5 skincare tips to combat anti-ageing
We don’t know how to stop the clock, but we can help you fool the cameras and mirrors into thinking you’re a younger you.
Almost everything is intimidating when you’re just starting out—and learning about anti-ageing is no exception. Thankfully, we won’t make you figure it out all on your own. Whether you’re in your early 20s and want to add a few preventative steps to your skincare routine or you’re in your 40s and have neglected to prevent visible signs of ageing—like wrinkles and dark spots—in the past, we’re here to help you learn a little anti-ageing 101. Read our six beginner tips and we’ll have you well-versed in anti-ageing skincare in no time.
We don’t know how to stop the clock, but we can help you fool the cameras and mirrors into thinking you’re a younger you. Here are some essential tips to get the skincare routine you need.
ANTI-AGING TIP 1: Be diligent about protection from the sun
We can’t talk about anti-ageing without delving into the topic of sun protection. Let’s get it out of the way right at the top: Sun protection is an absolute must. Regardless of skin tone, climate, age, or anything else, everyone needs to take protective measures—and those go beyond wearing sunscreen. Wear sunscreen daily with an SPF value of preferably 50 (and that sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours) but there’s more to be done. We also encourage avoiding the sun during its peak hours (from 10 AM to 2 PM), wearing protective clothing and accessories (long sleeves, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats), and spending time in the shade when outdoors. Don’t worry, we think you can handle it—and your skin will certainly thank you.
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ANTI-AGING TIP 2: Wash with a gentle cleanser
Cleansing is important for removing any skincare product or makeup that you’ve applied during the day, as well as natural skin oils, pollutants, and bacteria that have been accumulated. It also means your skincare products will be able to enter your skin and work more effectively!
You’ll want to use a gentle cleanser to preserve your skin barrier and keep it resistant to dehydration and damage. Cleansers with a high pH like natural soaps are very harsh and can leave your skin vulnerable to irritation and infection. Cleansers with a low pH work to maintain optimal skin balance.
Another ingredient to avoid is sodium lauryl sulfate, as it’s very harsh. You also don’t need to buy cleansers with fancy, active ingredients. Cleansers aren’t on your skin for very long. Those active ingredients are far more useful in later steps, like when you apply a serum.
Use a gentle hand to cleanse in light, circular motions. Never scrub your skin aggressively as that can irritate it, especially if it’s already sensitive skin, and accelerate the ageing process.
ANTI-AGING TIP 3: Consider Supplements
Omega-3, the fatty acid found in foods like salmon, can keep skin nourished and supple, even delay the ageing process and prevent wrinkles. If fish and fish products are not your thing, go for fish or flaxseed oil supplements. These can help to replenish the lipids (natural oil) in your skin that diminish over time. Supplements like that are also anti-inflammatory, which helps with acne. But as with any supplement, be sure to check with your doctor before consuming. Skin supplements, such as Dr Ora’s Crystal Luxe Collagen, also helps to give your skin what it really needs. Specially formulated to combat skin problems caused by stress, ageing and UV exposure, Dr Ora Crystal Luxe Collagen Infusion Therapy involves a synergistic blend of eight premium anti-ageing ingredients, including marine collagen peptide, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, red algae extract and more, to repair damaged collagen fibres, stimulate collagen synthesis, and reduce wrinkles, moisturise the skin, reduce pores and improve skin elasticity.
ANTI-AGING TIP 4: Moisturize
It doesn’t matter if oily skin was the bane of your existence in middle school, as you get older, your skin is likely to become dry. And while it’s important to moisturize no matter your skin type, your newly dry complexion may dictate that you need to take moisturizing to the next level. To combat dry skin, consider switching to a moisturizer meant for very dry skin.
BEGINNER ANTI-AGING TIP 5: Sleep
When you were little and refusing to go to sleep, your parents probably told you all about the importance of beauty sleep in an attempt to get you to (finally) go to bed. Whether this was an effective technique or not, there is some truth to it. Sleep is good for you in so many ways, and that does indeed extend to your appearance. Of course, getting eight hours isn’t enough to keep you looking youthful—how you sleep is also essential. Sleeping on your side or stomach can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Basically, it’s time to become a back sleeper! It’s also a good idea to switch to a silk pillowcase, as the soft fabric will be extra gentle on your skin.