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Skin Care Basics for Your 20s...
Cleanse well! A double cleanse routine works best which basically means use an oil cleanser at night to take off grime, grease and make up. Then immediately follow up with a foam / gel / water based cleanser to really deep cleanse the pores and balance your skin. Each morning use a light cleanser to refresh skin ready for the day.
Day and Night Moisturiser
Moisturise each morning ideally with a moisturiser containing antioxidants to help protect your skin from environmental damage. At night, after your double cleanse, use a plain uncomplicated moisturiser which will help retain moisture and keep your skin plump and supple.
Wear SPF every single day because sun damage is cumulative. If you forget to wear sunscreen one day it doesn't mean you can repair it by wearing sunscreen the following day. The damage has already been done. The only thing you can do is to continue wearing sunscreen every day to minimise additional damage. Sun damage in your 20s - and at any age - will affect the skin for years to come.Skin and diet are linked, so the better you eat, the better your skin will look too. Smoothies, green juices and detox teas have their place but drinking plenty of water is the absolute best fluid for maintaining healthy skin.
ExfoliateDon't forget to exfoliate. Exfoliating your facial skin once a week will help remove any dead skin cells and keep your face smooth and shiny. Exfoliating the skin on your body shouldn't be ignored either. At least once a week helps with circulation, reduces cellulite which can be present even during your 20's and maintains super smooth soft skin.
Skin Care Basics for Your 30s...
CleanseYou want to continue to protect your skin's natural barrier, so use a gentle face wash. To make dull skin more luminous, try a cleanser with hydroxy acids. You can also use a mild scrub several times a week or a cleansing brush.
Daytime Serum and MoisturiserKeep up with the sunscreen. For an extra boost of protection from pollution and sun damage, layer a vitamin C serum underneath. It can also help with hyper pigmentation. Also, a moisturiser containing peptides will help sustain collagen.
Overnight Cleansing and MoisturiserYour focus should be on repairing skin including the thin skin around the eye area. Choose high quality under eye cream, serum or gel. Also a night cream with vitamin A or retinol. Choose double cleansing with an oil cleanser at night.
ExfoliateWhen it comes to your face and body, exfoliating is the key to good skin, no matter your skin type. If you have dry skin, exfoliating helps get rid of flaky skin and in doing so, helps the hydrating products you apply work better because they do not have to work their way through dead skin cells. If you have oily skin or combination skin, exfoliating helps reduce breakouts and blackheads by clearing away dead skin cells and excess oil which can build up and cause clogged pores and acne. Every time you exfoliate, you help to bring fresh new skin cells to the surface of your skin, making your skin softer and smoother.
Skin Care Basics for Your 40s...
CleanseContinue washing your face, morning and night with a gentle cleanser. And if you're plagued by occasional pimples, try a face wash with salicylic acid.
Daytime Serum and MoisturiserTo repair and protect, look for a serum or moisturiser rich in antioxidants, like vitamin C or E. Over that, layer a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 moisturiser.
Overnight Cleansing and MoisturiserIt’s worth it to spend a bit more on your bedtime regimen since that’s the time when your skin restores itself. Regular use of a retinol moisturiser can have long-term benefits.
ExfoliateYou should aim for a twice a week body exfoliating routine to stimulate lymph glands. Massage onto skin using small circular motions beginning from legs and working your way up the body. Use an aromatic body scrub for additional therapeutic benefits as well as a little added luxury and relaxation.
Skin Care Basics for Your 50s and beyond...
CleanseYou want to protect your skin barrier, because the drier your skin, the more susceptible it is to damage. Wash daily with a creamy moisturising cleanser for sensitive skin.
Overnight Cleansing and MoisturiserTwo main focuses during this season in life are to moisturise and repair. You need a rich night cream with peptides or a retinol cream or lotion. If the retinoid causes dryness, try it with a moisturiser or a night cream, or use it only three times a week. Be sure to use the night cream on your neck and the retinoid on your chest and the backs of your hands.
ExfoliateHands show age the fastest, mainly because the skin there is thin. Exfoliate your hands just as you would your body a few times a week. You can do this in the shower with your body scrub, or you can use a hand scrub and keep it by the sink for a bit of pampering. Your feet take a beating each and every day, and they deserve to be pampered. Exfoliate them by giving yourself an at-home pedicure or simply do it in the shower with your body scrub
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
~ Sophia Loren
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