Guest Post - Denise Rabor From Wow Beauty

Todays article has been written exclusively by the amazing Denise Rabor from WOW Beauty. We want to thank her for this incredible and informative skin care and wellbeing post. Read and be revived.

Here is a fact: we are all ageing! Every single one of us, every single day. It’s a fact of life from which there is no escape, so we might as well accept it and embrace it, whatever stage we’re at. The one thing that we can control is how we manage the ageing process and of course there are numerous contrasting approaches to this, from the extremes of plastic surgery on the one hand…fillers and botox somewhere in the middle and the do nothing, let nature take its course school of thought.

At it’s all about Positive Ageing as opposed to anti ageing which sounds so negative! Positive ageing allows us to take ownership of our approach to age management; it means that we can choose what works best for us as individuals. Positive ageing reminds us about the link between our inner wellbeing and our outer beauty….

Here are some of my personal core basics to help you on your positive ageing journey

  1. Wellbeing – we all know that stress and anxiety can affect our health and consequently our skin. Stress and tension deplete our immune system and increase free radicals which lead to premature ageing. A life without stress is unrealistic, but what you can do is work to develop habits that will counteract the effects.
  2. Take a mindful moment– Try to include some mindfulness techniques into your day, every day. I’m not saying that you need to look for a meditation course…you can start simply by just taking 2-3 minutes at a time to just close your eyes, focus on your breath and exhale.
  3. Don’t forget to breath– Have you ever noticed that you forget to breath or that you hold your breath? When I’m really busy I catch myself doing it all of the time. As a starting point you can learn some breathing techniques that you can use at any time of your day to just calm your heart rate, improve oxygen flow to the body, which over time is good for the skin.
  4. Get moving– I’m not going to say much here. We all know that exercise, even a simple 15 minute daily brisk walk reduces stress, improves circulation and oxygenation of the blood = positive ageing.
  5. Eat and drink with love– in terms of positive ageing, what we put into our bodies is what will show up on the outside; positive ageing requires that we include plenty of ‘skin food’ in our diet. Anti oxidant rich foods, green foods like kale, broccoli, spinach are amazing as are sweet potatoes, Fish especially omega 3 rich oily fish, protein etc… as well as vitamin C for building collagen . I’m about to get disciplined again and start my green smoothie again because the boost that it gives my skin in terms of glow and clarity cannot be beaten.
  6. Use the right products– The one message that every skin specialist will tell you is that protecting your skin from damaging UVB/UVA Ray’s is vital, regardless of our ethnicity. Thankfully there are so many options available either as stand alone products or combined options that there really is no excuse. Even if you didn’t do it in the past you can start now! Sun damage is the no.1 cause of wrinkles and skin cancer.
  7. Skincare options are so wonderfully diverse right now, there really is something for every preference from the traditional heritage brands to the newer but equally effective holistic brands. But it can be confusing if you’re not sure what to look for. It’s important to remember that our skin can change from month to month, with the seasons and with our health, so it’s vital to get to know how your skin behaves and what ingredients it responds well to.
  8. We all need a couple of good cleansing options and with so many different styles of cleanser available you should be able to find your perfect cleansers: clean skin allows your skincare to work optimally. You can choose from cleansing creams, lotions, oils, balms and powders but In terms of positive ageing look for cleansers that clean the skin whilst adding much needed hydration. There are some that have ingredients like Hyaluronic acid which hydrates, vitamins like B5 to reduce lines and wrinkles and Alpha Lipoic Acid which helps to reduce imperfections, while others contain essential oils which work to soothe and nourish the skin.
  9. If you’re a make up wearer, don’t forget to ‘double cleanse’:remove your makeup with an effective but gentle cleanser before your final cleanse.
  10. Exfoliation– is a critical part of an ageless skin regime as it helps to remove dead skin cells, improve skin health and radiance. When we don’t exfoliate we are left with fine lines, dry areas, blocked pores and an uneven skin texture. I prefer using either a enzyme or chemical based (AHA’s) product that doesn’t require rubbing or scrubbing at least once a week.
  11. Clarifying lotion/toner – these are good at reducing the appearance of pores and restoring the skins surface. Modern toners contain ingredients like antioxidants and other vitamins and they provide an extra layer of moisture, helping to make your skin more receptive for serums etc…
  12. Serums/essences– these contain active ingredients to address specific issues such as moisture boost, brightening or lines. The active ingredients are generally in a higher concentration than your face cream/lotion.
  13. Treatment drops/ampoules – these are great as you can use them as and when your skin needs a boost, and many of the new formulations are designed to be added to your serum or moisturiser.
  14. Moisturiser– moisture, plumping, nourishment, protection, strengthen, brighten, elasticity, collagen boost, firming, re hydrate.
  15. Masks – masks are a great quick fix and again many of the newer formulations are really transformative in terms of skin plumping, hydrating, brightening and firming. Everything that you need for ageless skin is out there, it’s just a matter of finding what works for you.