"Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; life shapes the face you have at thirty; but at fifty, you get the face you deserve." ...
When I was a young girl many of my school friends went on holidays abroad. Spain was the favourite destination. Unfortunately ...or maybe not as will be explained - my parents couldn't afford to take my brother and myself to hotter climes.
I was always quite envious of the tans which appeared after the summer break. Later in life I now realise that our parents did us a favour as we did not experience the degree of sun exposure that our contemporaries had and hence our skins have benefitted from a protection we didn't know we were getting!
We now realise that too much sun bathing can be detrimental to our skin and increase the ageing process and more importantly there is the high risk of skin cancer.
So it is so important to make sure you limit sunbathing and wear sun protection. My husband and I, for many years, tried to make sure we stayed in the shade as much as possible only to find, in my husbands case, that he had a vitamin D deficiency so we had taken this precaution to the extreme. So now we have come to realise that it is about balance and a little sunbathing with protection can be beneficial.
However on our holiday, many had thrown caution to the wind. They took every opportunity to roast their bodies and to become seriously burnt.
"Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun"
There's no doubt that a tan does enhance a persons look for a short period of time. People tend to look well, summer clothes take on a whole different dimension. However the consequences of this abuse are dire. Those who have done this year after year now have skin with resemble old leather. Many are proud to display the great expanses of flesh - crepey chests, age spots and lined faces. What is even more puzzling is that these same people would attend seminars on the latest creams to help to attain younger looking skin.
In the main we all do what we can to remain youthful but eventually nature takes its course. If you are blessed with "good" genes, and avoid excessive sunbathing, weight gain, smoking and drinking you can hope to slow down the ageing process.
I also believe that using creams and moisturisers on a regular basis provide a barrier to the elements and everyone has their favourites which work for them.
You don't have to spend a fortune on these potions some are really inexpensive.My mother, who had a wonderful complexion, was a great believer in using creams - particularly Nivea and I have followed in her footsteps. I use pots and pots of it for cleansing, moisturising and as a body lotion. I think the last time I bought a large tub it was on offer in Sainsburys for approximately £3.50
There are other creams I use with which I can't afford to be so liberal. These tend to be ones by Estee Lauder. I buy on line and have the benefit of free delivery (if you buy a certain amount) and also free samples. My husband complains that when he opens the bathroom cabinet hundreds of these samples fall out - he is given to exaggeration :)
These modern creams do seem to have properties which make skin feel smoother and firmer and provide a healthy glow or at least that is my experience..............
What works in your experience? Any other suggestions to keep younger looking skin?