When to Start Your Age-Defying Skincare Routine
An anti-aging skincare routine is often something pushed to the back of the to-do list. I myself used to be guilty of this for 3 reasons: 1. I believed I was too young to even consider it; 2. I wasn’t really sure of what it entailed; and 3. The term ‘anti-aging’ seemed really daunting to me. In reality, none of the three reasons were valid or actually applied as reasonable excuses to not educate myself. I soon came to realize that anti-aging was more about preserving the health of your skin rather than reversing the clock. Without realizing, we incorporate vital steps of anti-aging into our everyday beauty routine for example, wearing high factor sun screen is a form of anti-aging skin care, as exposure to UV rays over time has proven to significantly damage the appearance and health of skin. Wearing high factor sun screen reduces the risk of wrinkles and liver spots, two traits associated with aging.
Aging isn’t something we should be afraid of – it has been happening our whole life. Anti-aging care isn’t booking yourself in for a face-lift or topping up Botox, it’s seeking a way to maintain your skin’s health which I encourage you all to do, as it’s our largest organ after all.
Although aging is inevitable, there are some things we can do to maintain the look and health found in our youth. Anti-aging is not a quick fix, no “BAM” and the wrinkle is gone, but a lengthy process that can be extremely rewarding. Here are a few anti-aging tips that are neither too early, nor late, to begin…
Over time our skin can become dry. The importance of keeping skin hydrated is key to anti-aging. Try looking for a product with the ingredient retinol as this has been studied, and proven, to reduce wrinkles and pore sizes thus giving the illusion of a youthful look. Be sure to remember and extend any face moisture to your neck as this tends to follow the same direction as face aging.
A night serum can be a saviour to anti-aging and maintaining the vitamin balance of your skin overnight. This will repair and hydrate whilst you sleep, meaning a more effective treatment as your body repairs during sleep. This can be done once or twice a week as it is more intense than an everyday hydrating moisturiser. I recommend iampure Maple Glow Serum.
As discussed in my other blog – The Beginner’s Guide to a Skincare Routine – exfoliation is a vital part to skincare due to it’s abilities of promoting new skin cell growth. The promotion of new cells is therefore key to an anti-aging regime by replacing old with younger and freshers skin cells. I recommend a softer face and body scrub as this allows you to exfoliate more often without being too harsh on the skin. For anti-aging purposes a full body scrub can be upped to twice a week and in this instance a daily gentle face scrub can be used.
A brightening mask is a quick fix way to giving your skin an instant youthful glow. This works a treat as one of the key ingredients of a brightening mask is its exfoliating beads. Like exfoliating washes, the beads eradicate old/dead skin cells and promote the growth of new ones. This treatment is intensified with a mask as the formula includes other brightening ingredients. Bright = youthful!
Protecting your skin is a vital part of the anti-aging beauty process, and good news: you are probably already doing it! Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is as easy as applying high factor sun screen, avoiding the sun beds by sticking to the fake tan and wearing makeup that incorporates an SPF. I always wear a foundation that includes an SPF as it is a definite way to protect your skin from winter and autumn sun exposure.
Haircare should always be included in an anti-aging beauty routine as it is one of the first tell-tale signs of aging. When agiing occurs, hair often becomes brittle, course and lacks in shine. This can be a result of premature hair damage through the excessive use of hair colouring - bleach in particular – heat styling tools and chemical treatments. To rejuvenate your hair, cut off the dead ends to avoid hair looking straggly and restore its volume. Hydrating hair masks used as least once a week will give moisture to dry and damaged hair and over time, improve the overall healthy look of your locks.