There are so many products out there which promise to get rid of lines and wrinkles. The question is.. Do they work?
As we get older we begin to notice our skin changes and starts to age. The ticking clock of time and environmental factors have a huge impact on our skin. Skin ageing is caused by many combinations of reasons such as dryness, dehydration, sun exposure, smoking and lack of protection on the skin throughout the years. With the correct daily skincare and using the right products, your skin will be healthy and will look fresh and hydrated. It is important to get the right skincare advice for your skin. It is also important to take into account that as the seasons change and our hormones change we change our skin care accordingly to how our skin feels at the time.
Our skin has two layers, the Epidermis is the outer skin which protects and the Dermis which is rich in collagen and other proteins gives us our strength and elasticity. Both layers are exposed to quite a beating during our lives. The MOST important anti ageing products to use for ageing skin are creams with SPF. These protect our skin from UVA, UVB, Visible and InfraRed Rays. The best one we can recommend is The Heliocare range which has Fern Block. There are various textures to suit individual skin and some have pigments which give you a little coverage. These products can be used on top of your day cream or on top of your anti-ageing cream. Or the Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream SPF30 is both a good moisturiser for mature skin and has SPF protection and is also a paraben free moisturiser.
When to start using anti-aging cream?
As your skin ages anti-ageing products will provide many benefits to your skin. The sooner you start in your daily routine as early as in your 20s it will help and it is better to prevent rather than to treat later.
Fine lines and wrinkles come more easily if you have dry skin so it is important to always keep skin well nourished and protected especially in harsh wind and weather conditions. Face serum is good to further benefit your skin and help layer the product for more intensive nourishing and hydrating.
The best anti ageing serum we recommend is the Elemis Pro Collagen Super Serum Elixir or the award winning Ultra Smart Pro-Collagen Complex 12 Serum. If you prefer the more aromatherapy based serum then we recommend the Decleor Aromessence Magnolia Youthful Oil Serum which is anti-ageing and gives intense nourishment or the Decleor Antidote Serum. This is a multi task serum which refines, protects, revitalises with a blend of Sandalwood, Patchouli and Peppermint essential oils which are suspended into a Hyaluronic Acid base.
Men should also protect the skin at an early age the best mens anti-ageing moisturiser we recommend is the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream For Men which is especially formulated for male skin and is rich in antioxidants and protects from environmental stress.
Face masks are good to use on your skin as a treatment. Face masks have many benefits. Depending on your skin type and which one you choose to use they are a great way to include an intensive treatment to your skin’s weekly routine. For anti ageing most face masks are especially formulated to nourish and feed the skin. The best ones we recommend are The Elemis Ultra Smart Pro-Collagen Aqua Infusion Mask which plumps, revitalises and nourishes and hydrates. Or the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Mask a luxurious cream mask which hydrates and minimises signs of ageing. Another great anti ageing mask is the Decleor Prolagene Lift Contouring Lift Firm Mask infused with Iris essential oil and has a sculpting clay texture which firm and lift.
Eye creams are important and are especially formulated to use around the eye area. They are much lighter than your face creams and especially formulated so it is important to use only eye cream around the eye area. The Decleor Cornflower Eye Gel is great for hydrating and reduces puffiness and reduces the appearance of fine lines.
Face wash should also be used morning and night as your daily skincare routine. It is very important you cleanse your skin thoroughly to get rid of make-up, dirt, excess oil from your skin leaving it clean and fresh to achieve maximum results from your skincare. The Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Wash is a great cleanser to smooth and refine whilst gently exfoliates dead skin cells.
Night cream is another very important part of your skincare routine. Whilst you sleep your new skin cells are regenerated and your skin needs to be hydrated and nourished. Night creams are formulated with special ingredients to help your skin to rejuvenate through the night. The best night cream we recommend is the Payot Blue Techni List Expert Renovateur Nuit which mitigates the impact of blue light on your skin and helps to rejuvenate your skin. Another good night cream is the Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream. This is a rich luxurious cream which increases oxygen levels in your skin and helps skin to regenerate overnight. Night time is a good time to cleanse your skin thoroughly and apply the correct night cream to treat your skin. You will wake up to fresh nourished hydrated skin.
The best thing for good skin is to always incorporate a good skincare routine from a young age and educate yourself on your specific skin type.