(i.e. Taking Care of Your Skin Now So It Looks Fabulous When You Are Older… ) When people find out my age (I’m almost 43), I’m often asked what my secret has been to amazing skin. I have no wrinkles, and only a few age spots that have recently developed (though they look like freckles).
This article was written by Jeannie McGinnis
I think part of it is because I’m so fair skinned, that in my teens when I had friends who went to tanning booths or baked for hours in the sun, I was an SPF ninja because I was prone to burning. The other part is down to consistent care of my face with good routines.
Here are a few of keys that I’ve acquired over the years to protect, cleanse, nourish and hydrate:
- Have a great day and night moisturiser as dehydration is aging to the skin. Even if your skin is oily, find a quality brand that helps with Ph balance to normalise your skin.
- Use a 30+ spf everyday and reapply every few hours if you are out in the sun. Find one that is good for sensitive skin on the face and keep it with you if you know you will be exposed throughout the day to UVA/UVB rays. Sun damage is one of the biggest ways to promote premature signs of aging on the face and neck.
- Don’t tan unless you are really protected. This tip goes along with number two above. A lot of models I know where hats and avoid the sun especially on their face as we all know sun damage create unwanted wrinkles and age spots. A fake tan is a really great option to a sun-kissed look.
- As tempting as it is, don’t pick at blemishes as they leave scars. It also usually aggravates and perpetuates the problem. I know, it is really hard to do but self-control in this area will lead to less breakouts and healthier looking skin.
- Have a great cleansing routine that includes a make-up remover, cleanser, toner, exfoliation and moisturiser. Follow the directions on your regime but most likely you will do some of it twice a day. Clean skin leads to healthier skin.
- Never, ever leave make-up on overnight. It clogs pores and causes breakouts. I’d also encourage NOT using just facial wipes for cleansing as it doesn’t get the deep clean and often leaves residue on the skin.
- Drink lots of water. The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid per day which equals to about a eight glasses of 200ml each for a woman. I drink normal H2O but I also have a diet of herbal teas with no added sugar. Dehydration from drinking too much caffeine, alcohol and not enough water leads to premature aging all over your body but especially in your face.
- Use a facial oil (that works with your skin) and try to perform a self-facial massage several times a week. It’s relaxing, hydrating and helps relieve stress that accumulates throughout the day. There are plenty of online You tube videos that show ‘how tos’ for a quick and extended massages.
So regardless if you’re 16 or 62, you can prevent and even reverse signs of premature aging on your face with many of these tips.