Saying goodbye to your 20’s doesn’t mean saying goodbye to a flawless, youthful complexion. Quite the opposite! All you need to know are a few handy tips to help you look your best at whatever age!
The rate at which your skin changes with age depends on several factors, including your genes and your state of health, however time, hormonal changes, and gravity cannot be avoided!
It’s easy to blame those fine lines that begin to appear around you eyes on ‘getting older’ but it’s not just age that gives us lines and uneven skin tone. Exposure to the sun, poor diet, smoking, and increased stress can all affect the condition of your skin. Follow these expert beauty tips to maximise your glow and enjoy healthy, radiant skin whether you’re 35 or 85!
Here are my 20 Natural Beauty Tips Every 30+ Woman Needs To Know!
1. Stay Protected
Limit your exposure to strong sunshine and always wear at least SPF15 – even during the winter! A recent study by Australian researchers has shown that a daily application of sun lotion significantly reduces wrinkles and visible signs of ageing so although the skin ageing process can never be stopped completely, daily SPF protection could go a long way to helping it slow it down.
2. Wash Warm
Stick to lukewarm water when washing your face, hot water can dehydrate your skin and cause broken thread veins. Whilst really cold water may irritate skin and cause a rosacea flare-up.
3. Keep it Natural
Use natural products where possible that contain ingredients like rosehip or avocado oil that help nourish and repair your skin and avoid chemical-based products that contain synthetic ingredients such as mineral oils which clog pores and pull natural oils out of your skin and alcohol which can dry your skin out and also works as a ‘penetration enhancer’ meaning that it can help other toxic ingredients permeate the skin where they would not normally be able to.
4. Massage Your Moisturiser
Always apply your moisturiser to your face and neck with light tapping upwards motions while your skin is still slightly damp to give yourself an ‘at home’ stimulating facial massage. This helps to lock in moisture and also stimulates the blood circulation in your skin.
5. Exfoliation is Key
Use a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week to get rid of dead, flaky skin cells. It’s really important to never over-exfoliate skin with harsh exfoliants or chemical peels as this can thin your skin and make it look older over time. Gentle exfoliation stimulates circulation, promotes cell renewal, and refines the skin revealing softer, more radiant skin. As well as helping remove dead skin cells exfoliation also helps oils, moisturisers, and serums penetrate the skin better – meaning the deeper layers of skin will also get to enjoy all those wonderful skin loving ingredients too.
6. Serum vs Moisturiser
I often get asked which is better – serum or moisturiser? To be honest, if you want to achieve the best skin you can, I recommend using both as they both have different benefits for the skin. Serums optimise hydration in the skin and increase firmness and elasticity whilst moisturisers and oils work to help renew and repair the skin so it’s worth having a serum and a moisturiser in your beauty regime as both have wonderful beauty boosting potential!
7. Love Those Brows
A good pair of brows frames your face lifting the entire eye area giving an instantly more youthful appearance. Having your brows regularly threaded (it can cost as little as £5!) and perfecting filling in any gaps with a good quality natural brow pencil can make the world of difference. Easier said than done, filling in eyebrows can be a tricky task even for professional make-up artists as there is a fine line between complementary pencil work and sporting an infamous ‘Scouse Brow’! I recommend a tinted brow gel to tame the hairs and shape them into position (you may find this is enough to give you set of brows Marilyn Monroe would be envious of!) then using a very sharp brow pencil lightly draw small dashes in line with your brow’s natural hair growth. This gives them a fuller appearance without looking ‘drawn on’. You can then use a lash/brow brush, otherwise known as a ‘Spoolie’, to blend and soften the lines.
8. Brush up on Dry Brushing
Dry brushing stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation, removes dead skin cells, and encourages new cell growth and also helps control cellulite by bringing nutrients and oxygen to the upper layer of skin. Always brush towards the heart, working your way up from the feet/hands and using a clockwise motion on your abdomen with small strokes and a gentle pressure.
9. Weekly Treats
Treat yourself to a moisturising face mask once a week, ideally after a bath, to give your skin a well-deserved boost. Leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes and then wipe it off with a warm cloth. I love making my masks from things found in the kitchen! My favourite recipe at the moment is avocado, manuka honey and matcha tea mixed into a smooth paste.
