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The Best Ways To Diminish And Prevent Crepey Skin

Hey Lovelies!

Recently, I have been asked a lot about crepey skin treatments that will actually work.  Age gives us so many gifts: experience, memories and wisdom. Oh yes, it also provides a generous supply of stiff joints, wrinkles and – wait – crepey skin, too! Hang on, what exactly is this age-related extra and how the HELL can we get rid of it?

Read on to discover the truth about this unwanted condition and how to best treat it.

What Is Crepey Skin?

It sounds like it belongs to a Halloween special and for good reason – it’s the stuff of nightmares. Crepey skin is basically sagging, wrinkled skin that affects the larger areas on your body. Imagine a really large wrinkle. Targeting thinner points on the skin, you may find them on the inner arms (around elbows and under the eyes). However, if you are really lucky, they can reach other places, too. In short, it’s a total let-down by your body.

What Causes This?

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The number one cause other than aging (as is usually the case) tends to be sun damage. However, dehydrated skin and losing weight can contribute to the issue.

How Can We Prevent Crepey Skin?

1.SPF

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I’ve said it before and I will say it again – a good SPF is the vital tool in our anti-aging mission.  Always choose an SPF in addition to your moisturiser and foundation (even when they include an SPF). I love NeoStrata’s Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50, £29.99, www.facethefuture.co.uk

2. Hyaluronic Acid

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A key component to keeping hydration at optimal levels and locking in moisture. Hyaluronic acid will help in this quest. A great and affordable product is The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £7.87 (30ml), www.amazon.co.uk

This amazing product contains ultra-pure, vegan hyaluronic acid!

3.Body/Facial Oils

Maringa oil is incredible for evening out skin texture, repairing and preventing tissue damage. The result is fewer wrinkles and thwarting the dreaded crepe paper look.

4. Moisturiser

When it comes to slowing down the aging process, moisturiser is one product not to forget. Apply in the morning and at night to keep pesky crepey skin at bay.

How To Get Rid Of Crepey Skin

The most effective treatments include:

Retinol

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This ingredient will improve the appearance of skin texture and should be used regularly to achieve and maintain results. Do remember skin can be sensitive to retinoids and it can also further dry the skin, so always lather on the moisturiser and oils. I love Esthederm’s Intensive Retinol Serum, £49, www.facethefuture.co.uk

Face and Body: Laser

Visit your skincare clinic for laser treatment. A skin resurfacing laser will treat the areas of concern, triggering the formation of collagen production and diminishing the appearance of crepey skin. This can work out a tad pricey, but if you really want it gone this may be worth considering.

For The Neck: Cryolipolysis CoolSculpting (For Where There Has Been Excess Weight)

A tightening procedure generally administered to the neck or body where there are localised areas of fat. It targets and destroys the fat achieving good results.

Fillers

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Providing an instant plumping effect and stimulation new collagen production, the treatment may be costly, but will definitely do the trick (for a while). I feel that Sculptra is a good choice for such skin concerns.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below.xx

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Retinol’s Days Are Numbered: There’s A New Queen In Town And She’s Called Bakuchiol

Hey Lovelies!

Want the results retinol offers without the side-effects? Retinol’s days may be numbered! It’s time to discover the natural alternative, bakuchiol.

When it comes to skincare there are a few key products we should all be using. These include vitamin C, E and retinol (vitamin A) and are brimming with vital antioxidant value. However, now there is another antioxidant on the table – making its name known across the globe for providing outstanding skin-loving benefits. Discover bakuchiol and why it is way better than retinol.

What is This Mystical Bakuchiol You Talk Of?

Pronounced “buh-coo-chee-all”, this antioxidant is in a beauty league of its own. Revered for having retinol-like anti-aging abilities, with its superpowers being the reduction of inflammation and excelling in the rejuvenation mission – this component packs a powerful punch and is literally transformative.

Bakuchiol is sourced from the bakuchiol seeds of the babchi plant, found mainly in Asia. offering a natural alternative to retinol. This plant-derived ingredient is perfect for those who are looking for all-natural skincare that delivers the same outstanding results we see from retinol. Should you suffer from sensitive skin and do not tolerate retinol products well, listen up; this has shown to cause none of the retinol-induced side effects yet gives the same outstanding results.

Basically, bakuchiol provides the skin with boosted collagen levels, added elasticity and the reduction of lines and wrinkles. All of this can be achieved without even a hint of flaky skin. Sold yet? I know I am.

