What’s My Secret?
I am 48 years old (49 in June) but quite often get asked how do I manage to look younger than my age. So, I’ve been thinking about my routine over the past 30 years or so and what I have done that could maybe contribute to this. So here are my tips for younger-looking skin.
My Tips For Younger Looking Skin
Keep away from sunbeds
Up until this point in my life, I have never used a sunbed not ever. I have friends that are sunbed lovers and sun worshippers; I’ve never been either. In fact, I don’t really like being out in the sun that much. It is not because I don’t like it per se I just don’t like feeling too hot and I would rather be in a slight shade when the heat rises. I can probably last an hour sunbathing then that’s me done and I think this over the years has looked after my skin.
I know sunlight is important for your vitamin D levels but that doesn’t mean you have to be in it all day. Get yourself out and have a walk; put some music in your ears and let the sunlight touch your skin for 30 minutes – that doesn’t mean walk down the street naked either. If you want to look tanned I would definitely suggest one of the many fake tan products that are around.
Don’t Use Soap
I have not used soap on my face since I was a teenager it never made my skin feel good and I would always use cleansers and moisturisers. It was a milky looking cleanser with a strange smell but can’t remember what it was called now, in fact, I don’t think it is made anymore. I think I also used my mums Oil of Ulay and other products that were around at the time.
Vaseline was quite good too, in fact, Marilyn Monroe quite often had a layer of vaseline on her face to make her look dewy.
Use Body Lotion
I have used so many different body lotions some of my favourites over the years have been: Bio Oil, Lush, The White Company, Jo Malone (if someone else buys it), Elemis Frangipani and good old cocoa butter – I think these are a matter of taste (not literally).
I used a White Company one today called Verveine after my shower which is beautiful and citrusy which I find very uplifting and a good start to the day. They also do a beautiful fresh grapefruit which does the same.
Bio Oil is fantastic for use during pregnancy and afterwards; it can work miracles on stretch marks and scars and the smell is quite nice too.
Lush products are fantastic too they used to do a Ginger body lotion which was my most favourite ever but for some bizarre reason, they stopped making it. I keep meaning to pop in and see what other ones they have in.
Jo Malone is beautiful but too bloody expensive. At £52 a pot it’s over my budget so I think this is a lovely gift from someone or a little treat now and then for yourself.
Elemis – Now I have to say this is one of my favourites Frangipani Monoi Body Oil. I love love LOVE this. It starts off in a solid state so you need to put the bottle in hot/warm water to melt. Once melted just smother it over your skin and breathe in the scent… heavenly… but sadly a bit costly too.
Cocoa Butter – I use Palmer’s it is cheap and it works. I like the smell although sometimes I put a drop of lavender or other oil in it depending on how I am feeling.
Drink Plenty of Water
I was the worlds worst at this and still am sometimes but I can always tell when I’m not drinking enough as my skin goes dry and the circles under my eyes are a lot more noticeable. I know some people, including my daughter, can just guzzle it down but it doesn’t taste of anything to me – obviously.
However, I have now found an amazing product by Exante called water enhancer. They do a lemon and lime flavour (not tried this yet) and a Cranberry. I have to say I have had no problem drinking water since I have found this product. It is sugar-free and tastes amazing.. sorry I meant it tastes AMAZING. I hope they don’t stop making it or I shall start looking like a panda again.
Always Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise
For this, my go-to skin products have to be Liz Earle. (I’m not getting any commision for pushing Liz Earle I’m literally pushing it because I truly believe in their products). I have tried various others but this one I absolutely can’t get enough of.
My Daytime Routine
CLEANSE: One of the most-awarded cleansers in the UK − Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser is the foundation of fabulous skin and the perfect preparation for the next step in your beauty routine.
Loved by beauty experts the world over, this British beauty icon is enriched with cocoa butter to soften, smooth and moisturise, and rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus to tone, soothe and purify. Suitable for all skin types, the rich, indulgent cream deeply cleanses to instantly remove daily grime, pollutants and makeup, even stubborn mascara, to leave skin feeling comfortable, balanced and exceptionally clean.
