4 steps to better skin through all your ages.
Skin care can be seem overly complicated, can’t it? I am sure that you, like me and many others have at some point invested in a cream that has promised so much, yet delivered so little. And I mean invest. You can spend multiple times over on the moisturiser with the big ‘promise’ than you do on the cleanser. And what you get if you have skin like mine (combination, sensitive skin that doesn’t particularly like fragrance – read, temperamental) is spots.
But for great skin regardless of your age, here are 4 essential steps to make the best of the skin you have and keep it looking as youthful as possible – not matter what age you are.
- Start every day with sunscreen no matter the weather.
The most damaging factor for our skin, without contest, are ultraviolet rays from the sun. They damage and age the skin like nothing else.
Even on cloudy days, so common in the U.K. up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV radiation still penetrates the clouds. So applying facial sunscreen every morning is a must. Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 + to block up to 97% of the sun’s rays. Personally I find the higher the SPF the more pore clogging the sunscreen and the more prone I am to breakouts. If you have discovered a skin friendly high SPF, I’d love to hear about it. I am content with SPF 15 and covering up. I am a fan of hats, every season.
- Apply a serum to help deal with antioxidants each morning.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. You’ll have heard about free radicals, those pesky, unstable molecules that can damage the collagen and elastin in our skin. Normal body processes create free radicals but so do pollution, UV radiation, and eating junk / processed foods. Applying an antioxidant serum every morning is a key step in fighting off free radicals. Timeless Skin Energizing Serum punches above its price tag.
- Gently exfoliate your skin two to three times per week.
Previous advice may have advocated once a week. But it turns out ‘more is more’. Younger complexions turn over skin every six to eight weeks. Rapid renewal of skin cells contributes to a bright, vibrant, smooth skin which is wrinkle-free. But as we get older the skin rejuvenation process slows. Sloughing off older skin cells is the ticket. Those now redundant cells that tend to clump on the surface of our skin and causing our complexions to look dull, skin to feel dry or rough and exaggerating the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Exfoliating your skin removes this upper layer of dead skin cells. Skin is immediately brighter and looks fresher and more vibrant. And the good news, exfoliating sends a signal to deeper layers of skin cells that they need to turn over more quickly, stimulating the rejuvenation cycle six to eight weeks that lends itself to younger looking skin. No need to overdo it daily – exfoliating two to three times per week will do. Sensitive skins benefit from a routine just once a week.
From special sponges and scrubs, masks and peels and even toners, there are many ways to exfoliate the skin. Here’s a recipe for one you can mix up at home.
DIY Baking Soda Exfoliating All-over Scrub
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon honey
- ¼ cup gently warmed reduced fat milk
Stir all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Rinse your face with warm water, put the exfoliating scrub on a washcloth, and gently clean your skin with it. Rinse off with warm water.
- Night time is the right time to apply an anti-aging cream.
Like so many other parts our bodies, our skin rejuvenates itself at night.
That’s why night time is the ideal time to use anti-ageing creams. They have six to eight uninterrupted hours to hydrate, soften and rejuvenate your skin.
The trick is to match your skin type to your night cream. Timeless Skin Night Cream contains proven anti-ageing active ingredients that help stimulate micro-circulation to improve collagen and elastin production to firm your skin’s structure. If you are younger, or have skin prone to breakout with richer formulations you may prefer a rejuvenating essence or hydrating gel. Aloe Ferox Rejuvenating Essence is clinically proven to stimulate collagen synthesis and help restore skin’s elasticity. It is very effective used in combination with Spotless Crème to redress hyper-pigmentation. Aloe Ferox Super Aloe Gel is deeply hydrating, oil and fragrance-free.
So that’s it, skin care kept simple. Aloe Ferox is an imminently affordable skin care range for all skin types. For a capsule anti-ageing skincare range Timeless Skin combines nature and science with proven results.
Be beautiful. Stay beautiful.