Tips from the top this week beeyoutees, as we ask 42 year old ‘fabulously ageless’ facialist Emma Bennett (aka The Skin Warrior), to reveal details about her diet, lifestyle and most importantly, skincare routine. In the name of ‘intelligent ageing’, Emma will also be offering her own musings on what we might all wish to consider doing, in order to ‘age intelligently’…

EMMA, WHAT’S YOUR DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE?
Emma BennettIt really depends on how much time I have or how my skin is behaving. I never miss out on cleansing twice a day (and double cleanse at night) then moisturiser with an SPF30 and, a dedicated night cream. That’s my very basic routine. If my skin has been misbehaving or I’ve been working long hours, I’m ill or, I know I have a big event coming up, I turbo charge my routine by using a weekly lactic acid treatment, hydrating serum mask and, nightly facial oil. And don’t forget to treat your neck too! I believe a skincare routine should be something that fits into your lifestyle so that you can do it daily. Constancy is key.

HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED TO LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN?
I’ve always been interested in beauty. Watching my mum transform from bed sloth (sorry mum) to glamour puss every morning amazed me. From my teens to early twenties my skin was terrible. Looking back it was diet and partying but, it really gave me an insight into how bad skin affects confidence so I really decided I wanted to be able to help people. From that point, I fell in love with the beauty world. As I’ve gotten older I can now relate to my older clients more with how the ageing process affects us.

WHAT PRODUCTS COULDN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
One of the best parts of my job is that I’m exposed to such a wide range of products and often get to trial them out for reviews. I’m also passionate about finding hidden little gems from small unknown companies from all over the world – I use these products within my facials so that my clients are getting something that no one else will have. But, if I was stranded on a desert island then I would have to take an SPF. As long as the island had some coconuts and berries I’d be able to make my own products – coconut oil cleanser/moisturiser and berry acid exfoliator!

DO YOU HAVE AN EXERCISE ROUTINE?
Not really. I walk a lot between my clinic locations and if I’m really lucky I try to go horse riding once a month. The odd dance around the living room has been known to happen too!

DO YOU CONSIDER THAT YOU HAVE A WELL BALANCED DIET AND IF SO, WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
I’m a horrible cook, so nothing amazing. I do try to eat plenty of fruit and veg and I drink a lot of green tea. Diet plays a major role on how our skin looks and behaves, so I do try my best. But, I should really try harder.

DO YOU TAKE ANY SUPPLEMENTS AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY?
I have very low iron levels so I do try to remember to take a supplement for that. I’ve been hearing a lot about probiotics lately, so I think I will start to include them too.

TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR YOUTHFUL LOOKS?
Having oily skin has been a blessing that only when you’re older, do you appreciate. Updating my style/make up/hair always seems to make me feel better about ageing gracefully. And I always try to be happy – I allow myself 30 minutes of being angry or down, then I make myself feel good by listening to some upbeat music,then I’m back on track again. Grumpiness makes you look old!wisdom 9

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR ‘INTELLIGENT AGEING’?
Be kind to your skin, don’t over do anything. The skin is our largest living organ and has lots of jobs to do to keep us healthy – respect that. Don’t be pressured into looking a certain way by media – I see so many women looking like carbon copies of each other – where’s the beauty in that? Being confident in your own skin will make your true beauty shine; there’s nothing wrong in getting older.

Emma, thanks for sharing ‘Your Beauty Secrets’ with Zodleblog… x

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