Last weekend, I was invited to friends house to attend a make-up party and on my way home, I started to think about what changes I had noticed in my skin since turning forty a few years ago. More importantly, how my skin is changing year after year and what, if anything, can I do to help slow down the ageing process without turning to surgery or Botox.
Now, I have no qualms with people if that is the option that they take, but I struggle going to the dentist and getting a needle, let alone sitting through a session and having many of them inserted into my face. I just don’t think I could do it. Insert wuss here!
You see, one thing rings true and that is ageing skin tends to lose its elasticity and can look saggy, wrinkles develop and skin tone decreases, therefore giving way for dryness to set in. Whilst there isn’t much you can do to return to the skin you had in your twenties, there are some things you can do to help ensure your skin stays looking as young as possible, for as long as possible.
Here are 5 tips that you can implement today, if you’re not doing them already.
When applying make-up to aging skin, it helps to use some slightly different techniques than what you perhaps did when you were younger. If you think about it, it makes sense, as your your skin has changed, so should the way in which you apply make-up. The professionals recommend the following make-up tips to help keep your skin looking younger:
* Use creams instead of powders, as creams tend not to accentuate fine lines like powders do. They will glide across where as powders will gather in fine creases, exactly not where you want to be drawing attention.
* Blush – think warm, light colours, this includes bronzers as well
* Foundation – choose a colour lighter than you think you need, then add depth with bronzers instead of going with a darker shade of base
* Lips – keep lip liners a shade or two lighter than your lipstick
* Think warm, light colors for blush and bronzers
* Eyeshadow – use light frosted colours, again think naturals, soft pastels
* Application: be gentle when applying your make-up, take care not to pull, snag or rub your skin and look for make-up that has a ‘shimmer’ effect to assist in adding glow
If you’re not already in the habit of moisturising, then we suggest that you start. Aging skin needs daily moisture, even if it doesn’t it can feel dry. As we age, our oil glands don’t produce the same amount of oils as it use to. A helpful tip is to look for moisturisers with Vitamin E and natural oils.
Professionals recommend using a light-weight moisturiser with a SPF factor under your make-up and then apply a thick, rich night cream before bed.
For aging skin, it is recommended to use a moisture-rich cleansers as well as patting the skin dry rather than rubbing hard with a towel..
Drinking plenty of water is considered one of the most important things you can do to make skin look younger. If you struggle to get your daily intake in due to the lack of flavour, then try adding a squeeze of lemon, tea infusers, fresh fruit or vegetable juice to your water. However, it is important to remember that plain old water is still considered to be the best.
Who doesn’t love a massage, so why not wake-up and start the day by giving your face a gentle rub, thus enabling you and your skin to look more relaxed. Massage increases circulation and helps to perk up older skin. Not sure how to do it? Look for tutorials online or consult a dermatologist for specific massage techniques.
Hopefully you have found these tips useful. If you have anymore tips and wish to share them with the community, please feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below.
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