Loads of helpful anti-ageing hints, tips and advice to help you look and feel younger
Gemma Howorth can earn up to £2,500 a day for her modelling work, and has her wrinkle-free hands insured for a whopping £5 million! Her secret? A £1.50 bottle of almond oil from Boots.
Pomegranate is an odd fruit – even more so now that scientists have found it can slow down the ageing process. The specific extract you will need – which is found in the skin as well as the fruit – is called Pomanox. Conveniently, it’s been added to some chilled juices and is available in tablet form here.
We know that honey has a number of heath benefits and regenerative qualities but a new ‘sticky’ face mask made from a special type of Chilean honey claims to reverse the signs of ageing by up to 10 years. The honey, that’s on sale in the UK at a price of £8.49, is said to combat wrinkles, smooth fine lines on your neck and hands and tighten skin. Used twice a day for 20 minutes, it’s also said to be better than normal moisturisers at reducing stretch marks and preventing peeling.
Berries are known as a superfood as they’re not only tasty but have great health benefits. Blueberries, blackcurrants and black grapes contain powerful antioxidants that help protect the body against damage caused by free radicals. Blueberries in particular have anti-inflammatory properties to prevent and relieve arthritic symptoms while also maintaining a healthy blood pressure and supporting the immune system, all of which contributes to the anti-ageing process.
If you want smooth skin (and let’s face it, who doesn’t!) then eating tomatoes can really plump up your skin. They contain lycopene which is a skin friendly antioxidant that also helps reduce wrinkles. The clever little red things are also thought to reduce cancer.
This leafy vegetable is rich in an antioxidant called lutein, which is not only great for preventing wrinkles by helping your skin to retain its moisture and elasticity, but also has high levels of vitamins K and C, which help reduce dark circles under your eyes by boosting circulation and strengthening capillary walls.
It was designed for babies bottoms but this £2.54 cream from Waitrose has become a top selling anti-ageing cream for women. The Baby Bottom Butter has a camomile scent and contains olive oil and lavender oil to gently nourish the skin and help fight irritation. One mother who has been using the cream posted a review on a parenting website saying: ”I have been using it constantly for two weeks now and my skin now has the smoothest texture, which I don’t think it’s had since prepubescence.’
They’re not just an aphrodisiac but can also enhance the beauty of your skin. Oysters contain vitamin B12 and iron, which help beat pale or yellow skin and dark circles under the eyes.
Yoga can get rid of your double chin, firm up skin, help keep your spine supple, remove tension, strengthen abdominal muscles, improve those dreaded ‘bingo wings’ and correct poor posture. You’ll look 10 years younger before you know it!
A bit of volume can make you look years younger. Hair can start to thin as we get older – in some cases women can find they lose up to 50% of their hair density. Luckily, the shops are now full of volumising products.
‘Lips get thinner with age so avoid wearing really dark, matte shades of lipstick ? this will just make your lips look even smaller. Instead go for glossy textures in a similar shade to your natural lip colour.’ Sarah Cooper, beauty editor, Essentials magazine.
“A friend of mine (naming no names!) sleeps with a fabric plaster flattening the wrinkles in between her eyebrows. She says you frown loads while you dream and the plaster makes sure you’re not deepening the creases over night.” Beth Ivory, gtk health and diets editor.
Wavy, bouncy hair makes you look younger. Throw away the straightening irons (flat, straight hair will draw your face down making it look less youthful and plump) and invest in some rollers or curling tongs if you don’t have any natural movement in your hair.
Dead Sea salts have been used to keep the skin looking young for thousands of years. The minerals found in them help the skin maintain moisture, keep it looking full and youthful. A good soak once a week in a Dead Sea salt bath will do your body wonders.
