Growing Old Gorgeously

Even if you don’t see any recognisable ‘signs’ of ageing on your skin in your 20s or 30s, everyday skin stresses, such as general fatigue, pollution and UV rays all increase free radicals, leading to a breakdown of collagen and gradually inducing wrinkles overtime. That’s why it is utterly important to start using a dedicated anti-aging range as soon as possible – at the age of 25 as an absolute maximum! You really need a skincare routine that is rich in anti-oxidant, active ingredients to protect your skin from accelerated ageing.

It is inevitable that we all have to grow old, but some of us don’t realise we’re aging until one day we look in the mirror and realise that we should have taken better care of ourselves. But don’t fret, all is not lost though – we have teamed up with Tristan Lee, The Gorgeousness Coach, who at 48 often gets mistaken for a 25-year-old. Tristan gave us his top tips to help people work on the common complaints, today!

Eye bags – Bags under the eyes can be a result of insufficient sleep, and swelling is common if a person has been crying. The trick to ease these can be found in the kitchen. Don’t throw out used tea bags, chill them in the fridge and apply them to the eyes. It is said that the combination of caffeine and the coolness increases blood flow which may help to reduce bags. It is also helpful to sleep slightly propped up as it helps fluid drain away from the eyes instead of collecting there when sleeping flat.

Skin tone – If you are only going to do one thing its suggested that you invest time in a good skincare regime. By ensuring you exfoliate the face daily you will remove dead skin cells and instantly give the skin a brighter, healthier glow. Dull skin is aging so wash your face gently, pat dry and remember to moisturise. For maximum radiance use a facemask once a week and enjoy ten minutes relaxing on the bed while it rehydrates your personal window to the outside world.

Age spots – These are often known as liver spots and can be found on the face, hands and other areas that are over exposed to the sun. If these are dabbed daily with lemon juice they should begin to lighten over the course of two months. To prevent further age spots, ensure a moisturiser or sun cream with a high SPF is applied daily. Remember, the sun’s rays can still affect the skin in the winter.

Lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles – Some people embrace their aging lines as they see them as distinguishing, while others reach for the Botox. The best way to fight these is to ensure you eat natural foods that are rich with antioxidants to fight free radicals. Also, ensure you’re drinking enough water so the skin is hydrated. Using a moisturiser that contains an SPF of at least factor 30 is another way to keep lines to a minimum.

Turkey neck – When moisturising, don’t just be kind to your face, extend the love to the neck area too! There are exercises that are good for the chin and neck area so try tilting the head back and puckering lips up towards the ceiling. Do this ten times a day to stretch and strengthen this vulnerable area.

Wassana Lampech

Wassana Lampech is a medical technology graduate and a freelance writer. She has been writing since her college days, and has been a freelance writer for the past 4 years. You can follow her on Twitter here: @wassmam

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