In my teens and twenties I really wasn’t into makeup. Instead, I practised good skin and fitness. It wasn’t until I became a mum in my late thirties that I began playing with makeup. After months of crap sleep it was hard to hide the dark bags under my eyes. Whenever I had a press event I began wearing makeup. Although monthly facials were a distant memory, I continued to care for my skin best I could. Round about 44 I noticed my skin was becoming drier. Try as I might my usual skin care regime was not enough. Once it was confirmed that I was in menopause, I changed a few things in my health and beauty regime. Two years later and I found as few things that work and they may not surprise you. Here are my top five tips for keeping your glow after 40.

 

Hydration

It may seem like a very trivial tip but ask yourself how often do you drink water? For myself, I drink the most water when I’m at home. I’m the person who always needs the bathroom, and with the onset of menopause I need the loo more often. Nonetheless, I aim for at least five glasses but the ideal has always been 8.

If you don’t like plain water, you can infuse your water. Select your favourite fruit or herb and add it to your water let it steep over night or at least two hours for the full flavour.

Skincare 

Keep away from the nasties and try to use organic skincare were you can. My skin has always been prone to eczema which made me careful when selecting my skincare. You can spend as much or a little as you like but once past 40 the lighter lotions and potions didn’t suffice for me. Brands that work me are Sukin, Ren, SSB Naturals, Korres and Avene.  I also love organic oils. My skin likes virgin coconut, olive and avocado oils.

I make my skincare regime into a mini wellness session, so I can check in with myself. I usually do it when the kids are fast asleep.

 

Supplements

Eating healthy is a must, but I will not deny I can be naughty at times.  I’ve begun taking supplements regularly. I am rarely without Omega 3. It helps me with my joint pains but it’s also good for skin hydration and reducing premature aging of your skin

Every few months, I top up on my. I’ve tried bovine and marine collagen but my personal preference is the marine. They both work well but for some reason the bovine doesn’t agree with my tummy. Usually after two weeks I can see my skin looking more radiant. If I’m not drinking it then I apply it topically in the form of a mask which works really well BUT the effects don’t last as long as when taken orally. 

Skin Hair and Nails vitamins are said to be good.  When I’m not taking collagen I use them but while I see the benefit to my hair and nails not so much on my skin. Still, I’d rather take them than not.

 

Sleep

After good night’s sleep not only does my waistline look better, but so does my skin. Both kids sleep through the night most night but now I experience sleep disturbance due to night sweats. On the occasion when I make into bed before midnight, despite sleep disturbances my skin looks amazing in the mooring!

 

Exercise

The best night’s sleeps I have are on the days that I have exercised. However, it’s not just the sleep. I sweat a great deal. Sweating allows us to get rid of toxins. Additionally exercise improves circulation AND of course reduces stress. WebMD, quotes Dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, author of Simple Skin Beauty ”by increasing blood flow, a bout of exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system… You can think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside.”

 

How do you like my top tips? You may think it’s nothing new and that’s true but we do often forget the obvious. What are you our favourite products? Do you have a top tip? Please comment below.

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