According to studies, skin renewal decreases about 7% every 10 years. This means that when you are in your 40s, you will begin to notice one of the most obvious signs of aging – dull-looking and lackluster skin.
Other than intrinsic causes, your skin is also exposed to the harsh forces of the weather such as the damaging UV rays from the sun and environmental pollutants. These extrinsic causes also contribute to dead skin cells build up, resulting in reducing the youthful glow on your face.
Maintaining a good skin care regime and healthy lifestyle can help delay signs of aging and restore the youthful glow to your face. We speak to Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics to give us 5 simple tips to bring the glow back to your face:
Tip 1: Skin Exfoliation
One of the reasons for dull-looking skin is because of the buildup of dead skin cells on the face. In order to restore the glow on your face, you first need to slough off the dead skin cells on the top layer.
You could either opt for a microdermabrasion treatment at your favorite facial spa to gently remove the debris from the top layer of the skin. This inexpensive treatment can even be done during your lunch break as it takes about an hour to complete.
Chemical peel is another option that can help remove the superficial layer of dead skin cells. A strong chemical solution is applied to the top layer of the skin in a controlled manner, dissolving the dead skin cells and encouraging new skin growth after the treatment. If you have superficial scars, chemical peel is also an effective treatment for scar removal!
Tip 2: Watch Your Diet
The proverbial saying ‘You are what you eat’ is commonly used to mean that you should be responsible for the food you consume as your appearance will largely depend on it.
A healthy body requires healthy food made from fresh ingredients. People often think that healthy eating is expensive. It is not true. Goggling some terms about diet fads often returns thousands of results about some diet fads that are ‘proven to work’. But remember, we are all made differently and we have different metabolism. Diets that may work for one person may not work for you.
To stay healthy, we need to avoid sugary food and reduce intake of simple carbohydrates. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables from different color groups, ensuring you get all the minerals and antioxidants you need for healthy skin.
Tip 3: Put on Less Makeup
Avoid wearing too much makeup for your skin’s sake. Slapping on layers and layers of makeup can clog your pores and cause acne to develop on your skin.
If you wear makeup every day, but don’t use a good makeup remover to thoroughly cleanse your skin, your clogged pores can wreak havoc on your skin, resulting in pimples and blackheads. And these imperfections on your face will prevent you from getting a dewy, glowing skin.
Tip 4: Exercise Regularly
One of the most common excuses people have when they are not exercising enough is that they have no time. Unfortunately, there’s no two ways about it. If you want to stay healthy, you need to dedicate time for exercise.
Spend at least a good 30 minutes a day to some form of weight resistance or cardio exercises. Exercise strengthens your heart and improve your blood circulation. The increased blood flow in your body also means that the blood will bring more nutrients to your face, giving you a rosy glow to your face.
Tip 5: In-clinic Treatments
In-clinic treatments remain one of the most effective ways to achieve youthful, glowing skin.
Lasers direct short, focused, pulsating light beams at the skin surface to promote collagen production and remove the top layer of accumulated dead skin cells. Lasers like the CO2 laser ablate the epidermis, inducing regrowth of young-looking skin and stimulate collagenesis in the dermis.
For people with pigmentary concerns, Dual Yellow Laser is an excellent treatment option. With its unique wavelengths, Dual Yellow Laser can reach the deep dermis to break down stubborn dark pigments without causing collateral damage to surrounding skin.