There is no need to panic about losing your youthful bloom but you will need to look after your skin. Mature skin is inevitably something we will all have one day but it raises a point about skin types.

The factors that affect your skin type are your age, health, environmental circumstances, diet and other lifestyle factors so it’s important to reassess your skin from time to time.

You may find that your normal skin which you always believed was your skin type, had become dry and sensitive or it’s simply aged into mature skin. Ageing is, however, a normal part of life and with appropriate skin care, mature skin can still look good whatever your age.

What do we look for?

As we age, all body functions slow down and skin cells are not replaced as quickly and the elasticity in your skin gives way to a gradual drooping.

You might notice some wrinkles and crow’s feet around your eyes, thread veins, blemishes and maybe age spots start to appear.

In other words your skin loses the natural bloom of youth, the bone structure underneath the face becomes more noticeable, and creases along the lines of your face muscles become apparent.


Don’t despair!

This process happens gradually and not to everyone to the same extent.

You might be lucky enough to keep your youthful complexion until much later in life but if it concerns you, there are things we can do to help ourselves as much as possible.

When talking about good skin care we often talk about the avoidance of certain environmental factors so let’s recap…

We all love the sunshine especially when we are dreaming of holidays, but reduce unnecessary exposure and always use skincare products with an SPF as direct sunshine is so damaging to the skin.


A balanced diet

Try to have a good balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Drink plenty of water.

Eliminate stress as much as possible and environmental pollution.

At this present time when we are supposed to be staying in, life is very stressful for many people so I thought it was worth mentioning another point which it is alleged, can also fight the ageing process.


Good quality dark chocolate!

The darker the better – contains powerful antioxidants that can help to delay skin ageing.

Antioxidants help to neutralise free radicals that can cause ageing by attacking body cells and damaging collagen.

If you are a chocoholic why not try this? Chocolate spa facials make an aromatic alternative to normal facials, and promise rejuvenating and anti-ageing effects.

The treatments use fine grade cocoa powders containing vitamins and minerals that fight ageing and stimulate cell removal.

Many women turn to chocolate when they need a mood boost , and research now suggests that there might be something in this as chocolate contains chemicals that can help fight the blues (phenylethylamine and anandamide) and fatty acids that stimulate receptors in the brain that can cause feelings of intense happiness.

Of course, everything in moderation so maybe opt for a square or two every day of very dark chocolate with 70% cocoa solids.