When it comes to skincare, combatting visible signs of ageing is a primary concern for many people. Fine lines are often one of the first signs of ageing that appear on the skin, especially around the delicate eye area where the skin is especially sensitive. Our expert dermatologist has rounded up some of the best ways that you can minimise the appearance of fine lines, and protect against them forming in the first place.
Moisturising every day keeps the skin hydrated and helps maintain elasticity, which plays a vital role in keeping the skin firm. It’s important to choose a moisturiser that is right for your skin type, as some moisturisers are not rich enough to keep dry skin in top condition and prevent visible signs of ageing. Moisturising regularly also helps to protect the skin from pollution and environmental build up, which can prematurely age the skin. It is important to start moisturising as early as possible - it’s much easier to prevent fine lines than to treat them once they have appeared.
Sunscreen is one of the most important products in your arsenal when it comes to protecting against fine lines. Wearing a sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 rating every day (yes, even in the winter) will help protect you against harmful UVA and UVB rays that damage the skin and cause fine lines. It’s best to choose a sunscreen, rather than a product with SPF included, to ensure that it fully protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for one with zinc or titanium oxide in the ingredients list, as they sit on top of the skin to form a barrier and keep you thoroughly protected.
The fine skin around the eyes is often the first place to show signs of ageing, particularly fine lines from the effects of UV radiation and squinting in bright light. Rather than moving into a darkened room forever, keep some sunglasses in your bag to pop on when the sun is shining, no matter what time of year it is. Make sure they have proper UV protection, as well as stylish frames, to suit every occasion.
Alongside the multitude of other health risks it poses, smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. It removes oxygen and nutrients that are essential for maintaining healthy, line-free skin, and increases the number of free radicals that cause skin ageing. How much you smoke, and for how many years, quickly shows up on your skin, increasing premature wrinkles. Plus, pursing your lips to draw on a cigarette increases and deepens lines around your mouth.
It might not seem like the most obvious way of reducing fine lines, but exercise is integral to keeping your skin looking youthful. It gets your cardiovascular system pumping, which in turn gets much-needed nutrients and oxygen to your skin, keeping the signs of ageing at bay. Cardio is great for improving your skin health, and weight training helps to strengthen the muscles which keep skin it looking firm. If you needed another reason to put your trainers on and go for that run, there it is.
Sleep on Your Back
Sleeping on your front presses your face against the pillow night after night, and over time those sleep lines can become a little more permanent. Sleeping on your back is the best way to get gravity on your side and keep the fine lines at bay. If you really can’t stand to give up your favourite sleeping position, consider investing in a satin pillowcase, which can work wonders in keeping your face free of fine lines. Then you can sleep easy knowing that your beauty sleep isn’t sabotaging all your hard work fighting fine lines.
Retinol treatments are a hot topic in the beauty world when it comes to anti-ageing treatments, and with good reason. They include vitamin A, which is rich in antioxidants that are essential to cell renewal. It targets the epidermis, firming and smoothing the skin by encouraging new cells to reach the surface quicker. If you aren’t sure which product would be right for your skin, have a chat with your dermatologist for the best-looking skin you’ve ever had.
If you follow these simple tips from our expert dermatologist, your skin should soon be visibly smoother and protected from damage. If you need to boost your skincare routine to protect against visible signs of ageing, browse Vivderma’s full range of dermatologist-approved clinical solutions over on our homepage or call us today on 01484 538 967.