BEAT SKIN AGEING
Age is just a number when it comes to how your skin looks. CHELSIA TAN heads for Seoul to find out how to stave off the effects of time.
Try this new serum containing artichoke extract.
Bogged down by work? Missing meals? Skipping workouts? Cancelling your de-stress facials and massages? We’ve all been there, and we know it’s unhealthy. But did you know that being so careless with your body and health translates into less-than-beautiful skin, too? It shows up as fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration and uneven skin tone.
And don’t forget that as we age, the skin functions we once took for granted – like cell protection, regeneration and repair – start to slow down.
But no matter what you’ve done in the past, you can get your skin back on track. The key is in boosting skin resilience from the inside, so the outside looks gorgeous. It starts with these tips.
Move Your Body
You don’t have to spend a cent to improve sleep, strengthen your immune system, boost self-esteem and reduce stress – just exercise regularly. Korean actress and SK-II ambassador Lim Soo Jung destresses with ballet classes while her fellow SK-II ambassador Lee Yeon Hee makes a point of either swimming or doing yoga. Actress and SK-II ambassador Tang Wei makes herbal Chinese broths a regular part of her diet, no matter how busy she is. “It helps your skin when you eat nourishing meals that you enjoy,” she says.
Soo Jung avoids instant foods and swears by traditional Korean dishes, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Add artichokes to your soups and salads. Packed with antioxidants to protect your skin and body, the vegetable is a treasure trove of vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, and vitamins C and K.
It can aid digestion, reduce acid levels in the body, protect the liver, lower the risk of stroke and bring down your blood sugar levels. Taro Yamaguchi, global scientific communications manager for SK-II, says: “The artichoke has been found to be the vegetable with the highest antioxidant levels; including it in your diet will be beneficial to your overall health.”
What’s more, SK-II scientists have found that artichoke extract is able to trigger a “master switch” in your skin cells to get them working like they do in younger skin.
Turn Beauty Routines into Me-time
Style icon and SK-II ambassador Kate Bosworth says: “A lot of people look at a skincare routine as hard work, but I take my time to pamper my skin, and it’s a process that I really enjoy.”
Tang Wei spends at least an hour on her skincare routine while Yeon Hee and Soo Jung recharge their skin with thorough cleansing and moisturising.