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Does skincare get more difficult as we get older? Yes and no. While there seems to be more to look after as we’re older, developing little techniques can become part of life – staying out of the sun, improving our diets and having a full 8 hours of sleep (if possible) are key.
Here are some good pointers from the Guardian, if you fancy developing an improved skin care routine as you age.
Keep a diligent cleansing routine
This is still the foundation of good skincare practices. Over-65s also need to use a richer, more lipid cleanser (it should feel quite oily and ’rounded’ when you rub it between your finger and thumb). Continue using a toner which, while removing all traces of the cleanser, is still very gentle on the skin.
Protect your skin from ultraviolet light
Much of our ageing comes from light damage – turn your arm over and look at the difference between that and the more exposed, upper arm. I particularly like the SPF formulas containing the mineral reflectors titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, but a new ‘active’ in sun protection comes from the neutralising action of fernblock (polypodium leucomotos, a South American fern).
Focus on your eyelashes
Just like the hair on our heads, our eyelashes and eyebrows lose colour and thickness. Besides having them dyed, which lends definition to the face. Use it only in the mornings if you find that using it at night makes your eyes puffy.
Have regular facials
There is nothing quite as good as a well-performed facial massage to stimulate circulation and tone up the muscles. A good therapist should also be able to work the lymphatic system. If you can’t afford to have a facial regularly, give yourself a mini facial when applying your night creams, with some gentle pinching and tapping movements.
Use cosmeceutical ranges
Quite often cosmetic products contain the right active ingredients but not in sufficient dosages. If you try something and it does not deliver the anticipated results, it might be because it is either not in sufficiently high levels to produce results or is not formulated for effective penetration.
Ella Bache Creme-Masque d’Eternite – Eternal Instant Ultra Rich Cream-Mask is a silky smooth textured mask that instantly comforts and relieves dryness. A dual function product that is a treatment mask as well as a pre-makeup complexion enhancer.
The mask has quite a rich texture, is ultra nourishing and comforting and relieves discomfort from dryness combined with firming benefits. The cream, as a pre-makeup complexion enhancer, evens and corrects skin tone or age spots.
This product is perfect for the following skin concerns:
- Lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness.
- Brown spots and dull skin.
- Delicate, visible capillaries.
- Dry skin.
How to use:
Eternal Instant Ultra Rich Cream-Mask – Mask – apply a thick layer to face, eye contour and/or neck, leave on as long as possible (minimum 10 minutes). Massage into skin. Do not rinse. Cream – massage a small amount into skin after moisturising and before makeup to even and perfect skin complexion.
- Olive Oil Extract
- Myrtle Extract
- Wheat Germ Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Titanium Dioxide