Last week, we looked in detail at the factors which accelerate the skin ageing process.
Despite the fact genetics play a part, premature ageing can be aggravated by the effects of the sun, harsh winter weather and indoor heating systems, smoking, a poor diet/lack of exercise, lack of sleep and stress. Dry skin, discolouration, a leathery texture and wrinkles before your time are the tell-tale signs these factors have been at work.
This week, we’re looking in more detail at treating age-related skin problems. Calling time on bad habits such as smoking and taking up new ones like exercise will help the skin improve from the inside. But there are products on the market which can also help the skin look and feel much better from the outside.
For a basic daily routine, you can’t go wrong with a cleanser, toner and moisturiser. The Dermalogica AGE Smart Skin Resurfacing Cleanser has a dual-action formula which exfoliates as well as it cleans. Vitamin E helps to soften the skin, but the special ingredient is Lactic Acid. This alters the texture of the skin for a noticeably smoother face, even after one wash – you simply lather up a blob and use gentle circular motions to cleanse, before rinsing.
Many people follow this with a liberal spritz of the Dermalogica AGE Smart Antioxidant Hydramist Toner. Dehydrated skin will simply love the effects of the miracle ingredient Hyaluronic Acid (from bamboo and pea), which draws moisture in. This toner has flash-firming properties to help promote elasticity. Rose and clove add a refreshing element. An active Vitamin C complex helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
One of a number of moisturising products in the range is Dermalogica AGE Smart Super Rich Repair, which helps those with chronically dry skin. The advanced formula is particularly suitable for those experiencing the advanced effects of sun and pollution. Moisture is locked back in, giving strength where skin has become weakened. Shea Butter and Evening Primrose control and protect. An alternative might be the AGE Smart Power Rich moisturiser, packed with active botanicals to stimulate collagen.
For additional benefits, combine your usual cleanse, tone and moisturising routine with a masque or booster. The Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque is designed to be used in between cleansing and toning. It contains restorative Vitamins A, C, E, F and B5, with calming Licorice, Comfrey and Burdock to lessen sensitivity. Smooth over skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing in warm water.
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Concentrate is also used after cleansing, but is left on the skin to do its work. The ingredients – highly concentrated vitamins – are contained in individual capsules, which are broken or twisted open as and when you need them. As you massage the oils in, enjoy inhaling their citrus zest – Grapefruit, Lime, Orange and Mandarin will lift the spirits as well as the skin.
You can buy any Dermalogica AGE Smart product from the Time of Life Online Shop, an authorised UK stockist and skin care expert. Get in touch for advanced advice on your individual skin care needs, or visit the advice section atTime Of Life -Advice on Premature Ageing
Dermalogica AGE Smart Skin Resurfacing Cleanser
Dermalogica AGE Smart Antioxidant Hydramist
Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant
Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque
Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Power concentrate
Dermalogica AGE Smart Super Rich Repair
Dermalogica AGE Smart Power Rich
Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Power Firm
Dermalogica Extra Firming Booster