Beauty rules for every age
Beauty rules for every age
By Jacqui Evans, Jacqueline Evans Naturopathic Skincare
As we get older, the skin gets thinner and loses density, which leads to a dull, dry complexion often with cracking and flaking skin.
Environmental exposure, such as sun and wind, can accelerate the ageing process. And don’t underestimate the effect health and nutrition play! A regular skincare routine also supports a younger-looking appearance. Here are my top beauty rules for every age group.
ALL AGE GROUPS
- Sun damage -
Don’t ever allow your skin to burn in the sun. Ever. Full stop. First, not everyone tans; second, the skin peeling response results from a whole layer of cells being damaged – it’s the skin cells’ way of saying “we’ve had enough”; and third, you may end up with a gradual build-up of light colour pigmentation. Use SPF sunscreen always.
IN YOUR TWENTIES
- Don’t smoke -
- Tone -
After cleansing, spray toner over the skin to help lock in the moisture and tone pores.
- Drink water -
Drink plenty of water – one glass an hour – to purify you from the inside and keep you hydrated.
- Cleanse -
Establish a good routine with your skincare. Do use a muslin cloth to cleanse your skin. This gentle exfoliation helps speed up skin renewal and makes your skin more radiant. It’s a method suitable for all skin types.
IN YOUR THIRTIES
- Cleanse twice -
Cleansing your face should be part of your morning and evening routine. Cleanse twice at night. The first time will remove make-up and the second will remove grime and pollutants, leaving it hydrated.
- Eat the rainbow -
Ensure your diet is rich in colourful fruits and vegetables, which are high in beneficial phytochemicals. These phytochemicals protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals.
- Don’t overeat -
Research has now confirmed that overeating wreaks havoc with our genomes that prevent ageing. Eat slowly, chew every mouthful carefully and never eat whilst watching TV!
- Avoid the nasties -
On average each of us uses between five to 15 products a day, from deodorant, shower gel, shampoo, moisturiser, cleanser, foundation, blush, concealer… the list goes on, and so do the toxins. None of this would matter if the skin did not absorb 60 per cent of what is applied to it.
- Sleep! -
The body is designed to heal itself during sleep; we do most of this healing between the hours of 11pm and 1am. Aim to have six to eight hours of sleep each night.
- Meditation -
Research shows meditation improves both the physical and emotional responses to stress. Start by spending at least 10 mindful minutes meditating each day.
IN YOUR FORTIES
- Don’t eat saturated fats or trans fats -
Avoid foods with trans fat, while also adding foods with healthy fat, and you will likely begin seeing noticeable changes in how your skin looks and feels. The primary source of trans fat in food is from packaged convenience foods, such as cookies, cake, doughnuts, crackers and frozen pizza.
- Seek out superfoods -
Say hello to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory superstars like asparagus, wild salmon and dark chocolate, and goodbye (or at least “see you later”) to wrinkles, dull skin and other signs of ageing.
- Embrace oil -
When cleansing and moisturising your skin, it’s imperative that you keep in mind that oil dissolves oil. Not only will double cleansing help effectively remove dirt and make-up from your skin, using oil as a moisturiser will help balance sebum, not make your skin oilier.
IN YOUR FIFTIES AND BEYOND
- Facial massage -
Another beauty tip for women over 50 is to routinely give themselves a facial massage. Begin by raising your eyebrows as high as you can and then just relax them. Then puff out your cheeks with air. Lastly, open your mouth as wide as you can and then stick out your tongue. Now this may sound silly, but the benefits are great.
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