Noella said: “With the passing of the years the metabolism of the cells becomes slower. From a certain age the skin presents specific characteristics: the amount and activity of the fibroblasts is reduced, as well as the synthesis of collagen.
“Also, the skin dehydrates and dries up due to the reduction of the vascularisation and sweat and sebum secretions.
“All of this added to the exogenous factors that affect and deteriorate the skin daily can mature the skin.”
The Elemis expert added: “Although we normally speak of mature skin from the age of 35 onwards, the starting age will depend on each person’s history, as the biological age does not have to be united to the needs of the skin.
“In the ageing of the dermis intervene both endogenous factors (genetically programmed ageing) and exogenous factors (external agents, lifestyle, emotions, environment). Our face reflects our history.”
The main signs of ageing:
- Drier and finer skin.
- Lack of luminosity.
- Flaccidity, lack of tone and firmness.
- Deep wrinkles.
- Pallid or yellowy colour.
- Open pores.
- Hyperpigmentation and age darkspots.
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With so many products on the market, it can be difficult to know which ones to include in your skincare routine. Noella shared her must-haves: “Every good skincare routine begins with a proper cleanse – this is the foundation for healthy skin.
“Exfoliators should be used once or twice a week to renew dull, congested skin. Whether you opt for a physical or chemical formulation – physical scrubs ‘slough away’ dead skin cells, while chemical acids dissolve them – your facial exfoliator should offer intense renewal for when your skin needs an extra-deep cleanse.
“Applying a toner will complete your skin prep and ensure that skin is balanced and perfectly purified.”
She continued: “Adding an essence to your skincare routine is the best way to prepare the skin to receive maximum benefits from the treatments to follow. Your facial oil is the first step in the ‘treatment’ phase of your daily skincare routine. These nutrient-rich formulas are the ultimate skin boosters; they penetrate deep into the skin to deliver concentrated ingredients and exceptional anti-wrinkle benefits.
“With the skin soft and supple after applying a facial oil, your treatment serum can easily plunge into the skin. Apply your eye cream next, as you want it to absorb into the eye area’s delicate skin before applying a rich moisturiser.
“The densest product comes next in your line-up: moisturiser. Your moisturiser will lock in the benefits of the other skincare products that came before it.
“Finally, rain or shine, wearing sunscreen is essential in keeping your skin protected from burning, but also from the visible signs of ageing.”
When it comes to skincare mistakes women make, the expert revealed: “It has to be neglecting their skin at night. Not taking the time to cleanse away the day; removing their makeup, but also impurities, pollution and micro dust that collects on the skin.
“We often don’t think about what settles on our skins surface throughout the day, but this can have a profound impact.
“A thoroughly cleansed skin is a healthy skin. It gives your skin the chance to repair overnight which is when the skin is going through its recycling process. Whilst we sleep, skin is renewing, the fibroblast cells responsible for collagen and elastin production is most active, and the skin barrier repairs, so that our skin is ready to defend itself and protect us the next day.
“Having cleansed the skin, follow with eye cream, serum and a decadent night cream to nourish and feed the skin with actives that enhance skin’s function and will leave the skin looking fresh, revived and youthful upon waking.
“Our skin should look the best it can look first thing in the morning if it’s had the time to recycle and repair.”
Elemis have created a Pro-Collagen range which “harnesses the deeply hydrating power of the sea for a more youthful-looking complexion”. Noella explained further: “As you grow older, the barrier of your skin begins to grow more delicate, collagen production may begin to decrease, and a loss of elasticity all result in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
“Since the outer layer of skin becomes thinner and more delicate with age, you want to avoid additional aggravation with products that irritate.
“Products won’t be able to stop time, but it can let your true skin shine through. A gentle cleansing balm nourishes and preps delicate skin so the rest of your skincare routine can work as it should.”
And Elemis’ “iconic Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm” is the one product Noella recommends to every woman.
She said: “I couldn’t be prouder of how successful this product has been, but it took time to perfect and get it just right, 45 formulations to be exact. This product needed to be reminiscent of having a professional spa facial; making us stop in our tracks and breath in deeply to enjoy the aromatic, promoting a sense of wellness, but above all it had to be efficacious and give a superior cleanse, without stripping the skin barrier.
“An artist wouldn’t paint on a dirty canvas, so why would we. Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm removes every scrap of makeup and any environmental pollutants for squeaky clean skin, that feels supremely soft to the touch and comfortable due to the transformative texture, turning from a balm, melting into an oil that loosens makeup, transforming into a milk with water to lift beautifully from the skin.”
As for how long it takes to visibly see results after using products from Elemis’ Pro-Collagen range, Noella said the Marine Cream “reduce the look of look of fine lines and wrinkles in two weeks”.
“It also helps to improve the look of firmness and elasticity for skin that looks smooth and radiant.”
Prices for Elemis’ Pro Collagen Marine Cream start at £37 for a 15ml tube.