Did you know that we lose 1% of collagen from our skin every year after the age of 25! I was about 25 when, to my absolute horror, I started noticing fine lines developing around my eyes. Needless to say, a quarter life crisis ensued which sent my skincare routine in to overdrive!! I invested in numerous anti-age products and experimented with lots of wacky remedies which claimed to prevent aging.
Of course, aging is a natural part of life which inevitably will happen no matter how well we look after ourselves however there is so much we can do to delay this process. You can make a huge difference to your skin by looking after it properly. Here are my top 3 tips to keep those lines at bay. As always, this is based on my own unbiased personal opinion.
Use Silk Pillows
I noticed that first thing in the morning the lines around my eyes worsen and realized it was a result of my sleeping positions. I am a very heavy sleeper and developed a weird habit of sleeping face down or squishing my face down on a pillow when lying sideways.
I read somewhere that using a silk pillow lessens the impact on the skin and it worked a treat! Silk feels amazing on the skin and feels very luxurious. I also try to sleep on my back more to avoid having my face squashed up against a pillow. This is a simple change but really effective. I recommend browsing on Amazon as they have a great selection of silk pillows on offer.
Add an Eye Cream to Your Daily Routine
The first place I noticed fine lines was around my eyes. This is because our skin is thinnest in this area so wrinkles form quicker. That’s why it’s important to invest in a good eye cream. I’ve tried quite a few eye creams ranging in price ranges and found one that ticked every box for me: the Liz Earle Superskin Eye Treatment.
This is a light, natural product designed specifically for the delicate eye area and contains natural botanicals rich in Omega 3, GLA and antioxidants. After using it my skin feels plumped and rejuvenated. This is a staple in my skincare routine and I use it every night before going to bed to allow the botanicals time to penetrate my skin overnight.
Use Sunscreen EVERY Day
No matter what the time of year, I always ensure my skincare regimen contains an SPF moisturizer. Most people associate SPF with sun protection during the summer however winter weather can be just as harsh on the skin. Even though we cannot see the sun, it is still possible to damage your skin from in cold weather. I recommend using an SPF in your facial moisturizer and if applying a foundation or tinted moisturizer ensure this also contains an SPF so you are doubly covered.
I find it difficult to find a moisturizer with a decent SPF, especially on the high street. At the moment I am using Olay Regenerist Luminous SPF 20 Moisturizer. This one feels really luxurious with a thick creamy texture that glides perfectly on to the skin. It has an illuminating, brightening effect which looks beautiful under make up especially if you suffer from dull or dry skin. I am currently using this every morning after cleansing and toning my skin and find it is really helping my skin to look brighter.
Drop the Smokes
If you’re a smoker of ANY kind – I completely understand that it may be a vice, but it’s also killing your skin. It’s a known fact that smoking causes all kinds of issues. Health concerns aside, it also leads to more defined and deeper wrinkles, those smile lines getting stronger than ever, premature general aging of the skin, and it can even cause psoriasis.
All of these little factoids primarily apply to smoking cigarettes, but smoking in general can lead to some of these skincare issues as well. So, if you’ve got an itch for nicotine it’s time to kick that habit to the curb if you want to keep that natural glowing youthful appearance. Get the patches, use the gum, do whatever you can to cut back and hopefully quit because it’s taking a toll on your skin!
Have you tried any of these? What tips do you use to prevent fine lines? I’d love to hear your experience, let me know in the comments below : )