5 Products To Keep You Looking Younger For Longer

Thursday, February 23, 2017

best anti ageing skincare products - pmd, retinols, sheet masks, vitamin c, spf

They say prevention is better than cure...but when it comes to ageing, well there is no preventing it. Thankfully we have some incredible products and ingredients available on the market that help us to delay the signs of ageing as much as possible before nature has its way with our skin. It's easier to prevent skin damage for as long as possible than it is to reverse the effects of already damaged skin. Here I have documented 5 Products To Keep You Looking Younger For Longer that I have incorporated into a working and effective regime, and how often I use them.

Every Single Day - SUN PROTECTION

This one seems the most obvious to me (NOW!!) and yet I neglected the importance of it for far too long. Using sun protection on your face not only helps protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays, which age the skin faster and can be harmful to your skin health, but also can help to reduce dark spots and prevent any further discolouration damage being done. The most important thing about using a facial SPF is that it needs to be a product you WILL use daily because you MUST use it daily. So look for something that appeals to your on a sensory level and also gets the important job done of protecting your skin.

I've been using The Body Shop Skin Defence Mutli Protection Essence SPF50 | £16 and Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50 PS++++ | £9.11 from Amazon and they both feel very similar in texture being slightly runny and lightweight. They also appear on the skin in a similar fashion, giving a slight dewy appearance. The only difference I've noticed it that the Biore has a yellow tint to it while Skin Defence is a white fluid. Either way, they're both weightless on the skin and a delight to use. They work as a great base for makeup too.

Every Other Day (at least) - VITAMIN C & RETINOID

Vitamin C is fast becoming everyone's favourite daily staple ingredient in skincare because the benefits are many and the results are noticeable. Vitamin C is a great source of antioxidants which our skin is in dire need of to deal with the oxidative damage caused by free radicals (there's no escaping it, they're everywhere). Antioxidants help to protect the skin and prevent any structural damage from continuing to occur. It is for this reason Vitamin C is highly regarded as an invaluable anti-ageing tool and celebrated for its ability to even out skin, increase radiance and fight any appearance of damage.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum | $80 full size contains a wonderful mix of antioxidants - L-Ascorbic Acid (potent form of Vit C), Ferulic Acid & Vitamin E and claims to firm and protect the skin and increase your skin's health thus leading to a brighter, more rejuvenated complexion. I've been using this mini bottle and loving it for brightening up my mornings. It's an orange liquid that absorbs instantly and helps keep my skin hydrated too. The price for the full price is eye-watering so I'm glad to also have added Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum | £17 to my stash. This transparent bottle contains Vitamin C, centella asiatica (healing & strengething), yuzu (antioxidant & replenishing) and anise (antioxidant) along with other botanical extracts, orange and lavender oils for a huge boost of antioxidant protection in a silky smooth serum which energises the skin instantly. It helps to fade hyperpigmentation and even out skintone, reduce the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores and brighten the complexion.

Another regret for me of course is not introducing a retinol based product a few years ago from a few years ago. I don't know why I waited (oh yes, I was scared it would burn my face off lol!) but now that I've started there's no going back. Retinol is the only proven ingredient to diminish the signs of ageing by refining the surface of the skin and boosting cell turnover. So of course this a vital anti-ageing ingredient we should be incorporating into our routines.

I'm currently enjoying the results I'm seeing from Merumaya Retinol Resurfacing Treatment* | post£33.50 which is a very gentle cream that has given my skin a radiance I've not seen in years. My skin not only appears more refined, it also feels smoother and it works beautifully when layered over other serums. While I can and have used the Merumaya one daily, I reserve The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% | £8 for every 3rd night as it's a serum that I like to use as a treatment in my routine. It's also quite gentle though I have noticed my skin feeling a little dry and tight the next morning after using this. I like that it's helping me maintain a healthy complexion. It absorbs quite nicely into the skin and I know that it's been one of the key players in helping keep my skin clear and reducing the look of unevenness in my skin. I also started using a dedicated retinol product for my eye area. La Roche Posay Redermic R Eyes | £24.50 is a lovely light gel that sinks in straight away. While it isn't as nourishing as I'd like in the night, and I always use another eye cream on top, it helps to smooth out the lines under my eyes and somehow makes the area appear firmer.

