We all know that age brings with it wrinkles because of the loss of elasticity and dryness of the skin. As we get older, our skin gets thinner and loses a lot of the underlying fat layers which keeps younger skin smooth and supple. As we mature, we also lose oil and sweat glands which contributes to dry skin and can make it harder for people to cool off on a hot day. That’s why we need to develop a good skincare routine to help protect us from harm and repair any damage.
Blame it on the sunshine
Although it makes us smile, sunshine isn’t that good for our skin. Sunshine Age Spots are another tell-tale sign of age. They’re flat areas of dark pigmentation that appear on areas of the body that have been most exposed to the sun. They’re caused by excess melanin in the skin which has been produced as a result of exposure to UV radiation. It’s therefore very important to use a good sunscreen or to stay out of the sun when it’s at its strongest. However, we still need some sun exposure to give us enough Vitamin D for healthy bones. The NHS recommends between 10 and 15 minutes a day in the summer is sufficient, and Cancer Research UK provides helpful information about safe sun exposure for different skin types and the best times to avoid the sun.
Keep it clean
A good cleansing routine is essential. The skin cells on your face are constantly renewing themselves, so you need to get rid of the dead skin. When you’re younger, you’ll shed billions of skin cells every day. As you get older, and your skin becomes more damaged, the ability of your body to shed skin cells lessens, resulting in dryness and blocked pores which cause your skin to look dull. So exfoliation becomes more important the older you get, but exfoliant scrubs are abrasive and could cause ‘scuffing’ to the skin, so don’t be vigorous in its application, and don’t use it too often, especially if you have sensitive skin. Or you could use chemical exfoliators with ’glycolic’ or ‘salicylic’ acid that are kinder and cause less damage. Exfoliants containing minerals and vitamins (specifically Vitamin A) which have been selected for your skin type will gently turn over the old skin cells on a daily basis leaving your skin looking fresh and radiant, without the potential damage of a scrub.
Moisturisers and serums
The basic function of a moisturiser is to help treat dry skin and prevent it from drying out further by holding water in the outermost layer of the skin. Moisturisers can also help protect your skin from the environment by creating a barrier on your skin that keeps oils from escaping and protects from harmful outside elements which cause dryness or irritation.
Serums are made with a high concentration of active ingredients designed to deal with sun damage, discoloration, lines and wrinkles and collagen depletion and can be used instead of or in addition to moisturising.
Who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep? And it turns out it’s better for your skin too! Our skin repairs and rejuvenates itself during sleep, particularly between 11pm and 4am. So use an enriched night cream or serum before you go to sleep to give your body’s natural repair system a boost.
A good diet = good skin
Diet is a vital part of your skin’s beauty regime. Water helps to rehydrate the body and flush away impurities. Fresh fruit and vegetables keep your body supplied with the vitamins and minerals it needs to keep your skin clear and healthy. Even the humble porridge oat is a great beauty product – it helps promote healthy circulation as a good source of fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and antioxidants. You can also use oats topically, especially on dry or irritated skin – mix with water and apply it to dry skin, eczema, sunburn etc.
If you want good healthy-looking skin, give up the junk food! White and refined sugars, for instance, affect collagen and elastin, as they attack the proteins which protect your skin, making it lose its radiance and sag, and so causing wrinkles. (Though on the plus side, sugar can be mixed with honey and a little lemon juice as a good homemade exfoliator.)
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