How To Protect Your Skin From Premature Ageing *

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Try as we might, we can’t stop our skin from ageing but we can be smart about how we treat and protect it, so it retains it’s youthful look as long as possible. There are many factors that affect how our skin looks and ages. These can be genetic or environmental. While there’s not much you can do about genetics except hope that you’ve inherited good skin, there are other factors you can control through lifestyle choices and products. 

A Key Time For Skincare

The global skincare market is predicted to be worth  $135 billion per year by 2025. Every year, the industry is finding new and exciting ingredients to help us achieve our skincare goals.  This, coupled with rapidly evolving surgical and non-surgical facelift procedures means we now have more options than ever before to get our skin looking good.

Don’t Be A Sun Worshipper

Skin looks great with a tan right? It gives us a lovely glow, evens out skin tone, and hides a multitude of sins.  The sun is one of the worst culprits for ageing your skin quickly. Too much exposure to the sun can also greatly increase your risk of developing skin cancer

SPF should be a part of your skincare routine, whatever the weather.  Apply an SPF every day.  Some moisturizers contain SPF or you can find one that is meant specifically for the face.   You should protect every area of skin that isn’t already covered by clothing.  

In very hot weather, use at least a factor 30 (50 would be ideal) and try and stay in the shade as much as possible. 

Tanning beds are also a big no-no. If you’re yearning for that sun-kissed glow, the only safe tan is a fake tan. 

Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses keep the bright sun from damaging your eyes and also protect the fine skin around them too.  Spending your time squinting in the sun can cause lines around the eyes.  


Water is amazing for your health and skin.  Drinking the recommended two litres per day is great for keeping your skin hydrated from the inside out, plumping up your skins, and flushing toxins from the body. 

Eat A Diet Rich In Fruit & Vegetables

A diet rich in vitamins and minerals keeps your skin looking clear and healthy.  Healthy fats from nuts and avocados are also essential.  

Try and limit alcohol and refined sugar and carbs, which can accelerate the ageing of your skin and cause breakouts. 

Stop Smoking

Smoking is so bad for your health.  In addition to the increased risks of cancer and heart disease, you’re also looking at deep wrinkles (smokers’ mouth) and a dry, dull complexion.  

Get Your Heart Pumping

Regular physical exercise is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your overall health. Exercise improves blood flow and circulation, making your skin look healthy.  

Build A Skincare Regime

A consistent skincare routine with a few key products is going to make a huge difference to the quality and texture of your skin.  

Choosing a cleaner that is not too harsh is a good start to any skincare routine.  Don’t be tempted to go for harsh scrubs, which can damage the skin and cause irritation.  A gentle cleanser will remove dirt and build-up from your skin. 

Moisturize day and night - choose a day moisturizer with an SPF included.  Moisturizers for the night are often heavier and include more of the anti-ageing ingredients.

If you have problem skin, visit a dermatologist as many of the products available in shops will only make your skin more sensitive. 

A good quality face mask applied once or twice per week will put the finishing touches on your routine.  

It’s Never Too Late

The earlier we start to look after our skin, the better as it means we can concentrate on prevention for longer. When we’re in our teens and twenties, it’s easy to take out skin for granted, only worrying about breaking out before a big event.  Years of forgetting to take off makeup and not looking after ourselves will take their toll. 

It’s never too late to start looking after your skin, you may just need to use some stronger products to undo some of the damage that has accumulated over the years.  

If you’re in any doubt about your skin type and what would work for you, visit a professional at a salon or department store, where they will be able to assess the needs of your skin. 

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