Friday, February 28, 2014

How to improve your skin care routine for younger looking skin

We asked an expert dermatologist for her best skin care advice and top tips for a complexion that defies ageing.Certified dermatologist Susan Taylor believes it's not how much your products cost, but how you use them that makes the difference.

Here are her top tips for beautiful skin...

Sunscreen will protect against premature ageing

The sun's rays can accelerate signs of ageing - so use a suncream or a moisturiser which has broad-spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30. Use it every day and apply to all skin not covered by clothes.

Sunbeds will make you look wrinkled

If you hit the sunbeds or sun worship, you are exposing your skin to harmful UV rays that speed up ageing and cause wrinkles, age spots, a blotchy complexion and even skin cancer.

Moisturises every day for younger looking skin

Moisturising traps water in the skin which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and can make your complexion look younger and brighter.

Test all the best skincare products before you buy

It doesn't matter how much your products cost - what is most important is they suit your skin. Make sure you test all products, even those that say 'hypo-allergenic'. Just dab a small amount on your inner forearm twice a day for four days. If you do not have a reaction, it is safe to use on your face.

Follow the instruction on all your beauty products

Never apply more than the product tells you to - it can do more harm than good, as too much of the active ingredients can damage your skin and it can lead to clogged pores and a blotchy complexion.

Stop as soon as you experience an allergic reaction

Unless directed by a dermatologist, if you put a product on your skin and it burns or itches - stop using it. Irritating the skin makes signs of ageing more visible.

Layering up too many different products can be bad for your skin

Using too many products on your skin, especially more than one anti-ageing product can irritate it.

"It's very important that people allow time for the product to work. While a moisturiser can immediately plump up fine lines, most products take at least six weeks to work and sometimes it can take three months," explains Dr. Taylor.