GLOW: 5 Easy Ways to Make Your Skin Happy, Happier, Happiest!!!

 

1. STAY HYDRATED, YO

It’s a no brainer really. If you get dehydrated, your body pulls water from your tissues and skin to maintain the concentration in your blood. This causes skin cells to sink and sag, causing minor wrinkles to appear more prominent than they are and your skin to have a less than fresh tinge. Your eyes look sunken, your skin feels dryer, and it’s not going to be as elastic, so you will look a lot older. Nice.

Drinking enough of the good stuff is pretty much the common theme cited by models, celebs, and beauty insiders when it comes to naming their numero uno beauty secret. Last year a British babe claimed that drinking six bottles (or 3 litres) of water every day for 28 days took 10 years off her face, nixing her dark shadows, red blotches and wrinkles!

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So, how to get more in? I know, drinking water can be more than a little boring! Keep a glass on your desk or a non-BPA bottle by your side wherever you go to ensure you get your fill throughout the day. Sip on herbal teas and warm water with lemon throughout the day (make sure its all caffeine free though, or you’ll be doing it all in vain!). Also, take a glass to bed with you and gulp that sucker down before you shut your peepers, or first thing upon raising your beautiful dream-filled head from your pillow.

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If you’re finding it hard, try downloading an app like Waterlogged (for iOs) or Drink More Water! (Android) to remind you to keep up your water intake, or scout around for a bottle with markers that tell you how much water you should have consumed by a certain time to keep you on track. And in your quest for aquaholism, please make it filtered if you cam, and avoid that shit in plastic bottles (google it if you don’t believe me).

2. COMMIT TO THOSE ZZZZZZ’s

Equally as important as staying fuelled on the H2O is getting adequate sleep. You’ve no doubt experienced the ill effects of burning that candle at both of its ends. Nasty candle. In addition to extreme fatigue, brain fog and lack of coordination, lack of sleep makes for heinous bags under your peepers and all sorts of other chain-reactiony things like zits and weight gain due to disturbed sleep cycles and angry, out of whack hormones.

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So try not to have too many benders ok? I know sometimes they may be inevitable, but save them for special occasions and try and beat the sun coming up, or you’ll be looking older than your bio age in not time!

3. THOU SHALT ALWAYS WASH IT ALL OFF

Hand in hand with number two, the proverbial late nighter generally coincides with forgetting to take one’s beauty junk off their visage before hitting that pillow hard. We’ve all been there, waking up hours later with smeared gunk half way down our face, a rogue false eyelash creeping its way to who knows where and an eyelid stuck persistently shut. Pretty huh? I know in moments of extreme exhaustion the need to sleep definitely overrides the wish to go and get gunk all in my eyes and water all over myself when I try and wash it all off in some kind of stupor.

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Not washing your face can speed up the aging process because of free radical damage. It’s important to wash away pollutants that stick to makeup and contaminate our skin, attacking healthy skin that can result in a decrease in the production of collagen, which means premature wrinkles. To aid a too-tired-to-clean situation, keep some gentle cleansing facial wipes by your bedside or even under your pillow (try to find a natural brand without all the fragrances, preservatives n’ shit). You could even keep some jojoba or almond oil (see below) and some cotton pads near your bedside to at least feign an attempt to dissolve as much as you can with a quick wipe. I also find cold cream with a cotton cloth works a treat, I use it in my kit to remove hardcore caked-on makeup and it works very well to remove and to leave skin feeling soft and moisturised afterward. Try to take that all important two minutes before you collapse to get as much off as you can. You need to let your skin breathe, not suffocate. Remember that and it will love you a whole lot more.

4. GET INTO THE GOOD OIL

Whenever I can (or remember) I like to slather my skin in organic pure coconut, jojoba, rose hip, macadamia, avocado oil – whatever oil I can get my mitts on really! You can use oils to cleanse or moisturise- did you know coconut oil is great at dissolving mascara? Heck sometimes I’ll even use some extra virgin olive oil after slathering some through my stressed out strands whilst doing a hot oil treatment. It’s the easiest way to slam some nourishment into your face fast!

