Thursday, 9 March 2017

My beauty tips on looking youthful for longer

Aging is unavoidable process in life, one we haven't mastered to stop yet :) And while I think getting old is a privilege not everyone is granted I sure want to look my best and youthful for as long as possible.
There are many factors that will determine how quickly our skin will show signs of aging, from our genetics, lifestyle, diet, skin type or illnesses we to go through in our life.
And even though some things we can't control we're still able to establish a good skincare routine that will help our skin look youthful for longer.

Skincare products to help looking younger

We all know that our diet and lifestyle have a massive impact on how our skin looks but that's a subject for another post. Today I want to focus on beauty tips that will help anyone to improve their skin appearance and in the long term, keep it looking fabulous.
I am in my late 30s but my skin is actually looking better now then it looked 2, 3 years ago, all thanks to good skincare.
I have pictured some products that are currently in my skincare routine but I won't be reviewing everything today, as we would be here until tomorrow but will link any relevant posts I've done on the products in the past.
Protect the skin with SPF

I can't stress enough the importance of using products with high SPF when spending time outside. Long term skin exposure to sun (UV radiation) without protection not only can lead to cancer but also hyperpigmentation (sun spots) and accelerated visible signs of aging like wrinkles, sagging skin, enlarged pores.
I'm not a saint, I was quite reckless in my younger years and didn't protect my skin properly which resulted in many sun spots on my face and uneven skin tone. Currently my skin's appearance has improved significantly, I got rid of all the hyperpigmentation and I won't be spending time in the sun without high SPF on my face and body.
I still skip it, especially during Winter months, when I know the only walking I'll do is from the car to the shop/school/home but if I'm planning to be outside for longer then half an hour then I will be sure to apply SPF cream/lotion before my makeup.
I don't have many face SPF products 'on the go' but currently I'm using the Bioderma Photoderm Tinted Cream SPF50+ which is nice, not heavy and it works well under makeup.

Exfoliate the skin using chemical exfoliators

Chemical exfoliators, Bravura Acid Peels, Time Bomb, Caudalie, Oskia

Discovering and incorporating in to my skincare routine chemical exfoliators a few years ago have been a game changer. My skin has transformed, from dull, uneven, blotchy, textured and oily to normal/combination, brighter and smoother with much more even tone.
Exfoliating is the removal of dry/dead skin cells on the surface of the skin which make it look lacklustre and uneven. The older we get the process of renewal of our skin cells slows down so encouraging it by deep exfoliation it's so important to keep the skin looking smooth and glowing.
Products containing AHA (Alfa Hydroxy Acid like Glycolic and Lactic Acids) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid like Salicylic Acid) are very effective at removing dead cells and exfoliating process deeper in the skin, not only on its surface. They help to increase the cell turnover and boost collagen production which in turn make the skin smoother, plumper and more radiant, pores are clearer and look smaller and hyperpigmentation diminished.
The 'secret' is to use chemical exfoliators on regular basis, there are many on the market, suited to different skin types and its sensitivity.
If you have never used acid peels before start very gently with exfoliating tonners, like Pixi Glow Tonic or Bravura Revitalising Ginseng Tonner but you'll still see some positive difference in your skin.
My skin is already well accustomed to stronger chemical peels and I rotate between different exfoliating products on weekly basis and use them 2, 3 times a week plus daily gentle exfoliating tonner.
Some of my current favourites are Bravura Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid (read my post about them), Time Bomb Overnight Peel and Reveal (review), Oskia Reneissance Mask (very gentle and perfect for even sensitive skin, review) and Caudalie Glycolic Peel.

