Are Your Weight-Loss Efforts at Odds With Your Skin?

Working out is good for your skin. It boosts circulation, sending oxygen-rich blood to your cells; regulates your hormones, keeping inflammation-inducing hormones down; and more. Eating right is also good for your skin. Providing your body with the proper mix of lean protein, healthy fats and antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies sends all of the nutrients to your skin cells. So by this logic, losing weight is pretty much the best thing you can do for your skin, right? Wrong. Well, at least partially wrong. If you’re not careful, losing weight can actually take a major toll on your skin. And Dr Low Chai Ling, medical director at The Sloane Clinic Singapore, has seen it happen. The first thing to go when you start shedding pounds? Skin firmness.

Trying to lose weight? Or thinking about starting a new weight loss program? Keep reading to find out which skin-sabotaging pitfalls you need to avoid!

(+) 1. Your Über-Restrictive Diet

As we all know, diet plays a huge role in healthy skin. Cutting corners to lose weight by cutting out necessary food groups and or an extreme number of calories will backfire on your skin (and your weight loss efforts). “Losing weight quickly, by means of fad diets and cleanses, will compromise the contours of your face, affect the health of your skin, and impact your overall success in keeping the weight off,” Dr Low says. “Establish a diet of healthy, collagen-boosting and antioxidant-rich foods.” She suggests adding lean protein, fish, leafy greens, red vegetables, citrus fruits, and berries to your grocery list to keep your waistline and your complexion on track.

(+) 2. Not drinking enough water

Here’s a piece of beauty advice you’ve undoubtedly heard before: Drink more water. But do you take it seriously? “As your body burns fat during your exercise routine, the toxins stored in your fat cells are released directly into your system,” Dr Low says. “Drinking water flushes the toxins and feeds the deeper tissue. On the surface, a low-fat diet means lower levels of moisture in the skin, and dehydrated skin is quick to sag.” So don’t forget your daily and nightly moisturizer. Dr Low recommends something with hyaluronic acid to draw moisture in. 

Your Bedroom Buddy: Plump life back into your skin. Sloane Inc. Aqualicious melts and penetrates skin immediately on contact, releasing a refreshing burst of pure encapsulated water to quench tired, dehydrated cells and boost cellular function.

For drier or sensitive skin in need of extra TLC, layer on Sloane Inc. Luminizing II to repair your skin barrier with ceramides and other natural skin lipids for improved moisture retention, better skin healing, and strengthened defense against ageing environmental forces.

Drink to Radiant Skin: (From Left) Sloane Inc Aqualicious is an oil-free skin sorbet even acne-prone skin can safely indulge in for healthy vibrance and supple spring; Sloane Inc Luminizing II is a moisturising star that soothes and strengthens with its nourishing yet lightweight gel-creme formula; Sloane Inc Water Infusion Mask saturates skin with moisture-magnetising hyaluronic acid for a quick radiance bounce-back anytime, anywhere.

(+) 3. Your Cardio Obsession

Yes, cardio is essential for calorie and fat burning, but constant jumping and pavement pounding adds stress and can pull down skin that’s already lax. Make sure your workouts focus on building lean muscle to replace the lost fat. This layer of muscle will lessen the possibility of sagging. Vary your workouts to include low-impact cardio like spinning and rowing, plenty of strength training, and sprinkle in running and plyometrics here and there.

To prevent premature skin sagging, Dr Low Chai Ling recommends Ulthera. World-celebrated as a non-invasive face anti-ager that steps up collagen replenishment in the deep supportive layers of the skin, Ulthera’s micro-focused ultrasound energy can save your throat by toning the loose, baggy tissues and whipping lax skin in the double chin into a tighter, cleaner jawline to divert you from the dreaded turkey wattle future.

Ulthera is also available as the 3D Facelift Program

(+) 4. Your Skimpy Skincare Routine

If your exercise regimen brings you outside, make sure you protect your face with a quality antioxidant and a high level SPF. The antioxidant increases the efficacy of the sunscreen and establishes a collagen-building, cell-protecting shield. This combination fights free radicals to reduce the amount of cellular damage caused by exposure and aging. This is vitally important during this transitional time, when your skin is in need of optimum health and structural strength.

Antioxidant Powerhouse: Sloane Inc Skin Superfood Red Algae S9.8 uses Astaxanthin, the world’s most powerful antioxidant, for maximal rejuvenation. Studies have consistently shown that Astaxanthin protects the skin against sunburn and UV damage, and improves skin smoothness, elasticity, hydration, fine lines and pigmentation. A little amount, applied in the morning before you start your day, goes a long way in keeping your sin radiant and glowing for years to come.

No skin brightening skin care regime is complete without sunblock. We recommend Sloane Inc Ultralite Clear Finish Sunscreen SPF50 S7.2 for complete, long-lasting broad spectrum protection against skin damaging UV rays.

Lightweight and gentle, Ultralite Clear Finish Sunscreen is a great choice for people who prefer a gentle sunscreen which does leave a thick white film behind. Fortified with natural botanicals and plant extracts, it not only blocks the sun, but also delivers anti-aging benefits at the same time!


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