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Skincare for maturing skin

When it comes to taking good care of your skin, the earlier you start, the better. They say prevention is better than a cure, which is why taking preventive measures and using effective skin care products in your twenties, before your skin shows the first signs of ageing, is a step definitely worth taking. However, many start paying attention to their skincare routine far later in life so don’t fear: using the right skin care products in the right order can work wonders – leaving you with softer, younger looking skin.

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Our Spa Director’s everyday top tips for younger looking skin

  • Cleanse gently but thoroughly daily
  • Exfoliation is key, but not too often
  • Pay special attention to the skin around your eyes
  • Make a serum your new friend
  • Use products containing Hyaluronic Acid – we naturally produce Hyaluronic Acid in our skin, but we produce less as we age – it plumps up the skin giving that dewy, glowing effect and we also need it to lock in moisture

Main causes of ageing skin & how to prevent them

The Sun

It shouldn’t be a surprise that UV rays can be very harmful to our skin. In fact, it is one of the primary causes of skin ageing. To protect yourself, add sun cream to your daily routine – yes, even in winter! Apply it to your face and anywhere else that will be exposed to the sun every morning and apply your make up as usual once it’s dry.

Now that British summer has well and truly arrived, it’s more important than ever to make sure your skin is fully protected. A high SPF will protect you from burning but you must also consider the UVA rating of your chosen sun cream. The higher the UVA rating (which ranges from 0 to 5) the better protected you will be against UVA rays, which will keep your skin looking younger for longer. We recommend choosing a factor 50 sun cream with a 5 star UVA rating.

Pollution

Ever had irritated skin with no real sign as to why it suddenly appeared? Sometimes breakouts and rashes can be the result of exposure to pollution. But if you love the city life, don’t fear – you can keep your skin feeling silky soft by removing your make up properly, cleansing and moisturizing your face every day.

Smoking

We all know that smoking is harmful to your body but it will also affect your skin. The chemicals in nicotine increase the number of free radicals in your skin which in turn, cause damage. In a similar way to pollution, smoking also intensifies the effects of sun exposure. So, if you’re a smoker consider reducing the amount you smoke and make sure that sun cream is kept topped up.

Nutrition

Your diet will affect your skin so eating lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables is an important part of skincare. Antioxidants have the ability to neutralise the free radicals that damage skin and speed up ageing. Some popular foods include blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, as well as pecans, beans and the best of them all – dark chocolate.

What else can you do?

There are more options to help your skin bounce back to those younger days, that you don’t have to do every day.

Infrared Light

Infrared light has several skin benefits including reducing wrinkles, treating blemishes and scars and increasing collagen and elastin, improving the overall appearance. Infrared light penetrates deep into the skin, stimulating the skin to produce collagen which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Try it for yourself with our Infra Red Cabin at our spa.

Facials and massage

Regular stimulation of your face muscles helps to bring oxygen back into the skin. This increases the blood flow to the area and therefore encourages collagen production – giving a natural glow to your complexion.

There are a number of ways to do this: from performing face listing massage on yourself (with the help of YouTube videos) or booking in for regular facials here at The Runnymede.

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