Some Reasons Bakuchiol Rocks:

Bakuchiol Booster, £12 (15ml), www.bybi.com

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Natural / vegan skincare is fast-becoming the most sought-after beauty trend. Loved so much it deserves its own handprint on the wall of fame. Should you be looking for fast no-fuss product and application, check out this awesome gem: Formulated with 1% bakuchiol and 99% olive squalene, this all-natural product can be added to your daily moisturiser. Expect some effortlessly rejuvenated skin.

  1. Unlike retinol, you are not restricted to using it at night for fear of adverse reactions under direct sunlight.

2. It Comes Without Side Effects

Whereas retinol can cause skin sensitivity and should be used wisely of sensitive skin, bakuchiol has no harmful effect. It can be used regularly without dryness, flaking, redness or irritation. Hooray.

3. Natural Alternative – Better Results

 

The Inkey List Bakuchiol Moisturiser, £9.99 (30ml),. www.cultbeauty.com

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This fabulously cost-effective yet exceptional moisturiser by The Inkey List combines bakuchiol together with omega-3, sacha inchii oil and squalene. These ingredients work in unison to achieve incredible anti-aging and nourishing results.

Retinol increases cell turnover to achieve rejuvenation, whilst bakuchiol aids in the mitochondrial process. This component greatly enhances collagen and elastin production and usage (essential proteins for youthful skin).

4.Goodbye Wrinkles

Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil, £82 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com

 

 

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I love a good facial oil and this…this is one PRECIOUS facial oil. Formulated with bakuchiol and a host of richly hydrating oils such as sweet almond oil, your skin will feel like an angel has literally blessed your face. Worth the price tag? I think so!

Should you hate wrinkles (like me) you can go ahead and wave bye bye to them. This component has shown to actively reduce the appearance of this troublesome feature. Thank you, God!

5.Acne-Reducing

Better yet, bakuchiol’s anti-inflammatory properties mean that acne and blemishes go from being a volcanic eruption of despair to being reduced to an insey wincey tiny dot soon to be out of your life forever. (Evoking bizarrely similar traits as to that of my recent break-up.)

Have you tried bakuchiol yet and how impressed were you? Leave a message in the comments below xx

 

 

 

Never Use These Skincare Ingredients Together

Hey Lovelies!

#Never Use These Skincare Ingredients Together

No matter what the skincare issue, there is guaranteed to be a product to assist you. AHAs /BHAs work on cell turnover; hyaluronic acid will plump up your skin, surging it with moisture; vitamin E aids in repairing, and retinol deals with those intrusive fine lines nobody likes. However, it is imperative to remember not to just slap on all of these together and think, “job done.” Mixing certain ingredients can deeply damage the skin, making it worse rather than better.

It is important to devise a signature skincare routine especially for your skin type and concerns. This may take a little time – but not doing it would be as crazy as buying all the ingredients for a 3 course luxury meal, grabbing a pot and throwing the squid in with the chocolate sauce, adding every other ingredient while you’re at it, and then expecting it to taste heavenly! Check out the following concoctions that should always remain a no-go union.

Vitamin A (Retinol) And Vitamin C

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The general rule of thumb is to apply retinol at night (as it can increase sun-sensitivity) and keep your vitamin C for the day. Vitamin C is an essential part of anyone’s skincare routine as it offers immense antioxidant value, providing that necessary protection against free radical damage. However, used in unison these can instigate dryness, redness and sensitive skin. An amazing vitamin C serum is SkinCeuticals Serum 10 (£80), www.lookfantastic.com

Retinol And AHA /BHA

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When it comes to tackling the dreaded acne, diminishing lines or dealing with pigmentation, retinol would be your hero product. Additionally, AHAs /BHAs make fantastic exfoliators and cell regenerators; thus, should be a part of everyone skincare. But take note: applying these two warriors together is like initiating a fight club on your face. Expect at the very least some irritation and at worst, serious aggression and damaged skin. I love Esthederm’s Intensive Retinol Serum, (£49), www.lookfantastic.com

Vitamin C With AHA/BHAs

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This will quite simply, put a car-bosh on your pH balance, causing complete ineffectiveness of what you are applying. As pointless as spending 10 minutes locating Corrie on catch-up, pressing play and then leaving the house. I’m loving Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, (£34), www.paulaschoice.co.uk

AHAs and BHAs

Basically, acid superseded by more acid – bad idea

Most dermatologists, beauty editors and experts will tell you that AHAs/BHAs, Vitamin C, E, Retinol and Sunscreen are all key ingredients. You can use sunscreen alongside vitamin C and E, no sweat.  But, as for the rest – take the above advice. Your skin will thank you for it.

Have an awesome weekend people xx

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