Beauty News

Beautiful skin at any age

Beautiful, healthy skin is something every woman strives for. We show you simple steps to achieving a complexion that's glowing with health.

Teenage years

The key to calming volatile teenage skin is clearing away excess oil and dirt without stripping away natural oils – dry skin is likely to produce more sebum. Use foaming cleansers that clear away dirt effectively, but make sure the skin isn’t left tight and uncomfortable.

Don’t underestimate the benefits of natural ingredients. Preservatives are not only bad for pores, but have long-lasting negative effects on the skin. Tea-tree, witch-hazel and blackcurrant are just some of the natural options available as pure, concentrated oils, or as ‘active’ ingredients in skincare products

20s – 30s

Prevention is the focus during this decade. Use plenty of sunscreen to guard against the signs of ageing that start to appear in your 30s and 40s. Many moisturisers contain sunscreen, however if this is not the case remember to apply on top of your daily moisturiser

Skincare is confusing enough at the best of times. But sometimes we discover that the products we’ve been using happily for years have stopped being as effective. With so many products to choose from, how do you begin to tell which ones are best for your skin? The easiest way to do this is to try before you buy. Most over-the-counter brands will stock sample sized products. Take note – price is not always a good indicator of quality.

30s-40s

Skin can often begin to show signs of aging in the 30s. Look for light, silky moisturisers that minimise pores, as well as diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

New skincare products now offer doses of hyaluronic acid directly to your skin, providing an instant ‘plumping’ effect on wrinkles by increasing water binding capacity to boost the connective tissue. Salicylic acid is another key ingredient, which works as an exfoliant. It helps to slough off dead skin cells, making room for the growth of new skin cells.

40s-50s

Now is the time to indulge in skincare rich in coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa seed butter. Skin becomes more delicate, dry and sensitive during this time, so it’s important to use gentle but nourishing products.

Don’t go overboard. Moisturised skin doesn’t have to shine with product. Look for products which contain collagen or elastine – boosting ingredients, as skin will begin to sag and loosen from a lack of the above.

Pay attention to the eyes and décolletage, as the skin is especially delicate. When applying eye-cream, always dab or pat onto skin, never rub or smear.

Rosacea affects one in ten people and is most common around the 40s and 50s. Use products to combat symptoms of redness, acne, dryness and sensitivity.

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