treats pigmentation and the epidermis to promote collagen stimulation, while the facial aims to effectively remove dead skin cells, bacteria and dirt from the skin surface and deeply rehydrate it. This accelerates cell recovery and reduces skin sensitivity, especially after a laser procedure, which could be drying.”
Psst: We hear that this laser is a celeb favourite too. Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing is reportedly a fan. And if her even, radiant complexion is a testament to this, sign us up too!
For more information about PicoSure Laser, go here.
You are what you eat. So it’s important to feed your body and its organs with the right nutrients. After all, your skin is the largest organ you have. Plying it with antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, fatty fish like salmon and dark leafy vegetables, protects both your skin and body, from damage-causing pollution and stress. It also helps slows down the ageing process from the inside out, ensuring that skin stays healthy and strong.
At the same time, you should also reduce your sugar intake, says Dr Soh. Over-indulging in sugar from desserts, fizzy drinks and more, can affect how your body produces and uses collagen. Through a process called glycation, sugars bind to the amino acid chains, slowing down your skin’s natural repair system, which in turn leads to the appearance of wrinkles and sagging.
Regardless of your skin type – yes, even oilier skins need hydration – always keep your skin well-hydrated. You just need to choose the appropriate hydrator for your skin – lightweight for oilier skins and richer moisturisers for drier ones. “Hydration is key because your skin needs moisture to heal,” says Dr Soh.
Plus, when skin is well-hydrated, it is smoother, more supple and radiant too.
To help skin achieve this, Dr Soh recommends the bio-remodelling skin treatment, Profhilo. It both hydrates and helps collagen and elastin formation in the skin to address ageing and sagging. Your doctor injects hyaluronic acid, in both low and high molecular weights, into your skin at different points of the face. Dr Soh adds that this special injection technique is designed to create strategic lifting and add moisture to the face.
The hyaluronic acid is slowly released in the skin, acting on the different layers to support wound healing, strengthen skin barrier against external environmental aggressors, and encourage cell renewal for healthier and younger looking skin.
The effect is immediate, and you’ll see your skin continue to improve over the next six to eight weeks. For best results, Dr Soh recommends another Profhilo session at the week four mark, as “the first session stimulates hydration and provides a volumising effect, while the second session serves to boost and enhance the effects for longer-lasting results”.
Dr Soh also adds that Profhilo is an ideal treatment to complement laser treatments, especially PicoSure Laser. She explains that “lasers tend to dry out the skin for the first few days” and Profilo’s hydration benefits can help to counteract that. When combined, PicoSure Laser and Profhilo are able to provide optimal results in skin lifting and hydration, while restoring skin’s youthfulness.
For more information about Profhilo, visit www.priveclinic.com or contact Privé Customer Service at 9656-5380.
Clinical studies show there are benefits to consuming beauty supplements, such as significant improvement in skin hydration, as well as in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Also known as nutricosmetics, such oral supplements can help ensure optimal nutrition by topping up the essential vitamins and minerals your skin needs. Supplements can also come in handy to effectively target specific skin concerns. Dr Soh recommends a collagen supplement, glutathione, Vitamins C and E.
For more information about anti-ageing aesthetics treatments, visit www.priveclinic.com or contact Privé Customer Service at 9656-5380.
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