TONE: After cleansing use the Instant Boost Skin Tonic. Refresh, soothe and brighten the appearance of skin with this heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner. Gentle and alcohol-free, it provides an instant boost of hydration to leave skin radiantly healthy-looking.
Naturally, active ingredients include aloe vera to hydrate, calendula, chamomile and cucumber to soothe and refresh, plus antioxidant vitamin E. This revitalising toner is fragranced with an uplifting blend of pure essential oils, including rose-scented geranium, lavender and sweet orange.
SERUM: In the morning I also use the Superskin Face Serum which I pat into my skin after using the toner. Slow the ticking, naturally, with this luxurious serum, formulated to visibly even skin tone, firm, lift and plump, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for radiantly youthful-looking skin.
Enriched with some of nature’s most powerful naturally active ingredients, including Persian silk tree to even skin tone, pomegranate flower to lift and firm, and rhubarb to plump and smooth.
MOISTURISE: Following the serum in the morning I finally use the Superskin Moisturiser with Natural Neroli (suitable for mature or dry skin). Delicately scented with natural neroli, this luxurious moisturiser is rich in GLA, omega-3 and antioxidants to leave mature or very dry skin smooth, radiant and replenished – the greatest confidence booster there is.
Featuring collagen-boosting pomegranate flower extract, together with cranberry seed, borage and rosehip oils for healthy, youthful-looking skin. Apply to face, neck and décolletage as part of your essential daily skincare regime.
My Night Time Routine
At night I cleanse, tone and then instead of the above I use Superskin Concentrate for Night. This rich, rebalancing night-time concentrate is made up of an intensive, aromatic blend of pure plant oils. Suitable for all skin types, it helps to soften and rebalance skin for a beautiful, radiantly healthy-looking complexion.
Enriched with softening argan and organic rosehip oils, soothing neroli, lavender and chamomile essential oils, plus antioxidant natural source vitamin E.
In the morning my skin is so lovely and soft. At night when I’m feeling a bit extravagant, I have a quick squirt of their No 1. perfume and it puts me in a happy and relaxed place.
Make sure you eat plenty of vegetables and fruit. I personally can’t eat a lot of fruit because of my blood sugar. A good diet means eat the rainbow… eat all the colours of the rainbow. That doesn’t mean just your favourite colours – it’s not Skittles we are talking about here.
I will talk about this more in an upcoming post. I’m also currently writing a health-related book so these will be looked at a lot more closely. Also, cut out the junk and the processed stuff and sugar.
Even if it is 10 minutes a day go for a walk; it doesn’t have to be fast walking just walk. It has been proven that a ten-minute walk helps stabilise your blood sugar among other things. Again this will be a post I will be doing in the future along with eating well.
I have fibromyalgia as you know from previous posts but have found recently diet and exercise play a huge part in dealing with this. Again another post for another time. Maybe you should set a timer to go off every hour and walk on the spot for a couple of minutes.
I have reset my body clock this year. I had to I was spending more time in bed and feeling more tired than ever. In January I set the alarm for 7.50am nearly every day. It was difficult at first I won’t lie. I had a Fitbit and the readings for my sleep were terrible. It didn’t matter what time I woke up I would still feel exhausted.
After doing 4 weeks of this I seem to have reset my body. I automatically wake up now between 8am and 8.30 and feel awake; which is a first and my fit bit is showing that I am having at least 8hrs of sleep. For someone with fibromyalgia, this is extremely important.
Everyone’s requirements are different but I would recommend 8hrs a night is a good place to start.
And there come to the end of my tips for younger-looking skin. I hope you found it of interest. Please feel free to share any of your tips.
I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. I need to get stuck in as I have a book to write. Well actually I’ve got a few to write but you will find out about those in due course.