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Anti-Aging Products.

 

At a school reunion a few months back I was asked this exact question.  As it had been almost 20 years since we'd seen each other, we inevitably ended up discussing how we'd aged!

I was very pleased to be complimented on the condition of my skin and it lead to a group discussion about how soon one should start to use anti-aging products.  

When you’re young, you can be forgiven for taking your skin for granted.  Ideally however, anti-aging products should be used from your mid-twenties but it’s never too late to start.

Try to introduce each skincare step gradually (for skincare routine tips click here) so you don’t feel overwhelmed trying to do everything at once.

This will also be a time of experimentation.  Try out a few different products and you will start to find ones that suit your skin and your budget.

 

The most important steps to follow are:

 

  • Aim to use a facial moisturiser every morning with an SPF15 or above (sun protection factor). Products with added SPF should be used daily - not just on holiday or when the sun shines! Sun damage is one of the biggest causes of fine lines and wrinkles. If you really want to hold on to your youthful skin, stay away from the sunbeds too!
  • Cleanse your skin at the end of every day, even if you do not wear makeup. This will remove all traces of the day and clear the skin of all impurities. Remember to use a night cream to replenish your skin overnight. 
  • Treat your skin to a weekly scrub and face mask. Use a gentle exfoliant first to remove any dry dead skin.  Proceed with a deep cleansing mask for oily skin or a nourishing/hydrating mask for dry skin.

 

Due to the lack of natural oils dry skin tends to age more quickly. Use an additional serum or face oil to give a boost of extra hydration. I use a face oil at night under my night cream. This will help plump and ‘feed’ the skin whilst you get your beauty sleep!

Treat your skin to an occasional facial. As well as the relaxation benefit, your skin will receive an intensive treatment that will be tailored to your main areas of concern. Ask your therapist lots of questions so you can carry on caring for your skin when you get home.

Skincare doesn't have to be stressful. If you don't know where to start then get in touch and I will do my best to point you in the right direction.

Until next time.....

Sheelagh x