All About Anti-Ageing
For your Face
As we age, the outer layer of our skin – known as the epidermis – thins, and the elasticity of our skin previously provided by healthy collagen production decreases, leading to more fine lines and wrinkles. Sun exposure without the appropriate use of SPF to protect our skin against harmful UV light rays can also speed up the ageing process, with sunspots, pigmentation and skin damage becoming increasingly more visible.
The sebaceous glands – responsible for oil production – also produce less oil, which makes it more difficult to retain moisture and prevent dry skin.
To prevent the effects of ageing which can cause skin injuries such as skin tears, sores and slower wound healing, it is recommended that you keep the skin as moist, hydrated and protected as possible.
One way to do this is through the power of hyaluronic acid. This natural, skin-plumping hydrator is captivating beauty audiences worldwide with its ability to retain the moisture that our skin loses as we age. With its powerful, watery nature, hyaluronic acid helps to alleviate symptoms of dry and dull skin and aids in the appearance of firmer-looking skin. Try ARK’s Fabulous Age Defy Nourishing Moisturiser packed with plumping peptides, vitamin C and red clover to reduce dryness, dullness and a lack of elasticity helping to keep your skin smooth, soft, and supple. Or try Elan Skincare’s award-winning and cruelty-free Dream Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum Hydrate + Recharge with a silky texture and a fragrance-free formula, ideal for sensitive skin.
Taken as a supplement, hyaluronic acid can act as a natural lubricator for joint pains and overall bone health – such as the ones offered by our very own British beauty brand – Ingenious Beauty.
A powerful antioxidant and skincare staple, Vitamin C brightens dull skin, smooths out fine lines and wrinkles and helps to act as a natural protector from the sun’s harsh rays. Using vitamin C in your daily skincare routine can help your skin produce a healthy level of collagen, reducing the noticeable effects of ageing.
You can find this magical ingredient in Sens8ate’s Nourishing Cleanser which also boasts lavender and squalane which help prevent acne thanks to their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Neroli Oil or orange blossom oil, is an essential oil that aids in the regeneration of skin cells, helping to improve skin elasticity. It can help to reduce to the appearance of scarring, thread veins and other skin blemishes as well as reduce skin irritation.
Its naturally floral fragrance can also be used for aromatherapy and perfumery thanks to its mood-boosting properties. This potent potion can be found in Bharti Vyas’ Face and Neck Polisher which targets the areas that show the most visible signs of ageing.
Don’t forget about your hands…
Signs of ageing don’t just appear on the face and neck. The hands can also lose fat and elasticity as we age, producing thinner skin that shows wrinkles and age spots much more clearly.
We recommend Seams’ Hand and Nail Oil, which features a blend of macademia and rosehip oils, rice bran oil, echium oil along with Monniers snow parsley and peony root extract to nourish, soften and protect skin. Blackcurrent seed oil, meanwhile, addresses uneven skin tone.
To take extra steps to ensure your hands are beautifully moisturised, invest in Nursem’s Caring Hand Cream blended beautifully with Manuka honey, vitamin B5 and plant oils that nourish and instantly soothe dry and cracked skin.
Or your eyes…
It is said that our eyes are the one thing about our physical appearance that doesn’t change as we age but the area around the eyes is often the first place we notice the signs of ageing. Under eye bags, wrinkles, fine lines, and dark circles are the biggest skincare concerns when it comes to ageing, but using a good quality eye cream or serum can help prevent these signs of ageing.
We can also take certain steps to help reduce the impact of ageing around the eye. Facial exercises, for example, can help tighten the skin on the face, while massaging the skin, encouraging healthy blood circulation, can decrease under-eye puffiness and the appearance of bags.
Dryness can also increase the appearance of ageing under the eyes and so we recommend Nakin’s Skin-Smoothing Eye Cream Complex featuring hyaluronic acid and aloe vera for extra moisture. Or try Five Dot’s Full Bright Renewal Eye Serum.
Lips become thinner, flatter and lose plumpness as we age, and you may have noticed that we are naturally prone to having a constant unintended frown due to our lips being pulled downwards at the edges!
One way to prevent this and keep our pout plumped is to exfoliate. Apoth & Co’s Exfoliating Lip Scrub features sugar, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E to help remove dead skin and encourage blood circulation to the lips, helping them to fill out. Massage it in gently for super smooth lips.
Apoth & Co’s Hydrating Lip Mask is another anti-ageing hero, created for use after the lip scrub, which promises to deeply hydrate your lips with its magical combination of aloe vera, safflower oil, raspberry seed oil, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C and E.
Lastly, and most importantly, lip balm. Apply as liberally and as often as you require! We recommend Apoth and Co’s Moisturising Lip Balm full of jojoba and beeswax, coconut oil, avocado and cocoa butter to finish off your routine! Nakin’s Lip Treatment Balm promises to restore and protect even the most sensitive lips thanks to its active complex of shea, mint, argan and baobab oil to nourish your lips.
Don’t neglect your neck!
We always forget the neck are, don’t we?
We are consistently reminded by beauty bloggers and professionals to moisturise our neck when we moisturise our face, but for some reason we seem to forget that the neck can also fall victim to decreased elasticity leaving it looking saggy and thin. The décolletage area can also wrinkle and become dry as it loses moisture.
Bharti Vyas’ Face and Neck Polisher is packed full of essential oils and vitamins that tend to every ageing concern. It features a blend of neroli oil, capsicum extract to stimulate circulation and Vitamin B and E. Apply to damp skin and massage in using gentle circular motions to further encourage blood to flow to your face and neck.
Further Anti-Ageing tips & tricks
Change your sleeping position – If you tend to have a preference for what side your face is on the pillow then you may be putting your skin at unnecessary risk of wrinkling due to the ‘compression’ of your face being pushed into the pillow over a long period of time.
Avoid the sun and if you can’t use sunscreen – A high protection SPF can help slow down the signs of ageing such as sunspots, pigmentation and wrinkles. It is thought that UV light is the number one cause of the majority of wrinkles that appear on your skin and so the more you block these harmful rays the better.
- Consider supplements – Try Lumity’s Morning and Night Female supplement for a blend of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, quality omegas and essential nutrients which 92% of participants who took part in their trial stated improved the state of their skin, hair and nails.