Expert tips on getting the best out of your makeup routine. By Dawn Chen
Wrinkles, ack! Blame it on stress at work, blame it on the poor air quality – actually, you might be the one at blame. Despite your fastidious beauty routine, there might be something you’re doing wrong.
If you don’t want to spend a bomb on anti-ageing products later in life, start practising these five absolutely essential habits now.
Essential habits to incorporate into your beauty routine. (Photo: Shao-Chun Wang / www.123rf.com)
1. How to Maintain a Youthful Appearance: Hydrate and hydrate
Dry skin is more prone to irritation and shows fine lines more easily. Your skin absorbs moisturiser best when it’s still a bit damp, so slather on cream or lotion within five minutes of a shower, says Dr Cheong Wai Kwong, a consultant dermatologist with Specialist Skin Clinic.
2. How to Maintain a Youthful Appearance: Load up on antioxidants
Your complexion will benefit from a cream or serum containing these free radical fighters. Antioxidants protect healthy cells against damage and premature ageing.
3. How to Maintain a Youthful Appearance: Exfoliate
Dr Cheong recommends making a once-weekly scrub or peel part of your regime. You’ll get cleaner pores and a brighter, clearer complexion. Plus, other products will work better on your skin.
4. How to Maintain a Youthful Appearance: Love your neck
Don’t just stop at your jawline. The skin on your neck is thinner and more sensitive than the skin on your face. When you apply sunscreen or moisturiser on your face, go on and slather some more on your neck too.
5. How to Maintain a Youthful Appearance: Sleep more, move more
Your lifestyle also plays a huge role in how young – or old – you look. Two rules to stick to: Hit the sack earlier and get your weekly dose of exercise. A recent study by McMaster University in Canada suggests that regular exercise may even help reverse skin ageing.