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Contrary to popular belief, using oils on your skin does not equate to oilier skin. Good quality oils like those mentioned above are emollient to the skin and help to nourish moisture and protect the skin cells. This is opposed to the cheap mineral oils found in cheaper cosmetic products (like those nasty MAC rip offs) which clog the skin and cause blocked pores and hence trigger increased oil production as your skin tries to clear itself.

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So buy some beautiful pure organic cold pressed oils and get slathering. Your skin will drink that shit up! Make it a ritual and get addicted.

5. MASSAGE IT ALL AWAY

Once you’ve cleaned all the grit and grime from the day from your pretty lil’ face, why not treat yourself with a facial massage with your favourite oils. Mix a few together, or try adding a drop or two of an essential oil like lemon, lavender or rosemary (go easy, tiger, they’re strong) to your base oil before giving your face and neck a good, loving going over.

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Facial massage is so amazing for boosting circulation! The more blood flow through your cells the better nourished they are with oxygen and nutrients. It’s said that certain techniques can tighten and tone the skin and help to prevent sagging. Sign me up. Check out YouTube for facial massage techniques (look up Ayurvedic facial massage) and commit to doing it every few days if you can. You’re welcome.

Love to you and your lovely face.

xDS

 

GLOW: The wonders of lavender for hair and health

Ah Lavender! That most marvelous of essential oils, with a sweet, fresh aroma guaranteed to conjur up images of spring fields, country gardens, and relaxing, dreamlike spa experiences.

But its more than just a pretty smell.  It also has wide and varied therapeutic benefits- especially for the hair!!

Lavender is a natural relaxant. It soothes and calms body and mind, helping to ward off insomnia.  Known for its stress relieving properties, it lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, which helps you relax! Try adding a few drops in a hot bath, or mixing with carrier oil for a massage, to ease away the day’s stress and aid a good night’s sleep.

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Lavender oil is the essential oil of a lavender plant, derived from the stalks and flowers. The history of Lavender dates back at least as far as the Roman Empire. It was here lavender oil, with its antiseptic qualities, was used to treat battle wounds.  Fast forward to today and lavender and its oil has many uses both medicinally and for the home.

The wide variety of uses for this remarkable oil is truly astonishing and is indispensible in your medicine cabinet. With its strong wound-healing properties, lavender oil can be used on minor cuts and grazes, simply by dabbing a few drops straight onto the affected area.  Lavender oil is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Used neat or added to water or creams, it can cleanse the skin and prevent and heal sebaceous spots and irritations.

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Lavender oil is also a mild analgesic and a few neat drops of lavender oil gently massaged onto the temples can help stop a persistent headache. As well, this wonder oil is anti-inflammatory and can be used to cool, relieve and help heal burns and sunburn. A few drops applied to the affected area can do the trick.

Lavender oil is also wonderful for the hair!  Because lavender oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, it is helpful for maintaining a healthy scalp.  Lavender oil enhances blood circulation, improving the health of your scalp, and is really helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth.

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It can be used to treat dandruff, psoriasis of the scalp and hair loss. High stress levels can lead to many common hair and scalp issues, especially hair loss and alopecia areata, a medical condition in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body. Because lavender oil is naturally helpful in reducing stress, it can be used along with other stress relievers to reduce the risk of hair loss.

A relaxing scalp massage with lavender oil can help cure insomnia and improve sleep quality, and it relaxes you and helps you get rid of anxiety. This in turn helps control hair loss, as insomnia, stress, depression are among the common and probable causes of this problem.   When we get enough sleep and have mental peace, this ensures that hair loss stays in control.By keeping these scalp conditions at bay, your scalp is able to be rejuvenated.  And what comes out of a healthy scalp? Healthy hair of course!

