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Do you want to introduce anti-ageing into your skincare routine but unsure of how to? Our Mankind guide to anti-ageing has all the details you need from dealing with puffy eyes to dark skin patches so you can keep your skin looking as young as possible for as long as possible.
This is normally due to fluid retention and looks worse first thing in the morning.
There is no magical cure for ageing and prevention is always better than cure but you can do a lot to smooth the visible signs and keep wrinkles under control.
Ultra Violet rays from the sun dehydrate and age your skin. While most people think a tan is desirable, what you actually see is the pigment Melanin protecting the skin from serious damage. U.V. Light sets up a reaction in the deeper layers of the skin which causes cellular damage.
U.V. is believed to be the cause of 80 – 90% of skin ageing, so it makes sense to protect your face if you are worried about lines and wrinkles, or better still use a self tan cream. Over exposure to U.V. can also cause skin cancers which can be life threatening, so always take care to use protection in strong sun. Try the new Phytomer sun protection range which contains both UVA and UVB filters and effective anti-ageing ingredients.
These are known as age spots or liver marks and are also common on the back of the hands. They are caused by the Melanin pigment clumping together to form patches. This is normally the result of too much sun exposure. Protect the skin on your face and hands by wearing a factor 15 sun cream everyday if possible.
The eyes are particularly vulnerable to premature ageing. This is because the skin in this area is fine and delicate. The muscles around the eyes are used all the time for facial expression and the skin covering them can eventually become deeply lined. Certain expressions such as frowning and squinting can cause a particular problem.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (A.H.A.s) are mild fruit acids or enzymes which are taken from grapes, lemons, pineapples, papaya, sugar or milk. They are used to gently dissolve the bonds that anchor dead cells to the skin. These cells can then be washed away or naturally exfoliated leaving the skin brighter and fresher. As well as giving an instantly more healthy look to the skin, the removal of dead cells encourages faster regeneration of those deeper down, bringing newer, younger-looking cells to the surface. A.H.A.s are commonly used in anti-ageing products.
Suffering with dry, flaky and sensitive skin certainly isn’t pleasant. It makes matters worse when the only exfoliator you have is a scrubbing brush or grainy scrub, but what if we told you that there’s a much gentler option which is actually more effective?
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AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids are nowhere near as threatening as they sound! They're simply mild acids used in many skin care products and they can really benefit your skin.
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