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1. Clean Your Makeup Brushes
British studies found that 72% of women never wash their brushes or sponges, even though they collect dirt and bacteria which can cause breakouts. You should wash loose powder brushes every 2 or 3 weeks and those used to apply foundation once a week.
Mix a couple of drops of gentle facial cleanser or shampoo and lukewarm water in a cup, swish your brushes, rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry, and lay flat to air dry.
Approximately 90% of wrinkles are from sun exposure. It’s much easier to prevent the damage than and rays in the winter sun can be just as strong. Look for a formula that offers broad-spectrum protection to guard against UVA rays (the ones that cause premature aging) and UVB rays (one of the main causes of skin cancer)
…instead of cream or lotion and use sparingly. Look for one with antioxidants, the skin’s major defense against free radicals and stress, and pentapeptides, which are a must-have when it comes to boosting collagen, the support structure that gives skin a firm, youthful appearance. Yes!
Apply first those with the most active ingredients as soon as you wash and pat skin dry – you want them to come into direct contact with your skin. If using more than one active product (like an antioxidant serum and Retin-A), start with the thinner one.
Anything that’s water soluble should go first, then the thicker, creamier product.
If you do it in reverse, the heavier cream will block the other ingredients giving no impact. If you moisturise, it’s next up in line, followed up by—what else?—sunscreen each morning.
“Everyone should use retinol” says New York dermatologist Doris Day. “It has decades of clinical data to support its efficacy, helps skin cell turnover, and boosts collagen production to keep skin firm and youthful.”
Most dermatologists agree that if you’re only going to use one anti-aging product, prescription Retin-A or even high street offerings, is the magic bullet, and can even reverse abnormal and cancerous growth, among other forms of sun damage.
“It has great anti-inflammatory effects, which is why it’s as effective at treating acne as it is at treating wrinkles and other signs of aging,” adds Syed Amiry a dermatologist practicing in Reston, Virginia.
Sleep deprivation lowers circulation, which is why you look pale and washed out if you only get a few hours,” says Amy Wechsler, one of only two U.S. physicians board-certified in both dermatology and psychiatry. It’s also the best time to rejuvenate your skin. This is the time to equip your skin with as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients it needs.
Enlarged pores are one of the most common beauty complaints. They seem large when filled with pollutants, oil, dead skin cells and keratin. Clear out the gunk by exfoliating regularly with daily applications of salicylic and glycolic acid.
Then add a cleansing system to soften and smooth skin. Sun damage breaks down collagen which can affect pore size as well so to keep pores from getting bigger as you age by protecting your skin from the sun.
Right! this is officially my favourite and it involves the powerful antioxidant, Reveratrol and Polyphenol, thankfully found in the grape skins used in red wine. It helps prevent the lines, wrinkles, and sagging caused by pollutants.
More effective than vitamin C, and studies show it creates moderate skin tightening. Apply a little of your favourite product each night to plump up lines and smooth skin texture – that’s after a couple of glasses of wine of course.
They can be the first areas to show wrinkling, sagging, and displaying dark spots looking to hide under a collar.
Use the same products as you would on your face including sunscreen, but start lightly (every other day) when applying active ingredients like Retinols or acids, since they can cause some initial irritation.
Leaving makeup and dirt on skin doesn’t just clog pores; it can cause excessive dryness and even skin dandruff. “Most makeup contains a sugar-type molecule that can grow yeast overnight,” says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine.
Don’t forget to thoroughly remove eye makeup too. “It can lead to bumpy rashes around the eyes or small white bumps called milia cysts,” says Wu.
11. Stay Out Of Hot Water
A steamy shower may feel great, but it’s one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Not only does the heat strip essential oils, but it creates a mild burn.
Blood vessels respond by dilating in an effort to cool the skin, causing flushing and ruddiness.
“When you’re in your twenties, you can take a hot shower, be red & swollen and recover in an hour, but in your thirties, it may take 2 hours,” says Alexiades-Armenakas.
“By your forties, your skin just doesn’t have the ability to shrink back to its original state so you stay ruddy all the time.
Most creams and lotions have key ingredients that create a protective barrier on the surface of the skin to lock in moisture, but because skin cools itself by evaporating water, you only have a few minutes before that hydration is gone forever. Put on a moisturiser with natural silicone, while your face is still damp. Alexiades-Armenakas’ research shows that it locks in moisture for up to 24 hours, plumping and improving the appearance of fine lines as skin drinks up the moisture (like the difference between a raisin and a grape).
As if you need another reason to buy a new pair of sunglasses, turns out they provide more protection against under-eye wrinkling and ageing than sunscreen.
While your eyes have evolved to handle the bright sun, the area around them is the thinnest part of the skin, where most signs of aging appear. When you squint from the light, lines develop from the repeated movement.
To keep the wrinkles away, choose a pair of polarized glasses wide enough to fully cover the eyes and surround.
Research shows that a diet high in fats and carbohydrates causes more wrinkles.
Foods like rich cheeses and red meats are known as aging fats because of what they do to the skin.
To keep your skin cells revitalized and rejuvenated, maintain a diet that includes lean protein like fish, white meat poultry, tofu, beans and lentils.
And don’t forget the leafy vegetables and I shouldn’t have to mention but drink plenty of hydrating water.