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Wondering how you can reap some of the nourishing and therapeutic benefits of this amazing oil and incorporate it into your hair care routine?

You could try 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil per 1 oz. or around 30 mls of your favorite carrier oil (jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and even olive oil are great).  Massage this lavender-infused oil into the scalp or warm it up for a hot oil treatment.  Let it set for 15-60 minutes before shampooing for a great treatment that helps with dandruff or itchy scalp.  If you keep using it regularly, you will start noticing its benefits within a few weeks or months.

If you’re after a fantastic everyday conditioner that adds weightless moisture and harnesses the benefits of lavender, you could also try the Nourishing Everyday EO® French Lavender Conditioner I have available in the Sunshyne Crimes online store. This cruelty free, pH Balanced, non synthetic formula is made from pure essential oils and is a great way to get your lavender fix!

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It combines synergistic ingredients, including Pure French Lavender oil,  to protect hair from daily environmental effects and soothe and nurture the hair shaft. It gently conditions, repairs existing damage, and protects hair from further damage.  A range  of other key active ingredients nurture and pamper including Gotu Kola, quinoa protein (high in amino acids to fortify and condition) and hibiscus, which is rich in alpha hydroxy and amino acids to rehydrate keratin fibers adding luster and smoothness.

Its a fantastic everyday product that I’m proud to stand behind! I am using it at the moment and its both gorgeous smelling- adding to your total experience of loveliness AND great for your hair to boot! My hair has definitely been softer and bouncier since I’ve started using it and I can’t wait to see how the condition of my hair, which is prone to falling out, improves in a few months. Use this everyday in conjunction with a regular lavender oil treatment to give your hair some real beneficial nourishment!

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You could also combine your lavender oil with some lemongrass essential oil (also terrific for hair nourishment, strengthening hair follicles which promotes hair growth) for a real one-two punch!

Benefits of lovely lavender:

  • Rubbing lavender oil on your scalp daily can stimulate your scalp which in turn promotes hair growth
  • Anti-bacterial, helps to heal scalp infections, itchy scalp and dandruff
  • As an antiseptic, it can get rid of lice and lice eggs
  • Deeply conditions hair
  • Fights against hair shedding
  • Adds volume to the hair shaft
  • Helps prevent baldness

Awesome stuff lavender!

You can purchase the EO Pure Performance Everyday Conditioner in French Lavender here.

What products do you normally use to heal or keep hair problems at bay?

Have you used lavender oil for your hair before? I’d love to hear of your experiences. Please share your comments below!

xDS

GLOW: The wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar

If you don’t already have a stash, it may time to invest in some good old Apple Cider Vinegar  (ACV) for your beauty cabinet as well as your pantry. More than just being king of the dressing salads, and a superstar at pickling things, the so-called ‘miracle’ vinegar provides a not-so-secret host of applications beyond the kitchen! Oooooh! Read on lovely, this all-in-one beauty product is soon to become a staple for all you natural beauties on a budget.

The use of vinegar with a variety of plants or essential oils for cosmetic purposes can be traced back to the Romans and was fashionable during the 19th century as ‘vinegar de toilette’.  Hollywood hottie Scarlett Johansson apparently swears by ACV to keep her visage looking lovely. “If you have breakouts, it can be really healing,” she tells Elle UK. “It’s a little bit stinky, but if you’re not sleeping over at your boyfriend’s, it’s really effective”. ScarJo apparently mixes a little with lemon juice, which, when diluted with some purified water, can make an excellent facial astringent to moisturise, refresh and purify skin.

