Five simple tasks that will keep your skin looking healthy and bright.
Looking young after 50 doesn’t necessarily mean being wrinkle-free. Even somebody who has looked after their skin, and hasn’t resorted to Botox or the knife, will have lines. But if their skin isn’t parched and dry, they’ll have a healthy glow. It might be down to good genes – thanks mum – but more often than not it will be down to a combination of good diet, preventative sun care and a moisturising regime.
Skin is the body’s largest organ. In common with other tissue, it ages. But unlike other tissue, the ageing of our skin is directly affected by our environment: stress, pollutants, the sun’s rays, smoking and drinking. Free radicals are responsible for breaking down our skin’s collagen, resulting in unflattering blemishes like wrinkling, dark spots, fine lines and loose, saggy skin.
These are the five simple tasks that will keep your skin looking healthy and bright.
The five rules for sensational skin
1. Hydrate Don’t just drink water – fruit juice, milk, fresh fruit and vegetables all add to your skin’s moisture content. Water helps to keep skin moist, whereas loss of hydration will make your skin-tight, dry and flaky. And dry skin is more likely to wrinkle.
2. Exfoliate Not only does this boost circulation, it removes dull and flaky skin by getting rid of the dead cells that clog up the top layer of the epidermis. Whether you use a body scrub, loofah or mitt do it at least once a week. Body brushing is another effective way of boosting your lymphatic system and getting rid of toxins. Do it every day for ten minutes, before your shower, on dry skin. Start at your feet and use slow, firm, sweeping movements towards your heart. Your skin will feel so soft, so swiftly and as an added benefit, skin brushing is almost a meditation and is quite addictive. Using a face mask will also help. DAYTOX vegan range features a Peel-Off Mask which is great for mature skin.
3. Feed your skin Vitamins E and C are vital to nourish your skin. E boosts the immune system, whilst C is essential for skin repair, ensures radiance and reduces wrinkles. Foods rich in Vitamin E include sunflower seeds, shellfish, nuts (especially almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts), spinach, broccoli, avocados and asparagus. Foods rich in Vitamin C, other than oranges and dark green leafy vegetables, include peppers, guavas, kiwi fruit, papaya, mange touts and berries.
4. Use a sun protection formula, including during the winter months. Sunshine is a essential source of vitamin D, but even in winter the sun’s UV rays are harmful. In winter you can get away with SP15. Vogue has produced a great list of The Best Face SPFs For Every Skin Type.
5. Moisturise Moisture comes from both within and without so just do it. Keep hydrated, eat well and slap on the moisturiser – not just on your face, but on your body as well: feet, hands, arms, legs, torso, bum, stomach. Everywhere, everybody! Daily moisturising will make your skin suppler and firmer.