When should we start worrying about wrinkles?

You may have seen today’s feature on the Telegraph which is all about women worrying about wrinkles from the age of 24 – http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG10846305/Should-women-be-worrying-about-wrinkles-at-24.html

So should we be worrying about getting wrinkles at such a young age, or should we just wait a few more years before taking action?

Honestly, You don’t have to be old to start thinking about ageing  – in fact the younger you establish a  good skincare routine combined with healthy eating and regualr  exercise will set you up for decades later, so take  advantage of your fitness and high energy levels now, cut back on alcohol late nights , sun exposure and constant dieting which  can all accelerate the ageing process as well as damage skin. Smokers may see the beginning of fine lines near the eyes and mouth  so stop it now and you are a squinter, you may see crow’s feet and small furrows on your forehead so  start wearing sunglasses when you are outsides -efforts put in now to stop these habits  will pay dividends later.

As for skin care regular exfoliation is nothing short of mandatory – to declog pores and get rid of dead skin cells. The number one anti-aging product for 20-somethings is a daily dose of SPF which will protect you from having sun damage, the earlier you start, the more cumulative damage you can prevent. Pre-cancers (called actinic keratoses) can show in your 20s and 30s, particularly if you are fair and have spent a lot of time in the sun. Some of these lesions can also turn into skin cancers if you are not careful. There is no such thing as a safe tan – a tan is a burn which equals damage to your skin, so rather than worrying about anti ageing creams,  if you want to invest in just one beauty product, make it sun protection – it’s the absolute best (and cheapest) way to ensure your youthful looks last. Wear a really good sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30, every day of the year or choose  a good SPF moisturiser to let your natural glow shine through. Or wear a little tinted moisturiser.

Cleansing is also important  and one of the new battery operated cleansing brushes which can really do a thorough job quickly and easily is a great gadget to have. Get into the habit of cleansing your face twice a day with a product that contains salicylic acid to declog pores and keep breakouts at bay.

A healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and veg will keep your body working well and give you the vital vitamins and minerals you need to promote healthy skin, hair and nails. Personally, I swear by combined Omega 3, 6 and 9 supplements and take them every day to treat my skin from the inside. If your skin is greasy, don’t use harsh products containing alcohol, as they will dry out the surface of your skin, and this will actually make your skin produce more oil to try to compensate for the dryness.

As for diet, develop a water habit, be sure to drink plenty of water each day to keep your body hydrated and flush out any toxins.

Try to eat five to six portions of fruit and veg a day: This will ensure you’re getting plenty of health-boosting vitamins and minerals. If you get into the habit now a balanced diet should become second nature as you get older. Watch the booze and cigarettes, all things in moderation should be every 20-something’s motto. It’s good to have a healthy balanced life even at this age, so go party by all means, but go easy on the habits that can do lifelong damage.

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