Anti ageing tips
These are just a few of the anti ageing questions I often get asked:
1. There’s a lot of talk nowadays about not putting chemicals onto your skin, is there any evidence that it’s bad for you?
A recent study at the University of Bath showed that using SLS [sodium lauryl sulphate] in products can quickly reduce the thickness of healthy skin. Normally, the skin has a protective barrier of lipids, [about one eighth the thickness of a sheet of paper] that stops chemicals from getting into the body and keeps moisture in. As we age, the skin starts to thin so we want to avoid anything which could speed up this process.
2. Does it make a difference when I put my moisturiser on?
Moisturise while your skin is warm and moist. Warm water splashed on to your face helps condition and hydrate the skin. [It helps exfoliate dead skin cells so that your skin can breathe] then pat your skin lightly with a towel and apply your moisturiser within three to five minutes of washing to lock moisture into your skin.
Whilst we’re talking about water, if you can drink 6-8 glasses of water/day, it helps to keep your digestive system functioning and will help remove toxins and waste from the body; this then helps your skin to look clearer and fresher.
3. I’m 39 and have very rosy cheeks, everyone tells me I look very healthy but I know it’s not normal.
You could well be right. As we get older we don’t produce as much stomach acid and there is a strong correlation between low stomach acid and red faces! Ask your local health shop for a good supplement of HCL [hydrochloric acid with pepsin]. If you’re on any anti-inflammatory medication check with your doctor first.
4. I’ve noticed as I’ve got older that my skin looks much more yellow than it .used to, is there anything I can do about it?
You could try taking B12 supplements. As we age and don’t produce so much stomach acid, we don’t absorb B12 as well. Yellowing skin can be linked to low levels of B12.
5. If you had just one tip for good skin what would it be?
Let’s start with the first basic requirement for good skin – cleansing it of all the grime, makeup and pollution that you’ve picked up during the day.
Your skin breathes and detoxes but in most people, this vital route of detoxification is often clogged with dead skin cells, the traces of make-up that hasn’t been removed and the natural waste excreted through perspiration. Just imagine what your skin looks like under a microscope!
If your skin isn’t cleansed properly, it doesn’t matter what you put on it or how much money you spend on products, your skin will struggle to look fresh and radiant.
These anti ageing tips may seem quite simple but like many things, it’s often the simple things that make the difference!