10. Avoid Black Eyeliner!
Liquid liner and black eye pencils can be really harsh on ageing eyes. Use eye pencils which are much softer and try charcoal or smokey brown shades. You can soften the line by smudging it with a finger or fine brush to create that sought-after smoky eyed look. Another tip is to avoid using eyeliner on the water line – this can make small eyes appear smaller!
11. Play Catch-up
Sleep is essential for healthy skin but let’s face is, not many of us enjoy the luxury of 8+ hours a night on a regular basis! Try to set a ‘catch up night’ once a week and have an early night (don’t be ashamed if it’s a Friday or Saturday night!) to help restore you skin as you body does most it’s repairing and renewing while you sleep – so it’s easy to see why lack of shut-eye can eventually lead to a dull, tired complexion. By giving yourself a good nights sleep once a week will not only do wonders for your skin but will also bring your whole well-being back into balance.
12. Tap, Tap, Tap For Puffy Eyes!
Overnight fluids can build up around your eyes because you haven’t been blinking. Lightly tapping around your eye area for 30-60 seconds will encourage the excess water to drain away from your swollen lids and give you pretty quite relief from puffy, morning eyes!
13. Don’t Forget the Neck
Don’t ignore your jaw line, neck, and chest – they can really give away your age! These are all easy areas to neglect but they really benefit from daily love and care.
14. Opt For a Peachy Pout
Avoid going too dark on your lips unless you get professionally colour matched by an expert. Dark lip colours will make your lips look much smaller and as lines start to form round the mouth, lipstick can ‘bleed’ and create some unsightly vein-like lines around your lips. Go for soft pinks or peachy shades and apply a little bit of lip balm to give your lips a reflective sheen to make them look fuller.
15. Buff and Blend
If you’re going to have just one make-up brush in your life, a blending brush is “the one”. Find one with soft, dense fibres and you’re guaranteed a flawless finish when you use it to buff and blend your foundation for a naturally radiant complexion. Use circular motions clockwise then anti-clockwise to buff the foundation into the skin. This two-way motion will also helps minimise the appearance of large pores.
16. Use Less, Love More
When it comes to your make-up regime don’t try to apply everything in one go – even if you’re in a rush! The key to a flawless long-lasting finish is building up thin layers until you reach the desired coverage. This also applies for your skin prep too. When using natural skin care products a little goes a long way! Allow each thin layer of product to settle into the skin and you’ll find your make-up will last twice as long!
17. Illuminate Your Face
Many people don’t realise what a huge difference a bit of highlighting can do to a face. Applying a highlighter onto specific areas of the face can instantly make you look fresher. Apply the highlighting pigment onto the inner corners of your eyes and under the arch of your eyebrow for an instant eye lift.
18. Drink Up
Drinking water frequently throughout the day will help keep your skin stay moist, flexible, and elastic thus preventing it from drying out. Water that you drink and absorb in the body will help wash out the toxins when you go to the toilet. These toxins would normally accumulate and escape the body through your skins pores sometimes resulting in the build up of clogged pores, acne, and other skin problems. Keeping hydrated also helps reduce the likelihood of sunken eyes and dark circles around your eyes.
19. Eat Your Greens (and Your Yellows and Reds!)
Eat plenty of yellow and orange vegetables and fruits rich in antioxidant vitamins C and beta-carotene and green leafy vegetables which are rich sources of vitamin B5.
Increase your intake of vitamin E (found in avocados, wholegrains, nuts, and seeds) which protects the skin from ageing and helps maintain elasticity in the skin and up your intake of zinc, which is involved in hundreds of enzyme reactions essential for skin health – natural sources of zinc include oysters and sesame and pumpkin seeds.
Whilst we’re on the subject of what to eat for healthy skin it’s also a given that you should avoid fried, processed foods, hydrogenated vegetable oils, and sugar which all increase the production of destructive free radicals.
20. Get Your ‘Yoga Face’ on!
Facial exercises can help increase blood circulation and is said to stimulate collagen and elastin production helping to give you a smoother complexion! One of the facial exercises I always remember is the “Ceiling Kiss”. Simply place your fingertips on the base of your neck and tilt your head back and try to kiss the ceiling repeatedly. You’re probably trying his move out now, right? You can feel it can’t you?! I didn’t even realise I had muscles there the first time I tried this… (duh!). This simple exercise is said to help firm up the neck and reduce the dreaded jowls!
- Sunscreen and Prevention of Skin Aging. (2013). In Annals of Internal Medicine. Retrieved from http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1691732 [Accessed 14 August 2015]