SKIN CARE ADVICE
Age-proof your skincare regime:
The way you treat your skin first thing in the morning and last thing at night has a major impact on how youthful and dewy it looks. Here are some proven ways to lock in moisture and keep fine lines at bay.
Don't over-cleanse: It strips your skin of natural oils, leaving it dry and inflamed. Instead, use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser that contains antioxidants on your skin in circular motions to increase blood flow and remove make-up.
Don't skip the serum: Use it before you moisturise. Serums are thinner than moisturisers and their ingredients are more concentrated so they sink deep into your skin.
Protect through the day: Your daytime moisturiser should contain sun protection with an SPF of at least 30 all year round and should protect against both UVA and UVB to limit sun damage.
Cleanse thoroughly at night: It is very important to remove your make-up and cleanse your skin at night before bedtime. A cleansed skin is ready to fully absorb the nutrients in your night cream.
Repair as you sleep: Your skin renews itself overnight. Help the process along with active creams containing plumping peptides, anti-ageing retinol and toxin-beating antioxidants. Massage using upwards and outward strokes to give skin a lift.
Always use an eye cream: Eyes are the first area to wrinkle, so apply a good eye cream/gel in the morning and at night. Apply after cleanser and serum with your ring finger, working from the inside out very gently.
Know your age-defying ingredients:
Look out for these ingredients on your favourite beauty products and rest assure they'll keep your skin looking youthful.
Retinoids minimise age spots and fine lines that you may already have, while preventing new ones from forming.
Vitamin C: Research shows that it’s twenty times more beneficial when applied topically to the skin, rather than ingested through diet.
Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, helping to smooth and plump skin.
Niacin gel evens out pigmentation, to make skin look brighter.
Keep your daily routine youthful:
Make these simple tweaks to your daily routine to turn back the skin clock.
Stay hydrated: Not with fizzy drinks – with lots of water and green tea. The more hydrated you are, the more hydrated your skin is and the smoother your complexion will look.
Get your beauty sleep: It's not just your body and your mind that need downtime. Your skin needs that rest to repair itself. Get your eight hours to combat sagging skin and puffy eyes.
Exercise regularly: Working up a sweat increases blood flow to the skin, which will give you a glowing, healthy-looking complexion. Aim for 30 minutes four or five days a week.
Easy on the alcohol: Booze is seriously dehydrating – and dehydrated skin looks tired and lined. It also causes enlarged pores and small blood vessels to widen, making you look flushed.