Futureproof your face

Whether you’re still waiting for your first wrinkle or can’t even remember when it first appeared, it’s never too early – or late! – to prevent the signs of ageing…

Every age is a good age to focus on your skincare. If you’re a millennial who can get away with staying out on a school night and only four hours of sleep without it showing on your face, it’s not too early. And it’s not too late if you already have wrinkles either. 

The good news is that gorgeous, glowing skin is no longer the preserve of those who were lucky enough to be blessed with great genes. Now, by following our top 10 tips, it can be within easy reach of anyone….

1. Don’t smoke

It’s a no-brainer. We all know that there are plenty of reasons why smoking is terrible for your health, and wrinkled skin is as good a reason as any to give up. If you’re struggling to quit, visit your GP for help and advice. You CAN do it!

2. Use sunscreen daily

It’s drilled into us to use a high-SPF sunscreen when we’re on holiday, but your skin will benefit by using sun protection on a daily basis. Even weak, non-direct sunlight can cause DNA damage to your skin.

3. Multi-task your moisturiser

Keeping your skin nourished is essential to keep it looking plump and firm. Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Day Moisturiser with SPF is a multi-tasking marvel that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

But it does much, much more too. It provides gentle exfoliation, minimises pores and gives hydrating moisturisation for a radiant glow and firmer skin. It’s packed with antioxidants and comes complete with an SPF of 15.

4. Get regular facials

A good home skincare regime is a must. In addition to that, getting regular professional treatments (monthly or quarterly) designed for your skin type can combat all sorts of complexion crises, from acne to ageing. 

It can be expensive as well as time-consuming though, so don’t worry if you can’t manage. You can use DIY detoxifying and moisturising face masks at home instead. Or invest in the Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Cleansing System instead for deep cleansing at home.

5. Eat your antioxidants

Fight ageing from the inside by eating a diet rich in antioxidants. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage skin, but they hate antioxidants, so eating them will minimise cell damage. 

You can find antioxidants in pretty much all fruits and vegetables, so they have additional health benefits too. Great sources are:
• Spinach, kale and other green, leafy vegetable
• Blueberries, raspberries and other berries
• Pinto beans, chickpeas and other pulses

6. Gobble good fats

Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids help protect cells, which in turn support the structure of your skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They also help your skin stay hydrated and healthy too, so add fatty fish like salmon and mackerel to your shopping list, along with walnuts, eggs and wild rice.

7. Take a break

Putting on your face may be part of your daily routine, but giving your skin a break from make-up can be beneficial. Like other environmental pollutants, make-up accumulates during the day and seeps into your pores, breaking down collagen and elastin and speeding up the ageing process.

8. Use eye cream

The delicate skin around the eye area is often the first part of the face to show the signs of ageing. Prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles in the area by using an eye cream.

9. Stay hydrated

It’s not just about applying moisturiser on the outside. You need to stay hydrated on the inside too. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated. Bonus – it will rid the body of toxins too. 

10. Sleep tight

Every night, your body repairs the damage done during the day while you sleep. If you don’t get enough dream time, it will slow down cell turnover and affect blood flow to the skin, which can show in your complexion. Lack of sleep can aggravate existing skin conditions too, so it’s doubly important.

What’s your biggest skincare concern? Let us know in the comments below.