5 Reasons Your Friends Look Younger than You

Emma Watsons and Jennifer Lawrence are born in 1990.

Do you have some fortuitous friends who were born in the same year but they look way younger? Then there are some of the not-so-lucky ones who look more matured and haggard? Are there any scientific reasons behind premature ageing or is it purely based on unhealthy habits? Here are 5 reasons why your friends look younger (older) than you.

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 DNA Affects Your Biological Clock

Secret's Hana and SNSD Yoona are "same-age friends" born in 1994.

"Each of us has a different ageing speed 

due to our inborn genes."

Researchers are now saying that despite being the same chronological age, each of us has a different ageing speed due to our inborn genes. In the study, among those who were biologically older, some appear younger than their actual age and their ageing process also seemed to stretch slower. Out of the numerous factors that affect ageing, as much as 80% are found to be not related to genetic and therefore within our might to decelerate. The other gratifying finding from the study is that the other 20% that's DNA-based is alterable to a certain extent. Don't worry, we are still able to turn the tables around!

A Healthy Diet Loaded with Nutrients

Eating clean and green does not just keep your figure slim and body healthy. The wrinkle-fighting antioxidants in fruits and vegetables plus healthy fats in fish boost you up for the perfectly clear and smooth complexion! Load up on food rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as chia seeds, walnuts, and oily fish, as they help maintain cell membranes by protecting the skin and enveloping it with moisture.

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One of our favourite antioxidant food is dark chocolate; it is even more powerful than acai berries, blueberries and cranberries. Chocolate contains flavanols which act as a protective shield for the skin from ultraviolet ray. However, choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa as it contains higher flavanol content thus giving better blood flow and improve the thickness, hydration, and smoothness of the skin.

"The polyphenols in green tea 

stop harmful free radicals 

from damaging the skin and 

accelerating the aging process."

Green tea has superb anti-ageing and antioxidant benefits that slows down signs of ageing. The polyphenols in green tea stop harmful free radicals from damaging the skin and accelerating the ageing process. It also flushes out toxins, heals blemishes and scars, reduces inflammation and improves skin's elasticity. This is one of Japanese's open secrets in looking youthful and beautiful.

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Regular Exercise and Plenty of Beauty Sleep

Sticking to a regular exercise routine helps to maintain your healthy weight range, reduce stress and keep you staying youthful. When you exercise, your pores dilate and purge trapped impurities and dirt for a clearer complexion. Not only that, working out also helps to open up the tiny arteries in your skin,  improve your blood circulation, send more oxygen and nutrients to repair cell damage caused by the sun and environmental pollutants. The nutrients produced during exercise stimulate fibroblasts, the collagen-producing cells in the skin, to work more efficiently making your skin look younger and more radiant.

"The nutrients produced during exercise stimulate 
fibroblasts, the collagen-producing cells in the skin, 
to work more efficiently making your skin 
look younger and more radiant."

Do stay mindful that sweat can cause skin irritations, therefore it is important to keep your hygiene level spark and clean to get a beautifully clear complexion.

As you snooze your way in Slumberland, you are getting plenty of beauty-boosting benefits. This 7 to 9 hours a night rest leave you not just looking radiant and refreshed, this is also the optimal time when many skins, hair, and body products are most effective because they penetrate better when you are asleep.

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During your time in bed, your body produces human growth hormone which is a crucial ingredient for collagen production. This overnight metabolic activity, however, caused the skin to lose about 25% or more water than it does in the day! Time to slap on your best moisturising cream and hit the sack early! #goodnight

 Say No to Smoking

A pocket-size cigarette contains more than 4000 toxic chemicals, many of which are known to damage collagen and elastin, the fibers that furnish your skin with strength and elasticity. Are you aware that a cigarette also contains skin-destructing carbon monoxide and nicotine? Carbon monoxide ousts the oxygen from your skin, nicotine curtails blood circulation causing parched and discoloured complexion. Smoking also depletes many nutrients including vitamin C, which helps to protect and repair skin damage.

"The longer duration and
the more cigarettes 
you inhale, 
the more crinkles 
you are likely to end up with."

The longer duration and the more cigarettes you inhale, the more crinkles you are likely to end up with.  Crowned as one of the main causes of facial wrinkling in both men and women, smoking is on par with ageing. Unless you want to accelerate the ageing process of your skin, gain more wrinkles faster and be plagued with premature skin damages, you better stop smoking now.

 Extra Help from the Aesthetic Doctor 

Sometimes, we've reached the point where we just need the magic touch from the powerful hands of the aesthetic doctors. An aesthetic doctor performs minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures to enhance one's appearance within the span of a few hours with little to zero downtime. You'll be surprised how some people stay the same even after 10 years, the truth is that many of them may have received aesthetic help since their early 20s. Here are some of the best "skin-freezing" aesthetic treatments:

Rebuild lost collagen - Dream Sculpture

Power of Dream Sculpture: Look 5 years younger naturally

"Dream Sculpture uses poly-L-lactic acid 

to replace lost collagen

resulting in a more supple, lifted and 

youthful-looking complexion 

gradually over the course of 2 - 4 weeks."

The loss of collagen starts at one's 20s and is one of the determining factors to visible facial ageing such as sagging, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. Collagen is a fibrous protein found in the deep dermis that provides the solid base structure to the skin and supports the functions of elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA). Elastin keeps the skin supple; HA lubricates to keep the skin hydrated.

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Dream Sculpture uses poly-L-lactic acid to replace lost collagen resulting in a more supple, lifted and youthful-looking complexion gradually over the course of 2 - 4 weeks. This quick-fix beauty enhancement can last up to 2 years. Everyone will be wondering how you turned the clock back, looking younger and more radiant than before.

Medical Ultrasound to lift, tighten and tone skin - Ultherapy

Ultherapy uses medical ultrasound to image and treat the deepest skin with precision 

"The optimal result of Ultherapy will 
take place naturally and gradually 
over the span of 2 to 3 months or more."

is a FDA-approved painless and non-invasive aesthetic procedure that uses medical ultrasound to image and treat the skin deep below the surface, without affecting the outer layer. During this comfortable treatment, one may feel a warm prickly sensation when the ultrasound energy hits the skin. The skin responds naturally to the energy by producing new collagen resulting in tighter and more lifted skin from deep within over time. The optimal result of Ultherapy will take place naturally and gradually over the span of 2 to 3 months or more. This treatment is also Jennifer Aniston's open secret to look so fabulous as always.

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Lift droopy skin with 100% bio-absorbable threads - Silhoutte Instalift

Triumph against gravity and lift up sagging skin with Silhouette Instalift

"Silhouette Soft threads are biodegradable, 

meaning that it leaves no trace in the body

over a period of time."

Silhouette Instalift is a minimally invasive treatment to lift the droopy skin with 100% bio-absorbable threads. The principal component of Silhouette Instalift is Polylactic acid (PLA), a well-known polymer that has been used for biomedical and pharmaceutical application due to its biocompatibility.

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Silhouette Soft threads are biodegradable, meaning that it leaves no trace in the body over a period of time. It is important to find a skillful and professional doctor as the right hand is needed to reshape the contours of your face leaving it visibly smooth with no trace of threads. 1 to 4 threads may be injected into each area depending on the desired lift. The lifting and the contoured facial effect is visible immediately while collagen is stimulated over the next few months for a smoother and firmer effect. You can easily look 2 years younger immediately and 5 years younger a few months after.