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How many steps are there in your beauty regime? Do you cleanse, tone and moisturise and then apply a day cream, night cream, eye serum followed with a nice warm cup of antioxidant tea? Is it all a little too much? And do you even know if it’s working? The beauty industry has a product for every imaginable issue; they want you to be confused about what you need and when you should use it. So Ry.com.au created these five simple steps to help your skin look and feel healthy.
At different stages of our lives we will need different types of skincare and our regime will need to change depending on our lifestyle, age and environment. I recently saw a sign whilst I was shopping, that read, ‘Look ten years younger in just 45 seconds!’ That’s a big call! I may be a skeptic but I go by the old adage that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. But as I reached my early 30’s I started to notice fine lines around my eyes and my skin lost its luminosity. The truth is, I don’t want to look younger, I just don’t want to look any older than I actually am.
Firstly, lets identify the key things that make skin look unhealthy:
I have wrinkles.
A wrinkle is “a furrow, fold, or crease in the skin, particularly of a type seen with increasing occurrence as a result of sun exposure or, in perioral skin, cigarette smoking; associated with degeneration of dermal elastic tissue.”
I have bags under my eyes.
The skin on the face is at its thinnest around the eyes. Frequent rubbing, smoking and lack of sleep will all contribute to the increased appearance of bags.
My skin looks flat and doesn’t glow.
When skin loses its glow it’s not correct to assume that this is an automatic side-effect of old age. Damaged or slow cell turnover is normally the culprit and there are effective treatments and creams to solve or alleviate the problem.
If you have one or all three of the above skin symptoms, chances are your skin is not shining like a beacon. The good news is, some simple lifestyle changes and some well-chosen professional skincare products can help make, and keep, your skin looking healthy.
We won’t promise to make you look ten years younger but we want you to love the skin you’re in.
1. Wear sunscreen. Now, this is nothing new but it’s the number one contributor to premature aging and at no point in time has the leather-handbag-face look been in fashion. Sunscreen used to be a greasy mess that you smeared on your face and made your eyes sting. Skincare boffins now have found a way to incorporate sunscreen into most of your everyday skincare products, from makeup to moisturisers and body products.
2. Go easy on the alcohol. Every drink you don’t have does wonders for the skin. Now you may have been told to drink lots of water, but recent research from the UK suggests that the amount of water you drink does not keep you hydrated. It’s a long held belief that your skin would act like a sponge and soak up that super refreshing water, but dermatologists’ recent study contradicts this theory. So, as always, watch this space! But until then, don’t stop drinking water as you will die, and we don’t want that, even if you are dead with super looking glowing skin!
3. You are what you eat . Your skin is a direct reflection of what you eat. A diet that is high in fruit and vegetables is best and everything in moderation is also the key. Avoid processed food and food with high sugar content. At this stage we cannot find any super-food groups that can provide long lasting effects on the look and feel of your skin. The Acai Berry may claim lots of things, but I don’t think healthy looking skin is one of them.
4. Take a skin vitamin. Skin vitamins are still a little controversial but it seems to make perfect sense that if you’re already treating your skin to a little pampering on the outside, why not show it some love from the inside. The research and science is still a little grey but in our experience we have seen some great results.
5. Use great skincare. We are in the business of selling skincare so there is no way we could leave this off the list. The truth is, all skin deserves good quality skin care. At the very least a high quality moisturiser and cleanser with active ingredients would be a good place to start. From that point up, build your collection to include serums, eye creams, wrinkle creams, day creams and night creams. Firstly, identify what your main skin concern is. Do you have dry skin, oily skin, or combination skin? Search for products that target your primary skin concerns. I wish I had started with a skincare regime earlier in my life. Using good quality skincare at the first signs of ageing is a better strategy than trying to turn back time…unless you are in possession of a DeLorian time machine.
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