Every woman’s dream is to stay youthful and beautiful as long as possible. While we invest in ridiculously expensive treatments and products, we often forget about some basic things we need to do for our skin, on daily basis, in order to preserve it healthily. There might not be a magic wand that erases wrinkles overnight, but revising and adjusting your skin care routine will definitely make a difference in the way your skin looks and feels. La Mav's Lucy Plachkova reveals the 5 most common “skin-ageing crimes” we commit daily (unintentionally) when it comes to skin care.
Cleansers formulated with SLS and SLES, as well as toners that contain alcohol, disrupt skin’s natural lipid barrier, which eventually affects skin’s capability to retain moisture and regenerate itself. When the lipid barrier of your skin is not intact, fine lines and wrinkles start to appear, and you lose your natural glow.
When choosing cleanser, opt for gentle cream ones, enriched with natural oils and free of sulfates.
As for toners, go for products that contain aloe vera, witch hazel, rose extract, green tea extract or camomile and make sure there is no alcohol on the ingredient list.
What To Try: La Mav Hydra Calm Cleansing Cream
While it is true that natural oils can’t stop the ageing process, they can slow it down significantly. Nevertheless, many women stay away from plant oils, because of the common belief that they cause break outs (especially if you have oily/combination skin).
When it comes to natural oils (just like with any other skin care item), the most important thing is to pick the right one for your skin type. If you do, you won’t have to worry about clogged pores, excess oil production or breakouts. In fact, natural oils will balance sebum secretion, helping to keep your face clear, smooth, and wrinkle-free.
What To Try: La Mav Argan Oil
If you want to keep wrinkles at bay, applying moisturising cream morning and evening is a must (regardless of your skin type).
Moisturisers do not only moisturise (as their name implies), but they strengthen and protect the skin from external aggressors, deliver nutrients, seal the moisture in, and aid in cellular regeneration.
To get the best of your moisturiser, apply it on clean, slightly damp skin and massage gently (or tap, if you prefer) until fully absorbed. Remember – taking care of your skin shouldn’t be look at as obligation, but rather than that as a beautifying ritual that will help your skin look its best.
What To Try: Hyaluronan Daily Moisture Cream
The condition of your skin depends on how you nourish your body. If your diet consists primarily of refined sugar, trans-fats and alcohol, don’t be surprise your skin if giving you signs that it doesn’t agree with your lifestyle.
In order to stay healthy and youthful, your skin needs vitamin, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. The best way to get them is through a balanced diet - one that includes fresh fruits and veggies, fish, nuts, legumes and plenty of water.
What To Try: The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder
Have you ever heard of photo-ageing? With this term, dermatologists refer to premature ageing, caused by excess sun exposure.
UV rays penetrate the skin in-depth and damage skin cells on a DNA level, leading to chronic dryness, formation of deep wrinkles and appearance of hyper-pigmentation. Bet you don’t want any of those!
If you are not a fan of sunscreen or you wear makeup and you are not sure “at what stage” of your daily beauty routine to include product with SPF, opt for lightweight, non-greasy formulas that can be used as primer, or simply go for makeup with SPF.
What To Try: La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF15