Covid-19 seems to be here for the foreseeable. This means it may not be possible to visit our beloved skincare clinic for some time (HUGE SIGH!). But, wait – what about our 3-monthly Botox and that filler that looks increasingly tempting? Don’t worry friends. Whilst nothing beats a trip to the cosmetic clinic, there are some anti-aging measures we can take that will certainly make a difference. Think of it as your temporary filling until you can get the real thing.
1. Look For Ceramide Treatment: CeraVe Moisturising Cream, £4, www.lookfantastic.com
Ceramides are lipids that work in all kinds of wonderful ways. Key in the anti-aging mission, they support the formation of the skin’s barrier, retain moisture and even protect. Basically, they put two fingers up to Mr. Wrinkle. I love CeraVe’s Moisturising Cream, £4. Not only is cheap, but it contains the 3 main ceramides as well as hyaluronic acid. This is one of my ‘never, ever run out of’ products.
2. Reach For Hyaluronic Acid: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £5.90 (30ml), www.cultbeauty.com
Extensive studies have proven this ingredient to be a true skin saviour. With its moisture-retaining superpowers, you can really plump up the skin. Make sure you buy a good product. The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid, £5.90 is a great and affordable option.
3. Peptides Work: Peptide Booster, £48 (20ml), http://www.paulaschoice.couk
Another aid in thwarting those irksome fine lines and other equally rubbish signs of aging, are peptides. The molecules are part-amino acids. These make proteins that then help to build and enhance essential collagen production – which is kind of vital when trying to avoid the A-word. A great one is Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster, £48. Featuring 8 peptides along with amino acids, the booster is an outstanding product to have in your skincare arsenal.
4. Invest In A Good Sun Cream, Ultrasun Face Anti-Ageing SPF 50+, £20.40 (50ml), www.feelunique.com
Whether you are tackling the onset of age or not, this is one skincare tip no one should skip. You need a good product that offers SPF50 to ensure you are providing maximum protection for your complexion. I use Ultrasun’s Face Fluid. It’s lightweight, leave’s no residue and contains liposome which intensely hydrates and lessens the impact of age. Better yet, I know I am giving my face the ultimate assistance against harmful rays.
5.Upgrade Your Exfoliating Routine, Bee Peel by Deborah Mitchell, £109, www.shop.heavenskincare.com
I reviewed this peel some time ago and I am still as smitten with it today as the first time I had the joy of applying it to my face. Referred to as a ‘facelift in a jar,’ this peel has literal transformative qualities. The advanced exfoliator combines bee venom and glycolic acid that work in unison to effectively treat the skin.
Formulated with ABEETOXIN, organic coconut and raw cane sugar, it works by resurfacing the skin and treating all the usual villains that have the audacity to target our skin. This is a great exfoliation upgrade and a fab solution for inflammation and enlarged pores.
However, take note: this formula is strong and does sting a fair bit. You should only leave it on for a few minutes, tops. Those with sensitive skin should avoid using it.
6. Incorporate Retinol Into Your World, SkinCeuticals Retinol 1%, £70.79, www.cosmedic-clinic.co.uk
Before I continue, I need to mention that you should never use exfoliator in conjunction with retinol. If you are used to your retinol product, then it is fine to use both – but NEVER on the same day. I recommend leaving at least 5 days between using retinol and an exfoliator. Furthermore, if you have mature skin, you should not be exfoliating too regularly. Once a week would suffice.
That said, let me introduce you to the best non-prescription retinol product IN THE WORLD! I absolutely love it. Granted, it’s pricey but worth it. If you are like me and have tried various retinol products with dissatisfaction, you may be in need of a higher dose. In the long run, this investment will save you money. Don’t think this is an overnight solution – you need to be committed to ensuring long-term results.
However, whilst it can be a game-changer you need to make sure you can tolerate it before moving up a notch. If you are unsure on whether retinol is right for you, it may be worth speaking to your clinician (on Skype of course) or doing a little research first.
7. Use An Awesome Night Serum, Beuti Sleep Elixir, £47 (30ml), www.beutiskincare.com
Yes, I know – you are probably sick of me banging on about this – but, it’s soo good I want everyone to share in the discovery. Loved by the royals and pretty much anyone who has tried it, the vegan-friendly serum totally rocks. Including a huge array of precious skin-loving plant-based oils, the elixir greatly reduces inflammation and goes after any sign of age! I have found that applying it with my Foreo achieves incredible results. LOVE!
8. Vitamin C Will Work Wonders, The Hero Project Glow Drops Dry Touch Facial Oul + Vitamin C, £19 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com
Whilst there are quite a few fabulous vitamin C products available, I really adore this one. Research has shown vitamin C to effectively thwart signs of aging, enhance luminosity and further protect. A good vitamin C product is perfect for staving off a sad reflection while you wait for the cosmetic clinic doors to open again.
Don’t get me wrong – when I am able to get to the clinic, I will be rushing through the door like a mad woman. However, by using these ingredients you will dramatically improve the overall look of your skin and life won’t feel like it’s on a permanent go-slow.