By the time we’re 40, we usually feel that our skin-care routine is all worked out. But hormonal bombardment means your skin will benefit from some simple tweaks to ensure you make it through the decade with a youthful glow.
Gradual noticeable changes in the skin are due to a decline in estrogen which directly affects the function of key cells in the skin, such as fibroblasts (which produce collagen and elastin – whose job it is to keep our skin firm and smooth).
Many of us will notice:
Increase in fine lines (around eyes & mount, between brows, forehead)
Brown spots(on face, neck, chest, back)
Loss in skin tone(especially noticeable on the chin & cheeks)
Minor skin growths (on the face and body that begin as small bumps)
Your ideal regimen
Cleanse: Choose cleansers that remove the dirt without stripping your skin of moisture. Cleansers that “dissolve” make-up are the best. They don’t necessarily have to produce a lot of leather if any. Products containing natural exfoliators, such as alpha hydroxy acids, help slough away dead skin, clear up menopausal acne and stimulate collagen production – these are usually best for thicker skins, prone to breakouts and spots. We have six excellent cleansers to select from in four skin care ranges. If you are stuck, just buzz us for a quick chat.
Protect: This comes in two ways. Protect on cellular level with a stable vitamin C compound (we have 12%, 18% and 28% available, depending on your overall skin’s health). These serums come with added antioxidants to fight the free radicals and help reverse some of the damage you already have. The other side of the coin is of course SPF to prevent sun damage. Esquire about Vit C & Mineral Pro
Rebuild: All the reparative processes in your body happen while you sleep. Your skin is exactly the same. Chat to us about various strengths and forms of Vitamin A (3TR, 6TR, 10TR) serums and balms we have for you to select from. Your retinol prescription will take your skin to new heights!
Hydrate: Did you know that hyaluronic acid is also called the KING of all moisturizing components? Skin needs constant hydration as well as retaining its moisture. Check the true moisturising system we have which combine both brightening and anti-ageing benefits.
Do Not Neglect Your Eyes. Use an eye cream to reduce the appearance of fine lines or puffiness around the eyes. Dab it on with your ring finger, tapping lightly to give an instant circulation boost to the eye area. For the best eye anti-aging skin regime,talk to us about Cosmedix Opti Crytal ($125) or Medik8 Hydr8 Night Eye ($85) for the most delicate skin on your face.
Our top 5 tips and tricks to get the perfect skin for Christmas in 2015
Clear congestion and get rid of blackheads by removing all traces of party make up before you crawl into bed. Mix a small amount of warm water with a pea size amount of Medik8 Pore Cleanse Gel and work into foam. Massage lightly over the face for a couple of minute and rinse off. The added exfoliation boost of Mandelic Acid combined with moisturising L-Lactic Acid will have your skin radiant and replenished in no time.
Get your glow on. The quickest way to look radiant is remove dull, devitalised skin cells. If you have an all-important party coming up take 1 pea size amount of Medik8 Pore Refining scrub, mix with warm water and gently massage over the face. Concentrate on the forehead, nose and chin as these tend to be thicker areas of skin. For oily or acne prone skin, leave the scrub on for up to 90 seconds for an intense exfoliation. Rinse with warm water and get ready to glow.
Hydrate. Skin lacking superficial hydration leads to an impaired barrier function leaving skin, dehydrated, devitalised and prone to sensitivity. For an extra hydration boost apply Medik8 Hydr8 B5 moisture defense over skin to seal in extra moisture. It also makes you moisturiser last longer.
Instant pick me up. For an instant radiant pick me up, use Medik8 super anti-oxidant Firewall. Apply to the entire face and neck for a firming flawless finish. Can be used under make up as a make-up primer or as a radiance finishing treatment for men.
Begin a Skincare Routine. Facials are great, but nothing beats a consistent skincare routine at home each night. Cleanse your skin in the AM and PM before applying treatment or products with a gentle but effective cleanser, such as Medik8 Gentle Cleanse. In the morning, apply a sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from damage – we love O’Cosmedics Mineral Pro SPF 30+. In the evenings, use a treatment targeted towards your specific skin concerns, but always follow with a great moisturiser like Medik8 Hydr8 Night. Below is how to structure your ideal skin care regime