Planning a weekend getaway but not sure which beauty essentials to pack
As middle age approaches, the lines on our face become more pronounced. Wrinkles appear on the forehead, crow’s feet deepen, laughter lines form around the mouth and liver spots increase. And that's not all: lipid levels, which hold moisture in the skin, drop once the menopause arrives.
This causes dry and dehydrated skin, along with a loss of flexibility and elasticity. The best way to combat these effects are by boosting the production of lipids, which will in turn make the skin less dry and also help to fortify it.
Here's how to tailor each step of your beauty routine to keep your skin as strong and healthy as possible:
• Firstly, try to avoid tap water when you can, which is rich in limescale that can damage the epidermis. Opt instead for a gentle milk or oil-based cleanser instead, that can simply be removed with cotton wool. This will soothe the skin and rid it of impurities such as pollution, tobacco and make-up.
• Use an anti-ageing treatment designed for mature skin that will nourish and protect, stimulate cell renewal and brighten the complexion. You can choose one according to your needs; anti-wrinkle, anti-blemish, anti-fatigue, regenerating, soothing and so forth. Anti-ageing serums are also a great option as they are densely packed with active ingredients, boosting the moisturising action of creams, and making skin feel more comfortable. Pat a few drops of your chosen serum into the skin, before following with a suitable day cream.
• Choose a rich night cream that will regenerate and deeply nourish your skin while you sleep. Massage the product in, taking your time to knead and gently pummel the skin to get the blood flow going, thus stimulating new cell production. A few drops of face oil on top of your night cream can provide a protective barrier to prevent dry air from pulling moisture out of the skin. A few times a week, apply a leave-on, moisturising face mask ; this will hydrate and nourish the skin while you sleep, as well as making it more supple. And don't forget to dab on a little an eye contour treatment as this fragile zone dries out quickly.
Mature skin needs all the love and care. Follow these steps as part of your anti-ageing regime and find yourself marvelling at your gorgeous sheen.
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