The skin is the largest organ in the body – it regulates temperature, protects our delicate insides from the elements and even sheds waste through the pores.
Skin is basically made of very thin layers of tissue called the dermis and epidermis. The epidermis is the “raincoat” that acts as a waterproof layer for the whole body. The dermis is the thicker layer underneath that gives our skin its “bounce” and strength.
The skin, like any living tissue, needs to be fed, cleaned, maintained and protected. Keeping the skin young involves ensuring that all these needs are met. Here are 10 tips to help keep skin healthy:
1. Feed your skin – Fresh fruit and vegetables are good for the skin. These are high in vitamins and antioxidants that keep the skin elastic and smooth.
Also remember to hydrate. Your skin needs water to keep it supple and hydration starts from within. Drink at least eight glasses of plain water daily to keep your skin looking its best.
2. Use sunscreen – Want to keep skin young? The ultraviolet rays in sunlight are the number one “killers” of good skin.
Premature skin ageing can be brought on by exposure to the sun. Called photoageing, this is due to exposure to the sun, leading to wrinkles, discolouration and an unsightly leathery appearance. Ultraviolet radiation can damage the deep layers of the skin, killing the cells.
Eventually, the skin can no longer repair itself. Sunlight also breaks down elastin and collagen and retards the production of new collagen.
3. Quit puffing – Smoking is the second leading cause of premature skin ageing. The chemicals in cigarettes accelerate ageing. In fact, someone who smokes 10 or more cigarettes a day for a year is more prone to develop deeply wrinkled, leathery skin than a non-smoker.
Not only this, but smokers tend to have an unsightly yellowish hue to their complexion.
4. Gently does it – The skin may seem infinitely elastic, but long term exposure to tugging, pulling and pinching can age skin and even cause scars.
Always be gentle when applying lotions and creams, especially around the eyes, lips and neck, where skin is especially thin. These are also the first areas to show signs of ageing.
Instead of harsh cleansers and toners, opt for gentle formulas whenever you can.
5. Customise your skincare – Just because it works for a friend or celebrity, it does not mean a skincare product will work for you. Look for something that suits your own needs and budget.
6. Keep the moisture in – Dry skin is more prone to wrinkles and environmental damage. Look for a moisturiser or serum that keeps your skin feeling soft and supple.
Even oily skins need moisturising! Opt for water-based formulations if you find your skin looking greasy by the end of the day.
7. Keep skin clean – Use a gentle facial wash daily to remove buildup of sebum and dirt. Never sleep with makeup on as it clogs pores.
Scrub your skin gently once a week to slough off dead cells that can make skin look dull.
8. Cut out sugar – New research suggests that a high intake of sugar can speed up premature ageing of the skin. This is because sugar binds with skin proteins such as elastin and collagen and causes them to die faster.
9. Sleep on your back – If you sleep on your side or stomach, your beauty sleep could be giving you wrinkles. “Sleep lines” are wrinkles that form from sleeping in the same way every night. The pressure of your face on the pillow can result in permanent lines.
10. Sleep! – Sleeping positions aside, sleep is one of the best things you can do to keep skin young. It lowers stress levels and even helps the skin to maintain its ability to stay hydrated and supple.
For other healthy living tips, visit Great Eastern Life’s Live Great portal. Besides tips, there are articles and recipes, as well as wellness tools to conduct simple health risk assessments.
You can also obtain information on Live Great events like health and wellness talks, seminars and workshops, and Live Great partners’ promotions throughout the year.
You can find out more about Great Eastern Life’s activities and events through its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GreatEasternLifeMY.
In addition, Great Eastern Life is once again the exclusive event partner of The Star for FitForLife Fair 2016.
Held for the fifth consecutive year, the fair is one of the largest in Malaysia incorporating health and fitness, as well as activities promoting healthy living.
The theme for the fair is “Get Fit. Live Great!”, and it aims to inspire Malaysians to lead a healthy lifestyle and adopt a holistic approach to health that includes physical and mental fitness, financial health and general happiness.
The event will feature a diverse range of health and lifestyle products and services under one roof, catering to people of all ages. Visitors can expect an array of products suitable for various health needs, such as supplements, diet and nutrition aids, health checks, alternative remedies and many others.
The fair offers more than product bargains though. There will be a series of health and lifestyle talks by health industry experts on various topics of interest. This is an opportunity for visitors to obtain free advice and the latest information from healthcare and fitness experts.
In addition, Great Eastern will be giving out a free personalised notebook calculator and a goodie bag for the first 1,000 who pre-register for the event.
For those who want to pre-register, they can sign up at the following link: gelife.co/fflkl2016. The subsequent 5,000 who pre-register will receive a free LIVE GREAT goodie bag.
This year will also see the return of the LIVE GREAT Dodgeball Open. For further information, email Ramona at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 012-386 8809 for further details.
In addition, this year sees the debut of Air Trick Mat by Jumpstreet. The Air Trick Mat will have instructors on site to demonstrate jumping techniques (cool flips and twists on the mat). Entry fee is RM5, which allows the jumper five minutes on the Air Trick Mat.
This year, the fair will head to more venues across the country. Health enthusiasts can join the fun at the following locations:
Kuala Lumpur: April 29–May 1, Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, 10am–7pm
Johor Bahru: May 6–8, Persada Johor International Centre, 11am–6pm
Malacca: May 20-22, Mahkota Parade, 10am–10pm
Penang: October 21–23, SPICE Arena (PISA), 10am–7pm
Admission is free. For enquiries, call 03-79671388 (ext 1243/1475/1529) or visit www.facebook.com/starhealthfair.