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How To Care For Ageing Skin

18 Apr 2019 by Myreen Young

Your skin changes as you get older, and the baby-soft smooth skin you had can get wrinkles, spots, sagging and dryness. Elastin and collagen, proteins which keep your skin elastic and strong are produced more slowly. We can’t stop these changes from happening, but there are natural ways to care for ageing skin that will keep you feeling healthy and younger.

Take Fish Oil Supplements

Omega 3 fatty acids which are found in fish such as salmon are great for helping you get back that supple, plump skin of your youth. The fatty acids strengthen your cell membranes, reduce inflammation and replenish your skins lipids which diminish over time. If you don’t eat fish, you can take fish oil or flaxseed supplements, and you’ll start noticing a difference in around three months. Omega 3 fatty acids do not just have benefits for your skin, it also helps fight other illnesses that can affect older generations such as stroke, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Apply Sunscreen

Sunscreen is hugely beneficial for skin, protecting you from sunburn and harmful UV rays. Regular use of sunscreen with a high SPF is a great way to keep your skin healthy and prevent age spots and discolouration. Go for moisturising sunscreen and avoid those that are alcohol based as they can dry out your skin. Get into the habit of applying it daily to any areas of exposed skin if you are heading outdoors for a long time.

Woman in sunhat with sunscreen on her nose

Exfoliate Weekly

Skin sheds dead cells regularly and creates a new layer every 28 days, but the process slows and becomes uneven as you age which can lead to dull-looking skin and rough patches. To remove that, exfoliate weekly, using a scrub with round particles which are less irritating, giving you a much more even skin tone. Exfoliating will leave your skin smoother and softer and will help replenish your skin cells quicker. Exfoliating also has other benefits, such as improving your skin’s ability to to absorb skin care products, boosting blood circulation and reducing fine lines.

Layer Up On Moisturiser

Anyone who takes care of their skin knows that moisturiser is important. Apply moisturiser morning and night, and in between. One way to increase your moisturising is by layering an organic moisturiser. After cleansing your skin, apply eye cream, the serums, followed by moisturisers or creams. Give each layer time to soak in before adding the next product. When doing this in the morning, finish with sunscreen. Frequently applying moisturiser will leave your skin feeling hydrated.

Woman applying moisturiser

Increase Your Vitamin Intake

You should make sure you are getting a sufficient amount of vitamins that can revitalise your skin. Vitamin A helps with cell production and growth and keeps the skin feeling firm, helping with wrinkles and acne. Vitamin D can be increased by getting ten minutes of sun exposure a day and eating fortified foods, and helps to create healthy cells. Vitamin C is found in the outer layer of skin and can fend off signs of ageing due to its role in your body’s natural collagen production. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects against sun damage. The body produces it through sebum, and if you have dry skin, vitamin E can counteract the lack of sebum. Vitamin K is essential to help your body heal wounds, bruises, circles under your eyes, scars and stretch marks, and can be found in green vegetables.

Drink More Water

It is not just what you apply to your skin that can make a difference with ageing, but also what you put into your body. You can hydrate your skin with moisturisers, but drinking water also keeps your skin healthy. Drinking water can provide quickly noticeable results, improving tone, texture and fine lines within days. Skin cells are made up of water and if your skin is not getting enough, it will become dehydrated; becoming dry, flaky and tight. Drinking eight glasses of water a day helps the body get rid of toxins and will give your skin a radiant glow.

Water being poured into a glass

Adapting your skin care routine in small ways can have a huge improvement on the health of your skin, and following these tips and our other guides will leave your skin glowing and looking healthy in no time! Browse through our products to see what you may need to add to your routine too.