With advanced medical technology and plastic surgery becoming more readily available, it is easy to forget the basic building blocks of maintaining a natural radiance. 

Taking a holistic approach to slowing down the signs of ageing is accessible to everyone and far better for us in the long run.

Reducing Stress

Stress is key to survival, but in a world where we aren’t required to hunt for our food, we don’t need a whole lot of it. Too much stress has many detrimental effects to us both mentally and physically. Visible signs of stressed skin include wrinkles, bags and dry flakey skin.Meditation is a great tool for reducing stress as it restores the body to a calm state. This helps the body repair itself and prevents new damage from the physical effects of stress.

Meditation comes in many different forms such as sound, visualisation and sensation. Caitlin Cady’s 'Heavily Meditated' offers a down-to-earth guide on how to find the right type of meditation tailored to you,all you need is yourself and a calm space. You can find a copy of her book here. 

Facial Yoga

Yes, you read that correctly. Facial Yoga is an increasingly popular method used to achieve younger-looking skin. It is a series of repetitive facial exercises that work by stimulating face muscles, tightening the skin and reducing signs of aging. Researchers say, if done correctly and often, facial exercises can increase blood circulation, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach the cells of the skin.A popular exercise is

’The Double V’. This exercise helps with Crow’s feet and drooping eyelids

  • Step 1. Make a peace sign with both of your hands.
  • Step 2:Place your middle fingers on the inner edge of your eyebrows and your pointer fingers on the outer edge of your eyebrows
  • Step 3: Apply moderate pressure and look upwards while squinting.

Repeat 8 times. You can watch ‘The Double V’ and more facial yoga here

Hydration Within

We all know that hydration and its benefits are vast and plenty. However, enforcing this into our daily routine is another story. A quality reusable drink bottle is the easiest way to commit to a healthy, hydrated life. You can create and customise your perfect drinking vessel here.

Antioxidants and Peptides

In short, antioxidants protect our skin against environmental influences and peptides act as little messengers, triggering skin cells to perform specific functions such as building collagen.

The wonderful healing powers of antioxidants and peptides can be found in loads of natural ingredients, such as vitamin’s A C & E. Antioxidants rich foods include green tea, blueberries, green beans, spinach and even dark chocolate. Serums are also often jam-packed with antioxidants and peptides as they are highly concentrated.

Sanctum Skincare's Hy C Intensive Repair Cream contains:

  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C)
  • Carrot Seed Oil (Vitamin A)
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

This incredible age-defying serum helps to activate cell regeneration and increase skin elasticity

Sun Protection

We’ve all heard it before, from our mothers and our mother’s mother. Protecting our skin from the sun is one of the most beneficial things you can do to help save your skin from natural environmental factors. Using sunscreen and covering up every day (no matter the weather conditions) can significantly slow down premature skin ageing.

Making these small changes to your daily routine, not only aid in slowing down the signs of ageing but promote mental clarity and all-around radiance. It only takes 66 days to form a habit, so start today!   

August 13, 2020