There are many procedures an aesthetic doctor can administer to help improve the look of aged, sagging skin. Of them, the most common ones are probably a combination of fillers and botox – both can be injected into specific parts of your face to help you achieve skin that looks tighter and more lifted.
While these injectables are provide sure ways to see obvious results, some people aren’t considering them because they’re uncomfortable with the idea of having needles poking into their skin. What’s more, in order to see continued results, you have to return regularly to the clinic for the jabs, which means having your skin pricked frequently.
If you want to achieve lifted skin and sharper facial contours without using injectables, don’t lose hope! Here are five proven ways of uplifting your skin sans injections!
1. Give up habits that speed up ageing
Let’s start from the basics. There are many bad lifestyle habits that can accelerate ageing and you should curb them in order to achieve sustainable results in anti-ageing. Some of these habits include:
- Cutting down on sugar: Sugar in the body can speed up glycation, a process that negatively affect our collagen and elastin, which are responsible for keeping our skin firm and bouncy respectively.
- Avoid polluted environments and quit smoking: Both of these expose your skin to a large amount of free radicals, which lead to the appearance of signs of ageing.
- Having inadequate sleep: Our skin’s natural repair ability is at its peak when we sleep. Sleeping late reduces that window of time so our skin can’t properly rejuvenate itself.
2. Adopt an antioxidant-rich diet
Free radicals are one of the key enemies of skin, and no thanks to our city lifestyle and exposure to the sun, there is no way we can totally eradicate entirely through our body’s natural means. Make a conscious effort to load up on antioxidants in your diet. Foods that are fortified with antioxidants include prunes, raspberries, walnuts, and pinto beans – all of them make great snack options that are super tasty, so stock them on your office desk.
3. Indulge in regular lymphatic facial massage
Lymphatic facial massages help to move fluids and toxins out of the body through the lymph nodes. Besides general health benefits, lymphatic facial massages have been known to help sculpt the look of sharper face, and offer a lifting effect to skin. The relaxing massage also helps you de-stress, which is another important anti-ageing tip.
4. Make an appointment for non-invasive treatments like Ultherapy
We mentioned that you can seek advice from an aesthetic doctor to achieve youthful-looking facial contours. Besides fillers and botox, doctors are also able to offer less invasive treatments such as Ultherapy to help you. Ultherapy uses the ultrasound technology to work in the deeper layer of skin, to achieve firming, tightening and lifting effects. This FDA-approved treatment is able to help with improving the look of drooping corners of the mouth, sagging skin, and the smoothing of wrinkles. Make sure you look for an established doctor who is qualified to provide this procedure.
5. Pamper your skin with an effective lifting cream
Skincare products that are backed by strong research can make much more affordable and convenient alternatives to clinical procedures. Look for a lifting cream that has proven efficacies and comfortable texture that is suitable for the humid weather in Singapore. Investing in a products with textures you enjoy encourages you to be faithful to your skincare routine.
Try the Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich-Lift EX by Dr. Ci:Labo, which has a cooling gel formula. *Dr. Ci:Labo is Japan’s No. 1 medical cosmetics brand.
*Yano Research Institute Ltd. Cosmetic Industry 2015
This skin firming gel, which is developed by certified Japanese dermatologists, is inspired by the Ultherapy treatment to help care for sagging skin.
The ingredients used in this moisturising product were formulated with a focus on the “fascia”, which dermatologists found to be the foundation of skin and source of sagging. The product is able to create an invisible veil on the surface of the skin, so that the weakened functions of the fascia can be revived, and skin can be firmed from the inside, and resulting in a lifting effect.
On top of its ability to deliver lifting and firming benefits to the skin, this multi-functional gel delivers eight purposes in a jar:
- Eye cream
- Massage cream
- Makeup base
No wonder the Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich-Lift EX has been touted an “all-time favourite” product, with 30 million jars sold worldwide to date. This gel is also free from fragrance, artificial colouring, mineral oil, and paraben.
The Dr Ci:Labo Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich-Lift EX retails at SGD75 (50g) and SGD150 (120g) and is available at B3-41 ION Orchard, on www.ci-labo.com.sg, and selected Watsons outlets (Compass One, Holland Village, JEM, Ngee Ann City, Parkway Parade, and RafflesCity). You can also find Dr Ci:Labo on their Facebook page and Instagram.