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4-step skin care routine for a fresher complexion and softer skin at any age

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ¼ cup gently warmed reduced fat milk

Directions

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.

  1. 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.

Michelle

 

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If you live in the city, take a walk in the park to be well and stay well.

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Are we disconnected from the world around us?

There is a clever chap, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee who writes for The Guardian and was recently contemplating the deeper human issues that may be, in part responsible for our environmental crises.

He said, ‘If we go to the root of the present ecological crisis we will find a state of disconnection. We appear frighteningly disconnected from real awareness of the effects of our materialistic culture upon the very ecosystem that supports us. The challenge is to develop a value-based economic structure, that is not concerned solely with our material well-being, but embraces the whole human being – body and spirit – as well as the rich biodiversity of the Earth.’

Isn’t is funny how when you focus on something, some idea, suddenly everything feels connected? I was having an internal conversation earlier this week. I had some random questions about the ‘disconnect’ of our modern age.

When we get ‘plugged into’ technology do we dampen our awareness of the world around us?

When people travel across the world and make modern families not related by blood but experience do they feel that they belong but aren’t bonded?

If people have their beliefs but don’t worship with others do they feel alone in the universe?

I don’t have answers. I don’t have hard opinions. But I know that the busier I get and the less time I spend with family, friends, nature, yeah – my dog and my quiet self, the more I am at risk of being  spiritually impoverished.

Right now, given some personal challenges, my motto is to do more with less – less time, less energy, less angst. And to live in the moment.

My hope for you. Be well, stay well. 

Michelle

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If you live in the city, take a walk in the park to be well and stay well.

 

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If you live in the city – take a walk in the park to be well and stay well.

Getting reconnected with nature.

A study conducted by the University of Queensland (UQ) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED); it found that visiting parks delivered benefits such as:
– reduced risk of developing heart disease,
– stress,
– anxiety and depression.

A walk in the park does you good.

The report stated that ‘If city residents all went to a park for a half hour weekly, there would be 7 percent fewer cases of depression and 9 percent fewer cases of high blood pressure.’ I completely get that. When I arrived in London I noticed two things. How busy and crowded the city was. And how the parks gave you space to breathe, be apart from the throng and feel more peaceful. Clearly I’m not alone in this feeling.

“If everyone visited their local parks for half an hour each week there would be seven per cent fewer cases of depression and nine percent fewer cases of high blood pressure,” says UQ CEED researcher Dr. Danielle Shanahan.

She added that, “Given that the societal costs of depression alone in Australia are estimated at $A12.6 billion a year, savings to public health budgets across all health outcomes could be immense.”

UQ CEED researcher Associate Professor Richard Fuller said the research could change people’s attitudes about city parks. “We’ve known for a long time that visiting parks is good for our health, but we are now beginning to establish exactly how much time we need to spend in parks to gain these benefits,” he says.
“We have specific evidence that we need regular visits of at least half an hour to ensure we get these benefits.”

So if you are feeling like a refresher, get out of the confines of an office and commune with nature. It’s simple, free and as the research proves, it’s good for you. Naturally, for those of you that do this all the time, it’ll be no surprise.

If you’re pre-scheduled to the hilt, make a date with the outdoors.

Be well. Stay well.

Michelle

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Look in the mirror – your skin reflects your wellbeing.

4-step skin care routine for a fresher complexion and softer skin at any age