Skin Care Tips For All Ages

February 17th, 2014 by

Skin CareBe Sun-Savvy!

This rule applies to every age-group, and the earlier it is abided by the better! Avoiding sun damage is the number one rule for eternally beautiful skin. Slathering yourself with sunblock and refraining from stepping out during daylight hours are not the answers though. We need to absorb vitamin D through our shell and this is most plentifully supplied by the sun’s rays. Walk or run in the sunshine, but avoid lying out in it, and enter tanning shops at your peril!

Know your skin!

It can be very difficult to establish what ‘skin type’ you have. Each season seems to bring about a new set of rules for your complexion, and products that work wonders in the cooler months don’t hit to spot during the summertime. Adapt your routine during the different seasons. You may need a heavier moisturiser in certain areas of your face during the winter, but refrain from bombarding it with rich products, as this may exacerbate the situation by stunting natural oil supply further. Drinking lots of water and eating plenty of essential oils to moisturise from the inside is likely to bring about far more effective relief than a topically applied cream. Toners during the summer may help to control oiliness.

Don’t Overdo It!

It is tempting to treat your skin like a chemistry experiment with the endless array of eyes creams, neck creams, day creams, pore minimisers, moisturisers and cleansers, but remember that your skin is not designed to accommodate half of the Clinique counter! In most products there lies a river of chemicals that will be absorbed and ingested through the skin. Keeping things simple is usually the best advice you can get when it comes to skin care. Strive for natural ingredients where possible, and keep your pampering to a minimum – the body is very clever at healing and functioning, and it has a natural tool box of beautifying ingredients if you’ll only let it work its magic rather than drown it in products! If you supply your system with the right nutrients in your diet, it will be far better equipped to care for your skin naturally.

Lifestyle really is key…

The foundation of healthy skin comes from healthy diet, lifestyle and stress management – not out of a tube! It is easy to forget that your skin is an organ just like your heart or your lungs. We treat it like a cosmetic shell and forget that it is living and breathing too! Eat plenty of essential fatty acids that come from oily fish, seeds and avocados; antioxidants that come from vegetables and fruit; plenty of lean proteins and stay well hydrated. Exercise encourages a healthy glow to the skin, so find what works best for you and consistency is key. Developing a walking routine or joining a frequent Pilate class is more beneficial for your health and skin than avoiding physical activity for a week, then manically sweating it out in the gym for 3 hours. Stress management is vital in keeping a radiant complexion – meditation and yoga are recommended in the name of great skin. And no skin-savvy woman would be seen with a cigarette – ever.

Finally – sleep!

Lack of sleep has been identified as one of the most aging factors when it comes to the skin. Overnight your skin repairs and rejuvenates, and without this nightly 7-8 hour process, lines, wrinkles, dullness and sagging of the skin may develop and be exacerbated. Don’t fall into the habit of sacrificing sleep for work or party time…

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