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Take Years Off Without Surgery - Go Magazine Feb 2013

Take Years Off Without SurgerySadly there is no miracle pill or potion that will stop you ageing! However Helene Larson has discovered some age-proofing beauty secrets that will slow the ageing process and keep you feeling and looking younger for longer, no matter what your age!

Stick to a basic skin care routine

Your skin will stay healthy and youthful much longer if you keep it properly cleansed, nourished and protected. Cleansing your skin both morning and night is vital to remove grime, dirt, pollution and make-up, and keep your skin feeling fresh and vibrant. If you have dry skin, choose a rich, creamy cleanser. For those with oilier, combination skins, a light gel or foaming cleanser will work better.  Look for products that contain natural, organic ingredients, and are sulphate and paraben free.

 

Always moisturise, even if you have oily skin. Oily skin can still become dehydrated; it is the over-production of oil that you want to counter. Those of us with more mature skins should look for nourishing, hydrating creams, and include a serum underneath for an extra moistures boost. Springfields Rosehip Oil is a trusted favourite as is Mineral Energy Certified Organic Facial Serum (a combination of six nourishing oils including rosehip, argan, avocado and almond ideal for mature skin types. Combination and oilier skin types should choose light, oil-free formulations.

Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. It is essential in keeping your skin looking and feeling smoother, clearer and more refined. Exfoliation sloughs off dead surface layer skin cells to reveal new, softer skin underneath. This helps to eliminate dull, dry and patchy spots, and will leave your complexion looking brighter.

Choose the right foundation

Make-up should be an enhancer, not a cover-up. It is amazing how much the wrong foundation in both consistency and colour will age you. Choose a light-reflecting, sheer foundation, and make sure the colour works with your skin tone. Your make-up should simply be an illuminator, showing off your skin’s natural, healthy glow, and should never be thick, cakey and obvious.

 

Quick tip: Do a jaw line patch test when selecting a new foundation shade. Test three colours you think are the closest, running a line of each foundation colour along your jaw line. Check the colours in natural light. Your perfect colour should blend in to disappear into your skin. If it doesn’t, it is too light or too dark.

Exercise regularly

Find an activity you enjoy, and set aside time for it each week. You should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise 3-5 times per week.  Try a brisk evening walk, going for a run, bike-riding, yoga, swimming, playing netball, choosing the stairs instead of the lift to go up to your office every day - the list of options is endless. Make it fun, and you will be more likely to stick with it longer term. When you are healthier through regular exercise, you will naturally look and feel younger.

 

Dr Nicholas Perricone, Dermatologist and author of 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health and Longevity, (Ballantine, 2006), says “Exercise relieves everyday stress, enhances immune system function, boosts circulation, and improves our ability to get a good night’s rest.”

Drink plenty of water

Diet can make a huge difference to the way your skin looks and feels. Keeping properly hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of pure, filtered water every day will help to smooth fine lines, and really plump up your skin cells. Purchasing a water filter or water alkaliser is an excellent way to ensure your skin stays radiant and healthy. If you can, drink your water at room temperature, as ice-cold water is known to slow digestion.

Eliminate bad habits

Smoking, drinking, late nights, stress, poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle can all wreak havoc on our skin. Focus on eliminating one bad habit at a time, and listen closely to how your body feels after you have given it up. You will be amazed at what a noticeable impact this will have on your skin.

Sleep, and more sleep

Not only does your mind need to rest and recharge at night, but your skin does, too. During this resting phase your body secretes hormones to speed up the production of collagen, which helps with skin elasticity and tone. Sleep also allows your skin to re-hydrate, and boosts your circulation.

 

Dr Doris Day, author of Forget The Facelift (Penguin Group NY, 2005), emphatically believes we can keep our skin looking youthful and radiant, no matter what our chronological age. She emphasises, “You don’t have to look your age…no matter what your genes have to offer you in terms of your complexion, if you take care of it, you can have beautiful skin that will stay young.”

Eat your way to younger looking skin

To help fight inflammation and skin ageing, choose vegetables such as alfalfa sprouts, beet greens, capsicum, broccoli, chilli peppers, spinach, red cabbage, and tomatoes; and include fruits like apples, apricots, berries, cherries, kiwi fruit, pears, and red grapes in your diet. Green tea is packed with antioxidants, so a few cups a day will make a huge impact on your skin’s radiance.

 

While we can’t turn back the clock altogether, there is plenty we can do to keep our skin looking youthful. Dr Day agrees. “You have a lot of control…women don’t have to accept changes to their appearance just because they’re getting older – there’s so much you can do.”

 

Helene Larson has a degree in economics and a diploma in public relations, and worked for many years as a make-up artist. She has written extensively in the areas of health and beauty for over ten years, and is Beauty Editor for Nature and Health magazine.

 

This article originally appeared in Go Magazine Feb 2013 produced by Go Vita


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