Very few of us are content with looking older than our age. In fact, the majority of women are on a quest to both look and feel younger than their years. We all know what we should be doing to hold back time: eat healthily, exercise regularly, sleep lots, take up stress-relieving hobbies and slather on the sunscreen to avoid wrinkles and sun spots. However, keeping on top of the anti-ageing habits can be hard work with a busy schedule, and inevitably, the signs of premature ageing can creep up on us.
Here are the 5 clues your body is ageing too fast and what to do…
You see it all the time: older women with beautiful clear, smooth skin on their faces but when you look down you spot the tell-tale signs of a wrinkled neck. This issue is all down to not taking as much care of the skin on your neck as you do your face.
What can you do to fix it? To prevent further damage, apply a sun cream with a minimum of SPF 30 to your neck every morning to hold off those wrinkles and sun spots. Be sure to cover the sides of your neck with the cream too.
We all know about the dreaded ‘middle age spread’ where you gain fat around your stomach. It’s one of the main signs your body is ageing too quickly, but it’s also one of the simplest to address.
Focus on changing your lifestyle; cut out unhealthy snacks, white carbohydrates and sugar-rich food and replace with lots of fruit, vegetables, protein and wholegrains. The NHS recommends people exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes, eg, running, a brisk walk or cycling, plus two sessions of strength exercises a week which work on the main muscles.
Many of us experience dryer, more brittle hair as we get older. Those luscious locks aren’t quite the magnificent manes they once were, and it can get you down. Firstly, make sure you’re investing in a good quality shampoo and conditioner to get the most moisture and shine back into your hair. You might want to try a leave-in conditioner, serum or treatment to increase moisture.
If you style your hair regularly, remember to use a good heat protection spray to protect from further damage.
It’s also true that healthy hair comes from within – and making sure you have the right nutrients in your meals is all-important. In a 12-week, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical study conducted
on 50 women aged 35-65, 92% of women taking Lumity saw an improvement in the condition of their hair, skin & nails.
While the skin on a woman’s hands can often reveal her real age, wrinkly hands can also be a sign that the skin is ageing too quickly. Often we remember to apply sunscreen to our faces, yet we forget about our hands – and they are exposed to the elements all year round. Take time to take care of your hands by applying daily sunscreen to them.
A lack of SPF is not the only cause of premature hand ageing. According to Good Housekeeping, using drying soaps and washing your hands a lot also dehydrates the skin and causes wrinkles. Always wear your rubber gloves while washing up and invest in a moistening hand wash.
Nothing makes you look older than a pair of dark bags beneath the eyes. Not getting enough sleep, excessive sun exposure and trusty genetics can be to blame for the unsightly circles. So combat them by always wearing your SPF, getting enough sleep and using a good moisturising eye cream to hydrate the skin.
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Check that your current beauty products aren’t irritating the delicate eye area – some serums, eye makeup removers and concealers can aggravate the skin beneath the eyes.
One simple and refreshing tip is to try freezing a couple of drops of Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil with some water in an ice cube tray use each morning after showering to smooth the skin under your eyes. It will ease swelling and tighten your entire face – as well as moisturising!