I use my Vitamin C serums predominantly in the morning and will follow with the retinol serum that night. The following morning after using the retinol I will either use a Vitamin C serum or skip it and replace it with a hydrating serum/sheet mask.

Twice A Week (at least) - SHEET MASKS

Okay, generally speaking it's all about hydration. Any form of hydration including drinking more water, applying hydrating serums, finding a suitable moisturiser for your skin type, using facial oils and such...but I've decided to be specific here with sheet masks.

Using sheet masks is a great way to boost the skin's hydration level, instantly making your skin feel and appear plumper. And usually they have other benefits too depending on the ingredients and so for me, this is one of the best (and easiest) ways to ensure my skin looks better for longer. Most sheet masks are an affordable treat that hydrate the skin but if you want to make sure you're getting as much anti-ageing benefit from your sheets masks as possible look for masks containing these ingredients higher up in the ingredients lists:

Hyaluronic Acid
(hydrates & plumps)
Ceramides (strengthens & protects the skin's barrier from loss of moisture & harmful elements)
Peptides (promotes collagen production & aids in maintaining skin firmness)
Niacinamide (improves appearance of fine lines, pores, pigmentation & dullness in skin)
AHAs/BHAs (exfoliating, brightening and clearing)

best anti ageing sheet masks

I've tried so many different sheet masks and have many in my collection yet to try. And of course that's just the tip of the iceberg in the world of sheet masks as there are endless varieties and brands to choose from, especially with Western beauty brands now creating their own versions of this Asian skincare staple. If you're not using any sheet masks regularly I highly recommend finding one with good ingredients that you enjoy using and making time to indulge yourself and your skin at least once a week.


I've been using the PMD Personal Microderm* | post | £135 for almost 5 months now and it's one of those skincare devices that at first appears gimmicky and a bit extra when actually it is an effective tool for ensuring good skin health and in turn helping my skin look better for longer.

PMD personal microderm review

A small disc made with aluminium oxide micro crystals rotates quickly to gently exfoliate the skin's surface, and is combined with slight suction to remove dead skin cells and dirt. This process helps to keep the skin clear, brightens and rejuvenates the complexion and helps skincare products penetrate the skin and work more effectively. I've seen a significant improvement in my skin texture after regular use, and especially in reducing the appearance of any marks left behind by the occasional blemish. I haven't noticed any difference to the size or appearance of my pores, but they are pretty big and it would take a miracle for any at-home procedure to improve that situation.

pmd personal microderm review

The trick with this device is to avoid the temptation to overdo it. The technique is a little strange to get used to but after a couple of tries, it's easily mastered. You have to make sure to constantly keep the device moving in upward strokes because keeping it in one place to long can actually cause a small injury on the skin (I did this in two places when I first used this because I didn't pull my skin taut enough!!!). It comes with different coloured discs which increase in the level of abrasiveness which you work up your skin's tolerance with. Personally I haven't moved up from the blue discs (sensitive skin) because I find them quite effective and just harsh enough. I'll probably move up onto the green discs (moderate exfoliation) after a year of use.

I went from using this every 3 weeks to using it once a month now in order to use retinol products alongside this effectively without damaging my skin. It is advised to avoid using retinols and acids at all at the same time as using the PMD. I tend to avoid acids for a couple of days on either side of my using the device and I've avoided retinols for a week on either side. The PMD is still effective even if used as little as once a month and that suits my skincare regime and my lifestyle really well. If you're looking for something to use at home that will give you results and help you to maintain a more youthful complexion then I highly recommend checking out the PMD.

What are your must-have and must-use products to ensure your skin stays looking younger for longer? Are any of these products your faves? I'd love to know...

Sal xxx

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