The simple truth is that it’s much easier for 20-something models such as the lovely Kendall Jenner to flaunt the no-makeup trend, since they have a pure complexion to begin with. But what about those among us who have already stepped well into their forties, fifties and beyond, and still wish to bring out the best our skin can be?
There are several key ways to help our skin age gracefully and retain its radiance, and they should all become a part of your healthy lifestyle to restore your glow and keep your skin resilient, with no makeup in the equation.
1. Exfoliate generously
We all know how important it is to help your skin shed the superficial layers of dead skin cells and dirt residue from your everyday chores, but ageing skin takes a bit of finesse in the process. First of all, consider using chemical-based scrubs such as Tatchathat contain ingredients such as enzymes, retinol and other skin-friendly acids which help your skin cleanse without causing physical damage. Mechanical scrubs can be a little harsh on maturing skin, so either keep them to a minimum, or shun them altogether!
The frequency of this ritual also depends on your skin type and if you have any issues with your complexion. For more sensitive skin, it’s best to keep it low, once a week or even every two weeks, but keep an eye on how your skin reacts. This simple step helps your skin retain its vibrancy and elasticity, so make sure you do it properly for best effect.
2. Serum up your game
Even if your diet is top-notch, which it definitely should be, your topical skincare elements should also pack quite an antioxidant punch in order to help your skin retain its glow and ward off wrinkles. Serums make for an excellent choice for mature skin, such as the Aspect Dr skin care range, whose Active C serum contains vitamin C, a potent ingredient that keeps your skin bright, strong, and firm.
When paired with the right nutrition plan and used on a regular basis, these serums help balance your skin complexion and keep it hydrated and moisturized. That means that you can ditch using foundation to cover up any blemishes or uneven skin tone, since you will no longer have anything to “hide”!
3. Rigorous with sunscreen
There is no such thing as overemphasizing the importance of slathering on layers and layers of face-friendly sunscreens to prevent sunburn, irritation, dark spots, and even the big C. Too much sun exposure ages your skin and adds several years to your skin’s natural calendar, so this is the one anti-ageing tip you should start putting into effect as soon as possible.
Look for nourishing creams that pair the perks of ingredients such as zinc oxide with the cooling properties of aloe vera, such as the Block Island Natural Face Moisturizerwhich is also eco-friendly and cruelty-free. Another perk for maturing skin is that it can be used every day and it’s effective for wrinkle-prevention.
4. Work up a sweat
In addition to being a key ingredient of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercisealso plays a pivotal role in keeping your skin perky and radiant. It also gives you that coveted post-workout rosy, dewy glow so many ladies try to achieve with makeup, but nothing can mimic the real thing!
Working out at least three to four times per week and keeping up an active lifestyle means that you’ll help your skin produce more collagen, which is essential for skin tightness and elasticity. You’ll also enjoy the perks of better microcirculation, and better blood flow helps deliver more nutrients to your pores, even the ones that come from your topical creams.
5. Curb your stress
The hormone that is responsible for the most damage done to your skin is called cortisol, and it’s also known as the stress hormone. Of course, enjoying your workouts and eating a healthy, balanced diet helps cut your cortisol production significantly, but our pace of life often leaves us more stressed than our skin can handle.
When you introduce relaxing techniques such as meditation into your life, your skin will benefit from several key angles: you’ll sleep better, and we all know how much beauty sleep impacts our complexion, your cortisol will decrease, and you’ll be much more inspired to make other healthy choices in your life. No makeup can replace a genuine smile and a well-rested look, so try some breathing exercises instead of using extra blush!
This guest post was graciously provided by Sophia Smith. Sophia, style and beauty blogger, collector of black turtlenecks, graphic designer and food enthusiast. I’ve been featured on numerous websites and magazines such as: Carousel, Viva Glam Magazine, She is Fierce HQ, Mostly Sugar and How to Simplify.