7 WAYS TO FIGHT THE SIGNS OF AGEING WITHOUT GOING UNDER THE KNIFE
BY JESSICA BOSCO
If you talk to anyone with great skin, they’ll all tell you, good skin really does start with the basics, and if you aren’t looking after your skin on the day-to-day, no amount of expensive treatments or fancy products are going to save you. Dramatic much! But don’t be scared by that, we’re all busy looking after small humans, running a home/side-hustle/empire and trying to find more hours in the day, but there are actually super simple things you can (and should) do every day to fight the signs of ageing naturally - because like anything, prevention is always better than cure.
This is a no-brainer, and every dermatologist and beautician will tell you the most important thing you can do for your skin is apply SPF every. single. day. I know most days I wrestle my son to the ground slip slop slapping that good stuff on him, only to find myself going without. Some days it’s hard to find the time to stick to a skincare routine, but you really do need to make SPF a non-negotiable. While stand-alone 50+ is always best, if you’re short of time, or don’t like the feel of a heavy SPF on your face there are some great options these days so there really are no excuses! Think tinted moisturisers with SPF included or super light weight serums that you wont even feel and sit perfectly under your regular makeup.
2. SLEEP ON A SILK PILLOWCASE
Ever wake up with lines all over your face from your pillow? Yeah well those lines might seem to disappear as you wake up, but over time those lines have a way of sticking around. Traditional cotton pillowcases tend to strip the skin of moisture and cause friction between your skin and the pillow - whereas with silk there’s no friction and therefore no lines. So swap your old pillowcase out for a silky soft one and let it do the work for you while you sleep - even if you do have little ones stealing the covers at least you’ve got your pillow!
BONUS: Silk pillowcases also help keep your hair shiny and frizz-free!
Remember when you were growing up your mum told you not to make faces in case it stays that way? Well clearly they didn’t know about these babies. Yep you can actually get nifty little stickers go on your face and work while you sleep. Look they’re likely not going to perform miracles - but some women absolutely swear by them and they will cost you a fraction of what botox would so worth a try we reckon…
Yep, sorry but that saying you are what you eat it kinda true. Surviving off your kids’ scraps is not going to do you any favours for a multitude of reasons - and your skin is a big one. Once you hit your 20s collagen levels start to rapidly decrease and it only gets worse as you get older. So one of the best things you can do is eat nutrient rich foods to feed your skin from the inside out.
It’t not just the kids’ food you need to be sneaking fruit and veggies into - it’s yours too! Some key ingredients you want to be packing into your diet on the regular include:
walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds
Also remember to limit caffeine and alcohol as much as possible - and cut out the cigarettes completely.
You might want to also think about taking a supplement for your skin such as collagen* which when teamed with a healthy diet can work wonders for not only your skin but also your hair and nails too!
5. UP THE H2O
Drink drink drink. - and then drink some more. Hydration is vital for keeping skin firm and plump so make sure you’re carrying a water bottle with you wherever you go - and every time to nag your kids to have a drink - take a sip yourself!
Another good way to remember to drink enough water throughout the day is to put an alert in your phone or download a reminder app!
6. GET MOVING
Yep, keeping active is also vital to keeping your skin youthful - and not to mention glowing and healthy.
Yep we know this is a tricky one for the mamas, we’re all told how sleep is vital for pretty much everything, but when you’ve got young kids it’s not exactly in your control. However, what you can control is the quality of the sleep you are getting. Simple things like turning off devices an hour before bed, limiting caffeine, taking a magnesium supplement*, making sure your room is completely dark (and sending the kids off the the grandparents for a sleepover every so often!) can all help.
*always speak with your doctor before taking any supplements especially if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.