You’re never too young to start looking after your skin, and if you’re skin is already starting to show the damage caused by our busy, stressful lives in polluted cities, then it’s time to start rewinding the clock and begin your beauty regime to naturally more beautiful younger looking skin.
These tips are sourced from ancient Chinese beauty wisdom as well as from the latest research in skin and ageing. Some tips are ones we already know, while others may be new and unfamiliar.
1. Lemon water/water
We all know the benefits of water for your skin – drinking at least two litres of water daily is rule #1 for clear, hydrated looking skin. But did you know that you can maximise water’s ability to clear toxins in your body? It’s simple! Every morning before breakfast, drink a large cup of very warm water with two slices of lemon added to it. The lemon water flushes out toxins, alkalises the body and awakens your digestive system for the day ahead.
2. Dark leafy greens
Dark leafy greens are nature’s own skin tonics. These include kale, lettuces (romaine, green leaf, rocket, butterhead), spinach, mustard greens, cabbage and broccoli. As well as excellent sources of magnesium, folate and Vitamin K, they are rich in antioxidants, which is great news for your skin. For full benefits, go organic as much as possible.
3. Vitamin A serum (Retinol)
One of the best known anti-ageing secrets, Retinol (or Vitamin A) helps to minimise the damage caused by the sun and ageing by reversing the skin damage. It helps to restores the skin’s youthful appearance, minimise wrinkles, reduce pores and even treat acne breakouts. Best to use this serum at night time only.
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4. Vitamin C serum
Vitamin C is also another serum which does wonders to reverse ageing skin. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, build up collagen, accelerate skin renewal, reduce pigmentation and even out skin tone. It helps to protect from UV damage. Best to use this serum in the morning.
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5. Get 8 hours’ sleep a night – minimum
Lack of sleep is your skin’s biggest enemy. When we get adequate sleep, our skin can restore and heal and look fresh and well rested. You don’t need a scientist to show the effects of lack of sleep on your skin. And don’t think ‘Oh, I can catch up on my sleep later’. Although some sleep experts disagree, a Harvard Medical School study showed it was near impossible to catch up on sleep after two poor nights’ sleep in a row.
6. Cut sugar and coffee
Too much sugar (also including natural sugars like fruit/fructose) can cause glycation. When there is excess, the proteins combine with the sugar and begin to shut down the production of collagen. Too much sugar also causes inflammation in the body which the number one cause of ageing.
Whilst coffee appears to have anti-inflammatory properties and has been linked to lower depression levels, it’s also too stimulating to the adrenal glands. In short, coffee causes the adrenals to release cortisol – the stress hormone – whether you’re stressed or not. An overload of cortisol ages the body, so if you do drink coffee, keep it down to one cup a day only.
7. Reduce spicy foods
To much spicy food also has a taxing effect on the body. Excessive spicy foods such as chilli, curries, ginger etc can dilate blood vessels, causing facial redness, puffiness and spider veins. Minimise the amount of spice and always have adequate water with a spicy meal.
8. Light therapy
Emerging as one of the most popular and promising anti-ageing treatments today, light therapy rejuvenates and heals the skin by increasing the production of collagen reducing pigmentation, evening out skin tone, and increasing skin elasticity and oxygenation. There are many types of light machines on the market so do your research and use ones with minimal side effects and from reputable clinics.
9. Regular facials and peels
These can often work as a pick-me-up and are ideal before any special occasion. There are many types of facials and peels for the difference skin concerns. Facials which are targeting at ageing, treat dehydrated or sensitive skin, pigmentation or discolouration, ageing puffy eyes or even natural peels which help to even out skin tone and treat acne and scarring. Facials and peels are recommended as regular treatments for all skins, not just ageing or problem skin.
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10. Jade Rollers
Used by Chinese nobility since before the 12th century, Jade Rollers are an Asian beauty secret that the west is finally finding out about. Using the rollers for a few minutes each day on the face and neck will improve blood circulation and the flow of qi, bringing oxygen to your skin. A cooling, cleansing stone, jade helps improve circulation, smooth out lines and reduce under-eye puffiness. Results are immediately noticeable.
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Another of nature’s gifts, Resveratrol supplements is sourced from grapes. Its compound from the polyphenols group, is a potent anti-oxidant, with anti-cancer, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. It is the compound found in red wine and it is also present in berries and peanuts. A 2013 study by the Harvard Medical School confirmed resveratrol’s profound anti-ageing affects.
While there are no known side-effects, caution is advised if you are taking resveratrol and blood thinning medications like Warfarin or aspirin.
12. Acupuncture and micro-needling
The ancient art and science of acupuncture has much to offer the skin. Cosmetic facial acupuncture is a natural, non-toxic and painless treatment to reverse ageing and treat problem skin. It works from the inside out, giving you a youthful glow and a healthy body and face. Find out more here.
An affordable alternative to medical anti-ageing treatments is micro-needling procedures. Micro-needling use a cylindrical-shaped, drum studded roller with multiple ultra-fine needles. The needles help to stimulate blood flow, assist tissue regeneration, even out skin tone and texture and increase the natural production of collagen fibres. Use weekly for great results and younger looking skin.
If you have any questions on our anti-ageing treatments, or would like more information about how cosmetic acupuncture can help reverse ageing and treat your problem skin, contact Acupuncture & Beauty Centre to make an appointment on 9728 6176 or send us an email via our contact form.
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