Turning back the beauty clock
While I am a big believer in loving the skin your in no matter the age, I often get asked Tips for anti-ageing, so I’ve put together a basic Skin care 101 to keep you looking youthful and fresh-faced
Day and Night Creams
Wearing a night cream on your face to bed can benefit your skin while you sleep. The main difference between daily moisturizers and night creams is that most night creams have added ingredients such as vitamins and anti-ageing components. They can be thicker and more intensive than day creams because you don’t need to wear make-up on top of them.
Your skin’s cell renewal is more active during the night, and night creams are designed to make the most of these hours. Using a night cream gives your skin the chance to repair the daily wear and tear caused by pollution, make-up and ultra-violet light.
Most women will benefit from using a night cream. Dry and very dry skins respond particularly well. You don’t have to choose very rich formulations, as there are lighter alternatives that contain the same ingredients. Applying night cream to slightly damp skin can really boost its performance, as this seals in extra moisture, which means smoother, softer skin in the morning.
The buzz about anti-oxidants
Anti-oxidants is a word commonly used by skincare brands but what do they actually do for your skin? They work by moping up and absorbing ‘free radicals’ from your skin – that is highly reactive molecules that can damage your skin and cause premature ageing. Good anti-oxidants are the ACE vitamins, that is vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin E is often used in moisturizers because it can help combat dryness and the signs of ageing. It is also useful for helping heal scars and burns.
Another common ingredient in day lotions and night creams are fruit acids also known as AHAs or alpha-hydroxy acids. They’re commonly found in natural products such as fruit, sour milk and wine. They are included in many creams because they work by breaking protein bonds that hold together the dead cells on the skin’s surface, to reveal newer, fresher skin underneath. For centuries women have reaped the rewards of using AHAs by doing age-old beauty routines such as bathing in milk and applying wine to faces. Now AHAs have become a key ingredient in specialized skin care products, and the great news is that AHA products are now becoming more affordable and many mid-market companies are including AHAs in their skin care.
Care for your eyes
The skin around your eyes is very delicate and should be cared for gently. The fine skin around eyes usually shows the first sign of ageing, as well as dark circles and puffiness. Don’t be tempted to deal with the problem by putting on heavy oils and moisturizers –this can block tear ducts which cause more puffiness, your eyes will benefit from an eye cream or gel. The delicate skin around your eyes needs extra special care because it is thinner than the skin on the rest of your face so it is less able to hold in moisture. There are fewer oil glands in this area, which adds to potential dryness, and there’s no fatty layer underneath the skin to act as a shock absorber. The result is that this skin looses its elasticity. Make sure to choose an eye cream or gel to suit your skin type. Gels are great for young or oily skins, and creams and balms are suitable for dry to combinations skins.
Its always a great idea to look after your skin, invest in it wisely and do what feels best for you. Obviously eating healthy, regularly exercise and drinking loads of water will do natural wonders for your skin and make you look and feel healthy and young!
Have a great week everyone, Phe. xx.