When should you get serious about your skin?
The simple answer to this would be, as soon as possible. It starts from the moment you’re born. With 80 per cent of premature ageing caused by exposure to the sun, then starting from birth makes sense.
What happened when you were a baby? Thankfully, with the amount of education available, most parents keep their newborns out of the sun. It’s a good start and, by the time you reached 12 months old, wearing sun protection is your first foray into anti-ageing skincare.
Making peace with my laugh lines.
At the tender age of 25, I noticed my first wrinkles of expression, tiny creases around my mouth that seemed to appear without warning. Not really wrinkles, no, just little laugh lines. I’ve been trying to love my “laugh lines” with varying degrees of success ever since.
I was reminded of these laugh lines a while back when by chance, I bumped into a very old and dear friend. We’d worked together in the beauty industry for a few years. 10 years or more had passed since we’d seen each other. So it was with surprise and delight, by chance we met again. After exclamations of, “it’s so amazing to see you after all this time” we settled in over a coffee. It didn’t take us long to get to our second amazement.
The modern makeup dilemma
Is makeup ageing your skin? The more you try to cover imperfections, the more imperfect your skin can look. The skin can take on a dull, dry and dehydrated appearance.
So far in our Positive Ageing Series, we’ve talked about how the skin ages and how we can adapt our skincare by introducing intelligent cell-communicating ingredients that make a positive impact on our skin.
In this, the third part of the Positive Ageing Series, it’s time to take a look at how our makeup ages our skin and diminishes any chance of achieving a luminous glow.
Do you wonder, why retinol?
Perhaps a better question would be, why not retinol? There’s no real reason why you shouldn’t consider retinol in your beauty routine unless you have sensitivity issues. (I’ll come back to that in a moment).
For the rest of us, regardless of age, retinol offers something the skin needs to function correctly. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for skin health.
As time goes by, you’ll be glad you invested in vitamin A. Let me tell you what I know. I’ll also share 5 of the most powerful and noteworthy retinol serums worth trusting.
The well-meaning advice of my youth.
Before I get to why I’m crusading against scrubs, a story from my youth.
When I was 17, I read somewhere; some little tidbit of advice, that I could smooth away wrinkles by, 1) Heating the back of a dessert spoon and then, 2) Proceed to smooth over any offending wrinkles with said spoon. Violà! Wrinkles Gone!
Clearly, I started raising my eyebrows at life and all its conundrums at quite a young age, hence wrinkles at 17. But still, I was determined to banish these weird lines that had taken up residence on my forehead.