Your complexion says a lot about your overall health. And unlike the internal signs of ageing, which may not be visible, skin shows the passing time. With age, it becomes thinner and more fragile. Fine lines and wrinkles appear. Loss of elasticity, sagging, dullness and hyper-pigmentation are also associated with getting older. While you can’t halt the natural ageing process entirely, you can slow it down through a combination of preventative measures, topical treatments and lifestyle factors.
Every woman deserves glowing, youthful skin that’s bursting with vitality. Consider this your guide to the fountain of youth.
Stage 1: Week 1 - 3
A targeted topical regimen is essential in turning back the clock on your complexion.
- Balance: Cleansing is one of the most important parts of your daily skincare routine. Formulas that contain sulfates, parabens or synthetic AHAs and BHAs can change the pH of your skin, leaving it prone to sensitivity, UV damage and premature ageing. Our No.1 Belle Frais Cleansing Milk is free of toxins and other nasties. It maintains barrier strength and encourages youthful skin with a combination of nourishing coconut oil, moisturising zizyphus, brightening fruit extracts and salicylic acid, which purifies without stripping natural oils.
- Plump and smooth: Hyaluronic acid is a major component of the extracellular matrix. It’s also a key ingredient in our No.3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum. The “moisture molecule,” as it’s lovingly known, in conjunction with beta glucan helps plump skin by attracting 1,000 times its weight in water. This antioxidant-rich elixir also features white tea, edelweiss and kakadu plum (the world’s highest plant-based source of vitamin C) to smooth and strengthen.
- Firm and protect: Your peepers requires a little extra TLC. Our & Gold Rush Eye Cream is formulated with gold leaf, a luxurious ingredient that’s renowned for its ability to brighten, refine fine lines, soothe inflammation and promote collagen production—essential for keeping skin firm and youthful. Passionfruit and blueberry have an abundance of antioxidants to protect against UV and free radical damage.
Stage 2: Week 4+
As you age, your cellular turnover slows down. The goal is to speed up this action, while nourishing skin with youth-boosting vitamins and nutrients.
- Encourage cellular renewal: Slowing of the epidermal turnover rate contributes to dullness, loss of fullness and sagging. The secret to healthy, youthful skin is to kickstart this process in a natural way. Our & Desert Lime Micro-Exfoliant sloughs away dead skin, which increases radiance and softness, and ensures that the active anti-ageing ingredients are penetrating deeply into the skin to work their magic.
- Nourish: Vitamins A, C and E assist in refining fine lines and protecting against oxidative stress. Snowflower seed oil, the star of our & Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil, exhibits 100 times the antioxidant action of vitamin C, making it wonderful for repair and enhancing collagen production. Jojoba oil is loaded with omegas and vitamin A, which are important for cellular regeneration. It also replenishes natural moisture and potentiates the abilities of vitamin E.
- Infuse skin with anti-ageing ingredients: Sheet masks are a great way to keep your complexion smooth and youthful. They form an occlusive barrier, allowing anti-ageing botanicals to quickly and deeply penetrate the skin. Bloom of Youth Infusion Mask is packed with hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, while silica-rich bamboo extract firms and strengthen the skin barrier. Swertia chirata is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of lines in as little as seven days. Use the mask once or twice weekly for maximum results.
Ingredients to Avoid
Sadly, in many cases, the products we use to combat our skin concerns can be the very cause of them. These are the topical ingredients ageing complexions should avoid:
- Synthetic fragrances: Synthetic fragrances are a major source of irritation for most skin types and are shown to trigger redness and inflammation.
- Sodium laureth sulfate: Sodium laureth sulfate (commonly added to face wash to make it foam) is what gives skin that squeaky clean feeling. The problem is that it strips skin of its natural oils and leads to over-drying.
- Alcohol: Alcohol is an active ingredient in cleansers, makeup removing wipes, acne treatments and more. The problem is that it breaks down the skin's natural protective barrier, leading to dryness and irritation.
- Preservatives: The types of preservatives found in most beauty formulas, including parabens, ethylhexanol and even those claiming to be natural, are among the most common irritants. Instead, we use sodium anisate (derived from aniseed) and sodium levulinate (a cellulose starch) to keep our products stable.
Skin ageing is influenced by a combination of internal (endogenous) and external (exogenous) factors.
- Up your antioxidant intake: Antioxidants work on both the inside and outside to protect the body against damage. Top antioxidant-rich foods include maqui (in powder form, it’s awesome in smoothies), kiwi, kakadu plum, and hibiscus (great in tea such as our No.2 Fountain of Youth).
- Eat more healthy fats: Essential fatty acids are a key component of the skin’s intercellular matrix. Incorporate omega-rich foods like avocados, flax, salmon and walnuts into your daily diet. Not only are they tasty, but they help lock in moisture to keep your skin firm, plump and supple. Did you know linoleic acid plays an important role in the skin’s own synthesis of ceramide, a lipid that’s important for keeping barrier function intact. Bonus: Omegas boost brain and heart health.
- Increase resveratrol: Resveratrol is a plant-produced antioxidant compound that supports collagen synthesis by protecting the dermal matrix from harmful intruders and improving the function of fibroblasts. While red wine does have resveratrol, if you really want to get your fix, we suggest filling up on blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and pomegranate.
- Keep your liver healthy: Making sure the body is ridding itself of toxins and free radicals is the key to combating damage. Load up on dandelion, cruciferous veggies, turmeric and lemons. And sip on our No.1 Green Goddess Detox throughout the day for a hit of liver-loving herbs.
- Increase vitamin A and C: Eating a vitamin-rich diet can actually slow down the ageing process. Sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, papaya and cantaloupe are great sources of vitamin A. Rev up your vitamin C with kakadu plum, hibiscus and maqui.
- Pack in protein: Become conscious of your protein intake. Fill your plate with plant-based sources such as hemp seeds, legumes, nuts and seeds. Adequate protein levels ensure you have the building blocks for optimal collagen production and skin repair.