Skincare tips for a youthful glow at any age
THERE'S no doubt the world is finally waking up to the wiseness, boldness and beauty of age, with many more people over 50 - especially women - in powerful roles on the world stage.
Let's face it though - nobody enjoys ageing and while we're increasingly more healthy, better educated and more connected, we still haven't been offered that elusive fountain of youth that many of us long for.
Thankfully, there are plenty of non-invasive things you can do to bring back that youthful glow and most of them are really easy and can be added to your daily routine with minimal fuss.
Without further ado, here are some amazing skincare tips for a youthful glow at any age, brought to you with the assistance of top dermatologist cosmetic surgeon Dr Daniel Lanzer, who now offers his effective D'Lumiere Esthetique skincare range to the general public:
Drink water all the time
Yes, we're sure you've heard it all before, but are you really doing it? No matter what else you do, if you're dehydrated it's all for naught, as dehydration causes immediate and long-term wrinkles, blemishes and other skin problems. Eight glasses a day is a minimum!
Slip, Slop, Slap, Slide and Seek
We all need sunlight for optimal health, but our skin is very quickly damaged by harmful UV rays and this is one of the primary causes of ageing. If you don't want to wear sunscreen every day, then at least wear a good-quality foundation with added UV protection like D'Lumiere Esthetique Day Defence Moisturiser SPF 15+, a hat or stay indoors. Also wear sunglasses in harsh sunlight and don't forget to keep your neck, decolletage, hands and the tops of your ears protected too.
Think of skincare products as an investment
If you want your car to run well, you'd buy quality fuel and oil. You probably also invest heavily into making your home look good, so why wouldn't you do the same for your face? The better the product is, the better it's going to work, so don't feel like you're splurging out on yourself. Instead, think of it as investing in one of your most important assets. Thankfully, if you find a good dermatologist like Dr Lanzer who offers affordable non-surgical treatments, you'll always be investing wisely.
Use an acid peel weekly
An acid peel that contains both salicylic and glycolic acid has a cumulative effect, where your skin looks better the longer you use them. Using an acid peel once or twice a week will boost collagen, thicken your skin (which is important as we age), lessen pigmentation and remove fine lines. Dr Lanzer's clinic offers Glycolic Acid Peels from the comfort of the clinic, or you can purchase his AHA serum.
Take your vitamins (from the outside in)
Vitamin A compounds like retinols and retinoids reach below the dermis and rejuvenate and stimulate your skin from the inside out. This causes new skin cell production and turnover, smoother, even skin, a plumping effect and that youthful glow!
Vitamin C is antioxidant, protecting your skin from UV rays and free radicals, while increasing cell renewal and boosting collagen production. Overall, Vitamin C is your guard against all those nasty things that affect your skin's natural barrier. D'Lumiere Esthetique offers a Vitamin A and Vitamin C serum duo kit. The Vitamin C serum is highly-concentrated and results are enhanced with added enzymes.
Make hyaluronic acid your friend
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin but we produce less of it when we age. This almost magical substance can absorb up to 1000 times its own weight in moisture, which expands to fill fine lines and wrinkles and plumps up skin. A good-quality hyaluronic serum such as the D'Lumiere Esthetique Day Defence Moisturiser SPF 15+ not only plumps and brightens the face, but is also great for the neck, decolletage and hands too.
For an intense boost of hyaluronic power, the Enerjet treatment is a non-surgical method of infusing your skin with hyaluronic acid and this treatment is available at Dr. Lanzer's clinics. This treatment is also wonderful for removing scars and other skin texture problems.
Plump from the inside out
As we age, our collagen production depletes rapidly each year, meaning we lose skin thickness and strength. Taking oral collagen supplements can help restore this loss. Similarly, eating plenty of good fats and oils in our diet helps our skin retain moisture, decrease inflammation and build a stronger lipid barrier. Good fats can be found in nuts, seeds, avocadoes, salmon, grass-fed beef and butters and some supplements (although, obtaining it naturally is always better).
Change what you can, accept what you can't
Finally, no matter what you do, you can't completely stop the ageing process, but you can handle it with grace and a healthy attitude. It's true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you'll always be your own harshest critic, so adjusting the way you see yourself will do wonders for your self-esteem. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, attitude and hygiene practices will keep you beautiful on the inside and the outside, so let's see you shine with that self-crested youthful glow!