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Isn't 40 the new 30?

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

When it comes to age, it's just a number right? and 40 is the new 30 right?

But what if your skin care routine was actually working against you and making you look older and making you sick? Let's dive in.

What is Anti-Aging Skincare?

Anti-aging skincare refers to a set of practices, products, and treatments aimed at slowing down or reducing the visible signs of aging on the skin. As we age, our skin undergoes various changes, including the loss of collagen and elastin, reduced cell turnover, decreased moisture retention, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Anti-aging skincare routines are designed to address these concerns and maintain a youthful complexion.

Here are some essential tips and components of an effective anti-aging skincare routine:

  1. Sunscreen: One of the most crucial steps in any anti-aging regimen is daily sun protection. Sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF should be applied every morning to shield the skin from harmful UV rays that contribute to premature aging, sunspots, and skin cancer.

  2. Cleansing: Use a gentle cleanser twice daily to remove dirt, makeup, and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.

  3. Moisturization: Hydrating the skin is essential to maintain its elasticity and plumpness. Look for moisturizers containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin to lock in moisture.

  4. Exfoliation: Regular exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells, promoting a smoother and brighter complexion. However, be gentle, as excessive exfoliation can cause irritation.

  5. Antioxidants: Products containing antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E, can help protect the skin from free radical damage, which is a major contributor to aging.

  6. Serums and Treatments: Consider incorporating serums and targeted treatments with active ingredients that address specific aging concerns, such as hyperpigmentation, loss of firmness, or dark spots.

  7. Healthy Lifestyle: A balanced diet, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and reducing stress can contribute to overall skin health and support the anti-aging process.

  8. Hydration: Staying well-hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water daily can improve skin texture and radiance.

Not all skincare is created equal!

Some skincare products contain potentially harmful ingredients, such as synthetic chemicals, known allergens, irritants, or substances that may have adverse effects on human health.

These ingredients can be found in various conventional skincare products, including cleansers, moisturizers, serums, sunscreens, and more. Toxic skincare has raised concerns among consumers and has led to a growing interest in natural and safer alternatives.

Studies show that more than half of the cosmetics used in the United States and Canada contain high levels of a toxic industrial compounds. (CBS News:

Some common toxic ingredients found in skincare products include:

  1. Parabens: Used as preservatives to extend product shelf life, parabens have been linked to hormonal disruption and have been detected in human tissue and urine.

  2. Phthalates: These chemicals are often used to improve the texture and fragrance of skincare products. They have been associated with endocrine disruption and potential reproductive and developmental issues.

  3. Synthetic Fragrances: Artificial fragrances can contain a mix of undisclosed chemicals, which may cause skin irritation or trigger allergies in some individuals.

  4. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): These foaming agents are used in many cleansers and can be harsh on the skin, causing dryness and irritation.

  5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: Certain preservatives, such as DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, and quaternium compounds, release formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

  6. Triclosan: An antimicrobial agent found in some antibacterial products, triclosan has been associated with antibiotic resistance and environmental concerns.

  7. BHA and BHT: These synthetic antioxidants, often used to extend product shelf life, have been linked to potential endocrine disruption and skin irritation.

  8. Ethanolamines (DEA, TEA, MEA): Found in some cleansers and moisturizers, ethanolamines can be skin irritants and have been associated with potential carcinogenicity.

To avoid toxic skincare products, consider the following:

  1. Read Labels: Check the ingredient lists and avoid products containing known harmful ingredients.

  2. Choose Trusted Brands: Opt for skincare brands that are transparent about their ingredients and have a commitment to safety and efficacy.

  3. Natural and Organic Options: Consider using natural and organic skincare products, which are often formulated with safer ingredients. (Hello Blissful Skin more about this later)

  4. Research: Stay informed about the latest research and consumer reports on skincare ingredients and safety.

  5. Patch Testing: Before using a new product, perform a patch test on a small area of skin to check for any adverse reactions.

  6. Consult Professionals: If you have specific skin concerns or conditions, seek advice from dermatologists or skincare professionals who can recommend suitable products for your skin type.

That is why I fell in love with Natural skincare products and practices that utilize primarily plant-based or naturally derived ingredients without the use of synthetic chemicals or harsh additives.

Natural Skincare

The focus of natural skincare is on harnessing the healing and nourishing properties of nature to promote healthy skin. Here are some key aspects of natural skincare:

  1. Plant-Based Ingredients: Natural skincare products are formulated with plant-based ingredients like botanical extracts, essential oils, herbs, and fruit extracts. These ingredients are often chosen for their beneficial properties, such as antioxidant protection, hydration, and soothing effects.

  2. Avoidance of Harsh Chemicals: Unlike conventional skincare products that may contain synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulfates, and other potentially harmful chemicals, natural skincare products strive to avoid such ingredients. Instead, they rely on natural preservatives and emollients.

  3. Minimal Processing: Natural skincare products are typically minimally processed to retain the potency and integrity of the natural ingredients. This often involves using cold-pressed oils and avoiding excessive heat during manufacturing.

  4. Cruelty-Free and Sustainable: Many natural skincare brands are committed to cruelty-free practices, meaning they don't test their products on animals. Additionally, some brands prioritize sustainability by using eco-friendly packaging and sourcing ingredients responsibly.

  5. Natural Cleansers: Cleansing products in natural skincare often rely on gentle ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, or green tea, which cleanse without stripping the skin's natural oils.

  6. Plant Oils and Butters: Natural oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, and shea butter are commonly used in natural skincare as moisturizers due to their nourishing properties.

  7. Natural Exfoliants: Instead of synthetic microbeads, natural exfoliants may include ingredients like oatmeal, sugar, or finely ground seeds, which gently remove dead skin cells.

  8. Essential Oils: Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that are often used in natural skincare for their aromatic and therapeutic properties. However, they should be used with caution and diluted properly to avoid skin irritation.

  9. Herbal Infusions: Herbal teas or infusions can be used to add extra benefits to natural skincare products. For instance, chamomile tea can soothe irritated skin, while green tea provides antioxidant protection.

In Conclusion:

Remember that everyone's skin is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's essential to find products and routines that suit your skin type and concerns.

It's essential to remember that natural doesn't always mean safe for everyone. Some individuals may still be sensitive to certain natural ingredients.

It's a good idea to do patch tests before applying new products and consult a dermatologist if you have specific skin concerns or allergies.

After years of experimenting with my own skin I finally developed the perfect natural anti-aging skincare serum, face wash and eye lash growth serum that works for my mature skin.

It balanced my skin tone, removed all my redness and gives me that youthful glow.

People constantly ask me what I use on my skin.

I call it Blissful Skin and it is available now! Click SHOP NOW and try all 3 today!

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