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Youthful skin is plump, fresh, glowing and hydrated. As we age skin loses it's elasticity and it;s ability to retain moisture, which is what keeps it plump.
Most mature skin tends to be on the drier side, you may still have oily skin which is great as it will remain younger looking and you will be prone to less wrinkles. This does NOT mean you should lather yourself with oily products, as this will just sit on the surface and not look good with or without makeup.
Less is more!
This phrase is most key for mature skin and teenage skin.
What you want to achieve is a enhanced but bright eyed makeup look, filled in and shaped brows that are natural but lift and open your eyes and face. Skin and complexion should look glowing and fresh using a hydrating foundation, cc cream or tinted moisturiser. With a lovely highlight and blush.
If you put too much foundation and powder on this can actually emphasise fine lines and wrinkles so avoid putting on too much. Make sure you buff the products in well and use a good anti aging, smoothing primer. You can get some fabulous ones that are packed full of antioxidants and plumping ingredients.
Here are two of my favourites that will mositurise mature skin and give it that beautiful illuminating glow as well as smoothing lines and pores. Check out my blog on primers.
You may be one of those wonderful people who religiously cleanses your skin before you sleep each night, or you may be like myself and occasionally (or frequently tsk tsk) uses the excuse of too tired, too much Prosecco, or no wipes to hand! We all know that we should take off our makeup before we sleep but not doing so on the regular is truly damaging. Here are some of the worrying things that could happen...
1. PREMATURE AGING, WRINKLES AND LINES
Makeup as we know can block the skin, and leaving it on for longer than needed can really suffocate it. Over time skin starts to lose it's elasticity and ability to repair properly so help it out a bit by gently removing makeup and the daily grim so that it can really regenerate itself overnight. Otherwise you will really leave it dull and speed up the appearance of wrinkles.
No, I don't mean blocked sinuses, but blocked and clogged skin. Your skin is full of teeny tiny holes in very thin dermal layers, these can get clogged up with makeup, oil, dead skin, dirt and grime from the day. You really should double wash at night, once to remove dirt and makeup and the second to cleanse and treat the skin itself. Not sure about you but one cleanse definitely does not remove all my makeup. You do not want to put on that gorgeous serum or night cream mixed in with some left over scum that you have missed on your face.
3. INFLAMMATION + SPOTS
Most of us have a red tone to our skin, some people are affected by rosaccea too so, leaving makeup on overnight (as well as the rest of the daily grime from pollution and dust) can end up irritating the skin. You may not notice it visibly overnight but it will build up and become trickier to unclog those pores which in turn can lead to spots. White heads, black heads, larger cysts and bumps. If you are concerned about enlarged pores too, it is said that dirt, oil, grime in pores not only clogs them up but can in fact stretch them over time. So get cleansing!
What is Milia? These are little white spots under the skin's surface and sometimes called milk spots. Thisis caused by dead skin cells, and sometimes excess product and makeup getting trapped in your pores. They are very hard to get rid of naturally as you need to be consistent so you may eventually need professional removal methods, so it would be pretty devastating to get Milia from such a simple task as cleaning your face properly morning and night.
So hopefully these reasons will be enough of a wake up call to ensure that you get into a great habit of cleansing your skin at night, even if you do not wear much or any makeup, it is SO important to take away any nasties and dead skin that might accumulate over the day. Lastly, you don't want any of that grime to be transferred onto your clean pillows right?
What should I use?
If you wear a lot of makeup I recommend:
A alcohol free makeup remover (not wipes) on eyes and face, followed by a gentle cleansing face wash, second wash with the same or an anti-aging one, tone, serum and moisturise main areas (forehead, cheeks) a tiny amount as your preference.
If you wear minimal makeup:
Gentle eye makeup remover or Miellar water, followed by gentle cleanser, still double wash. You can use less product just wash twice still. Follow with your normal tone, serum, moisturising routine as you desire,
Good luck and let me know if you have any questions, Jen xx