4 top tips for younger looking skin

I’ve always looked young for my age. So young that I still get asked for ID in the Co-op when buying gin from time to time, probably more than my 18 year old daughter. I’ve been very lucky too that I’ve never suffered with any serious skin conditions, like eczema or acne, although acne definitely doesn’t have to be something you just put up with. Products like ClearAwayAcne are well worth exploring – don’t suffer in silence.

This is me. In make-up for a change. (I like this photo as I have deliberately cut off the top of my head so you can’t see my huge forehead or flat hair.)

Slummy single mummyWhen people ask about my children I am deliberately casual as I love to watch people’s reactions. “I have two daughters,” I say, “one is 11,” (pause slightly for people to look surprised that I am old enough to have an 11 year old), “and my eldest is 18.”

Then I smile and look them straight in the eye. You can often almost hear their brains working, trying to figure out how old I could be and how young I must have been when I was pregnant. There is an awkward pause sometimes as they wonder whether or not they are allowed to draw attention to the fact that I must have given birth first time round aged roughly eight or nine and am thus ripe for my own Channel 5 documentary, and then the standard “Gosh! You don’t look old enough to have an 18 year old!”

It never gets boring.

It’s only recently that I’ve started to notice the odd wrinkle around the eyes that wasn’t there before, which means I’ve stopped taking my youthful appearance for granted and started wondering what I can do to keep my skin looking as young and fresh as possible. I’ve also felt I should start taking more of an interest in fashion and beauty and have started hanging out in the Hollie Talks Lipstick TV chat room for tips.

Everyone should follow these simple steps to not only look after their skin but to keep them generally looking and feeling young and happy.

Water

Drinking water is one of the most important things you can do for your health, whether it’s for younger looking skin or otherwise. Aim to drink at least 2 litres of waters a day, drinking at least a litre when you wake up the rest at intervals throughout the day for optimum skin hydration. Opt for water over fizzy drinks or tea and coffee for glowing skin all year round. Avoid alcohol as it can dehydrate your skin and add years to your face if consumed too often.

Quit smoking

Smoking puts thousands of unwanted toxins into your body, which can affect your health and your appearance. Studies have shown that the amount of cigarettes a person smokes in a day has a direct effect on aging of the skin. Smoking stops collagen, which works to keep your skin healthy, from working properly, which leads to drying and aging of the skin – there’s no excuse nowadays either with the rise of the cigarette alternatives, available from suppliers such as http://www.davincivaporizer.com/.

SPF moisturiser

I’ve been using an SPF 15 moisturiser on my face for 20 years, (not non-stop, just every morning), and I often credit it for keeping my skin healthy. Keeping your skin safe in the sun is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to fighting the signs of ageing. Wearing a daily SPF moisturiser is a great way to make sure that when your skin does come into contact with the sun’s rays, it is well protected against damage. Avoid the sun during the hottest hours of the day and cover up with light clothing to keep your skin looking youthful for years to come.

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Shower smart

We all know hygiene is important, but did you know that the way we clean effects our skin? A recent survey found that 50% of women in the UK don’t properly remove their make up before they go to bed, which can do short term and long term damage to skin. Set your shower to as cold as you find comfortable and limit your time in the tub to under 10 minutes as too much time in hot water will strip the natural oils from your skin, causing it to dry out and look older. Avoid soaps with harsh chemicals and opt for natural shower gels and shampoos. After your shower, gently pat your skin dry and apply moisturiser while your skin is still damp to lock in moisture and achieve that youthful glow.

Importance of having a good skincare routine

Developing a good skincare routine is crucial to attaining consistently good skin health. Other people might find it exaggerated, but the skin on your face needs more than just washing or cleansing. The proper way to use cleansers, creams, and facial treatment solutions are important to have brighter, smoother, and younger-looking skin.

Here are the things that make up a good skincare routine:

 

  • Use a facial cleanser: Applying a facial cleanser is the first step of a skincare routine. Cleansing involves two phases: washing your face with water and then using a facial cleanser. Using a facial cleanser provides a deeper cleanse that soap or foam washing can’t reach. 
  • Use a toner: Never skip applying a toner because it acts as a reliable delivery system for vitamin B derivatives, antioxidants, and toning acids. There are different types of toners for various skin issues. That’s why using the right one that’s applicable for your skin problem is important.
  • Apply serum: Facial serum is concentrated, providing a nutrient-dense treatment to resolve specific skin concerns. Antioxidant serums can address skin blunting due to an inflammatory response and neutralize the damage caused by environmental pollutants and UV rays.
  • Apply eye cream: Every night, it’s important to apply eye cream, which helps maintain the thickness and health of the eyelid skin. It ensures that the skin of the eyelid doesn’t easily lose its suppleness for a smoother appearance.
  • Spot treatment: Acne spot treatments and prescription medications can be applied directly onto your skin to maximize their skin health benefits. The most common spot treatment for acne is benzoyl peroxide. Make sure always to check the product packaging and seek a dermatologist’s help before applying it. 
  • Moisturizer: Everyone should use moisturizer, even those with oily skin. It’s one way to maintain a protective coating against, guarding the skin against harsh environmental conditions. Also, it helps prevent skin infections and keep your skin hydrated by sealing off water inside your skin cells.

 

For other great tips on skin care, check out Beauty Recommended, a website dedicated to providing beauty hints and tips to mothers. 

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5 Comments

  1. 7 May, 2014 / 9:09 am

    That was fun read, and your forehead couldnt possibly be as big as mine.

  2. DOC
    8 May, 2014 / 12:34 pm

    The best tip I was ever given to maintain a youthful appearance was never to look at old passport photos. Works too, I’m oblivious to how I looked a little under 40 years ago on my first outing abroad. It was a trip to Torremolinos, I was drinking Watneys Red Barrel and the girls were chatting to matadors a la Sylvia :)

  3. 13 May, 2014 / 8:55 am

    Blimmin’ ‘eck girl, you’re a woman-child! I (and my wrinkled) forehead salute you. I haven’t been asked for ID since I was 4. I can’t be bothered to do any of the things you recommend but I will pledge to “think more youthful thoughts” in the hope that it may work.

  4. 16 September, 2014 / 6:49 am

    I have already used the 2nd and 3rd tip you have mentioned in the post, and have experienced the change myself. Quit smoking helps far more in rejuvenating the skin than what smokers could ever imagine, and SPF moisturiser is immensely helpful in maintaining the balance of essential oils in the skin. I will surely try the other two tips as well; Thank you for sharing this post.

  5. 5 April, 2017 / 1:37 am

    Absolutely right. Keeping younger is one of the important thing I could not forget. It’s a mandatory of girls to stay young as of age. It’s not getting insecure but we are aware on our physical features.

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