Lets be honest with each other: ageing is inevitable. A little line here, a sag or bag under the eye—it all creeps up on us at some point. But although we all age, its worth stepping back and having a good inspection of ourselves, and asking the question: is my body giving away my age? Or, am I making myself look older than I really am?
First of all, lets take a little look at what causes us to age, to asses what we need to fix, cover or work on to prevent any obvious signs of ageing. One cause is our inner health, and how well we take care of ourselves—which includes everything from diet to lifestyle, to the skincare products we use. It can also be environmental, such as thinking about how much time we spend in the sun, and even the cold winds.
Sometimes, it can even come down to general negligence of our beauty regimes. The good news is that we can all start making choices that’ll have a lasting positive impact, not only on our complexions but our entire bodies. And that’s what we want to share with you today. Here are 7 common first signs of ageing, and what you can do right now to prevent them…
Dull, Thinning HairBuy now with free delivery
Problem: There are so many causes of this: childbirth, medication, stress and anemia can all play a part when it comes to the causes of temporary hair loss. Even hormonal problems can be to blame too. More commonly, it can be put down to age, and that our hair just doesn’t stay as thick and voluminous as it once did.
Solution: One method to try is introducing a hair nourishment vitamin to your daily routine. Viviscal Extra Strength is a 100% natural dietary supplement that nourishes thinning hair and promotes existing hair growth* from within. They are scientifically formulated with the exclusive marine complex AminoMar, which helps to nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth from within. Taking 2 tablets daily helps ensure the sufficient amount of hair loving nutrients are distributed into your body, encouraging hair to grow.
A topical solution is to use a growth enhancing serum which kicks starts the growing process, such as the Grow Gorgeous Density Serum. When applied once a day (20 drops massage through the scalp), hair is said to feel thicker and fuller within 90 days.
The Turkey NeckBuy now with free delivery
Problem: Ah, the dreaded ‘Turkey Neck’, feared by many of us. Our neck is made up of very delicate skin, which can often be one of the first areas to crease and wrinkle. The neck can often be ignored, but it needs moisturizing just like the rest of our bodies!
Solution: Look for a moisturizer that contains peptides for collagen production, which provides an intense lift and plump effect to the skin. Nowadays, there are products out there which target this concern, including the popular StriVectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream. This rich cream features breakthrough Gravitite-CF Lifting Complex™ to restore the elastin fiber architecture. Regular use provides a skin tightening lift as it restores a more sculpted and youthful contour – immediately and over time. Instantly, skin surface is hydrated and feels tighter, smoother and more supple.
Soothys also have an Anti-Aging Shaping Neck Cream which improves collagen production and firms up the looser skin. Along with the neck, it helps to contour and redefine the jaw line too while preventing further signs of aging.
Non-Perky BreastsBuy now with free delivery
The Problem: It’s one the things us ladies dread – loss of tissue and fat over the years resulting in breasts losing their fullness. Gravity, breast-feeding, lack of proper support, and lower levels of estrogen all create huge changes to our breasts, but its one that can sure make our confidence nose dive. Check for yourself: stand sideways in front of a mirror with your elbows bent to 90 degrees. The fullest part of your breasts should hit halfway between your elbows and shoulders.
Solution: Simple tricks such as tightening your bra straps and altering your posture can make little differences, but you can show them a bit of TLC too. Mio Skincare’s Firming Faves Boob Tube+ Multi-Action Bust Cream is a fantastic potion, visibly smoothing the skin and giving it a glow. Mio make sure their body creams are of the same quality as facial care, so if you want to use this on your face go ahead and put it on there! It’s super powerful for firming, with the aim of shaping up your breasts after continued use.
Age Spots and Veiny HandsBuy now with free delivery
Problem: Just when we feel like we’ve grown out of teenage spots and younger skin problems, another form of spots appear. Dark Spots, discoloration and loss of pigment can be caused from ageing skin and loss of collagen, amongst many things. This is usually first noticed on the hands and feet, where loss of volume makes veins stand out more. However, brown spots and other pigmentation can be formed from years of sun exposure and environmental issues, which can be prevented with a little more care.
Solution: Lightening the skin gently is a treatment option to fade pigmentation and age spots. Using a serum such as Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum is ideal, as this formula combines the maximum levels available without a prescription of the gold standard in sun and age spot lightening – hydroquinone. It also features an advanced skin lightening peptide, Hexapeptide-2, to target, treat and prevent pigmentation and damage caused by daily environmental exposure.
Another option is prevention – ensuring the highest SPF is worn at all times. Ole Henriksen have a lovely SPF 50 ‘Hide the Truth’ Suncreen which is granted to provide effective UV sun protection and safely aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin. This lightweight, oil-free sunscreen has a sheer finish making it great for daily use under your favorite moisturizer. Make sure you utilize an SPF whenever you can.
Wispy Brows and LashesBuy now with free delivery
Problem: Changing hormones can make eyebrows and lashes appear much more sparse, lacking volume. Also, years of over-tweezing or picking mascara off lashes can damage the eyebrow follicles and eyelash roots, making it harder for hairs to grow back.
Solution: Rule number one – limit the amount of plucking, and try not to pull mascara off your lashes, which encourages lash fall. Instead, invest in a product clinically proven to help promote the growth of thicker, fuller brows, and healthier eyelashes. The StimuLashFusion Grooming and Enhancing Brow Duo offers both an advanced eyebrow enhancing serum and a quick drying grooming and shaping gel. Both formulas are infused with bio-peptides an conditioning ingredients that work to promote thicker, fuller brows by stimulating keratin genes responsible for eyebrow growth.
Wrinkly and Scaly Elbow and Knee SkinBuy now with free delivery
Problem: These are the driest areas of your body, and usually the ones which get ignored the most often. Non of us want elbows or knees that resemble the skin of an elephant, but lax, loose skin can sadly create this. The wrinkly, dry, flaky patches tend to appear when we hit out thirties, so it’s best to combat this with a combination of exfoliating and moisturizing.
Solution: Get in the habit of paying extra attention to elbows, knees and ankles when in the shower or bath, giving them a deep exfoliation. A scrub such as Caudalie’s Divine Scrub is ultra softening, with Brown Sugar and four natural plant oils (Grape, Argan, Hibiscus and Sesame) features Caudalie’s signature Divine fragrance, making it a joy to use.
Follow up by using a body moisturizer which not only provides intense moisturization, but one which tints the skin slightly. A light tan takes the attention of wrinkles and lines, so chose one with both these benefits, such as Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Lotion for Body.
Massage Your FaceBuy now with free delivery
Problem: When you treat yourself to facials, you can usually notice the instant effects, especially if you have had an intense one. That’s the principle behind facial massage – the increasing blood flow, relieved muscles and massaging techniques bring that glow to your cheeks and provide that all important collagen boost. We know it can get quite pricey, but nowadays, you can do this yourself at home with the development of professional products you don’t need to purchase at the spa!
Solution: A Clarisonic Cleansing System is brilliant for providing an intense cleanse, providing deep cleansing for an optimal head-to-toe experience. The powerful heads massage the skin as well as remove any dirt and grime, which in time improve your skin condition and reveal a healthier, radiant complexion. Use a luxurious exfoliating cleanser which helps increase cell renewal, for the ultimate skin rejuvenation. We love SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser which gently improves tone and texture.