As you age, your beauty routine needs to evolve to adapt to the changes in your body. Adopt these essential steps to age-proof your skin, body and hair so you can keep looking youthful for longer.
Anti-age your skin
To maintain younger-looking skin you should…
#1 / Exfoliate a lot
It’s no secret that as you age your skin’s ability to produce collagen slows down and it loses elasticity. Dead cells become more stubborn to shift, so skin looks rough and dull. Stimulate collagen production by exfoliating daily. It’s one of the quickest ways to see a difference. Try Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub.
#2 / Use a new-gen mask weekly
Pre-soaked paper or cloth-sheet masks hydrate and deliver anti-ageing ingredients. Choose a collagen-plumping, hyaluronic acid sheet, such as Skin Republic Hyaluronic Acid + Collagen Face Mask Sheet.
#3 / Always use multi-step hydration
If you think layering lots of products will leave your skin feeling greasy, think again. As you age your skin needs a little extra help to retain moisture. Try the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range, which is formulated with a Progressive Release System to continually release moisture for a full 24 hours. Also switch to removing the day with a hydrating oil-based cleanser.
Beautify your body
Follow these three simple tricks to keeping your body looking smooth and toned.
#1 / Dry brush
Start at your feet and work your body brush upwards, sweeping it all over your body in light, firm strokes, always towards your heart. Do it daily and you’ll notice smoother, more toned skin in a week. Tool to try: Eco Tools Bamboo Bristle Bath Brush.
#2 / Fake tan
A faux tan will hide all manner of blemishes, stretch marks and cellulite. Gradual tanners are the most foolproof. We like La Mav Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser.
#3 / Massage your products in
Take a few minutes to really massage a cream or oil into areas of concern daily after showering. Try Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert (the quince leaf extract works on increasing fat-burning cell activity).
Give your hair a boost
Don’t let grey hairs or damaged strands get you down.
#1 / Accept your grey hairs
“Embracing the grey is a process that takes time, and you need to have patience,” says hairstylist and Pantene ambassador Remington Schulz. “For blondes, the contrast is less severe, so talk to your hairstylist about highlights during the in-between stage to help you make the transition.” Moisturise grey hair before colouring – try Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Intensive Hair Masque.
#2 / Try a short cut
“Ensure you have a healthy diet with plenty of iron, zinc and natural oils and fats, which helps hair growth,” Schulz advises. Chopping length from the bottom of your hair will also speed up the process if you’re game for a shorter look.
#3 / Look after your hair’s health
“Usually grey hair is a little drier and in need of additional TLC,” he adds. Try De Lorenzo Novafusion Grey Shampoo, which has purple neutralising pigments to counteract the unwanted yellow tones in naturally grey to white hair and conditioning birch extract to leave hair soft and silky.
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.