Friday - - BEAUTY -

What’s go­ing on? Your life­style may have mel­lowed but that doesn’t mean your skin has. ‘This is the age when fine lines and wrin­kles will start to ap­pear on the face,’ says Preema. Throwin hor­mone changes if you have been preg­nant and had a fam­ily, and other skin is­sues such as pig­men­ta­tion and con­ges­tion can also ap­pear.

Some­thing else can start to hap­pen in your 30s too, es­pe­cially if you are a gym bunny or ex­er­cise fa­natic. ‘Ex­ces­sive car­dio­vas­cu­lar ex­er­cise, like run­ning, cy­cling and en­durance train­ing, raise the heart rate and widen blood ves­sels to get oxy­gen flow­ing around the body. But after about 15 min­utes, when mus­cles need more oxy­gen, blood starts to be di­verted from the face, which causes fat pads in the cheeks to be de­prived of oxy­gen and to slowly di­min­ish. This causes fa­cial vol­ume loss, par­tic­u­larly in the cheek area, which then makes your face look pre­ma­turely aged – also called Gym Face.’ What to do: At this stage it’s all about get­ting your skin to re­tain as much mois­ture as pos­si­ble. Why? The more hy­drated your skin, the fewer fine lines that will ap­pear and the plumper and fuller it will look. And the in­gre­di­ent that will help you with this is hyaluronic acid. This very clever in­gre­di­ent can re­tain over 1000 times its weight in wa­ter. Again a gen­tle but deeply cleans­ing cleanser is es­sen­tial. At this stage your skin will thank you for us­ing a balm or gel con­sis­tency which is great for all skin types but con­tains hy­drat­ing in­gre­di­ents to nour­ish the skin and is ideal if your skin has be­come oilier and more con­gested post preg­nancy. Next, a serum filled with hyaluronic acid and an­tiox­i­dants to coun­ter­act against sun dam­age and the amount of blue light your skin has been ex­posed to from your lap­top, tablet and mo­bile. A sim­ple fa­cial oil is a great prod­uct to have on hand at all times.

Elemis Pro-Col­la­gen Cleans­ing Balm, Dh205 Lancôme Ad­vanced Génifique, Dh390 Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel, Dh75

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