Use a sunscreen every day. The biggest cause of skin ageing is free radical damage caused by exposure to UV rays. Always use a sunscreen that also works as a moisturiser. Additional antioxidants (Topical and Oral) will provide additional protection by mopping up the free radicals.
Avoid white sugar, chocolate, sweets and processed food – this prevents acne, which ages the skin.
Avoid crash dieting – wrinkles can be caused by a loss of supportive fat under the skin. “Even popular diets such as the Atkins can have this effect by producing rapid weight loss. Gradual, controlled weight loss will bring about a mores sustainable result without accelerating the loss of facial fat/volume that is part of the ageing process.
Reduce intake of saturated and trans fats: instead eat regular, moderate amounts of oily varieties of fish, which help to mop up free radicals and reduce the rate at which skin ages. Also, consume more essential fatty acids, found in oils, nuts and cereals.
Only use high quality omega supplements and remember to keep them in the fridge to prevent them losing effect.
Exfoliation will help the skin to appear smoother and fresher, but there’s no need to buy special products. Anything mildly abrasive will help to slough away dead skin cells.