As we age, we lose an average 1 percent of collagen on our skin each year. Also, our rate of skin regeneration decreases about 7 percent each decade. Hence, as grow older, ageing gradually sets in –  resulting in dull looking skin.

Aging may result from both intrinsic and extrinsic factors.

Intrinsic factors:

  • Genetic factors
  • AKA chronological aging

Extrinsic aging

  • Lifestyle and environmental factors eg sun exposure, pollutants, unhealthy diet, smoking


Here are 5 ways to maintain the glowing, dewy and youthful skin:

  1. Regular Skin exfoliation.
    • With increasing age, the rate of skin regeneration and removal of dead skin cells gradually decline.
    • Leads to accumulation of dead skin cells on skin surface; dull looking appearance
    • Microdermabrasion treatment eg Silk Infusion can effectively exfoliate dead skin cells, stimulate skin regeneration and hydrate skin
    • Chemical peel; active ingredients such as glycolic acid or mandelic acid will dissolve dead skin cells in a controlled manner and encourage new skin growth.
  1. Diet
    • As a general rule of thumb; antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids are essential for good health.
    • Antioxidants
      1. Neutralizes free radicals which damage healthy skin cells and accelerates skin aging
      2. Act as a natural sunblock
      3. Boost collagen production
      4. Reduce inflammation
      5. Example – vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, lycopene
    • Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty acids
      1. Keep skin moisturized and fimr
      2. Anti-inflammatory – reduce redness and acne
      3. Protect from sun damage
      4. Note – Important to maintain a healthy Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio of 4:1
    • Exercise regularly (30 minutes at least 3 times a week) will help to improve our blood circulation.
    • When we have good blood circulation it will increase blood flow to our face, bringing all the nutrients and goodness to our skin, resulting a good and glowing skin.
    • UV exposure can lead to damage to our skin and slow down collagen synthesis process and making our skin looks rough and dull.
    • Apply your sunscreen regularly (4 hourly) during daytime
    • choose sun blocks that contains at least SPF 30 and broad spectrum (blocks both UVA and UVB rays)
  1. Good skin care regime.
    • Makeup remover, Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Moisturizer
    • Exfoliate 1-2x/week
    • Ingredients like vitamin A, C and E, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera can fight against unwanted free radicals and retain moisture as well.