Words by Ateh Jewel
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Who doesn’t want to look fresh and radiant? We asked Ateh Jewel to find us the best affordable skincare to rejuvenate and brighten up our complexions.
Whether hormones are wreaking havoc with your skin, or modern-living is taking its toll, there are easy ways to keep your skin looking firmer, get rid of puffiness around the eyes and hyperpigmentation.
It is a privilege to grow old and WYLDE MOON celebrates women of all ages, but if you feel you are looking tired and stressed as you mature, you can keep your complexion rejuvenated, healthy and fresh.
The best cleanser for menopausal or hormonal skin
Breakouts and congested skin can be caused by hormonal imbalances, for example when we start hitting menopause. Try a good cleanser and some box breathing. Massage the cleansing balm into your face while taking a deep breath. Breathe in for four seconds, hold for four seconds and breath out for four seconds. The breathing will soothe your nerves while using a cool, quality cleanser will soothe your skin.
UpCircle Cleansing Balm with Oat Oil + Vitamin E, £18.89, is a lovely product to use. This 100% natural cleansing balm has great slip and helps to cleanse away impurities. Oat oil helps fight inflammation and helps sooth frazzled skin while Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Juniper are decongesting.
If you’re looking for more advice around treating menopausal skin, I’ve put together a guide here.
The best way to soothe puffy, tired eyes
Fluid retention, lack of sleep and genetics can cause puffy and tired eyes as we get older. These Garnier Anti-Fatigue Hyaluronic Acid and Icy Cucumber Cryo Jelly Eye Patches, £4.99, instantly feel delicious and refreshing on the skin with a potent blend of 4% glycerin, hyaluronic acid and menthol. I like to pop them in the fridge to get cold before putting them on.
One of the best creams for hydrating dry skin
As our skin ages it can become dehydrated. The trick is to listen to what our skin needs as it changes season to season. Sleep is essential for helping our skin repair itself. I love this Weleda Skin Food Nourishing Night Cream, £14.95.
This cream is laced with asiatica extract, prized for its ability to stimulate collagen synthesis. It encourages the skin to regenerate and recover while we sleep, so you wake to a hydrated and bouncy complexion. Remember to moisturise your neck and décolletage too, they will thank you for it!
The best serum to help hyperpigmentation
Irregular skin tones and patches of darker skin can be helped by using a serum. It’s such an easy step to add to your skincare regime for maximum results. Try this, Super Facialist Vitamin C Glow Boosting Serum, £11.33, help brighten and add radiance to uneven skin tone due to hyperpigmentation. Hyaluronic acid and algae extract also help boost the skin’s hydration and helps with skin smoothness.
An all-natural product for fine lines and wrinkles
When my twin daughters were little they asked me what those cracks near my mouth were! I told them they were laughter lines and I had earnt them from having such a great time and laughing so much in my life. However, if you want to turn the volume down on fine lines and wrinkles, try Pai Skincare, Peptides Smoothing Booster, £19.
Peptides are the building blocks of protein, which helps encourage your skin to produce more collagen and elastin. Add this to your moisturiser to give it an extra boost.
The best tools to help refresh your skin
Facial massage is one of the ultimate acts of self-care. Use this gentle eye massager Botanics Rose Quartz Eye Massager, £7. to help with lymphatic drainage, puffiness and fine lines. Use on the inner corners of your under-eye area rolling outwards.
Boots Everyday Face Cloth White, £1. or any humble flannel can be a complete game changer. Use a face cloth to gently exfoliate the skin while removing your cleansing balm helping with skin softness and radiance.
Revolution Skincare Pink Glitter Facial Ice Globes, £12, are fun disco balls that can be left in the fridge and then massaged into the face to instantly refresh and depuff tired eyes and deal with fluid retention.
Finally if you are looking for the ultimate skin care tip, you need to look after yourself inside and out. Find the products that work for you, enjoy using them and make their use part of your all-round, regular self-care routine.
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