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The 10 Commandments Of Anti-Ageing

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Follow them, and thou shalt look younger for longer.

1.    Get make-up moxie

A little make-up know-how can take years off your face. Try these quick-fixes:

Sweep a bone-coloured eyeshadow over the entire eye area to brighten skin and counteract ruddiness.

Smudged mascara can settle into creases under your eyes, so switch to a waterproof formula that won’t budge.

Lining your top lashes with black liner gives your eyes an instant boost.

Look for foundation formulas that contain additional skincare ingredients.

Description: A little make-up know-how can take years off your face.

A little make-up know-how can take years off your face.

2.    Use a targeted serum

Establish what your main anti-ageing concern is — be it wrinkles, pigmentation or sagging — and use a serum specially formulated for it. Serums are packed with active ingredients that penetrate the skin on a deeper level than moisturiser. They can be pricey, but a little goes a long way and results are usually visible after about two weeks.

Description: They can be pricey, but a little goes a long way and results are usually visible after about two weeks.

They can be pricey, but a little goes a long way and results are usually visible after about two weeks.

3.    Choose potent products

‘Look for ingredients in skincare products that increase the production of collagen and elastin in your skin, improving its strength and elasticity,’ advises Dr Bradley Wagemaker, medical doctor and director of Lamelle Research Laboratories. Retinol, peptides and antioxidants pack a serious anti-ageing punch.

Description: ‘Look for ingredients in skincare products that increase the production of collagen and elastin in your skin, improving its strength and elasticity,’ advises Dr Bradley Wagemaker

‘Look for ingredients in skincare products that increase the production of collagen and elastin in your skin, improving its strength and elasticity,’ advises Dr Bradley Wagemaker

4.    Face up to fillers

As we age, we start losing volume in your face, most noticeably in our checks. ‘The most successful way to keep that youthful shape is to pot for dermal fillers,’ says Dr Mayreen Allem, anti-ageing specialist, cosmetic doctor and the founder of Skin & Body Renewal Clinics. She recommends Surgiderm or Restylane, about R 3500 per injection – the results last about a year.

Description: As we age, we start losing volume in your face, most noticeably in our checks.

As we age, we start losing volume in your face, most noticeably in our checks.

5.    Get behind botox

‘The quickest and easiest way to get rid of lines and wrinkles is with Botox,’ says DrAllem. With a series of tiny injections, muscles are relaxed and wrinkles smoothed out, and the effects last about six months. Botox isn’t for everyone though, so if you’re needle-shy, try an over-the-counter wrinkle relaxer. Apply sparingly to furrows, wrinkles and feet — you get the picture.

Description: ‘The quickest and easiest way to get rid of lines and wrinkles is with Botox,’ says DrAllem.

‘The quickest and easiest way to get rid of lines and wrinkles is with Botox,’ says DrAllem.

6.    Exfoliate

Regular exfoliation (twice a week removes the dead skin cells that dull your complexion and make skin look dry or flakey. It also allows skincare products to penetrate more easily, which means better results. You can choose between a granular or enzyme exfoliator, depending on your preference, but the latter is a better option for sensitive skins.

Description: You can choose between a granular or enzyme exfoliator, depending on your preference, but the latter is a better option for sensitive skins.

You can choose between a granular or enzyme exfoliator, depending on your preference, but the latter is a better option for sensitive skins.

7.    Keep skin hydrated

Parched skin ¡s one of the first signs of ageing, and can lead to wrinkles and a loss of elasticity. Drink plenty of water (between five and eight glasses a day) to boost your skin’s moisture levels from the inside, and use a moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid. ‘Found naturally in the body, its main function is to retain water,’ says Dr Wagemaker. ‘As we age, our natural levels of hyaluronic acid decrease, so the skin becomes less effective at hydrating itself.’

8.    Apply eye cream

The skin around the eye area is thin and delicate, so it’s more prone to visible signs of ageing (bags, wrinkles, dark circles) and requires special attention and care. Gel formulations are great for cooling and dc-puffing, while richer, more nourishing formulas are best for wrinkles and fine lines.

Description: Apply eye cream

Apply eye cream

9.    Stop smoking

If you’ve been living on the moon, you might not yet be aware that — apart from other, far more serious health problems — smoking also results in a sallow, dull complexion and yellow teeth.  Nicotine starves your entire body (including your skin) of oxygen. Long story short, you’re going to age prematurely, big time, unless you stub out that stompie for good.

Description: Stop smoking

Stop smoking

10. Don’t get burned

It bears repeating: a good sunscreen really is your best anti-ageing weapon, given that 90% of visible lines, pigmentation and wrinkles are due to sun damage. Sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide give the most uniform coverage, and tend to be lightweight and non-greasy. Choose a formula that contains antioxidants to give your skin an added boost. If applying both sunscreen and moisturiser seems too much bother, buy a good-quality day cream with an SPF of at least 15.

Description: It bears repeating: a good sunscreen really is your best anti-ageing weapon, given that 90% of visible lines, pigmentation and wrinkles are due to sun damage.

It bears repeating: a good sunscreen really is your best anti-ageing weapon, given that 90% of visible lines, pigmentation and wrinkles are due to sun damage.

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