Beauty Barometer for Your Skin

10 Mar 2013

Whatever decade you’re in, your skin has specific needs – and meeting them could be the key to ageing gracefully

Safe and Supple
This is the most important and influential decade for your skin and the way you care for it now can determine what it will look like for the rest of your life. Your 20s are all about protection, refining skin’s texture and establishing a good skin care routine in order to prevent problems in later years.
Model Lara Stone, who is known for her flawless pale skin, uses rich hydrating creams such as Creme de la Mer’s thick and rich Moisturising Cream to keep it perfected. While it’s essential to get small doses of Vitamin D to keep young skin looking healthy and glowing, ensuring you apply UVA and UVB protection every day is key to protecting your glowing supple visage.from the sun’s harmful rays. Lara swears by coconut water and coconut oil as part of her everyday skin care regime, and insists that  in order to keep her look dewy and healthy, she never ever sleeps with her make-up on!
To emulate Lara’s glow, use gentle products and focus on damage prevention, including  the use of night time hydrating treatments to keep those collagen levels strong. Acne and surface pimples can be an issue for skin in this age group, but many specific spot-fighting products can actually be too dehydrating for the skin, stripping it of natural oils which in turn causes the oil glands to overproduce, exacerbating the problem. Avoid the issue at all costs by ensuring you use skincare products formulated for your exact skin type, whether that be over oily or extra dry.

Hydrate and Illuminate

We live in an era of strategic age management, where 50 looks like 40 and 40 looks like 30.  But where does that leave 30-year-olds? No doubt about it, this generation is at the tipping point of ageing when, as production of skin’s natural oils begins to slow down and fine lines and wrinkles start to appear, incorporating anti-ageing products is key. Choose products that offer plenty of hydration, as well as key antioxidants.  Natural antioxidants, found in green tea and tomatoes, can help reverse skin damage, neutralise other harmful agents within the complexion and help prevent collagen breakdown. Gisele Bundchen credits her own natural eco-friendly skin care range, Sejaa Pure, for her desirable skin, as well as her strict health regime, which incorporates a balanced diet, a ban on smoking and regular exercise including yoga and jogging. And something must be working, for the supermodel has also just been announced as the face of Chanel’s new Les Beiges collection thanks to her flawless looks.
While lots of things can influence the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including genetics and how well you have protected your skin in your earlier years, it’s important to maintain a good anti-ageing regime to halt further damage. Eye creams are a must, while natural brighteners Vitamin A, C and E, found in foods such as carrots, butternut squash, almonds, oranges and spinach, will illuminate and rejuvenate.

Maintain and Moisturise

There’s no denying that once we hit our 40s, our skin loses its natural ability to spring back from daily assaults, causing dryness and a loss of firmness. As a result, our complexions need the help of good anti-ageing products and a sophisticated skin care regime, featuring a hydrating and skin specific adult cleanser, becomes strictly necessary. Model Helena Christensen may be “a beauty product junkie” with a bathroom cabinet full of “tonics and magic serums”, but the one thing she never changes is her daily reliance on a high protection SPF. Suitably protected, facial masks and peels are a great way to revitalise, heal and refresh ageing skin. In addition to upping your beauty regime, it’s imperative to maintain a healthy lifestyle in your 40s, with increased daily vitamin intake, exercise and plenty of fresh air. Many people opt for Botox and fillers as wrinkles and pigmentation become more noticeable, but to avoid invasive treatments, book an appointment with your dermatologist and create a personal beauty regime with specific products to suit your own skin type and specific needs.

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