Hydrate, nourish the skin

Hydrators, facial oils, Antipodes Divine Face Oil, Pai Rosehip Oil, GoldfadenMD Wakeup Call
The older we get the drier our skin becomes but even oily skin type needs hydration and nourishment so don't skip on moisturiser and invest in some beautiful facial oils which were another fantastic discovery for me. I used to struggle with oily skin but since adding face oils to my skincare routine my skin has become less oily. There are hundreds of facial oils on the market, some very expensive may I add, but you don't need to spend a lot to get good quality nourishing oil.
I've been loving the Antipodes Divine Face Oil (review) which contains Avocado and Rosehip Oil and Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend, a unique formula which works to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and hyperpigmention in all skin types.
I've been also really loving the Antipodes Vanilla Hydrating Day Cream which not only hydrate my skin but also nourish it without being greasy or heavy.
Products containing retinol
Retinol (Vitamin A) in skincare has been proved by years of research that it can help visibly increase the appearance of firmness, diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, significantly improve uneven skin tone, smooth and refine the surface of skin.
Again there are lots of products containing retinol on the market. I, personally, haven't used many yet but for the last few months I've been enjoying Goldfaden MD Wake Up Call Regenerative Overnight Facial Treatment (review) which contains retinol alongside other amazing ingredients for aging skin, like: CoQ10 (anti-oxidant), DMAE (anti-oxidant, skin-firming), Alpha Lipoic Acid (potent anti-oxidant), Organic Red Tea (anti-oxidant) and nourishing and restorative vitamin E, Avocado and Grapeseed Oils, Hyaluronic Acid which deliver intense long lasting hydration.
Also Rosehip Oil is rich in Vitamin A (retinol) so using the facial oils I mentioned above has great benefits for the skin.

Collagen drinks/supplements

Pure Gold Collagen Drink
I have talked about collagen drinks not long ago on my blog and I was lucky to be offered to try another brand, Pure Gold Collagen* which I was excited to give it a go having seen some positive results after the first trial.
Formulated with a unique blend of active ingredients that include hydrolysed collagen, hyaluronic acid, borage oil, vitamins and minerals, Pure Gold Collagen works by nourishing you from the inside for a more beautiful and younger looking skin.
By the end of the 30-day trial I've noticed my skin looked plumper, more radiant and was well hydrated. My nails, always very weak and brittle, have become a bit stronger, not much but there's definitely a difference.
The drink comes in a small, glass bottles (30ml) and it tastes quite fruity and it was a pleasure to use.
This is a bit an expensive addition to your daily routine, currently £71.98 for 30-day supply, but if you can afford it and you're already in your late 30s, 40s then I highly recommend it.
I reached out to the brand hoping they would help us understand why having daily supplements of liquid collagen is beneficial to our body and skin and I was kindly sent a response from the Research and Development team including Vidhi Patel, nutritionist and Dr Sara Sibilla, Head of Clinical Trials.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It's found in muscles, bones, cartilage, skin and tendons. It is like a  “glue” that helps hold the tissues of the body together, giving us the much needed skin strength and elasticity, and even helps replace dead skin cells. With age, there is a clear depletion in the levels of collagen and also food is not adequate to fulfil the ageing needs of our body. There are some foods that can supply us with a certain amount of collagen by helping the synthesis of collagen within the body, but how successfully we eat them is questionable. Plus various cooking methods indeed deplete much of its nutrient values.
Here is some literature evidence that supports why collagen is so good and is much needed for our bodily functions esp. as we age (with references)
  • Autoimmune diseases, ageing and stress can change the quantity and integrity of collagen in the skin as they impair collagen quality and consequently affect the overall skin function. Studies have also shown that collagen synthesis varies at the different stages of life. Moreover, the relative proportion of the collagen types changes in skin with age. Young skin is made by 80% type I collagen and about 15% collagen type III. With age, the ability to replenish collagen naturally decreases by about 1.5% per year (reference: Shuster S, Black MM, McVitie E. The influence of age and sex on skin thickness, skin collagen and density. Br J Dermatol. 1975;93:639–43.) 
  • Collagen fibres, in aged skin, become thicker and much shorter, resulting in a loss of type I collagen, which alters the ratio of collagen types (Ref. Oikarinen A. The aging of skin: chronoaging versus photoaging. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 1990; 7(1): 3-4.)
What are your thoughts on these 'tips'? What else do you do on daily basis to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful?
*PR Sample


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