BY LISA WILLIAMS
“Youth’s a stuff will not endure,” said Shakespeare – wrongly. The Bard had reckoned without the Superyoung: Those irritating folks who seem to age at a more leisurely pace than the rest of us. Photographed in 1998 and more recently, Jennifer Lopez (47) looks virtually untouched by time. So do Halle Berry (50), Cindy Crawford (50), Aaron Kwok (51) and Christie Brinkley (62), who are antithesis to the conventional expectations of how a 50 year-old or Grandma should look like. Why? How? Can we all do it? Scientists are finally figuring out what the deal is. And no, it’s not (just) plastic surgery.
The Wise Words of Coco Chanel: “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve.” Nothing illustrates this better than a side-by-side comparison of the prematurely aged Lindsay Lohan, versus chronologically older but ageless stars like Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford, Aaron Kwok and Christie Brinkley.
SKIN AGEING AND PERCEIVED AGE
Now…where do we even start? A study to evaluate the relative contribution of 4 common beauty woes to the perception of age suggests that dark spots add the most years in Chinese women, followed by saggy skin, lines and dark circles. In contrast, wrinkles and sagging skin seem to be the biggest age indicators in Caucasian women, ahead of dark spots and dark circles.
The Best & Brightest Against Spots: 1. Citrine serves up a power dose of fresh vitamin C with a serum activator to unleash skin protective super-antioxidants and cell longevity booster. Or you can also sprinkle a tiny amount in your moisturiser for spotless fair translucency and luminous youthful skin; 2. La Roche Posay Mela-D Pigment Control utilizes both glycolic and kojic acids to diminish those dark spots. Bonus: Glycolic acid is also an acne-cum-wrinkle-fighter, too; 3. Chanel Le Blanc L’Extrait is a intensive night treatment that eliminates melanin buildup with TXC, the first Western brightening ingredient to earn Japan’s equivalent of FDA approval; 4. Shiseido White Lucent MicroTargeting Spot Corrector has SAKURAResist Technology to zero in on troublesome marks and prevent future spots from further cropping up.
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A recent genetic study also lent insight into exactly how a woman’s skin ages by decade: Decline in antioxidant protection response (20s); decline in skin bioenergy (30s); decline in cellular regeneration (40s); decline in skin barrier function (50s); acceleration of all the above (60s). Although many “exceptional skin agers” in the study are found to be genetically programmed to biochemically hold out for longer, how these “lucky skin” genes are expressed can be influenced by lifestyle choices and skincare habits as well.
Combat Lines & Gravity With The Best:1. Chai Gold Mulberry is an age-staving essential for all age groups and skin types to bolster skin’s antioxidant defense, cellular energy and barrier function; 2. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream boosts the living energy within skin cells for healthy collagen and elastin regeneration and brisk cellular turnover with niacinamide and amino peptides; 3. SW1 Age Defy is a newly revamped award-winner to help you cruise through your 40s and beyond smoothly and firmly with a powerful concoction of collagen-building, cell-renewing and skin-restoring superstars like clinical-strength retinoid, hydroxyproline, peptides and natural fatty acids; 4. Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 contains a youth-mimicking balance of ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol to restore optimal barrier function for better texture, plumpness and overall radiance in mature or dry damaged skin.
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This explains why Quattro Toning and Revitalift are highly popular dermal energizing treatments to brighten tired complexions or stubborn dark circles, even out early hyperpigmentation, and boost healthy collagen regrowth to keep open pores and fine lines at bay for those in their late-20s to 30s; whilst SmartX Lite and Dream Sculpture are two new “firm” favourites amongst women (and men) 40 years and above to renew and rebuild a stronger cellular and collagen architecture, smooth velvety texture and spotless skin that radiates luminous youth. Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of SW1 Clinic, agrees that this propensity towards aesthetic treatments is the reason why many women are looking younger than their actual age in recent years. “My patients don’t wait for lines to appear before they seek Botox or fillers anymore. More asking for Dream Sculpture, our signature all-round natural anti-aging treatment to prevent signs of aging”.
HAIR AGEING AND PERCEIVED AGE
Tiny but mighty, hair dye is a Nobel-prize-worthy youth freshener most of us depend on to drop years instantly…until significant thinning happens, that is. A new survey by John Hopkins Universtity has confirmed what many a receding man fears: Hair loss does pile on years prematurely, while draining your mojo. In fact, these follicularly challenged men shaved an average of 3.6 years off their faces after their hair transplant, on top of scoring higher in terms of appearing more attractive, successful and approachable – a potential plus point, for both workplace and social success.
Hold the Hairline: John Travolta and Wayne Rooney before and after their restored hairlines.
But we know that hair transplant has its downtime and disadvantages. Firstly, it is a redistribution of the total number of hair follicles on your scalp, you are merely ‘shifting’ hair from the back of your head to the front but the total number of hairs stay the same.This explains why there is an increasing interest in less invasive options to combat hair loss before it reaches a severe stage. Many men and women who notice an initial thinning of the hair on their scalp are turning to the combination of intensive vitamin scalp therapy, Revitascalp, and follicle-reviving light therapy, Revage670 to stop hair loss in its tracks and guarantee a fuller future for their locks.
For those who have noticed a little too late and the thinning phase has gone unchecked for too long, Kera-clone can help re-stimulate dormant scalp and weakened hair roots to regrow and re-populate hair-deficient scalp areas. This procedure involves using hair-resurrecting actives to revive dying hair roots. Its potential in reversing hair aging has made this a sleeper hit despite its relatively recent introduction. “Many patients have seen a difference after one to two sessions of Kera-clone” says Dr Chua Han Boon, one of the first few doctors to offer this treatment in Singapore.
Great Power Comes With Great Eyebrows: While we now know that people literally can’t identify your face without eyebrows (according to a MIT study), celebrity brow growth over the years is living proof that those influential arches wield the power to transform and rejuvenate.
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BODY & MIND AGEING AND PERCEIVED AGE
Results from long-running research that tracked 18 biomarkers in 1000 people over 12 years found that those who looked super young for their age really were ageing slower! Conversely, subjects who were biologically ageing more rapidly than their actual years were less physically able, showed brain ageing, suffered worse health, and looked older.
Beyond clinical indications, a person’s ageing was found to be influenced by their own perceptions of their well-being or biological age, and by that of others. So the real Fountain of Youth could be lying right between our ears.
JLo tells People magazine how she stays looking like a Perfect 10: “I try to always to get as much sleep as I can so that I can start the day well rested and do my morning meditation and affirmations,” Then, it’s time for “hard work”. “It’s no secret that I love dancing, so it doesn’t even feel like exercise to me. I freestyle dance with Tracy Anderson five times a week. We’ll incorporate light weights (3 lbs) for the arms and moves that focus on the butt and thighs and engage the core.” That’s just the beginning. “I also do circuit training with David Kirsch when I’m in New York. We do hour-long circuits at least three times a week. Its full-body training — so planks, pushups, boxing — really everything. It’s all about changing it up and keeping your body guessing.”
So how does JLo do it? Simply put: She’s a true SuperYoung, inside and out! The youthful way she looks, the youthful way she moves, the youthful way she thinks and talks: All that is most likely a function of good genes, a good doctor, a good trainer and good old-fashioned discipline – she’s said to never touch alcohol, to maintain a steady diet of beauty staples such as lasers and proven skincare, as well as a daily routine of resting well, meditation and tough workouts (though we suspect the much younger boyfriend might have helped, too). Those years of hard work has definitely paid off.