Our skin is amazing and yet something we take completely for granted. When you stop to consider how much attention you give it, what do you think? Is it enough? Do you have a regular routine? Is your face and neck the main priority? Do you ignore the rest or do you regularly use a moisture cream on your body? What about your hands and feet, are they rewarded for all the hard work they do with regular pampering?
So many people feel that the cosmetic industry is an absolute con. Fancy packaging wrapping very mediocre products.
Well, in some cases, yes. But the cosmetic industry does put a great deal of time and money into research. Science backed products usually do fulfil the promises made and if used regularly there should be noticeable results achieved.
There is also a growing demand for products that have not been tested on animals, don’t contain nasty chemicals and are vegetarian and vegan friendly. With such a vast array of products and information it can be mind boggling to decide what is the best buy. Cost too comes into the equation. In most cases ‘you get what you pay for’ is correct, but there are some fantastic brands and buys that won’t break the bank if you look around and don’t allow yourself to get too carried away.
The first thing to think about is what skin type you are.
A simple guide to skin type:
Tiny pores, rare or no breakouts, very occasionally a little dry = normal skin type
If you have a shiny T-zone = combination skin type
Good foods for normal and combination skin types include:
- leafy green vegetables
- nuts and seeds
Hydration is important for this skin type as the skin is usually very fine.
Tight, matte and thirsty skin. Always = Dry skin type. Occasionally = Dehydrated
For both skin types hydrating foods help skin’s appearance. These may include:
- coconut oil in food
- melon and watermelon
Feeding the skin from within helps topical products.
Visible pores, shiny skin that looks greasy and feels oily = Oily skin type.
Starving your skin of nutrients won’t help and could make you unwell. Foods to balance and cleanse rather than fried or processed will help matters and should include:
- leafy green vegetables
- nuts (in moderation)
- rich-in-fibre foods and wholegrain
This skin type still requires moisture cream and a regime. Products sold to ‘clear spots’ can actually make things worse so seek advice from a professional if you have break-out issues or any form of acne. Facial oil can also be applied as it is formulated to correct and balance skin.
For all skin types regular facials are a good idea but essential for this skin type.
Likely to go red easily and reacts quickly to something it doesn’t like = Sensitive skin type.
Don’t fear products as this skin type quickly ages if not cared for.
All fruit and vegetables including:
- fresh figs
Explain that you are a sensitive skin type when making purchases and request a sample pot to check how your skin reacts.
If you’re not so good at drinking water remember that foods can help hydrate …
The second thing is to think simple. You really don’t need multiple products.
You should have:
- a good cleanser
- toner to restore the skin’s natural pH balance
- a moisture cream. (If you wish you can have a day cream, which is usually light and a night cream which has a heavier, richer consistency, designed to feed the skin overnight)
- Eye cream for the delicate eye area is also good to have as the creams that you might put on your face could cause puffiness around the eyes
Exfoliation is also a good thing to do, but not as much as people seem to think. Invest in a good one, take advice and follow it. Overdoing exfoliation won’t take years off you, simply the beautiful new skin cells.
We age. This is something we cannot avoid.
An ageing skin = a change in the appearance of the face and neck, arms and hands
An older or old face is full of character and the wearer of that face, full of wisdom.
Reduced elacticity, lines and/or wrinkles, general lack of tone = 2nd stage of ageing
- good, hearty, healthy food
- regular facials
The hands of time simply cannot be stopped so by accepting the age you are, taking care of yourself and enjoying your life you will exude confidence and glow. Think – posture, diet and a good and regular skincare routine. Research products, become fascinated by what they offer and ask for sample pots. The sales assistants will want to help you so ask all your questions and take the time you need to think about what you want to achieve. Keep it simple and have fun!