Five tips to prevent signs of ageing

Unless you plan on discovering the fountain of youth anytime soon, chances are you're going to begin to show the signs of ageing.

Sooner or later our bodies all succumb to the ravages of 'Father Time' and the 'Dad Bod'. But just because you're getting older it doesn't mean you have to show it.

There are a number of simple measures you can take now to appear younger and simultaneously slow down the ageing process of your skin. Many of these measures will fit into your normal skincare routine while others won't cost you a cent.

So we're saying to hell with ageing gracefully. Try these simple tips to ensure a youthful appearance well into your distinguished years.

1. Moisturise

It's proven that those who suffer from dry skin are more prone to wrinkles and signs of ageing, whereas those with oily skin have less wrinkles and are less prone. Now we aren't telling you to go out and bath yourself in Vaseline (unless you're into that); the key point to take away here is to keep your skin moisturised evenly on a regular basis.

A good moisturiser with anti-ageing properties will keep your skin continuously hydrated, which minimises the appearance of fine lines, while also bringing vitality to dull and lifeless skin. Kiehl's Facial Fuel Heavy Lifting Moisturiser will do some of the hard work.

2. Scrub away those years

A build up of dead skin cells over time gives the skin a dull look. As you get older, dead skin cells multiply and do not shed naturally or as quickly as they once did. It's important to scrub away these dead skin cells manually to allow new, younger cells to reach the surface and provide a brighter and youthful appearance.

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When purchasing a face scrub or even a face wash for anti ageing purposes, look for the ingredient hydroxy acid – this ingredient smooths fine lines and assists in the shedding of dead skin. Give Lab Series Invigorating Face Scrub a go – it includes menthol which stimulates blood flow, improving its appearance and speeding up the natural shedding process.

3. Focus around the eyes

When it comes to ageing, the eyes aren't a window to the soul – they are a glaring indication of getting and looking older. Given the delicate nature of the skin around the eyes, they are always the first to show the warning signs.

Crow's feet, wrinkles, dark spots and bags under the eyes are all factors that will make you look older. Shiseido Men Deep Wrinkle Corrector will help out those aged peepers. Containing the anti-ageing ingredient of Retinol, this product is designed for the whole face but is particularly effective on the eye area. 

4. Hit the snooze button

Sticking with tired looking eyes, we can't stress the importance of getting enough sleep. The term "beauty sleep" is all too real and ideally you should be getting 7-9 hours of rest a night to reap the benefits. The body and more importantly your skin repairs itself while you rest so be sure to hit the pillow hard to maintain a youthful look.

5. Slip, slop, slap

Excessive sun exposure causes wrinkles and age spots. Applying sun screen should be a regular part of your daily routine to avoid sunburn and potential skin cancer, an SPF 30 or higher will help to avoid such nasties while also keeping skin from drying out and ageing prematurely.

Apply sun screen at least half an hour before heading outdoors and re-apply when needed for continuous protection. Be sure to wear a pair of well-fitted sunglasses when you're out as excessive squinting will cause wrinkles to form around the eye area.

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