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GYM SKINCARE GUIDE FOR YOUR 40s

Gym Skin Goal: Repair and Renew

 

By your 40s, your skin turnover rate has slowed to more than double that of your early 20s. Wrinkles appear in areas of the face with the most movement; forehead, between the eyebrows and around the eyes and mouth. Exercise becomes that little harder and takes a little longer to recover; just like your skin.

Your skin glows most when your oestrogen (women) and testosterone (men) levels are high, during your 40s, hormones levels decrease further, and more must be done to maintain your natural skin glow. The rate and quality of collagen production will also be affected, it therefore becomes essential to boost the ingredient doses to ensure skin health.

 

When building your skincare routine opt for products that are brimming with performance ingredients such as Peptides, Retinol, Antioxidants, Vitamins, AHA’s and Hyaluronic Acid.

 

Positive lifestyle choices such as a diet rich in antioxidants (berries, dark leafy green vegetables, a varied choice of fruit and vegetables) and essential fatty acids (nuts, seeds and oily fish), staying hydrated, moderate exercise and getting adequate sleep will help improve yours skin regeneration.

 

To redress this, enhance your daily routine to include add in products to boost cell turnover, promote type 1 collagen production, even skin tone and texture and maintain healthy skin. Good choices will also stimulate skin circulation, giving you a welcome, more radiant and brighter glow.

Morning

  1. Cleanse: Like all other decades in your life, cleansing the skin daily is an absolute must. You don’t want to strip your skin of its natural oils, so our gentle, soothing hydrating cleanser to remove any debris that may have accumulated over night is a must!

  2. Tone: Include a toner that works to balance your skin’s pH and slough off dead skin cells by adding exfoliant ingredients such as Lactic, Glycolic or Salicylic Acid.

  3. Serum: During your 40s, your skin produces less sebum, exposing you to environmental aggressors, like pollution, so you need to add an anti-oxidant-rich serum to help fight free radicals. Look for serums rich in collagen-boosting peptides; they’ll also protect against UV and environmental damage.

  4. Moisturise: Whilst you would have added Retinol into your skincare regime in your 30s, your 40s are all about the anti-aging super ingredient. Retinol will help in reducing fine lines by increasing collagen production and decreasing collagen breakdown.

  5. Eye Gel: Use an eye gel to diminish those visible signs of aging.  Eye Gels work to prevent signs of aging, keeps the under-eye area hydrated, smooths and diminishes dark circles.

  6. SPF: One of the biggest collagen diminishers is UV rays, so now more than ever, you need to apply a broad-spectrum SPF daily to protect you against the ones that burn (UVB) and the ones that age (UVA).

Evening

  1. Cleanse: Cleansing your skin before bed not only helps to get rid of the day’s grime of oil, pollution and dirt, it also decreases the chance of getting clogged pore.

  2. Tone: Include a toner that works to balance your skin’s pH and slough off dead skin cells by adding exfoliant ingredients such as Lactic, Glycolic or Salicylic Acid.

  3. Serum: Introduce a night time treatment serum according to skin type. A good

  4. Serum will work deeper into the skin and enhance the effects of moisturiser. Ingredients to consider are AHA’s, Hyaluronic Acids and Peptides to help your skin regenerate overnight.

  5. Eye Gel: Use an eye gel to diminish those visible signs of aging.  Eye Gels work to prevent signs of aging, keeps the under-eye area hydrated, smooths and diminishes dark circles; opt for a product with peptides and antioxidants 

  6. Moisturise: Ensure your moisturiser contains humectant ingredients which encourage your skin to attract and retain moisture. In your 40s your skin needs more peptides and retinols, so invest in a dedicated anti-ageing moisturiser

  7. Masque: 3-5 times per week: Choose a mask according to skin type to concentrate on your primary skincare concern. A combination of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and alpha hydroxy acids with provide a robust treatment for most skin types and drive efficacy due to the performance driven ingredients.

Athlete Sweating

Cleanser

Gentle cleanser to wash away sweat, oils and bacteria without irritating your skin.

Group Workout Session

Hydrate

A lightweight serum-oil to hydrate and restore your skin barrier and refine pores

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Exfoliate

Gentle Masque to maximise your skin’s metabolism and improve skin tone and elasticity

Core Exercise

Exercise Skin Misconceptions

Fitness fanatics are reluctant to apply serums and creams before exercising. A cleanse and tone, followed by a lightweight hydrator, will address the basic needs of skin during a sweaty workout.