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So, how does it work? Well this wonder juice is made from fermented apples (that is first fermented to cider, then re-fermented into vinegar). Malic and lactic acids found in the vinegar help to soften and exfoliate your skin, reduce red marks, and treat acne on both your face and body. ACV has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and does a sterling job at regulating the pH of your skin, which is super important in having great skin! The more balanced the pH of your skin, the better – you want to control that oil whilst not drying your skin out too much. Many of the harsh chemicals in many of the big beauty brands that are marketed at acne-prone skin are also excellent at zapping your skin of all its moisture.  I have tried almost every single one of those products in my teens and twenties and so many of them were just soooo harsh- they virtually strip your skin of all its good oils and make it dry, flaky, irritated and red. Not a good look, and gosh knows what it may be doing to your sensitive dermis.  The acidity of ACV counteracts that process and actually balances your skin and hair’s natural pH levels. When making the switch to apple cider vinegar, you instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals, which is always a good thing if you are conscious of your chemical load and its impact on wellbeing.

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Making a refreshing astringent from apple cider vinegar is dead simple – you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it YEARS ago. Dilute approx. one part vinegar with anywhere between two – eight parts purified water, and gently wipe/ dab the concoction over your face with a cotton ball, avoiding the eye area, just like a regular toner.  When you first start using this toner, it’s a good idea to start off with a 1:8 ratio first and see how your skin reacts. You can then make it stronger or weaker depending on how it feels. Many people also like to add green tea and/or other essential oils to mask its strong scent. It can be stored in a clean, sterilised glass container – try to avoid plastic containing nasties which may negate all the goodness. You could also put it in a mister bottle (again, try to find a non-plastic one) and lightly spray over the face.

You can apply the lotion at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. Just use it in place of your normal toner. The acidity of the vinegar will create a light layer on the skin, locking in moisture. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to dilute the solution further, and use it once a day only to ensure your skin isn’t reacting.

A dab of pure apple cider vinegar can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.  Apple cider vinegar can also help reduce red marks and blemishes, and soften skin.

When used in your beauty regimen, apple cider vinegar can help you get pretty from head to toe. It soothes and promotes quick healing.  And it’s cheap too! Be sure to choose an organic brand of raw apple cider vinegar for the most beauty benefits. Honestly, there is NO NEED to fork out on a brand name toner that can set you back $30 or $40.

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There are a range of other benefits that many people claim this wonder vinegar achieves.  Besides topical use, a lot of people find it a great supplement to take orally, for a range of different reasons from detoxing, allergies, to candida, to chronic fatigue.  Whilst I can’t really handle doing pure shots of it myself (too strong! Its burns!) I have tried it diluted in both hot and cold water and it does make a great internal cleanser. If you’re interested in reading more info on the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar, you can look over here.

Lovely one, do you have a CRAZY amazing beauty or health secret that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below or head over to my FACEBOOK PAGE and leave me a comment!

xDS


GLOW: Looking after your skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond

If you’re anything like me, your skin has probably been a rollercoaster-like source of stress and frustration. It seems that just as soon as you manage to finally conquer that plaguing teenage acne from bubbling up all over your face, those fine little ‘life lines’ (YAY!) start appearing.  Even into my 30s, I still get the odd acne attack here and there. Even though its nowhere near as bad now, I still kinda think that I got duped when I see those little crinkles around my eyes starting to be that little bit more pronounced at the SAME time as I’m trying to make an angry little hormonal red f*cker on my face disappear!

I recently found a great article that breaks your skin care needs down by the decade – which is just fantastic- if only I’d known this shizz 10 years ago!

If there’s one thing I do sorta regret its that I did used to be one of those people who treated my visage a little bit meanly; numerous all-nighters, meager consumption of water, made up for with too much alcohol, and going to bed in my makeup more times than I’d like to remember. In my youth I also fell under the spell of much of advertising’s evil embrace. I found myself trying a zillion and one products to try and keep that raging problematic skin somewhat sedated.  I tried peels, scrubs, masks, creams, lotions, gels, all in a quest to make my skin compliant. My beauty cupboard was virtually obese, though nothing seemed to work.  I’m going to get all Cher here and start singing “If I Could Turn Back Time” any minute now….if only I’d just taken it a little easy!

