How To Get Youthful Glowing Skin

What makes a woman happy? To me, I am happiest when I am healthy, beautiful and youthful looking. At almost 46, I still get remarks all the time that my looks defy my age  😊 I am ever so thankful for being blessed with youthful looking skin and looks.

Many different ingredients are touted to make you look younger. But buyer beware! Only choose products with ingredients that have been shown to make your face soft and younger looking. Choose skincare products that contain natural ingredients such as retinol, a vitamin A compound and antioxidant, vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin from sun damage and green tea because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Here are some of the ways to get younger-looking skin:

Eat your way to fabulous skin
Beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within.  Eat five portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Eat enough vitamin C, healthy fats, vitamin E, selenium, omega-3 and zinc to boost skin health.

Avoid the sun
The most proven way to look younger is to avoid the sun. The sun is not your skin’s good ally. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays is the primary reason for skin aging. Wear a good sunscreen if you are going to be exposed to the sun. Sothys carries sunscreen products made with active ingredients from plants, suitable even for sensitive skin.

Get enough sleep
The whole idea of beauty sleep is not a myth. Your body needs time to restore itself overnight and that includes your face, too. While you sleep, cells are busy repairing DNA damage from the day before, so snuggle down and give them a chance to get on with it. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each day.

Drink plenty of water
Try to stick to the general rule of 8 glasses of 8 ounces plain water each day. It won’t hydrate your skin directly, but it will improve the way your insides work and good gut health is soon reflected in glowing skin.

Exercise regularly
Whether it’s walking the dog, brisk walking, running, cycling or anything that gets you moving will improve your circulation. That in turn will encourage blood flow to the skin and help give it a healthy, youth-enhancing glow.

Do not smoke
Smoking causes damage to the collagen and elastin, weakening the skin and resulting in sags and bags. Women who smoke at a young age will notice sagging skin and premature wrinkles long before their nonsmoking peers.

Add an antioxidant serum to your daily routine. 
Consider these free-radical-fighting formulas your gateway to anti-agers. UV light is still able to inflict damage on your skin even if you’re wearing sunscreen but if you layer a serum containing antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, underneath your SPF, your skin is more likely repair the damage as it occurs, preventing the onset of brown spots and fine lines prematurely.

Never go to bed with makeup
Always thoroughly remove the day’s buildup of makeup, sunscreen, and sebum from your face before going to bed.

Use a sleep mask
The latest beauty trend, the sleep mask, is worth using if you want to wake up to a more radiant complexion!  NO2CTUELLE Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask from Sothys is a good choice as it contains stabilized Vitamin C, detoxifying complex, yeast extract, Shea polyphenols, among others active ingredients.

Steam up your boudoir or use a diffuser
If your skin tends to be dry, using a humidifier of diffuser at bedtime can help keep it hydrated and supple. This is especially important during the winter, when cold, dry air saps moisture from your skin. But since air conditioning can also dry out your dermis, adding moisture to the air via a humidifier or diffuser with skin-loving essential oils can help keep skin glowing in summer too.

Always sleep on a clean pillowcase. 
Your skin can pick up dirt and bacteria, traces of makeup, dead skin cells, saliva, and hair product residue from a pillowcase that hasn’t been washed.  So wash your pillowcase once a week to avoid a buildup of these pore-clogging substances.

Don’t binge on junk food, bin them!
I am not talking about enjoying the occasional chocolate brownie, caramel popcorns and bag of chips. If most of your calories are coming from snacks and carbs, your skin is going to pay the price. More studies are pointing toward carbs as the bad guys for skin. Sugar, white bread, pasta, cake, and candy may speed up glycation in skin. Glycation is when sugar molecules latch onto cells, including those in skin, and cause them to become malformed and accelerate the breakdown of collagen. What you see in the mirror: loss of radiance, more noticeable lines, and skin that doesn’t look as supple. Overdoing it with carbs and dairy has been linked to acne as well.

