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Embracing Beauty and Improving Skin Health As You Age

 

For most of us, the word ‘aging’ makes us want to run for the hills. But is it really something we should be afraid of? Unfortunately, we can’t turn back the time, so let’s stand together and embrace it! We shouldn’t feel bad if we notice a few more wrinkles, another grey hair or sun spots appearing. Instead, we should nurture our bodies, and focus on what we can do to improve the health of our skin, so we can be the best version of ourselves. Also by focusing on the health of your skin, it will not only slow the signs of aging down, but it will also help it feel more rejuvenated and more glowy, and will ensure that you feel confident too. 

 

Our skin is constantly changing over time, and there are many factors that contribute to this as we get older. Just because we are aging, doesn’t mean that we can’t keep our skin looking nourished, healthy, and radiant. So we have the formula for the glowing healthy skin that you’ve always deserved. 

 

Let’s start from the beginning 
As we all know now, prevention is key. If you are under the age of 18, it isn’t too late to start looking after your skin! Start them young we say! Teens should get into the habit of applying SPF daily as a part of their morning routine and it will become a habit they’ll get used to. If you didn’t already know this, the sun is the most harmful opponent for our skin and emits even the most harmful rays on cloudy days. We must ensure that we wear an SPF all year round to protect our skin from sun damage, which can lead to sun spots, premature signs of ageing and even lead to skin cancer. This is the last step in your skincare routine and should always be applied before you leave the house. 
There have been issues with SPF clogging up skin, which admittedly can turn people away, especially teens and those in their 20s. So here are 2 tips to avoid this, so you can continue to use and protect your skin every day;
 
  1. Opt for something lighter in consistency, like the Cetaphil Sun Ultra-Light Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50+. This is a water-resistant, non-greasy and lightweight SPF that can be used on face and body.

  2. Wash the day away! Ensure to cleanse the skin as a part of your nighttime routine, because sleeping with SPF on your face will NOT do wonders for it and can clog up those pores leading to future breakouts.

 

For the dry and dehydrated

 

Everything on our skin can be related to our reproductive system, which is then reflected on our faces. And when a woman reaches a certain age, close to it, or even past it, the skin can become dry and dehydrated, which sadly can lead to lacklustre skin. As we age the sebaceous glands produce less oil making it harder for the skin to produce moisture and retain any hydration in the skin. Whether you’re a fan of oils or not, a good facial oil will become your best friend, trust us. The Jojoba Company Oil does immediate wonders for the skin, as it puts moisture back into what we have lost. We need oil on our faces the more we mature. And if you’re not a fan of the texture, or feel that it is too greasy for you, opt for a dryer oil like The Jojoba Oil, as not only will it enrich your skin with vital nutrients and antioxidants, whilst restoring the moisture levels balancing it out for healthier, radiant skin. 

 

 

 

'But what about the eye bags?'

 

No matter how much sleep we have, we tend to find that as we age our under eyes also appear more dry and dehydrated, causing them to look darker and in fact, more ’tired-looking’. Keeping the under eyes hydrated and protected by using powerful ingredients containing Antioxidant Vitamins C and E, will help improve resilience and will fight off free radicals acting as a protective barrier against further damage. The Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm eye serum, will not only do this, but it will also help smooth the skin's texture, keep it firm, and is a beautiful makeup prep before concealer application!

 

 

Glow from within

 

The wonderful thing about ingestible beauty is that more recently brands like Vida Glow are clinically proven to help boost your collagen production from within. Vida Glow's, Hydrolysed collagen peptide powder and Natural Marine Collagen can be poured into your morning coffee, OJ, or even a glass of water, as its low molecular weight allows your body to absorb it, leading to clinically proven plumper and hydrated skin, healthier hair and stronger nails. It’s seriously as easy as that, but you must be consistent with it for it to make a difference!

 

 

 

Your nighttime routine

 

More and more women are embracing aging and focusing on their skin’s health and there has been a rise in discussion on how beauty and wellness products are now being used to enhance one’s appearance, rather than reversing or changing it. From around the age of 25, many people begin to notice the first noticeable signs of aging. Tiny shallow lines, crows feet, and even little laughter lines (which are beautiful). However, many of us may show the signs of aging a lot quicker than others due to smoking, drinking, sunbathing and (lots of) partying. Whilst for some, it’s a great time to be alive, our skin on the other hand can suffer profusely! You win some you lose some right?

 

Now the good news is, that the queen of all serums, Retinol, can in fact banish some of those regrets and mistakes from the past.

 

Retinol is your best friend. Period. 

 

If you’re looking for an all-rounder that’ll even your skin tone, boost radiance, help minimise the signs of aging, hydrate and smooth your skin, AND promote collagen production. This. Is. For. You. Users of the Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum saw a 93% reduction of lines, 98% noticed smoother skin, and 85% saw more radiant skin. With its Tri-Active Technology, developed by Dr. Murad and his team of experts, which feeds retinol slowly into the skin, almost like a drip, ensuring to lessen irritation and maximise visible results to the skin, such as hydrating, plumping, and visibly minimising fine lines. Retinol also increases the skin's resilience and increases skin cell turnover leading to plump and juicy skin!

 

Now when to apply retinol? In the words of skincare guru Caroline Hirons;

 

'Bun up, bra off, skincare on’

 

The best time to apply Retinol is in your nighttime skincare routine, which should in fact be when you get home from work, 5/6 hours before you go to bed. Take your makeup off right away, as you want to cleanse your skin from all the pollution from the day, and the longer you have the good stuff on your skin, the better! 

 

Now for when you sleep, try switching your cotton for a silk pillowcase, believe it or not, absorbs less moisture than your standard cotton pillowcase, meaning all that hard work from your nighttime regime hasn’t gone to waste, so your skin stays hydrated for longer. By limiting the amount of friction, this also prevents fines and creasing that the skin is exposed to. Made from luxurious 100% pure mulberry silk, the breathable Shhh Silk Pillowcase will naturally hydrate your skin by maintaining the moisture on your face. It also does wonders for your hair, by lessening breakage and reducing frizz. You will literally wake up looking like a goddess. 

 

 

Back to that magical 3 letter word, SPF

 

If you didn’t already know this, the sun is the most harmful opponent for our skin and emits even the most harmful rays on cloudy days. We must ensure that we wear an SPF all year round to protect your skin from sun damage, which can lead to sun spots, premature signs of aging and even lead to skin cancer. This is the last step in your skincare routine and should always be applied before you leave the house. The Mesoestetic Light Water Anti Aging Veil  is a beautiful and lightweight SPF infused with hyaluronic acid to enhance and maintain natural skin hydration and tissue elasticity and firmness.

 

We can also experience photo damage to the skin caused by prolonged exposure to the sun, which can lead to signs of premature ageing, increased pigmentation, fine lines, and many other skincare concerns. The concentrated Multivitamin Power Firm Masque, by Dermalogica, packed with Vitamins A, C, E and Linoleic Acid, will help restore the skin, reducing the signs of aging, whilst enhancing and strengthening your skincare barrier and protecting from free radicals. As well as protecting your skin, the Algae extract helps moisturise the skin, whilst pro-vitamin B5 helps to nourish any damaged skin.

 

 

There has been a rise in discussion on how beauty and wellness products are now being used to enhance one’s appearance, rather than reversing or changing it. It is now all about understanding your aging skin, and what you can do to improve its health, and more women are embracing it! Shop our skin-enhancing faves today, at Oz Hair and Beauty!