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 Have A Skincare Regime

Make cleansing, toning, moisturizing and regular exfoliating part of your everyday life. Choose quality products and only use the small recommended amounts but regularly, occasionally applying a face mask or taking off your make up before bed doesn’t cut it! Eye cream is an absolute necessity, the skin around your eyes is thin and delicate with very few oil glands, that’s why crow’s feet appear.

Protect Your Skin From The Sun

A wide brimmed hat and sunscreen shields your skin from harmful rays, your skin can be damaged by discolouration and in the extreme of develop cancer. Apply a wide-spectrum SPF 50 protecting you from both UVA and UVB rays every 2 hours when you are constantly exposed to the sun, don’t forget the backs of your hands! You can never be protected enough, a turned up collar and long sleeves is always best.

Your Everyday Makeup

Too much make up, powder foundations and heavy cream make up products can settle into the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth. Go for tinted moisturizers, try out different primers to provide coverage and some colour without the heavy caked look. Let your skin and natural radiance show through.

 Care For Your Mane

Hormone changes can cause hair to become thinner and brittle. The regular use of quality shampoos and conditioners will keep your mane strong and soft. Take care when styling and don’t damage your hair with hot straightening or curling irons which will cause your hair to break. Find a hairstyle that compliments your features, did you know that the right haircut can make your face look more youthful? A layered fringe or long side-swept bangs can conceal wrinkles on your forehead while blending in those grey hairs can give you a younger appearance.

Look After Your Smile

As we age our teeth tend to yellow or even grey from drinking coffee, tea and red wine. Visit your dentist regularly to have your teeth professionally cleaned and checked. A youthful smile is a white smile of well maintained teeth, have your dentist recommend the appropriate teeth whitening products for your individual needs.

Get Your Beauty Sleep

It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason. While you are sleeping, your body releases hormones which restores collagen and elastin, these are the building blocks of young and healthy skin. Not getting enough sleep each night has been shown in clinical studies to increase your risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Our bodies need seven to nine hours of sleep each and every night.

Ensure You Eat Well

Your diet makes a massive difference in how your body ages and you feel each and everyday. The antioxidants and vitamins contained in fruits and vegetables can keep you looking younger, remember natural whole foods are much better for you body than processed foods high in salt and sugar. Studies on Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in grapes, has shown to help prevent premature aging while Omega-3 fatty acids offer many anti-aging benefits, so 2 servings a week of fatty fish such as salmon, trout or tuna is a must.

Exercise Regularly

Our body need regular exercise to maintain healthy muscle tone. You could take a page out of the French woman’s book and walk…. Walking is an essential part of the French way of life, for the lower half of your body, there could be no better exercise: you work the legs top to bottom and your buttocks. The cardiovascular benefits of brisk walking have been shown in studies to the same as running without endangering your joints. Why not try taking up yoga classes or pilates sessions?