Next month I celebrate my 50th birthday. I can’t quite believe it myself! I’ve been meaning to update my blog for some time and I suddenly thought what better subject to write about than how I look after my skin now that I’m reaching this mile stone. Today I want to share my skin care secrets and how I keep it looking healthy and relatively wrinkle free!

You Are What You Eat & Drink!

Let’s not forget that you are what you eat and drink and it’s no secret that smoking or drinking alcohol increases the signs of ageing as well as all other bad stuff you already know about. Dehydrated skin will age faster than you can blink! I’m not going to give you a lecture on this subject, it’s a no brainer! I neither smoke or drink alcohol so I guess that helps. I keep my skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water, boring I know, but I try to make it a little more interesting with fresh mint or slices of lemon or lime. My guilty pleasure is one latte a day and ok if I’m out socialising I may just have to have two. I started looking after my skin when I was 12 years old. My mother gave me some moisturiser and said start using this! And I never stopped.

Skincare For All Seasons

I try to keep my skin care routine as simple as I can, but I’m consistent. No matter how late I get home I always cleanse, tone and moisturise without fail. I do this morning and night every day. I wouldn’t say that I use the most expensive products and I’ll talk more about those in the next blog, but I use the right products for my skin type and I change what I use to suit the changing seasons. After all, my skin will have a different requirement in the summer to the winter. Have you noticed how your skin behaves differently when it’s colder? During the winter months when the central heating goes on my skin really dehydrates. I’ve spent the last 12 years living in Spain where we had no central heating in the house so I’m really not used to the dry heat it produces. I tend to use a richer moisturiser in the day with an SPF of 15. One of my favourite products to use is coconut butter from Holland & Barrett. I use this to take my makeup off. It dissolves makeup and mascara easily and is removed with warm water and a muslin cloth, it leaves my skin silky smooth and soft. I also use it in the bath, a couple of table spoons for an all over body moisturiser. As someone who suffers with eczema on my eyelids I find using coconut butter to remove mascara much kinder to my eyes than other eye makeup removers and I never ever use face wipes!

I love the sun, but it ages our skin and does so much damage. During the summer I’ll use a foundation and a moisturiser with a higher SPF of 30 whilst I’m in the UK. If I’m abroad I don’t tend to wear foundation in the day, but a good sun screen for my face with at least 50 SPF not forgetting a lip balm to protect my lips from drying or getting burnt.

Exfoliate Less

I’ve noticed over the years how my skin has changed and how its become thinner, in my 30s I’d probably exfoliate my face every week if not more! These days I tend to exfoliate every fortnight and less during the winter. Why, because I want to protect the skin layers as much as possible from the cold and the wind. Exfoliating too often can cause the skin to become thinner, dryer by taking away the natural oils your skin produces. Not forgetting that it can actually create more skin problems like dermatitis and even at this age, spots! I’m careful not to use anything too abrasive and this is where my coconut butter has another use. I add oat flakes to it for a simple homemade exfoliation and I avoid the fine red veins around my nose and cheeks otherwise known as broken capillaries.

Before You Sleep

At night I know a lot of people don’t use a moisturiser or a serum, but your skin still needs moisturising whilst you’re sleeping and it’s at night that our skin cells rebuild and repair themselves. Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised will slow down the ageing process. I use castor oil at night and try to get at least 8 hours sleep. Before going to bed I dab a little oil around the delicate area around my eyes it’s also great for the eczema on my eyelids and my eyelashes and just a little above the lip where we get those fine lines. Castor oil has many uses, but in the beauty industry it’s one of the best moisturisers you can get and it’s also quite cheap. It’s highly concentrated fatty acids penetrate the skin easily, restoring hydration to the skin. It’s great for reducing those fine lines I talked about, reducing pigmentation and fading blemishes. Like coconut butter it has multiple uses, but that’s for another time!

That’s how I look after my skin, how do you look after yours? I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions.

In the next blog I’ll be sharing my favourite foundations and moisturisers.

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