Taking care of your skin as the years go by

Something you might notice as you get older is that your skin will change. Although teenagers tend to agonize about oily skin and the occasional zit, these problems won’t magically clear up as you age – and the problem is that your skin also loses a little firmness too, meaning that you’re more susceptible to wrinkles.

Short of surgical options, there’s very little that you can really do to halt the signs of ageing – but there are definitely a few things you can do to make sure that you look your best no matter how old you are.

START AT AN EARLY AGE

Of course, this is easier said than done – but if you’re in your twenties or thirties, now is the time to get into a good skincare routine. It’s important that you remove all your makeup before you go to bed, even those pesky black threads of waterproof mascara, and that you fully cleanse, tone and moisturize your face every night. A lot of people use a serum before they go to sleep at night and before they put on their makeup on in the morning, which is a great idea – they often contain anti ageing properties that aren’t found in cleansers, toners and moisturisers. Day serums contain anti oxidants to protect your skin and night serums will help your skin to repair itself as you sleep.

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REMEMBER TO HYDRATE

Hydration is always incredibly important, and gets even more so as you age. Your skin is an organ, meaning that dehydration can really affect it – no one’s saying that drinking more water will immediately flush your system out and heal all your zits and areas of discoloration but it will definitely help your face to look brighter and a lot fuller. You should also make sure that you use a hydrating mask as often as you can – sheet masks are particularly effective. Make sure that you massage the serum into your face and neck afterwards.

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TREAT YOUR SPECIFIC ISSUES

Make sure that you follow your own skincare routine and not a prescribed one that you’ve seen online or in a magazine. Everyone has their own issues with their skin, whether it’s big pores, flaky sore patches, or discoloration that often tends to happen as you get older. If you have big pores, splash your face with cold water after cleansing to help close them, if you have flaky patches then make sure you use an intensely soothing moisturiser, and if you have patches of discoloration there are ways to treat hyperpigmentation skin that you can look up online. Try using a concealer to disguise them gently and blend carefully.  

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN

Finally it’s important to protect yourself from the sun. Not only can this prevent you from getting skin cancer but protecting your face will also help you look younger for longer – go for sunglasses as well to protect your eyes and stop you getting wrinkles after screwing up your eyes when you’re in direct sunlight. Get a high factor sunscreen and apply it every morning, summer and winter.

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