The signs of ageing is something that we are all concerned about, usually once it is a little too late to really do anything about it … but coming to the rescue with a dedicated weekend of rejuvenation from 19th-21st October are the experts at Grayshott Spa Hotel … we caught up with them to get a few tips in advance!
What are the major signs of ageing in the skin?
The major signs of ageing in the skin are wrinkles, blemishes, dryness, lack of elasticity, ‘liver spots’, lack of tone in the skin, fine lines and crows feet.
What are the worst culprits in our daily life for contributing to ageing?
UV light (over exposure to sunlight), smoking, pollution, alcohol, fizzy drinks, poor diet, stress, dehydration and lack of sleep.
What are your lifestyle recommendations for slowing down the ageing process?
Try to eat a diet high in antioxidants, drink plenty of water (the skin can hold 14 pints!) which can contribute to it looking healthy, and using a good moisturiser. Also if you are a smoker – stop! Use a high factor sun screen, meditate, and get enough sleep.
Is a lot of it down to genetics?
No, skin ageing is mainly due to lifestyle factors rather than genetics.
Phew! There’s time to do something about it then! Are there any products or ingredients that people should look out for or avoid in their beauty routines?
Soap – as it strips the skin of its natural protective layer, and products not designed for the face, e.g. body washes and body lotions – they are too heavy for the skin.
Other than that, it’s hard to say what products and ingredients people should look out for because everyone’s skin is so different. However, skin specialist, Dr Murad – who’s philosophy we work with – recommends a three step process:
Cleanse and Tone – Wash your face twice daily to remove dirt, debris, make-up, dead skins cells and accumulated oils. Use toner – no more than twice a day – to restore the skin’s pH and prepare it for the next step …
Treat and Repair – This is the most important step of every skincare regime. Use Dr Murad’s products as instructed to repair existing damage to optimise the health of skin so it can defend itself against further injury. This includes both topical and internal supplement care.
Hydrate and Protect – Apply a moisturiser to replenish and restore your skin. Be sure to use a sunscreen everyday, regardless of your activities or the weather.
What about foods to include or avoid in your diet?
We recommend that you eat a variety of fruit and vegetables, as many different colours as possible, and cut down on alcohol and fizzy drinks.
What can people expect from the Anti-Ageing Weekend?
Guests on the Anti-Ageing Weekend will be given expert tips on how to care for the whole self which in turn will reflect in the skin and result in a healthy glow.
You include meditation and Tai Chi on the weekend – how do they help to prevent ageing?
Meditation and Tai Chi contribute to anti-ageing as they improve posture, act as an antidote to stress and slow down the aging process.
The Murad skin scanner offers guests the opportunity to identify skin conditions not visible to the naked eye, including redness and sensitivity, pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, congestion, broken capillaries, and sun damage. A therapist can then advise how to treat any concerns.
Top Tips for healthy, youthful skin?
Dr Murad believes in an inclusive approach to healthy skin and overall wellbeing, and again suggests a three-step method:
Topical Care – Boost cell turnover. Skin cells turn over every 28-35 days.
Internal – Take appropriate supplements to meet your skin’s concerns and drink lots of water. Raw fruits and vegetables contain structured water, the kind that promotes healthy, young cells. Include at least one colourful, raw fruit or vegetable with each meal.
Emotional Self-Care – Connect with others. Isolation causes the skin and body to age rapidly. A happy, challenged mind contributes to overall health – inside and out.
To find out more about Grayshott’s Anti-Ageing Weekend visit Spabreaks.com!
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