4 steps to ageing confidently, starting with your skin

Misia at Soothe

What does it mean to you to age confidently?

For me and my team, ageing confidently means being happy in our own skin. It means having a healthy mindset about growing older. It’s the realisation that it’s not just about how we look, but also who we are and how we feel on the inside.

Ageing confidently by understanding your skin

In practical terms, at Soothe, we believe that you can’t expect to be able to treat your skin well until you understand your skin well. So, here’s a very quick lesson!

Our skin has three layers:

  • the epidermis is the top layer; it acts as a protective barrier, provides skin colour and makes new skin cells.
  • the dermis is the layer directly underneath; it’s where collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid are made and provides the firming structure of your skin. This is the important layer when it comes to the ageing process.
  • the hypodermis is our deepest layer of skin; it protects our muscles and bones and regulates our body temperature.

As we age, the epidermis becomes thinner and shows the signs of ageing and damage. We produce less oil so our skin becomes dry and dull.

Our body produces less collagen and elastin, which means our skin becomes less firm and more saggy. Additionally, lines and wrinkles appear due to slower cellular renewal.

An expert view

I know, it sounds scary! But honestly, it happens to us all and there’s so much you can do both at home and with the help of my team, to feel confident about your skin’s ageing process.

At Soothe, I offer a Director’s Skin and Lifestyle Analysis. This unique, in-depth consultation investigates every little factor that may be affecting your skin’s condition. Understanding your skin means that I can truly tailor treatments and home skincare advice. The cost of the skin and lifestyle analysis is redeemable against your first treatment with me or against skincare purchased from our store.

I want to empower you to take care of your skin at home and I want to understand your skin as well as I can, so that I can create a truly bespoke treatment for you.

Until you have chance to book in for your skin and lifestyle analysis, here are some tips for how you can care for your skin at home:

Embrace active ingredients:

  • Matrixyl Synthe-6 is a tripeptide that encourages the production of the six major constituents of our skin, including collagen and hyaluronic acid; it smooths, firms, improves texture and decreases fine lines and wrinkles. Alumier MD’s EverActive + Peptide Serum contains Matrixyl Synthe-6 and Vitamin C.
  • Vitamin C (in the form of L Ascorbic Acid or Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) is proven to have an anti ageing effect on skin by encouraging the production of collagen and protecting against damage caused by the sun. Try SKN-RG’s Brightening Moisturiser.
  • Retinol is a vitamin A derivative and an antioxidant. It stimulates collagen, increases cell turnover and reduces fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. It also targets acne prone skin by unclogging pores. Both retinol and Matrixyl Synthe-6 can be found in Alumier’s Resurfacing Serum.

By choosing products which contain these ingredients, you will be replenishing your skin and encouraging its natural anti-ageing processes. Always take advice from a qualified, experienced specialist before trying new ingredients on your skin.

Use an SPF

We all know that using a sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer, but it is also proven to fight against the ageing affect of too much sun exposure.

It is important to use sunscreen everyday, not just on hot, sunny days; harmful, ultraviolet rays are present at all times, not just when the sun is shining. When using an SPF, don’t forget to continue application down your neck, the tips of your nose and ears, and even use it on your hands.

Experts agree that to have a long-lasting positive effect, we should be wearing an SPF of at least 30 everyday. I can recommend Alumier MD’s Sheer Hydration which has an SPF of 40 and offers powerful protection against UVA and UVB rays. If you experience skin redness, or rosacea then you cannot do better than Roslique’s 3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle to conceal redness and deliver SPF 50!

If you’re going to do the right thing by wearing an SPF daily, you mustn’t rely on SPFs in high street moisturisers or makeup. Separate SPFs with mineral filters are safest for long term use. Confused? Come and talk to us!

Ageing confidently by relieving stress

Ageing confidently goes beyond what we apply to our skin. Many of us underestimate the effects of emotional stress on our skin.

When we are stressed, our body’s production of the hormone cortisol rises. Although this hormone can be good for us in small doses, prolonged levels of cortisol can slow down our healing responses and cause our glands to make more oil; acne and other skin problems are more likely to occur when our skin is oily.

Skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis can be made worse when we’re stressed. It’s also often true that during stressful times we don’t stick to our usual routines, meaning our skincare routine can suffer.

In my blog post How Managing Stress Can Save Your Skin, I offer some advice about how to reduce stress in your everyday life.

I believe it’s really important for each of us to identify what relieves stress for us personally. For you, this might mean making time to have a walk with a friend, or perhaps treating yourself to a soothing massage.

Our Honeybee treatment room is warm and quiet – no rushing, just peace, calm and tranquility.

For a quick but effective boost, why not book our Soothe Back Neck and Scalp Massage? In just 30 minutes we’ll use handpicked essential oils to balance you emotionally and physically and relieve the stresses and strains of your everyday life.

If you have a little more time to spend, I can recommend our Aromatherapy Associates Forest Therapy treatment. This 90 minute treatment includes a full body massage (including your scalp), a facial and a warm, recharging mud mask to hands and feet.

Ageing confidently: an holistic approach

More now than ever in our busy world we are coming to the realisation that an holistic approach is needed. That means acknowledging the link between our minds and our bodies.

What we eat, what we drink, how we think about things, how much exercise we do, our mindset – all these factors come together to determine how we feel everyday.

Read my blog post Exercise and Skincare: a Match Made in Heaven for guidance on how the two are linked and how exercising regularly can provide a real boost to your skin.

If you’re looking for new breakfast recipe, try my soothing apple compote. Apples are an anti-inflammatory food which help to soothe the gut; they can help with weight management and they have powerful anti-oxidant properties.

Ageing confidently by investing

Investing in your skin isn’t just about how much money you can devote to it.

Yes, a considered financial investment will be worthwhile, but so will taking time out for yourself to look after your body and your mind. As will making an effort to perform a daily skincare routine.

If you’re ready to make a financial investment – book in for my Skin and Lifestyle Analysis.

If you have time to focus on the inner you – take a walk, practice meditation, yoga or simply consider what you are grateful for today.

Your challenge this evening? Go to bed 10 minutes earlier (and set your alarm for 10 minutes earlier) to give yourself a relaxed and soothing opportunity to really care for your skin at the end and beginning of your day.