Lubricate Well

As we get older, we find that our skin needs a little something more than soap and water to keep looking smooth and fresh but that doesn’t mean that we need to spend a fortune to do it. There are some amazing beauty products out there that claim to take years off you but some of them are too expensive for many people to even consider. If that’s the case with you, you’ll be glad to know that there are some simple products you can use, that won’t break the bank but will leave your skin looking and feeling younger.

You might think that oils will leave your skin feeling oily but you’ll be surprised, just as fat won’t make you fat, the right oils won’t make your skin oily, just clear, glowing, radiant and with fewer wrinkles. Here are my top three:

Health spa with massage oil and white flower ,candle on leafThe Tamanu tree grows in tropical countries and near to the sea and the nut kernels are used to make Tamanu oil which is an amazing treat for skin which needs some loving care and attention. The oil is said to promote skin regeneration and was used by French researchers, who were working with leprosy patients, to help heal wounds. The compounds contained within the oil can reduce irritation and swelling and it is also an anti-septic so it is particularly useful for people who suffer with acne.

Tamanu oil contains things called xanthones which are phytonutrients, powerful anti-oxidants and coumarin which increases blood flow. It also contains a form of vitamin E and all of these things will help to fights the signs of aging.

As the oil has healing properties it is also recommended for improving the appearance of scars and stretch marks. All in all a super oil to promote healthy, clear and younger looking skin.

rosehip-oilRosehip oil is packed full of goodies that will do wonders for dry, blemished or aging skin. It is high in the essential fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 which play a vital role in the formation of cell membranes. If our skin lacks Omega 3 it will become dry especially as we get older and when our skin is sun damaged.

Free radicals contribute to the aging process but there are certain antioxidants which can help to fight their effects such as vitamins C, D, E and B-carotene, all of which are found in rosehip oil; it is especially high in vitamin C which is necessary for collagen production. A few drops on your skin at night will produce startling results in no time and you’ll wonder how you managed without this little miracle in a bottle.

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Coconut oil is used in many of the beauty products that we can buy but, by itself, it is a super moisturizer and is also anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. You can use it on your whole body to rehydrate your skin and even on your face to help fight those wrinkles. If you use it on your hair, it will give it a great shine and help with healthy growth. Look for organic, unrefined coconut oils; those described as ‘raw’ or ‘virgin’

 

Let’s Face It

We will all age, that’s a given, but we can still have beautiful skin and, let’s face it, as long as most of the wrinkles are laughter lines what’s the problem?

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been”   Mark Twain

As we get older our skins loses its springiness and becomes thinner and drier which means that the lines and groves that appear naturally when we smile, laugh or frown tend to just stay on our faces rather than magically disappearing as they did when we were in our teens. Today there is a multi-billion pound industry whose sole purpose is to provide us with lotions and potions which claim to reverse this perfectly natural process but do they actually work?

Well, let’s face it, nothing is going to turn the clock back 30 years but many skin care products will make a difference because they contain ingredients which are known to help reverse the damage caused by our environment and our lifestyles i.e anti-oxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. They also usually contain anti-inflammatory ingredients such as green tea extract and humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin which are designed to help your skin retain moisture. A brief search on the internet for ‘best face cream’ will deliver such a bewildering  array of products that it’s difficult to know where to start but it’s pretty much agreed by those in the know that, cheap or expensive, the skin on our faces does benefit from moisturizers.

The next question is can we do anything other than use face creams to preserve our youthful complexion for as long as possible and the answer is yes!

There are the things that we’ve had drummed into us for years: stop smoking, stay away from sunbeds, wear a sunscreen etc. etc. but we can also make sure that we take in all those anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories that are found in face creams from the foods that we eat:

Vitamin A: beef liver, green vegetables, carrots, butter and eggs

Vitamin C: Oranges and other citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, peppers and tomatoes

Vitamin E: Almonds, avocadoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, goji berries and sunflower seeds

Anti-inflammatory: Ginger, green leafy vegetables, fatty fish, almonds and walnuts.

Obviously, if we want our skin to stay hydrated we need to make sure that we’re taking on plenty of fluids; the most natural choice is water as our skin is made up of 64% water to start with but we can also include drinks which contain anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories such as matcha tea and juices made from oranges, carrots and spinach.

We will all age, that’s a given, but we can still have beautiful skin and, let’s face it, as long as most of the wrinkles are laughter lines what’s the problem?