Anti-Ageing, Age Rejuvenating, Age Defying, Age Proof are all buzz words in the wonderful world of beauty! And lord knows if X beauty brand says it is so …. We believe it!
But is there any such thing as ‘anti-ageing’?
Can you turn back time? I think you know the answer …. Absolutely not! So why do we believe that these products can and will make us look younger?! What I thought I would do is help you to understand what ‘really’ helps us to maintain our skin in its current condition, without preserving it!
What ages us the most?
So, lets firstly look at what really ages us…. the answer is the big thing in the middle of the solar system. You got it … ‘The Sun’.
How? Because the contact of sunlight onto the skin and the UV rays affects the skin. It reduces the elasticity of skin, texture of skin, increases wrinkles and pigmentation/ sunspots. Studies have shown that up to 90% of visible changes affecting aging are due to how much sun exposure you’ve sustained.
Now with this fact in mind, this is most definitely the first thing I would address before heading to any fancy ingredients or creams!
What to do… if you want to maintain your skin and reduce ageing (which we agree is inevitable) the first thing to do is to is to wear SPF! This does not mean wear a sun cream and off you go… the best starting point is to wear a moisturiser with an SPF this will be much better for the skin than popping your regular body sun cream on the face. I know you’re thinking but I live in a ‘sunny England’ it’s not going to affect me! It does, even bright days effect your skin (just think of the example of what happens to leather shoes when one is left in the light and one is left in the shoebox!) So, I assure you there is a visible impact on skin.
Just so you have an idea on how many years it can alter appearance by (naturally this figure will vary by person) but approximately between 8 and 16 years!
Putting a barrier over your skin SPF and even makeup will protect skin!
Now that we have some protection for the skin what are the other factors that affect skin aging?
Lifestyle, of course alcohol, smoking and any irritable products to the skin will affect its appearance. Even repetitive facial expressions and poor diet will affect skin aging so if this is a big concern of yours reducing these will help.
Now if you’ve dealt with the above factors and you’re using SPF and reducing the lifestyle habits that increase premature ageing you can then investigate ‘hydration’.
How do you hydrate skin?
There are two types of hydration ‘water’ and ‘moisturiser’. If you drink no water at all this would be the time to start. Skin cells need water just like any other part of the body and a lack of hydration for the skin, will result in dry, tight or flaky skin. This in turn means skin is less flexible and prone to wrinkling. Water improves skin for free!
If you’ve done the above the next thing to look at is moisturiser. My top tips for choosing a moisturiser (to wear under makeup) are:
· Choose something with no greasy or tackiness
· Choose a moisturiser that rubs in pretty quickly (no waxy texture)
· Oil free formulas work great with makeup
· Gel formulas work great for those with oily skin
· Always try the moisturiser on the back of the hand or test on the face if possible
· Check that skin appears more hydrated/ improved from the application (not the same)
· If it has a SPF in it, then it’s a bonus!