Reverse Ageing: Skincare and Beauty essentials

Call me lucky, but my skin is 15 years younger than its real age. I get asked almost on a daily basis what I do to keep my skin so young and healthy. Apart from the fact that my Mediterranean complexion and genes certainly contribute heavily to the young look and feel of my skin, there are things I do regularly to support my skincare:

  1. Intermittent fasting / healthy nutrition – skin is a mirror of your body’s health so a good nutrition is essential to achieve beauty from the inside out. As I reported last year, I started intermittent fasting and achieved amazing results, first of which a glowing looking skin.
  2. No smoking – I have never smoked in my life! Smoke ages the skin very rapidly. 
  3. No drinking with the exception of occasional glasses of wine with meals only when I am in good company, never by myself. I have never got drunk and I don’t feel the need to do that. Alcohol doesn’t do anything so exhilarating to me really. Alcohol also ages the skin. Alcohol and caffeine have a diuretic effect and can aggravate dry skin.
  4. Antioxidants – I take lots of antioxidants in via tomatoes (which I love and eat every day) and green tea (I drink mainly that all day long).
  5. Daily cleansing routine – I’ll explain all I do below but basically deeply washing the skin twice a day is vital to remove impurities and keep the skin young and healthy. I also never use the same products repeatedly. I always have three different cleansing products and moisturisers that I alternate every day. The same product all over again is not good for your skin which gets used to it and does not absorbs the goodies any more. It’s very simple, really. No matter what products you use – some are better than others but the moisturising effect is the key factor – don’t use them twice consecutively.  
  6. Happiness – Last but not least I am a happy person from the inside out. I’m a free spirit. I always feel happy inside because I never look back. Looking back at my life so far, I have no regrets. I like to think that all the choices I have made along the way, even if wrong at the time, they have felt right or at least justified in that particular moment. Being generous to yourself and allowing to just be helps with your general wellbeing including your skin. 
  7. Beauty Sleep – Sleeping well for at least 8 hours a day – and at regular times helps maintain a healthy skin. 
  8. Indulge in me-time – My body is my temple and I treat it with respect. This also includes taking time to do the things I love to always feel happy, glam and satisfied. 

Here are all the products I use regularly to take care of my skin and well-being. 

DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe – this is my own home-made recipe!

SEAMS products for hands 

During lockdown I have been washing and sanitising my hands so much more than normal. They have been extremely distressed, dry and cracked throughout. Since finding the brand SEAMS I have managed to keep both hands and nails soft using a combination of hand cream and oil before bedtime. With a Biomimetic Lipid Complex SEAMS Hand Cream penetrates the skin to help lock in moisture and leave skin feeling exceptionally soft, supple and smooth. What’s great about SEAMS products is that it is non-greasy and absorbs instantly.

SEAMS Silk Touch Hand cream & Nail oil www.seamsbeauty.co.uk

SEAMS COUTURIERS HAND CREAM is made with shea butter, rosehip oil and oat beta glucan. SEAMS SILK TOUCH HAND & NAIL OIL contains rosehip oil, blackcurrant seed oil and peony root extract. This range is made in the UK. Founder Karen J. Gerrard’s story is interesting. Whilst taking part in a Millinery course, her hands got cut burnt sore and dry. She couldn’t find a hand cream that moisturised, helped to heal and wasn’t greasy so she created SEAMS. 

Lip care 

LOTIL is a great all round moisturiser and can be used by the whole family. They have recently launched a great lip balm (RRP £1.64) which I use at bedtime to keep my lips moist all night and wake up with no cracks. 

Velvet Matte Lipstick in Berry Nude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lipsticks look unhealthy with their strong colours but they don’t need to be bad for lips at all. In fact health brand Green People has created a moisture-boosting, organic lipstick in a universally flattering berry shade. Velvet Matte Lipstick in Berry Nude (RRP £17) brings a blush of mauve to the barely-there lip trend, creating a light, whimsical hint of colour that highlights and enhances the natural hue of the lips. Soothing vitamin E nourishes and conditions. Key ingredients include: Organic Beeswax, organic Carnauba wax, Earth Minerals, Sunflower.  Nourishing botanicals rule in this 100% natural blend – Berry Nude Lipstick is as kind to your lips as it is to the environment and is naturally free from harsh synthetic chemicals, parabens, toxic heavy metals and skin irritants. 

Make sure you never share lip gloss or lipstick with a friend – especially if either of you have cold sores!