As I’ve gotten older (and hopefully, wiser) I’ve become more and more conscious of my health, at the same time as becoming more suspect of the bigger companies’ many out-there claims.  I not-so-long ago decided to once and for all turn a blind eye to the pretty bottle and the nice fonts on the label and the great packaging and the ‘magical’ core ingredients endorsed by someone with awesome, flawlessly photoshopped skin.  I started to wisen up to the fact that a price tag in no way reflects the quality of the ingredients or the integrity of the brand; you are really only paying for mystique, prestige and marketing (and the Lauder’s newest luxury villa in Sardinia).  It seems like everywhere we turn there’s a landslide of products and pills designed to trick us into thinking there is a magic solution to all that irks us.  Everywhere we look there is that all-pervasive message that the magical fountain of youth awaits the lucky few who can afford the latest and greatest shiny new serum or elixir, full of enchanting exotic ingredients like gold mountain dust from Tibet, or shards of ancient unicorn claw. As a growing body of research suggests, these products are pretty much a sham in a slick bottle.

So, it stands to be questioned then- what DO we need  for our skin? If we’re going to pare it down to the essentials and not get swept up in the hype machine of cult products, what should we be using? It would seem that as we age our skin needs vastly different treatment and attention than when it did during adolescence when we were plagued with raging hormones.

Read on for some useful knowledge on how to handle your skin’s demands as you age-  whatever age you are now. It’s a good overview of what your skin’s needs are now how these can change over time, along with some of the more simple strategies you can try yourself depending on your age bracket. Thanks to Refinery 29’s for offering this advice on keeping your skin as fresh and vibrant as it can be for as long as can be!

What to expect in your……20s

Its all about prevention — taking diligent care of your skin now means far fewer problems ahead for your future face.  The big one here is sun protection which should be a part of your daily routine. Stop your baking in the sun NOW (sun damage causes cancer and wrinkles, duh!), put down the fags for good and start drinking more water than anything else.

Another common issue in your 20s is that scourge known as adult acne, with your hormones playing a larger role in adult female acne. Another hormonally mediated skin concern that can start in the 20s is melasma, or brown patches on the skin that become darker with sun exposure. Awesome!

Routine: Cleansing your face twice daily is important. Try a cream cleanser for dryer skin, while oily, acne-prone types should choose something that fights oil and breakouts.

Follow that up with a super-light moisturizer and an SPF 30, if your moisturizer doesn’t already have one in it. If you’re at the beach or plan to be out in the sun for an extended period of time, up that SPF to a 60.

According to Dr. Colbert, there’s no need to waste your hard-earned $$$ on anti-aging creams: “In your 20s, those fancy creams are just icing on the cake. Focus on wearing sunscreen, hydrating, and not destroying your skin with sun, alcohol, and bad diet choices.”

Ingredients to look out for: Salicylic acid will help fight off hormonal breakouts,  broad-spectrum (i.e. UVA and UVB) sun protection, Shea nut oil and vitamin C, to hydrate.

Avoid! Invasive surgeries and procedures- there is no need!  Just do your thing and be beautiful. Once you are on that treadmill you can never get off and the earlier you start the more chance that you suffer disfigurement and strange morphed features as your youthful features mature. Your big guns at this age are prevention, not treatment. You should also avoid resurfacing lasers, unless you are trying to treat acne scars; they are way too harsh.

Takeaway tip:  Dermatologists seem pretty uniform on this one: sun protection is the most important anti-aging piece of the skin care regimen.  No anti-aging cream is going to give you the type of results down the road that wearing sunscreen now will.  So what does this mean in an age of sunscreens loaded with toxins and chemicals that seems just as bad as the alternative itself- sun damage?  It means to be careful in the sun.  A little of it is good for us – we need the Vitamin D- but if you’re in the southern hemisphere take heed to get your dose before 10am and after 5pm as that is when its at its least damaging.  NEVER stay out sunbaking. And stay out of the sun in the middle of the day. I personally wear sunscreen only if I’m outside longer than 20 minutes in the middle of the day.  And always a hat. If you use sunscreen and you’re worried about chemicals and parabens and stuff like I am, avoid commercial brands and seek out a PABA-and-toxin-free, natural sunscreen. Here’s a good article on some.

