- OLD PROBLEM AREAS
The neck, eyes and hands are all dead
giveaways of advancing years. Here's how to help beat the test of time
The skin on the neck is more sensitive
than face skin. Avoid spraying perfume on the neck, especially during
the day as sunlight can activate it causing irritation. Always apply
a moisturiser to the neck using gentle, upward strokes to avoid pulling.
We all have laughter lines but put off
the deep wrinkles by applying a light eye cream or even better, eye
gel, using gentle patting action all around the orbital bones. Do not
screw up eyes to shield out the suns rays - invest in a good pair of
sunglasses and wear them!
Skin on the hands can be quite delicate
and dries out easily. Try to wear gloves for washing up and gardening
and always use a handcream each time the hands get wet. If you cannot
bare the gloves, use a barrier cream before washing up. A handcream
which contains an added sun-screen will help too.
DID YOU KNOW
That skin is relatively thin at birth,
increasing in thickness during childhood. In our early twenties the
thickness of our skin gradually begins to decline and by the time a
woman reaches her fifties the skin in thinning quite abruptly. The sun
is the skins worst enemy and sun-worshippers almost always appear visibly
older than their non-sun lover contemporaries.
Tea, coffee and alcohol all have a dehydrating
effect on the skin. If you do indulge, always drink a large glass of
water before bedtime to re-hydrate the skin.
BAFFLED BY SCIENCE?
Do not be. If you are totally confused
by skin care jargon read on!
- ALPHA-HYDROXY ACIDS (AHA's)
Cosmetic ingredients that soften and
remove dead cells from the skins surface. They can temporarily improve
the appear of discoloured or flaking skin.
These are fatty components of skin cells
that are recreated artificially by skincare companies and are put into
creams to plump up the skin.
These are microscopic bubbles of skincare
ingredients that break up and deliver the ingredients to deeper layers
of the skin.
Products containing anti-clogging ingredients
that help to remove excess oil from the skin. Good for those prone to
Any product that has been dermatologically
tested has been tested on humans to see if it irritates skin.
Means its ingredients are highly unlikely
to cause an allergic reaction, but it is no way guaranteed.