I can’t say I have ever worried too much about the ageing signs on my skin – I am quite lucky that people often think I look a bit younger than I am.
However, the brutal truth is that my face skin and my body (3 pregnancies + breastfeeding ) are definitely not what they used to be and maybe time has come that I give my body some extra TLC
I watched by chance an excellent program presented by Cherry Healey ‘The truth about looking good’
if you have access to the BBC Iplayer, you can watch via the link below: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09m2l58/the-truth-about-24-looking-good
Here are some interesting facts I have re-discovered or learnt via the programme:
About your FACE
- the sun is our worst enemy when it comes to skin ageing. It will do some serious damage if you don’t wear some protection particularly again those UVA rays.
It’s hard to resist the temptation to soak up the sunshine when it’s beautiful weather
But please, do me a favour from now on: always, ALWAYS buy a moisturiser with some SPF protection and when it comes to sunscreen check for UVB AND UVA protection As mentioned in this previous post, I use this Avene cream which not only smells so nice but also moisturizes without leaving me with a super greasy skin (even the rich version is perfect) and which comes with a SPF20.
I cannot recommend it enough but there are tonnes of good options out there depending on your skin type and budget. Check this article published in Marie-Claire for a selection: http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/beauty/spf-moisturisers-marie-claires-best-buys-216887
- if you are noticing fine lines and if you are not interested in using botox, there is a cream alternative. Personally, botox is not my thing but you got to do what feels right for you and what makes you happy. Anyway, it seems that the one ingredient that can help, cream wise, is Retinol. Start with a percentage of 0.5% and after a few months slowly increase the doses to 1% and then 2%. It is scientifically proven to work.
I am personally keen to use the La Roche Posay Redermic R cream which is more within my budget and a brand I trust.
About your body
Another not so charming aspect of ageing is the appearance of the dreaded cellulite (yes, that orange peel looking skin) most notably around our thighs. 3 things might help us to make a difference and start working on keeping at bay to be ready for the nice days whenever they might come
1 – Exercise
Sadly stand up paddling is not an option in the winter months or anytime if you live in town (I am not feeling so brave to do it on the Thames) but I have found those 2 workouts on Pinterest and they look good. I do some of those exercises in my pilates class but maybe I sohould start doing those routines more regularly to help.
2 – dry brushing
What the heck is dry brushing? It is running a dry, soft-bristle brush over your bare skin. Methodologies vary, but most practitioners and beauty blogs recommend brushing your limbs and torso, always motioning toward your heart.
Not only did the Chery Healey mentioned the effect dry brushing can have on your skin improvement but I have read in that article that it provides:
1. Lymphatic Support:
3. Clean Pores (& Smaller Pores!)
4. Cellulite Help
5. Natural Energy Boost
Also, this other article by Goop (Gwyneth Paltrow’s website) totally sold it to me
It does not cost much to invest in a decent brush and definitely worth giving it a go, don’t you think?
A good product could be this brush from EcoTools, £4.99 or this one by Champneys, £8.50 3 – Cellulite fighting creams
Creams such as this Nivea Q10 cream
were shown in Cherry Healey’s experiment to improve the appearance of the skin, the results were said to be more likely a direct effect of the massaging action and the regular moisturisation. This is good to keep in mind!
However, if it helps even a little bit and does not break the bank, this is another thing worth considering.
What do you think ladies? Ready to give those tips a try? Remember: