Get gorgeous skin at any age
Looking fabulous whether you're in your 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s all depends on one thing - how good your skin looks! Clear, beautiful and glowing skin is a sign of good health. You know how you sometimes wake up with bags under your eyes or blemishes after a late night (or a night out drinking)? That's a sign your body is overworked and overtired. Eating the right foods, exercising regularly and staying hydrated can all help to leave you looking beautiful and feeling good - a good skincare routine can also be beneficial, but don't fall into the trap of overloading your skin with chemical-packed products. We know a few people who still have amazing skin even in their 50s and 60s, so we thought we'd tell you how you can get great skin at any age!
In your 20s
Lucky you - in your 20s, your skin will probably look its best, and this decade is all about developing preventative skin care that will keep your skin looking gorgeous as you get older. Developing good skincare habits is crucial to having beautiful skin - that means you should ensure you do the following:
- Take off your makeup every night
- Wash your face every morning
- Quit smoking
- Take regular exercise
- Ensure you stay hydrated
- Work out your skin type and choose appropriate products
- Make sure you get at least eight hours' sleep a night
Whilst you don't have to go for regular facials at a beauty salon, pampering treatments at home can help your skin to stay looking fresh. Regular exfoliation and using a good moisturiser with SPF can help to delay skin ageing. If you're looking for natural, paraben and chemical-free skincare ranges to try, we recommend LaidBare and Avalon Organics, both found at Holland & Barrett, or head online to shop for Aubrey Organics. They offer great value ranges ideal for younger skin.
In your 30s
Enjoy your 30s - it's the time when you start to have a more defined sense of self and your confidence levels will usually be higher than in your 20s. Most of us are also enjoying a period of financial stability, so you can afford to treat yourself every now and again!
This is the decade when skin cell turnover starts to slow down, so your skin could look dull, with fine lines from sun damage beginning to appear. You might want to consider using a nightly facial serum, which can boost your skin's collagen production. Peptides, found in many serums, can have 'notable effects on photo-damaged skin', according to an article published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science in 2009 (1). We also recommend using natural brightening products such as illuminating serums and moisturisers to give your skin a glow. Regularly exfoliating can help too - make your own natural exfoliator with a little olive oil, brown sugar and lemon juice for a lit-from-within glow.
If you suffer from adult-onset acne, often brought on in your 30s by pregnancy or work-related stress, then changing your diet can really help. Cut out or cut back on red meat, dairy and processed food and focus more on fresh fruit and vegetables and raw food. Get plenty of exercise and make sure you wash your face twice a day, even on make-up free days. Natural tea tree oil products can work wonders to combat adult-onset acne and leave your skin looking clear.
In your 40s
Ready to conquer the world? Women and men in their 40s usually feel more confident and self-assured than ever before in their lives. It's the decade when you spend less time trying to be in control and worrying about what everyone else thinks of you, and more time focused on what makes you happy. Women will notice a decline in estrogen levels - the hormone responsible for maintaining elastin and collagen - which can lead to less firm, drier skin. But with a little TLC, you can still look great in your 40s!
Treating yourself regularly to a facial at a salon which uses natural products is a great way to brighten and tighten your skin. With mini-facials available at most salons for under £30, this could be a regular treat that you can afford. Avoid using retinol and other products which can damage your skin. Despite its popularity, retinol can cause damage to skin which is exposed to the sun and it isn't suitable for use if you have sensitive skin. Retinoids are potent forms of vitamin A, so try including more vitamin A in your diet by eating carrots, sweet potatoes and butternut squash - yumm! Regularly moisturising and ensuring that you drink plenty of water will leave your skin glowing and reduce the appearance of dark circles under your eyes.
Our skin changes as we get older, so even if you had oily skin in your 20s and 30s, you'll probably find your skin is far drier now - it's time to change the products you use. You'll probably also find that you have friends who are considering - or who have already tried - cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers or botox. If that's something that you think will make you feel happier and more confident, then by all means don't let anybody influence your decision. Just make sure you're having cosmetic treatment for the right reasons - to make yourself feel good - and not for anyone else!
In your 50s
Many women say that their 50s are the happiest decade of their lives. You're likely to have more free time - and if you have kids, this could be the time they leave home, giving you more time to focus on yourself. Unfortunately, this is also the decade when menopause strikes, which can wreak havoc on your hormones. Age spots, dry skin, thinning skin and the breakdown of collagen, leading to sagging skin, are all common in your 50s. In this decade, defending your skin against the elements is crucial to stay looking good.
The older you get, the less efficient your skin is at maintaining its natural defences, which means it struggles to keep good stuff in and bad stuff out. You'll usually notice increase dehydration as your skin produces less natural oils. Try using safflower oil as a face and body moisturiser - it's high in linoleic acid, a fatty acid which has excellent emollient properties and can help to leave your skin soft. Many women and men turn to laser treatments or IPL in their 50s to tackle thread veins and brown spots, but you can find more natural alternatives if you shop around.
Remember that a healthy diet and lifestyle will boost the beauty of your skin at any age. Dehydration, junk food, lack of sleep and stress as well as bad habits such as drinking too much alcohol and smoking, can all affect your skin - it's the body's largest organ! Taking care of your health will show on your skin, so to get beautiful skin no matter what age you are, focus on what's going on inside your body as well as outside. Being happy and healthy will leave you looking great!
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