I’M 58 years old and retired. My skin has lost its elasticity and my cheeks are beginning to sag. Folds have appeared around my mouth. There are crow’s feet at the corner of my eyes when I smile or laugh, something which I do a lot. On top of that, my skin is seriously pigmented. I even have age spots on my arms and legs. I’m an active person, and I go for brisk walks and tai chi every morning. Before I go out, I take all the necessary preventive measures to protect my skin. I apply sunblock on my face and arms, wear a long sleeved T-shirt, a pair of long pants and a cap. I even put a small towel around my neck to cut down the sun’s harmful rays. I constantly ask myself whether my skin would have been worse off if I didn’t take all these steps. I remove my make-up every night, cleanse, tone and moisturise. How can I improve the condition of my skin? – Ooi
According to Custodio d’Avó, Swiss line international marketing director, it’s crucial to make a distinction between preventive and corrective care. There is an age range for these two categories. Sometimes, after the age of 45, mere prevention is no longer enough as hormonal and metabolic changes alter the skin. From this age onwards, you need products that stimulate collagen production, and target wrinkles around the eye and lip area.
Most of the time, a regular moisturiser is not enough and a specific targeted collagen promoting serum should be used day and night.
For effective wrinkle corrective solution, look out for skincare products which contain collagen complex. The Swiss line Cell Shock 360º Anti-Wrinkle Serum Triple-Collagen Complex comprises three different, yet synergistic, collagen factors: hyaluronic acid, Cellactel 2 Complex and Ocean-Matrix Complex (pic). The complex increases (as it has soluble collagen), strengthens (thanks to collagen boosting peptides) and safeguards the levels of collagen present in the skin for a visibly less wrinkled and smoother complexion.
There are specific serums based on active vitamin C which can help fade pigmentation spots. The Swiss line Cell Shock White Whitening Pen L.A.S.E.R. Anti-spot Complex contains the latest form of vitamin C, which has more stability to correct pigmentation. Swiss line has found that the MAP-C molecule is the most effective metabolised form of vitamin C.
MAP-C molecules retain their stability in the final product and become active when released on the skin. It significantly reduces the production of melanin by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme tyrosinase, thus reducing pigmentation, or dark spots, on the skin.
High SPF is mandatory during the day to reduce skin pigmentation but it should be of mineral origin rather than chemical, as the latter could create problems in more sensitive skin. Above all, the correct use of gentle cleansing and toning contributes to the success of any skincare regimen. The key to corrective care is to use serum-cure type of products to complement daily care and induce changes at deeper levels of the skin.
> Swiss line is giving Ooi a Swiss line Water Shock Refreshing Foam Cleanser worth RM198.
I’m 52 and I’ve had this problem for two years. My skin is extremely dry at the cheek area and is especially visible whenever I smile. Now the lines can be seen when I’m not smiling. Sometimes, the corners of my lips are dry and cracked. I’ve tried using numerous types of serums but the problem still persists. I used to have combination skin. Now I’m even trying sheep placenta serum but it’s not working either. Please advise me what I should use. – Ann
According to Camiellia Choo, Laneige beauty trainer, as we age, it’s natural for our body to succumb to the effects of ageing. Our skin tends to age faster if we’re constantly exposed to environmental stressors and UV rays. In time, lines and wrinkles form around our eyes, cheek and lip area.
Laneige believes that a proper daily skincare regimen is very important in ensuring that your skin looks healthy. Try the Perfect Renew range coupled with the Time Freeze Essence, an anti-ageing skincare line that specifically targets problems such as dryness, dullness, roughness and wrinkles.
Time Freeze Essence is formulated with Dynamic Collagen and Watering Peptide, which can help address the five signs of ageing. It contains adenosine, an active ingredient in anti-wrinkle treatment that also supports a synthesis of collagen and increases the size of dermal cells, as well as Thymol Trimethoxycinnamate, a patented Amorepacific whitening agent. With proper usage, you will see a reduction in wrinkles and fine lines, and have brighter skin tone, better moisturised and smoother skin, and firmer skin with smaller pores. This essence also provides intense hydration to create a smooth, resilient and age-defying skin.
In addition, to combat your dry skin problem, ensure that you exfoliate your skin regularly (twice a week) to remove dead skin cells. It is also important to ensure that your face is protected while you sleep as our skin suffers from moisture loss, especially in an air-conditioned room. As you have extremely dry skin, you should use the Water Sleeping Pack_EX at least three times a week. Apply and leave it on overnight.
> Laneige will be giving Ann a Laneige Time Freeze Essence worth RM220.
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