Face and body oils

When life takes its toll on our skin, it can show in the form of stretch marks, wrinkles, dry skin and scars. I have recently started using oils on both my face and body to restore hydration deep in the skin tissues. Re-Gen new product range uses natural oils including Lavender oil – which comes from the lavender plant and it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Calendula oil – extracted from marigold flowers and it helps promote cell regeneration, Chamomile oil – derived from the chamomile plant and it helps soothe skin, Rosemary oil – which comes from the aromatic herb Rosmarinus Officinalis and it helps calm irritated skin.

 
Face Cleanse & Make Up Remover 
I don’t use a heavy moisturiser at night; it prevents the skin from ridding itself of waste. When the skin feels tight or dry, I use a facial oil based on jojoba and/or rosehip followed by a light serum.
I always avoid harsh exfoliators, strong detergents and very hot water.
I use a soft facial cloth made from ultra-fine micro-fibres which is better for the skin than a rough-textured washcloth, which can cause irritation to dry skin.
I keep rooms moist by placing bowls of water by the radiators.
I ALWAYS apply moisturiser to my face and neck with light, tapping upward motions, whilst the skin is still slightly damp. This helps lock in moisture and stimulates blood circulation.
 

Green People products are available from Waitrose, Ocado, Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Revital and independent natural health retailers nationwide, as well as online at www.greenpeople.co.uk.

 
My face cleanse & make up remover of choice is once again Green People. With the summer looking and hot temperatures threatening our delicate skin which has been protected at home during lockdown, I opt for products that reflect the change in temperatures by choosing rich, nourishing moisturisers and skin soothing indulgent oils. I use Green People’s Gentle Cleanse that is free from skin drying alcohol which gently rids the skin of pollutants with anti-inflammatory and skin nurturing properties from Calendula and Shea Butter to leave it feeling soft, pampered and refreshed. Key beauty boosting ingredients Squalane from Olive and Jojoba esters restore sebum production and provide an instant moisture infusion leaving skin revived with the beautiful aroma of fairly-traded Rose Geranium. For a little more indulgence, adding a facial oil to my beauty regime adds further nourishment to thirsty skin. Green People’s Anti-ageing Facial Oil is rich in Lecithin to give the skin an extra silky feel, plus help to reduce water loss, promote overall elasticity and plump the skin. Non pore-clogging and certified organic this lovely oil is rich in anti-ageing benefits from Vitamin E, Rosehip, Jojoba and nutrient-rich Avocado oil and is delicately scented with fairly-traded Rose Geranium.
 
Beauty sleep 

Sleep is something I never appreciated until I became a mum. A good night sleep is often more important than skincare products. If you’ve tried different pillows, you know how difficult can be to find the perfect fit for your specific needs. When I go to hotels or a different accommodation on holiday, I struggle to get the same restful night that I have at home, but by taking my personalised pillow my personalised pillow by nanu with me everywhere, I can get the best night’s sleep possible. I use my nanu pillow with its revolutionary yu-nu pillowcase made out of a luxury fabric that is enriched with organic probiotics, that are clinically proven to rejuvenate skin and reduce wrinkle depth, a simple and easy way to achieve beauty sleep this spring. 

I alternate the personalised pillow with my Squishy pillow by Silentnight for comfort and firmness (RRP £15 from amazon) which is possibly the world’s most comfortable pillow and flexible to accommodate different sleeping positions. It’s covered in a cotton shell and filled with a foam material that’s both soft and supportive.
 

Beauty from the inside out

 

I mentioned earlier that I drink green tea all day (instead of water – I know it’s crazy). As a green tea replacement sometimes I drink Pure Leaf matcha teasPure Matcha (100% matcha), Matcha Mint (delicately flavoured with a hint of all-natural, micro-ground peppermint leaves), Matcha Ginger (Pure matcha paired with micro-ground ginger root for a subtle warming ginger kick). Made from shade grown Japanese tea leaves, the new range from Pure Leaf is hand-picked from tea gardens in Kagoshima. The distinctive nature of matcha means that the leaves are finely ground, suspended in liquid to form a tea and then ingested, instead of brewed and discarded. Because the whole leaf is eaten, matcha delivers a much stronger potency than a regular cup of green tea. What makes Pure Leaf’s matcha truly special is the taste. There are many ways to enjoy matcha, with the most authentic being to pour a sachet into a cup or bowl with boiling water.

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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