There are a bundle of things that you could do for your skin to ensure that this largest organ of your body stays glowing, radiant, dewy, luminous, smooth — pick your adjective! The tips above are not exhaustive. Some degree of effort and sacrifices are needed to produce healthy looking skin.  Once you make changes to your diet, don’t expect an overnight miracle. It takes six weeks for new skin to emerge up to the surface, so the visible benefits from dietary changes will take just as long. Try sticking to a healthy lifestyle and diet and use a good range of skincare products. Your skin will be enviable to everyone in no time.


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First Compliment For The Year

My first compliment for the year 2019 came on the forth day of the new year. 😁

I went up to the gym to check on Alycia and Sherilyn who were in their kickboxing class when they did not pick up my call and were over half an hour late from the stated dismissal time.

When I was at the gym, the cute coach asked me “You want to fetch them back now? I am giving extra lesson today. Are you their sister?

I gave the cute coach a stunned look and he said “are you their mother??”


That was one of the sweetest compliments, coming from a young and cute dude.  This remark / compliment is not new to me though.  I’ve received comments from dirty old men that I have a physique of a teenager, which made me float fleetingly but the manner in which they complimented me made me want to puke and lose respect towards them instantly. 🙄

Alycia’s first kickboxing class on 4 January 2019.  Sherilyn’s third class. Cute coach is the one in red shirt.

Alycia loved it  but was enervated coz that girl worked out at our condo gym for over an hour before her  kickboxing class, not knowing that kickboxing would be that rigorous and physically draining.

Now the girls are asking me to get them new hand wrap and gloves as the ones at the gym stink and are damp and disgusting.



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Pomegranate Chocolate Cake

My baking queen’s last bake for the year 2018 on 31 December 2018 was a hyper-delicious pomegranate cake, cafe style, complete with decor.

It’s pretty unbelievable that a 13-year old baked this!

When Sherilyn was much younger, I had suspicion that she had ADHD as she was always hyper-active (and kept getting herself into accidents till I bought an accident insurance for her when she was 1 year old), didn’t need much sleep (even up to this date!) and could not focus in her studies. We were always in loggerheads simply because she was bull-headed and so am I! She loves to answer me back whenever I say that she’s stubborn by snapping this remark at me “whose genes do you think I have?

When Sherilyn was 10 years old, my suspicion was quelled. She baked a gluten-free strawberry cake for her granny’s 70th birthday, all on her own. And then she googled many other recipes and baked tons of other stuff. My all-time favorite is her meat pie.  That was when I saw how focused she could be when she was doing something that she loves.

Ok, back to this hyper-yummy pomegranate cake!

Sherilyn spent over 5 hours on the cake. She had wanted to bake the cake on 30 December, i.e. on the actual day of her dad’s birthday to surprise him but we were out the whole day and I had to stop her from baking.  Thus she baked it as a belated birthday cake for her dad the next day.

This cake is truly very pomegranate-ish.  Every bite of the cake has fresh, juicy rubies of pomegranate in it.  Even the cake batter and butter icing have pomegranate juice in them.

The pastel pink butter icing is composed of white chocolate, pomegranate jam (which she made a week earlier), butter and sugar.

Pomegranate jam made using freshly juiced pomegranate rubies, lemon juice and a little sugar:

The chocolate cake is coated with a layer of dual pastel colored butter icing, which she used blue pea flower for the blue and pomegranate juice for the pink.

She baked three cakes using organic cocoa powder, sliced the cakes into half and stacked them up to a taller height. The cakes are sandwiched with dark chocolate butter cream.

Mixing the blue pea flower colored water into the butter cream:

The chocolate wings for the decor are made from frozen melted dark chocolate:

This cake tastes 100% like one bought from a fancy schmancy cafe.  Even after 3 days when we ate it today, it still tastes good.

Even her hyper-critical foodie dad said the cake tastes “OK la”.  When this comment comes from him on anything that we bake or cook, this means it’s GOOD.  When he pushes the food aside and said “lousy or no good”, it means it is still good but not up to his hyper-high standard la. 🙄 🙄

Even Alycia who is always hyper-critical of everything that Sherilyn cooks or bakes commented that the cake tastes like some cafe-bought cake but said that the decor needs some improvement if she has intention of selling her cakes 🤑

I give my baking queen a 9/10 rating for this cake 😍.

She’s really on her way to selling her cakes and bakes very soon! 🤑


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