Skincare

It is surprising that many people tend to overlook skincare in their wellness journey. You can tell a lot about a person, their eating and sleeping habits just by looking at their skin.
The skin can be one of the first things you begin to see a change in when you start to eat nutritionally dense foods.
After all the skin is the largest organ if the body.
It is very important to start looking after your skin from a very young age.
Luckily for me skincare was always something I was very interested in. I was always making honey facemasks and lathering cold cream on my face and using body oils since I was a kid.
Today my night time skincare routine is part of me winding down before I go to bed.
With all the products and skincare trends these days it is hard to get lost and know how to establish a skincare routine.
I will briefly describe how you should approach your skincare.
The two main factors that determine what products you should use are age and skin type.
It is very important to know your skin type.

Teens

Teens should be using daily SPF to prevent skin damage in their later ears.
A good moisturizer is a must. Use water-based moisturizer if you have oily skin.
If acne is an issue, I would strongly recommend seeing a dermatologist and improving eating habits. Healthy eating habits can balance out the effects of hormonal changes which usually happen during this time.

Early twenties

SPF is a staple.
It is a good idea to start using an undereye cream and a serum with your moisturizer.

Late twenties and early thirties

  • SPF used daily before going out.
  • Eye cream
  • Serum
  • Moisturiser

Ingredients start to matter at this stage

  • You should aim to have the following active ingredients in the products you use.
  • Vitamin A (Retin-A)
  • Vitamin C
  • Hyaluronic Acid.

Retin A

It is a good idea to start getting into the habit of using a mild retinoid cream. Towards your late twenties.
Retin A is one of the active ingredients according to medical studies that visibly reduce the signs of aging.
It works by increasing turnover of cells and thus renewing and regenerating skin.
However, the main problem with Retin A are the side effects that occur especially in the first few weeks.
Retin A is a very potent ingredient and dryness, itchiness and flakiness are very common side effects.
It is for this reason many people don’t stick through with it and abandon ship quite quickly.
How to overcome this? Use only a pea size dollop for your entire face. A little goes a long way.
Also start using once or twice a week and gradually build up until your skin can tolerate it.
Start with a Retin-A cream with a low percentage. 0.5% or lower if you can find it.
Use a serum and moisturize after the cream has been totally absorbed.
Always always always use a heavy-duty SPF if you use any Retina A products. During cell regeneration the skin is thinner and more sensitive to the sun.

Vitamin C

As you grow older your skin doe not only age with fine lines, the complexion starts to get duller and loses some of its brightness.
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is also another active ingredient that has been proven by studies to improve the appearance of skin.
So, using a product with Vitamin C as an active ingredient can help brighten your skin and give it a lovely glow.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is a brilliant ingredient for moisturizing. Its molecule attracts its own weight in water 1000 times. Hence it is a superb moisturizer as it keeps your skin well hydrated and supple.
However, if you use any product containing Hyaluronic acid I would recommend using it along with a serum or moisturizer so it doesn’t attract water from your skin, but take water from something else and then hydrate your skin with it.

Late thirties and older

The skincare regimen here is similar to the one before;
  • SPF
  • Eye cream
  • Serum
  • Moisturiser
(Make sure you use products incorporating Retin A, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid)
There is the addition of one main active ingredient;

Peptides

Peptides are short chains of amino acids (proteins) that act as building blocks for collagen, elastin and keratin. These are the foundations of your skin and act like the scaffolding for your skin. It is important for older skin where the effects of time may cause skin to sag.

These are the essentials for the most basic skin care regimen.

To see my own personal skin care regimen click here.

To see the list of foods to consume regularly to notice an improvement in skin click here.

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