“Wear bright colours near your face to lighten it up. Drab colours like black and brown drain the energy from you and make you look older.” Catherine Joynson, Brockley, gtk user
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To rehydrate over-styled or coloured hair, treat it to a monthly warm olive oil hair mask. Just heat two tablespoons of oil up and massage them thoroughly into your scalp, then wrap your head in a towel soaked through with hot water. Do this a few times to make sure every inch of your head has benefitted. Health, shiny hair will knock years off you.
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‘Does your make-up cake in the creases around your eyes? Apply a tiny, rice-sized dot of eye cream around each eye when your foundation starts to do this. It will plump and hydrate the lines and disperse the make-up.’ Sarah Cooper, beauty editor, Essentials magazine.
“Eyebrows can become sparser and less defined with age, and over-plucking them can be a major contributor to looking older. Only ever pluck from below the brow and resist the temptation to over-pluck, use a brow powder or pencil in a natural colour to fill in the brow for a ‘fuller’ look and use a brush to tame strays.” Jolene Akehurst, gtk site editor.
“Jojoba makes skin super-soft and minimises fine lines and wrinkles. It’s quite expensive though, so dilute 5 drops into almond oil, which is a great (and cheap!) carrier oil.” Jenny Shepherd, gtk recipes assistant and holistic masseuse.
“Invest in a tube of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. A tube lasts absolutely ages and is perfect to use on really dry skin, and scars, also as an intensive eye treatment at night or as a hand cream. Take it with you on a plane flight to stop skin drying out.” Jolene Akehurst, gtk site editor.
They call it beauty sleep for a reason! When you’re asleep all the cells in your body repair and recover, as well as releasing melatonin, which can really boost your skin and immune system. Make sure you get at least 7 hours and you’ll be defeating the ageing process with your eyes closed!
Bad news ladies, too much of your favourite tipple can age you. Not only can alcohol make you more likely to develop osteoporosis, it is also a toxin and notoriously dehydrating – regular drinking means deeper lines and facial wrinkles. Drink wisely and save some years!
Wheatgerm oil can be perfect for nourishing dry, mature, dehydrated skin because it contains skin-friendly vitamin E. What’s more, the oil contains a high amount of octacosanol, which can enhance exercise. So not only may you be getting younger looking skin, but you may gain a bit of youthful drive to exercise too!
We all know smoking’s bad for you, but as well as the problems it causes on the inside, it also makes you look older. It creates ‘puckering’ wrinkles around the mouth, reduces collagen in the skin – which makes it saggier – and stops blood flow, and therefore oxygen, to the skin.
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If you once had dark hair and are now grey, consider going lighter than your original colour. And avoid a single block colour. Having several different shades in your hair will make it seems more natural and will soften your grey roots when they start coming through.
Vitamin B can help to improve the condition of mature hair, whether found in vitamin B-rich foods such as fresh vegetables, non-citrus fruits, soya milk or wholegrains, or in an over-the-counter supplement.
A positive outlook can work wonders on those wrinkles! Worries and negativity affect you physically and emotionally and cause wrinkles to appear. Have a positive outlook in life and you will see your body responding to the change.
A fresh, zesty, citrus scent could take years off you. Age is as much about perception as it is actual appearance, so try a ‘young’ smelling fragrance and put some youthful vibes out there.
‘Steer clear of metallic eyeshadows, the shimmer particles will sit in lines and wrinkles, drawing attention to them.’ Sarah Cooper, beauty editor, Essentials magazine.
“Hands can be the first thing to give away your age. Use a good hand cream every day and give them a treatment once a month. For some pampering you can do at home, mix 250ml of cheap, natural yoghurt with a tablespoon of honey. Spread this thickly all over your hands and then either wrap them tightly in cling film, or put them in two freezer bags (you might need someone else to help with this!). Let them sweat for about 15 mins, remove and rinse off. Your hands will be amazingly soft and smell great.” Jolene Akehurst, gtk site editor.
