Getting wrinkles? Here's how to turn back the clock...
Essential advice on how to slow down the early signs of ageing.EDGAR staff January 6, 2015
"Prevention is better than the cure."
Nowhere is that statement more apt than in the case of wrinkles. It doesn't matter if you're in your 20s or your 50s, if you're not already doing so, you should be taking steps to delay the signs of ageing now.
It's certainly true that the best way to fight wrinkles is to not get them in the first place, but even if you've already got Clint Eastwood-style crow's feet around the eyes and crevices rather than fine lines on the forehead, it's never too late to turn back the clock.
Here are our top tips for keeping your face looking fresh:
Stay out of the sun
A key cause of skin damage - especially in the Middle East - is sun, therefore it's wise to protect yourself by wearing a decent sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher whenever you think you're likely to be exposed. Even if you're only popping outside for a few minutes between meetings, get into the habit of using sunscreen at least on your face and neck.
It may sound silly, but stress is a major cause of wrinkles, and unfortunately there are no simple creams or lotions that can remedy that. Not only does the very act of furrowing your brow encourage the onset of fine lines, but the stress hormone cortisol actually degrades collagen, meaning your skin is less elastic and not as able to snap back into place after it's been wrinkled.
Get some sleep
In the pursuit of healthy, wrinkle-free skin, regular unbroken sleep is better than any cream. In an ideal world we'd all get eight hours, but we know that's not always possible, so a good alternative is to download a sleep cycle alarm app for your phone. These monitor your sleep patterns and wake you up only at the end of a cycle, leaving you feeling refreshed instead of groggy when you rise. Stay hydrated
The easiest way to keep skin looking healthy is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration causes dry skin that's much more prone to wrinkles. Although gallons of water won't cure wrinkles that you've already got, staying hydrated will certainly lessen your chances of getting any new ones any time soon.
Gone are the days when moisturising was only for women. Nowadays, if you want to keep your skin looking youthful, it's an absolute must. The main function of a moisturiser is to lock in moisture, keeping the skin hydrated, however there are a whole range of options for those looking to fight wrinkles, so choose carefully... Look for key words
When picking your products, look out for some key words that generally indicate you're on to a winner. Ingredients-wise, look out for anything including retinoids, vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acids. In terms of description, ‘De-puffing’ products tend to help shrink the skin, and if something ‘diminishes dark circles’ it will usually remedy broken capillaries.
Apply wisely It's not enough only to choose the right cream, you also need to apply it in the correct manner. The best way to apply under your eyes is to repeatedly dab with your little finger. This will also stimulate the skin. Finally, don't drown your face in products - a little goes a long way.