What to expect in your ……30s

So, good for us, our acne will usually subside by this stage in our life (woo hoo- finally!). The flip side to that is, its due to our skin starting to dry out (dang!)

What we can expect? More hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, sun spots, and darker circles under our eyes. Additionally our skin will start to feel less smooth and pores will become more enlarged.

In the words of Oprah, THIS IS KEY. “By the time you reach your 30s it’s time to take a good look at your diet,” says Dr. Colbert. “You are what you eat. Every food that you eat will show straight through your skin, so stop consuming sugars and processed foods. Add kale, greek yoghurt, almonds, blueberries, olive oil, and white fish to your daily diet”

Your ideal skin care routine: Cleanse twice a day and use a toner to firm your skin, minimize those pores, and keep them from clogging up. Exfoliate 3-5 times a week to remove dead skin cells and be sure to keep being sun smart every day. Dr. Colbert recommends a moisturizer with potent antioxidants. At night, a more intensive night cream may work for you.

Ingredients to stock up on: Potent antioxidants like goji berry and vitamin C, to help combat the visible effects of fatigue (and your undoubtedly more stressful life); and glycolic acid, to dissolve the build-up of dead skin cells and refresh your skin.

Avoid! Using too many products at once, like glycolics, retinoids, and peeling agents, says Dr. Sobel. “Don’t think more is better — it will actually just wind up irritating your skin,” he says. Dr. Colbert also cautions cleansing brush enthusiasts to take it easy: “Your Clarisonic may feel good, but if you’re using it every day, you’re drying out your skin and then you are forced to play catch-up with your moisturizer.”

Takeaway tip:  Apparently, your 30s is the time to start to plan out your face, so you don’t end up 50 and wishing you’d done something. So perhaps see a derm if you wish or step up your skin care routine at home. “If you start treating your skin concerns early (a.k.a. now), you won’t be overwhelmed by them in your 40s.”

What to expect in your…..40s

Jowls, wrinkles, large pores: everything appears in your 40s. Something to look forward to then! Pigmentation can worsen and there will be a loss of overall skin elasticity that will be most pronounced around your eyes. Menopause, which can occur in your late 40s, is going to cause your hormones to go nutty. This means even more dryness and, for some, a specific type of acne called perioral dermatitis. Joy!

Routine: Twice daily cleansing with a hydrating cleanser, followed by a treatment serum with time-released ingredients to treat and give your skin extra protection all day long. “You want a product that you can use in the morning, yet there will still be some benefits left at night when you go to put on your night cream,” says Dr. Colbert.  Follow your serum with a moisturizer that contains SPF.

Facial oils seem to be a help at this age as the reduction of sebaceous oil means your skin loses its ability to hold onto moisture. Use them at night, prior to applying your moisturizer.

Ingredients to look out for:  Aloe and chamomile, to hydrate and soothe. Essential oils of yangu, marula, and passionfruit, to rehydrate skin and seal in moisture.

Avoid! Your skin is really starting to dry out, so steer clear of any products that are going to irritate or cause further dryness. This can include acne-fighting products and many chemical exfoliators (you should already be avoiding these).

Takeaway tip: Do something for your skin – start incorporating treatment and protective products into your routine now, or it’s all just going to go downhill (literally) from here. Sounds a little daunting to me, but anyway, let’s move ahead shall we?

What to expect in your….50s

This is the age when gravity finally catches up with us, as our skin’s elasticity and collagen degrades further and causes a whole array of fun side effects like jowls, loose skin, “turkey neck,” and smile lines. If you were diligent with that sunscreen, this laxity might not be quite so advanced, and you may fare better with wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. In addition, redness and blotchiness may also be on the menu for you.

