1. Start using serum. “It’s much more concentrated than cream or lotion, so you tend to only need a small amount daily to see results”. Look for one with antioxidants, the skin’s major defence against free radicals and stress, and pentapeptides, which are a must-have when it comes to boosting collagen, the support structure that gives skin a firm, youthful appearance. Don’t worry about spending a fortune on the ingredients; one of the best product is Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum, a sheer formula whose small molecules can dive deep into pores. For best results, apply to freshly washed skin; follow with sunscreen or moisturiser to lock in hydration.
2. Snack on watermelon. Adding a lycopene-rich food, such as this juicy pink treat, “helps reduce damage and redness caused from sun exposure, prevents future wrinkling and possibly even lowers skin cancer risk”, nutritionist and author of Eat Your Way to Sexy. Aim for one cup each day by tossing it in salads, salsas, and smoothies. Try refreshing ice cubes, Puree watermelon, sweeten with concentrated apple juice, pour into an ice tray, and freeze. Then add cubes to water or club soda for a refreshing, skin-saving mocktail.
3. Slip on your sunglasses. As if you need another reason to buy a new pair of sunglasses, turns out they provide more protection against under eye wrinkling and ageing than sunscreen. “While your eyes are equipped to handle sunlight, the area around them is comprised of the thinnest skin, where most of the signs of ageing. To keep the wrinkles away, choose a pair of polarized glasses that’s wide enough to fully cover the eye area.
4. Drink an extra glass of water. “Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes”. “It also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, and preventing dehydration, which can cause premature ageing.” It can even make skin appear fuller since the hyaluronic acid that naturally exists in skin will pull in and hold the water for a wrinkle-plumping effect, according to Day. Both recommend at least 8 glasses of water each day, more if you’re active or live in a warm climate. To add a little flavor, try a skin-soothing tea like chamomile or mint.
5. Put down the French fries. Research shows that a diet high in fats and carbohydrates causes more wrinkles. “Creamy cheeses and red meats are actually known as ageing fats because of what they do to our skin”. To keep your cells revved up and rejuvenated, stick to lean protein like fish, white meat poultry, tofu, beans, and lentils.