“Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle.”
Deciding to let your hair go grey may represent a shift within as it does for many women as they hit this point in their lives. Deciding to go through this ‘going grey’ process may encourage you to examine how you look after your body as you get older. What you were doing at 20, is likely not to be as suitable at 40 and beyond and that includes how you go about looking after your skin.
The decision and the process of growing your hair out to its natural silver is not easy for most women. Although some women breeze through the process, I do believe that most women do find it difficult, particularly in the early days, weeks and months.
However, going through this change, can be the catalyst to examine how we are looking after ourselves as we approach midlife and beyond, and that includes how we look after our skin as we get older.
As I approached midlife, I decided that I was fed up with my acne and I wanted to have clear skin again. Just because I was getting older, didn’t mean that I had to put up with skin that was not looking its best! I spend time figuring out what my skin needed with the help of a beauty therapist, who is now a friend and I got my skin back on track after years of looking and feeling ‘meh’!
This article will look at skincare and how finding and adhering to a good regime is paramount to achieving the best skin you could possibly imagine. As we go through change, it opens up an opportunity to look at new ways to care for ourselves and get rid of old skincare habits that no longer serve us.
While make up can enhance our natural features and brighten up the complexion, it should never be used to ‘cover up’ our skin. Makeup is about enhancing your natural features.
If you use make up as a ‘mask’, then now is the time to look at what is going on for you and look at why you are needing to ‘hide’. Think about the condition of your skin and whether you feel like it could be improved.
Make up will never look as good if it is put onto skin that is in poor condition. For example, if your skin is dry, foundation will go on cakey and uneven and will not be flattering.
This isn’t about make up but I have written a blog post titled What is the Best Makeup to Wear with Grey Hair? There you will find more detailed information and inspiration for your makeup regime, which is worth checking out if it interests you.
What type of skincare regime does your skin need?
Find out what your skin type is and what your problem areas are, and find a range of skincare that is taylor made for your type of skin.
Take me as an example; my main problem areas are congestion and dryness. I suffered with adult acne from the age of 24 until my late 30’s, so I need to ensure that my skincare regime addresses congestion as well hydration. If I did not have something in place, then the acne would almost certainly come back and my skin would be dry and out of balance.
I advise you to get a professional opinion as to what your skin needs if you are not sure. You can get this from your local beautician or if your skin needs more medical input, then perhaps a dermatologist. Who do you feel will give you the right advise? Whoever you choose, they will advise you on daily skincare products that you can use at home.
A dermatologist and all good beauty salons will have services where part of that will be to give you feedback on your skin type and products to use at home.
When choosing your daily skincare products, whether from the beautician, on the high street or online, be sure to know what ingredients are in your products. Remember, it is just as important to know what is in your products as well as what is not. Many companies will say ‘No parabens,’ for example, but then you will find other chemicals that are in there that are just as harmful! So do be aware of this.
Take your time with your choices and don’t be hurried into a purchase. Good quality skincare should have minimal ‘nasties’. By ‘nasties’ I mean ingredients such as;
Parabens; Synthetic Colours; Fragrance, Phthalates;Triclosa; SLS; Formaldehyde; Toluene; Propylene; Suncream chemicals- benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone,homsalate;ethoxy cinnmate.)
If you are super conscious, then go organic, such as Neals Yard, but to be honest, from my experience, I don’t always find that organic skincare is as effective, but we are all different.
Do remember that it is near impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical in your skincare, but do your research before you put anything on your skin with the aim being to minimise the amount of synthetics in your skincare.
I have found the most effective products are those that use the best of what we find in nature but paired with science.
I have just started using Arbonne’s RE9 range after a friend gave me some samples and another friend has loaned me her range to try. It is beautiful and I am certain to buy more and hope to see my skin further improve.
I feel I can make decisions about my own skincare because I know my skin type well and what it needs and I can decide on products according to that knowledge. Now that I am older, I take my time to decide on what products I use to ensure they are in line with my own beliefs and standards.
How long will it take for me to form a new skincare regime that I can stick to?
Once you have your products that have been either recommeded to you or you have chosen yourself, then the next step, to ensure your skin starts to look its best, is to apply it systematically and ‘religiously’ day and night.
If you are not doing your skincare regime consistantly (or at all), then now is the time for you to take action. Remember that it takes approximately 66 days or just over 9 weeks to form a new habit. At this point you will start doing your skincare regime automatically.
What if I want to have a facial. What should I have?
Again, it will depend on what your skin needs so ask your beautician or dermatologist for feedback, particularly if you plan to have regular facials.
I always have monthly glycopeel facials, which help keep any congestion at bay because my problems are congestion and some pigmentation and scarring, so glycopeel is a match for my skin.
Glycopeel facials are a glycolic peeling treatment that actively works to improve acne, scarring, pigmentation, lines and wrinkles.
Like most treatments, it’s not a quick fix. I have been having these treatments for over 2 years and I have now started having the treatment on my back as well because I was still getting acne in that area. I must say, that the acne on my back cleared up almost straight away.
If you have similar skin to me, then I would highly recommend glycopeels. There are so many different types of facials from anti aging to more intense medical peels. Find the right fit for your skin.
A general skin care routine for morning and evening.
- Exfoliate approximately once a week to rid dead skin cells.
- Serum *
- Moisturise (day cream for the morning and night cream before bed)
- SPF sunscreen 30
- Primer * (optional for before you apply your makeup. I’m not currently using a primer but I am about to try Arbonne’s, so I will let you know what it is like….
- Regular at home or professional facials- monthly.
Always pair a good skincare regime with good habits. It is generally recommended that we drink 2- 3 litres of fresh water every day (filtered or bottled is ideal), and aim to primarily consume foods that have not been tampered with and are as close to nature as possible.
That means more fresh meats, salads, vegetables, fruits, plain nuts, eggs, natural grains and home cooked food, as much as possible. Also use fats from natural sources like animal fats, extra virin olive oil, ghee and so on….And don’t forget to keep as active as possible.
All this, in time, will give you the best skin you ever thought possible.
What is your skincare regime? Have you used Arbonne? If so, do you like it? What do you use? Do you have regular facials? I would love to get your input….
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See you there.
Disclaimer: I am not a qualified beautician. I only write from my own personal experience and share with my audience what I have found has been personally helpful in the hope that I can help others.