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Makeup looks best when it’s applied to great skin. Here are my top tips for getting your skin into shape.
1. Exfoliation is crucial to improve the surface layer of your skin.
Dead skin cells need to be removed so that the renewed and younger looking skin can show through. Use any good, gentle exfoliator as a facial scrub which will also boost blood circulation and bring newer, moist skin cells to the surface. It will also mean that your moisturiser will absorb more readily. Older skins tend to be very dry.
2. Older skins tend to be very dry.
What we eat and drink tends to affect how good our skin looks, so eat foods containing Vitamin C like dark leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits and make sure that you drink lots of water (filtered tap is fine!). Tea, coffee, juices and carbonated drinks don’t count I’m afraid. Taking fish oil supplements can also have a beneficial effect and all of these things will help to prevent (or slow) wrinkling. I take a cod liver oil capsule before bed every night which may be one of the factors for my relatively unwrinkled skin.
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3. Never use soap on your face.
Soap strips the skin of its natural oils and makes it feel uncomfortably tight and dry. Use cleansers which will remove dirt from the surface of the skin but will not disturb your skin’s delicate pH balance. Washing your face with soap is like washing it with dishwasher liquid or detergent. Having said that I wash my face every morning but without soap. I just love the refreshed feeling I get from using warm water and a clean flannel to ‘wake’ my face up.
4. Moisture masks will help to deliver a deeper moisturising than your everyday moisturiser.
Apply after you have exfoliated and allow to sink into the skin, then leave for around 10 minutes before removing. Use a good serum every day and then apply your moisturiser on top of that. It’s a good idea to choose one with an SPF so that you know that your skin is always protected from UVA sun damage. Always allow your serum and moisturiser to absorb into the skin properlybefore you attempt to apply your makeup.
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5. At night use a creamy cleanser and ensure that every scrap of makeup and grime has been removed.
Use an eye makeup remover on your eyes where the skin is more delicate and prone to stretching. Then use a good emollient night cream to ‘feed’ the skin while you are sleeping. And sleep is of course fantastically restorative to the skin and ensures that you don’t have bags or dark circles under your eye during the daytime.