Dark spots. Visible fine lines. A rough and dull-looking complexion. If your skin exhibits any of these signs, it may be hinting at you to adjust your beauty and lifestyle habits for the better if you wish to have happier, healthier and supple-looking skin now (and for many years to come.)
Are you committing any of these three common mistakes that are causing your skin to age prematurely? Read on to find out! Then, discover how you can confidently own your youth with the help of the Hada Labo KOUJI range and some pampering using face yoga.
The Hada Labo KOUJI Enzyme Wash Capsule is the perfect place to start. This gentle exfoliating wash is made with hydrolyzed rice extract that's packed with vitamins, amino acids, minerals and natural moisturising ingredients to keep the skin clear and smooth — just what you need to get ready for the next steps in your routine.
Follow it up with the Hada Labo KOUJI’s Treatment Essence. Naturally scented by Japanese fermented white rice, this watery light essence gives you a soothing sense of relaxation as you pat this gently onto your skin after cleansing your face. Formulated with KOUJI essence and enriched with vitamins, minerals and other skin-loving ingredients, a few drops of this twice daily — in the day and night — will help your skin to look firmer, more radiant and luminous-looking over time.
Next, follow with the new Hada Labo KOUJI Tightening & Hydrating Gel Emulsion, which is a lightweight moisturiser that contains rich nutrients to nourish and refine your skin. Formulated with hydrolysed rice leaf extract to tighten and repair fine lines, this fast-absorbing moisturiser is ideal for those with oily or combination skin types.
Prior to heading to bed, give yourself a DIY facial massage as well to relieve tension and promote relaxation — more on how to do this in a bit! — with Hada Labo KOUJI’s Treatment Night Cream. This velvety smooth cream envelops the skin with hydration so that you can wake up to smooth and supple skin in the morning.
If you’re particularly concerned about your dark eye circles, add Hada Labo KOUJI’s new Treatment Essential Eye Cream to your routine. This lightweight and nourishing cream is designed to repair fine lines and brighten your delicate eye area for a more radiant and rested appearance.
Aside from these skincare must-haves, make time for relaxing and soothing face massages. These exercises pair well with your pre-ageing skincare routine because they've been proven to provide lots of skin-caring benefits, including facial rejuvenation, anti-ageing, and glow-giving.
Mistake 1: Ignoring signs that you need to decompress after a stressful day
From keeping up with deadlines at work to re-looking your finances in order to afford your dream apartment, #adulting can be incredibly stressful at times. While it’s inevitable to feel this way as you shoulder different responsibilities, how you deal with them matters too.
Research has shown that chronic stress can increase inflammation, which causes the skin to age faster and accelerate the formation of wrinkles. As such, do not ignore your body’s signs of distress and strive to create opportunities for yourself to take a break and unwind whenever you need to.
Pre-ageing skin tip: After your Hada Labo KOUJI skincare ritual, take time to relax and unfurrow your brows and do a little face yoga exercise called Korugi Massage to help you unwind while also keeping crow's feet at bay. Clench your fists and trace the outline of your face starting from the forehead to the collarbone to help you relax and tone up your muscles in this area.
Mistake 2: Sacrificing sleep for excessive digital usage
Hit pause on your streaming schedule and hit the sack, stat. Sacrificing your bedtime for a few more hours of scrolling through your digital tablet or smartphone may cause your skin to become drier and develop wrinkles. Beauty sleep is the real deal in helping your body and skin to recover, so aim to clock in at least seven to nine hours of rest every night.
Pre-ageing skin tip: Prep your mind and body for an uninterrupted, restful night ahead by placing your digital devices further away from your bedside and engaging in a calming face yoga before you hit the hay. Your eyes take a lot of stress due to too much screentime. Give them the care they deserve through a stress-removing eye massage. It takes just two steps: place your brows between your index and middle fingers and slide away your fingers while putting just a tiny bit of pressure.
Mistake 3: Failing to adapt your skincare and self-care routine according to your current lifestyle & needs
As cliché as this may sound, change is the only constant. This applies to your skincare regime as well as you grow older. Prior to entering your 30s, your skin may already be subjected to different potential environmental aggressors and your skin needs may change due to your lifestyle habits. What would’ve been sufficient in your youth may not be enough now and in the near future.
Pre-ageing skin tip: Make necessary tweaks to your skincare and self-care routine to ensure your skin has what it needs to age gracefully and beautifully. Did you know that facial massages or facial yoga can help promote blood circulation on the skin? This, in turn, helps improve the skin's appearance. Don't let lines live on your forehead. Smooth them out with the help of a facial massage that not only targets them but also provides you with a much-needed moment of relaxation. Just clench your fists together and rub your knuckles on your forehead and you're good to go..
Hada Labo KOUJI: Designed for pre-ageing skin
So, are you guilty of committing any of the pre-ageing skin mistakes above? Truth is, our skin naturally starts to age by the time we are in our 20s and it may already show signs of pre-ageing by then. These can even be exacerbated by external factors such as UV rays and pollution too.
Don’t be too tough on yourself though, as it’s never too late to make positive changes to your lifestyle to help you become healthier and more beautiful (on the inside and out.) Kick start your pre-ageing skincare routine with the Hada Labo KOUJI range, which harnesses the power of KOUJI — a miracle grain that comes from the natural fermentation of Yamada Nishiki rice — to help you achieve supple, radiant and youthful-looking skin.
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