Ageing, it's completely natural. Some might even say it's a gift. Because the older we get, the wiser we get, right?! But what if there's a way to grow older and wiser, while still maintaining that youthful, radiant glow? It all starts with an 'anti-ageing' skincare routine. We cover the basics for you here.
Start with a cleanser
The first step in any good skincare routine, is always cleansing. Cleansing not only leaves you feeling fresh and clean-clean, but it also removes daily dirt, sweat, oil and makeup which can all contribute to the condition of your skin over time. Choose a gentle cleanser that is designed for your skin type and look for one with ingredients to exfoliate and brighten your skin too, like lactic acid.
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Dead skin cell build up can contribute to a lacklustre (dull) complexion, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles too. So it goes without saying that exfoliating once or twice a week is a must to keep your skin looking radiant and smooth. Choose a gentle manual or chemical exfoliant that is designed for your skin type, and look for one with AHA's or BHA's to brighten and smooth your skin.
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Add anti-ageing serums and treatments
Serums are simply concentrated formulas that are designed to target specific skin goals. In this instance, we're talking fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and pigmentation. You might also want to consider loss of elastin and collagen (a sagging of the skin or loss of overall 'plumpness'). Serums that contain antioxidants (which fight free radicals that cause premature ageing), vitamins C and A are popular choices for this particular set of skin goals.
Retinols (vitamin A) are another popular treatment product. Retinol is known as the holy-grail of skincare ingredients because it helps with almost every skin concern under the sun, most importantly, concerns that fall under 'ageing' and maturing skin. Get to know all about the benefits of retinol here.
Use an eye cream
The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, making it one of the first places to show signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. Eye creams are designed to reduce puffiness and dark circles, while hydrating and brightening this specific area. Look for an eye cream to stimulate circulation with caffeine or peptides, while improving blood flow too.
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Use a hyaluronic acid and moisturiser daily
Hydration really is the essence of beauty - because hydrated skin is plumper, smoother and brighter. The opposite of sagging, fine lines and wrinkles, build-up and dullness. So, tick-tick-tick! Keep your skin hydrated with the likes of a hyaluronic acid serum, and lock in moisture with an oil-based moisturiser.
With these five simple tips, you'll easily maintain that oh-so-desirable youthful and radiant glow. Give your skin time to yield results, and enjoy the process.