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.

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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.

Eat Ar­ti­chokes

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.

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