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6 signs of ageing skin (and some
practical advice on how to prevent it)

Ageing is a privilege – we’re all on the same page about that. But, for some of us, when the effects of all that living (laughing, frowning, working), catches up with our skin, it can get us down a bit. So, whether you’re looking for preventative products, or you’re just not sure how to evolve your skincare routine, we can help.

#1 Fine lines and wrinkles

If you’re noticing very fine lines for the first time, it could actually be a sign of dehydration. Try adding a humectant – like hyaluronic acid – to your skincare routine and keep an eye on the lines to see if they fluctuate daily. If so, your skin is in need of a moisture boost – keep layering the hydrating products and drinking a lot of water. If your skin’s lines are more deep-set, collagen (or rather, a lack of, is the reason.

The products to try:

Two words – glycolic acid. This alpha-hydroxy acid (or AHA) is an exfoliant that works to slough dead skin cells from the surface – revealing fresh, youthful-looking skin underneath. Its small molecular weight means it can penetrate deeper into your skin layers and work some real collagen-boosting magic. Try a glycolic acid peel every couple of days.

100ml, £20

The non-skincare stuff:

Squint less. Seriously. Wear sunglasses more often so you aren’t squinting from the sun. Frown less too. Every hour or so, make a conscious effort to relax your face, stare into the distance (good for your eyesight too), and stretch out the skin with some simple facial exercises.

#2 Drooping (or sagging) skin

It all comes back to collagen. If you’re noticing less definition in the contours of your face, like around the jawline, on your neck, or the cheekbones, it’s because the ‘structural support’ of your skin is weakening. The dermis layer is where your collagen supply is produced (and stored). This layer is super thin, so it’s most prone to ageing. Combine that with the thin skin on your neck, and it’s no surprise that this is the place that typically ‘ages’ first.

The products to try:

Products that target jawline and neck skin usually contain peptides. These are amino acids naturally found in the skin that make up the proteins collagen and elastin. These, along with vitamin C, and squalane, are just some of the age-defying ingredients in Juice Beauty’s Lifting Neck Cream.

50ml, £76

The non-skincare stuff:

Facial massage is a great way to stimulate cell production and build muscle memory, to maintain the contours of your face. It feels really relaxing too. Invest in a gua sha, or oil-up the palms of your hands, and get to work on massaging the skin.

#3 Lack of elasticity (or ‘bounce’)

Collagen and elastin proteins strike again. As the levels of these proteins drop, it disrupts the dermal tissue in your skin, and that bao bun-like bounce in your cheeks starts to deflate.
Hormones can influence this change too. As hormonal activity slows down, our hormonal ‘messengers’ are less effective in encouraging collagen production.

The products to try:

As hyaluronic acid production also decreases as we age (brilliant), the moisture levels in our skin suffer too. Try a serum or mist with high levels of hyaluronic and apply between cleansing and moisturising. This one from Balance Me is ideal.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that will protect your skin from damaging free-radicals (unstable atoms that are constantly on the attack). Their wrinkle-causing effects will be more easily controlled by a product like Neal’s Yard Night Cream.

45ml, £20

50g, £22

The non-skincare stuff:

Sleep. Every extra minute of snoozing that you can squeeze in is a winner. During sleep, our skin has time to regenerate, recover, and strengthen – and all that boosts elasticity. It will also help with dark circles under the eyes. And your mood, of course.

#4 Sun spots and hyperpigmentation

These are small areas of discolouration (or hyperpigmentation) that typically appear on the face, chest, and hands as a result of too much sun exposure. Over time, the melanin-producing skin cells can become overactive, and visible, darker, spots can appear across the body.

The products to try:

When it comes to sun spots, prevention is 100% key. SPF should be your closest friend – a cream (with a high protection factor) like this one from Caudalie should be applied at least once a day, whatever the weather.
Glycolic gets another shout out here. Many topical creams, specifically for hyperpigmentation, are formulated with glycolic acid in a low concentration to resurface healthy skin cells.
For your body, try a lotion containing vitamin C like this one from Trilogy. It’s antioxidant rich which promotes a brighter, more even skin tone.

50ml, £19

50ml, £25.50

The non-skincare stuff:

Reduce your sun exposure as much as possible and wear SPF all the darn time. Everywhere.

#5 Puffy eyes and eyebags

As the skin tissue and muscles around our eyes start to weaken (causing sagging), fat can also migrate to under the eyelids. Combine that with excess fluid (the result of lack of sleep, consuming too much salt, and dehydration) and the result is puffy eyes that are especially bad in the morning.

The products to try:

Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes has a strong reputation for easing puffy eyes because of its active ingredients that fortify fragile skin. More generally, reach for products with antioxidants, humectants (like hyaluronic acid), and emollients (they’ll help to soothe dry skin). 100% Pure eye masks are also great for reducing that dreaded puff.

15ml, £48

5 pairs, £27.50

The non-skincare stuff:

It’s easy to say ‘reduce your stress’ without practical solutions. But, we’re saying it. Stress less. The more relaxed you are (in body and mind), the better quality of sleep you’ll have. And, as we’ve already discussed, sleep solves all.
Try cutting down on salt and sodium in your diet too, as they can cause fluid retention (which means more puffiness).

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And there you go, skincare that’s fit for forever. (Make sure you show us your buys @naturisimo). Oh, and if there’s one thing we’ve all learnt from this, it’s get more sleep. In fact, go to sleep now. Whatever the time. Your skin will thank you for it in twenty years.

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