Routine: Cleanse twice daily with a super-hydrating face wash. Follow up with a facial oil, a retinoid (if you agree with using them), an antioxidant-rich moisturizer, and an SPF.  At night you may wish to be more diligent in your treatment than you were in your 40s. Apply your facial oil and a rich night cream to lock in moisture and boost your skin’s oil levels.

Ingredients to look out for: Light facial oils, to seal in that moisture. Vitamin C to protect the skin. Dermatologists also recommend glycolic acid, to help increase the absorption of retinoids.

Avoid! Surgery! Try non-invasive procedures like lasers and peels first. Also, don’t over treat yourself at home. People get really haphazard with at-home peels and they don’t know what they are doing, so they wind up injuring themselves. Educate yourself on these products and the correct way to use them.

Takeaway tip: Don’t forget your neck! If you’ve focused on your face but forgotten your neck, it will age you.

What to expect in your ….60s

All those issues that started to manifest in your 50s are going to continue at a more pronounced rate. Pop the corks! This is also the time when precancerous lesions or skin cancer are most likely to manifest. Vertical lip lines will become more noticeable — and not to mention, a significant loss of volume in your lips is likely to happen. Lovely.

Routine: Cleanse your skin twice a day with a super-gentle cleanser, then apply your antioxidant, facial oil, and SPF (yes, you still need to use that). Use a facial oil nightly, and add a really rich night cream to your routine to help maintain the skin’s barrier function.

Ingredients to look out for: Antioxidant borage seed oil, to help skin get its glow back; hyaluronic acid, to fill in lines; shea nut butter, for deep hydration; and glycolic acid, to speed cell turnover.

Avoid! “Being a beauty ostrich,” says Dr. Colbert. “Get your head out of the sand and go to your dermatologist to correct any of those things that are really bothering you. If you have issues with your skin that you want to address, talk to your dermatologist about your options because more often than not, you can easily change those things.”

Takeaway tip: Because skin cancer can be more noticeable, its imperative to get regular skin checks in order to catch the disease in its early stages, when it can be much more effectively treated. Important!

So there we have it.  Armed with a range of info on how your skin will  change you can now make some informed choices to suit you and your age.

The number one thing seems to be that prevention in your early years can stave off a ward of problems later, and hopefully, you won’t find yourself tempted to go down the route of surgery unnecessarily!

I have one pretty basic mantra that I live by now, and it seems to work for me and my skin at this time in life : keep it fricken’ simple. I don’t bombard my skin with a million different products that never seem to work, I steer well clear of the harsh cleansers, toners and exfoliants of my youth aimed at stripping oil (and consequently drying the shit out of my skin and perpetuating the oil production cycle). I make sure I get plenty of sleep, and when I do party I don’t hit the sheets with ‘party face’….well, 99% of the time I don’t! There’s always a lil room for improvement!

Who knows? As I head into older age brackets my routine will no doubt need some tweaking, but I’m certainly not going to stress about it.  For now, my aims are to nurture it with lots of rest, feed it with good oils in and out, stacks of hydration, nutrients from food; protect it by not baking in the sun and overall, keeping it as simple and natural as can be!

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Have you had difficulties with your skin in the past? How did you overcome your issues? I’d love to know!

Do you worry about how you’re going to deal with your skin as you get older or do you think you have things under control now? Do you think as you age you’ll embrace botox, laser and chem peels or will you leave it to nature to age you with grace?

Let me know what you think in the comments below! I’d love to hear your ideas, stories and feedback.

xDS

GLOW: Toxins, GMO’s and Sulphates. My Organic Skincare Guide.

Here’s an awesome post over at Soul Kandy which highlights a couple of really good organic skin care ranges. For those looking to switch up their beauty routine to something a bit more holistic, caring, and less harmful, read ahead to discover some amazing product ranges! There really are some exciting brands around at the moment and the options are becoming so much more varied for those of us health-conscious babes who want to jump off the chemical and toxin train. Thanks for the post, Amber Clare!