Find Your Skin’s Problem Areas
First things first. Where are you problem areas? Mine were my forehead and the skin under my chin which was not as tight as it used to be.
I say were, because I have found the perfect skin care regime for my skin and these problem areas are now much improved.
Is Your Skin Dry, Normal or Greasy?
It’s best to determine your skin type before you embark on your new skin care routine. Mine is quite dry so I have to use plenty of moisturising products.
Is your skin particularly sensitive? Do you burn easily in the sun, is it easily irritated?
It’s important to treat your skin with the utmost care as some products are quite strong and your skin may not be ready to deal with that.
I love micellar water. It’s gentle on the skin and leaves it feeling fresh and soft. I advise against soap and water as this is very drying.
Anti-Ageing Skin Care Products
There are so many claims out there. I have tried so many creams and serums that promise to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. I can say with my hand on my heart that most of the branded creams I have used have done nothing for me. I used to be a sucker for these claims, oh and fancy packaging too!
When you find one that works, keep it! Don’t move on to the next thing when something is good.
What Creams Do Work For Lines And Wrinkles?
My absolute must have products are Glycolic acid cream and Retin-A. Both products turn over new cells more rapidly than they would usually when you reach 40.
They leave the skin feeling smooth and fresh and over time they do improve lines and wrinkles.
They do this by helping your skin to produce more collagen. It’s a long term plan. I have been using both products for almost a year.
Retin-A will dry out your skin way more than Glycolic acid. I use a 1% Retin-A and a 15% Glycolic.
There is some question as to whether it’s worth using Retin-A over glycolic for that very reason, but I prefer to alternate and use both.
I always use a glycolic toner before applying my Glycolic acid cream but not on my Retin-A nights as they shouldn’t be used together. I recommend Nip+Fab.
I swear by Nivea’s rich moisturising cream. I have used it for years and it’s done wonders for my dry skin.
I also use a derma-roller combined with Retin-A every 4-6 weeks. This does dry the skin and make it peel so I’d be lost without this fantastic little pot of moisturiser.
Top Skin Care Tip:
Apply generously and don’t massage it right it, rather leave it to sink it as you sleep.
Silk or Satin Pillow Cases to Prevent Wrinkles
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but sleeping on your side can leave unsightly deep creases in your skin when you are older. I have found that these lines can be there all day!
A silk or satin pillow case will glide over your skin and they won’t crease up passing that crease on to your skin in the process.
These materials are also great if you have hair extensions. They will ensure the extensions don’t knot and matt.
Sleep On Your Back
I always try to sleep on my back. This prevents the risk of creases and added lines that get worse over time.
It takes time to get used to sleeping on your back every night you are a side sleeper.
Don’t sleep on your front if you can help it as this is the worst position for facial lines. Your face really will be planted firmly into the creases.
I know this gets boring, but really, it’s a no brainer when it comes to keeping our skin hydrated and glowing.
I try to drink five glasses a day minimum. That’s not as much as is recommended but it’s good enough in my opinion. For me anyway. I can always tell when I’m dehydrated as the skin on my hands looks terrible. Once I have taken in some water, it improves no end.
I apply these skin care technique all of the time now. Once you see improvement don’t think you can stop. It’s not job done. These are things you need to carry on with until you just don’t care anymore!