Factor in these anti ageing tips to your lockdown self care schedule so you can emerge back into normal life with beautiful healthy glowing skin!
For many of us, self-care is often last on the to do list after we’ve gone to work, ferried the children to various clubs and parties, walked the dog, visited relatives, cleaned, cooked… the list is endless! So, although lockdown may be making us want to tear our hair out at the thought of another Zoom quiz or banana bread, it has given us some much needed time back.
With more time on our hands, we can give a little bit of self-care back to ourselves. And what’s more, if we use the time for a little pamper and cleanse, we could even emerge looking relaxed, radiant and ready to take on the new world that awaits.
So, if you want to use the time to turn back the clock, here are five anti-ageing rituals that we recommend you live by.
Cleansing the skin thoroughly will help to remove dirt, impurities and toxins, leaving it clean and primed to absorb other products that you may go onto apply.
Double cleansing involves using two cleansers, the first should be oil-based to remove any traces of make-up, products and sebum, then cleanse using a water-based product to remove any dirt from the skin.
Exfoliating the skin brushes off dead skin cells to reveal new, radiant skin. Avoid scrubs or exfoliators with physical particles in them as this can break the surface of the skin, leading to irritations or break-outs. Instead, try a chemical exfoliator or a skin peel which will open your pores and smooth your skin’s texture, leaving you with a youthful glow!
There are so many ways you can hydrate the skin. From face masks to serums, moisturisers to specific products for areas such as the eyes. The skin around your eyes is very delicate and fine so apply eye cream gently using your ring finger for a light touch. Eye creams not only target wrinkles, but also help with tired, puffy eyes so they are a must to achieve a fresh glow.
Applying a facemask weekly is not only a relaxing treat but will also give the skin some extra TLC! Keeping your skin well hydrated will help to make it appear more plump and as a result have an anti-ageing effect.
Apply a few drops of serum before you use your moisturiser. Serums are highly concentrated and absorb into the skin better, so they really are the superhero of your skincare regime. They can be quite pricey, so remember a little goes a long way.
Finish off by always applying a moisturiser and make sure you have one that is specifically tailored to your skin’s needs. Retinoid is a great anti-ageing secret ingredient, whilst hyaluronic acid and salicylic acid are perfect for treating acne.
Sun damage is one of the biggest skin ageing culprits. SPF is your best friend for keeping your skin looking youthful and protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Make sure you wear SPF every day, even if it’s cloudy or you are indoors. UVA from the sun can penetrate windows so it’s important that you always keep your skin protected. There are even some studies that suggest prolonged screen time can be harmful to your skin, so don’t risk it and make applying SPF part of your daily skincare ritual.
Products can help in achieving more youthful skin, but it isn’t just what we put on our skin that counts. A balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit, leafy greens, oily fish and lean meat will work wonders for a radiant complexion. Drink plenty of water and try not to overindulge in alcohol, caffeine and sugar. Smoking will age your skin and damage your health quickly, so best to kick that habit quick!
For more stubborn lines and wrinkles, there is always a little bit of extra help available. Microdermabrasion, dermal fillers, skin peels and even surgery can all help to reduce the appearance of ageing. At The Harley Medical Group, our team of expert specialist surgeons and nurses can help to advise on the right treatment for you.