“Every woman over 28 should invest in a great eye cream. There are loads of good products about and they don’t all cost the earth – such as products from Olay and Loreal’s Youth Code range. Apply every morning and night using circular motions around the eyes, taking care not to rub the eyes hard as this can encourage lines.” Jolene Akehurst, gtk site editor
Women in particular are prone to curvature of the spine as bones start to soften as you get older. To keep your back straight and in good order, take a tennis ball, stand against a wall and place the ball at the base of your spine. Now bend your knees, keep your back straight and roll the ball up your spine to your neck. Then start to stand up until it’s back at the base of your spine. Do this 20 times every day to improve posture.
Many believe avocado oil is great for anti-ageing because of its ability to absorb into the deep tissues of the skin, making it ideal for mature and dry skins. It is also high in sterolins, which can reduce those giveaway age spots.
Building core strength through exercise as you get older can help to firm up that stubborn abdominal flab, build flexibility and prevent back problems associated with ageing. Swimming provides a good form of aerobic exercise and builds these core muscles in a less-strenuous way than other keep-fit techniques.
Pilates can build your body’s core strength gradually through balancing, stretching and correct breathing techniques, taking years off the way you look and feel. The combination of exercises is particularly great for women over 40 who don’t exercise regularly. You’ll look 10 years younger before you know it!
Anti-ageing marshmallow anyone? No, really! It’s the latest anti-ageing craze from Japan, they contain collagen peptide, which is reputed to help reduce the effects of ageing skin.
Within days of being dubbed the first product proven to restore the skin’s structure, No 7’s Protect and Perfect range quickly flew off the shelves and became a bathroom cabinet must-have!
Retinoic acid sounds scary but is a form of vitamin A and is proven to have anti-ageing effects on the skin. It’s a popular ingredient in a lot of anti-ageing skincare and many swear by its effects. Look out for products containing retinol the next time you go shopping.
Stress can be a major contributor to accelerating the ageing process. It upsets our normal bodily balance, which can speed up skin aeing – lines, wrinkles and sagging skin are the outward signs of all that inner turmoil. Learning to manage stress more positively will be a real boost for your own healthy ageing.
A laugh a day can keep your wrinkles at bay! Research has shown that a good chuckle helps manage stress and prevents the release of damaging hormones into the body.
Dermatologists advise that hydration is essential to younger looking skin and drinking water is vital to the process. You should be drinking 2.5 litres a day. If this seems a lot, try drinking water throughout the day at regular intervals, and eating fresh fruit and veg which contains lots of water too.
Dark eyes and puffiness can be a major contributor to looking older, and many believe that the anti-inflammatory properties in caffeine can de-puff and reduce swelling while increasing circulation to reduce and brighten dark circles. Keep an eye out for face creams with caffeine in them.
Want to know Kylie Minogue’s high-street beauty secret? Apparently Miss Minogue uses good old-fashioned Ponds Cream Cleanser to keep her skin looking young day and night. The £3.99 wonder cream has been snapped up across the UK in a bid to recreate Kylie’s impossibly fresh and wrinkle-free skin.
Protect yourself from thread veins by covering up in the sun, doing leg exercises, not crossing your legs when you’re sitting down and binning those killer heels.
‘Skin tone turns more ashen as we age, so use a pink cream blush on the apples of your cheeks to add a healthy glow to your skin ? the cream texture is also great for giving skin a plump, dewy finish.’ Sarah Cooper, beauty editor, Essentials magazine.
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Apparently a rare apple found in Switzerland can actually reverse the ageing process! Celebs like Helen Mirren and J-Lo are said to be fans and have to shell out hundreds of pounds on creams made with the new wonder product – BUT – Superdrug has launched it’s own version for just £9.99. Bargain!
We all know that keeping our bodies fit can help us feel younger, but what about our brains? Keeping your brain active is important in protecting against Alzheimer’s, so why not have a go at some Suduko, crosswords and electronic games?
You could have skin like your favourite Friend for only £1.99! Her secret to a youthful appearance? Jen swears by Neutrogena’s Transparent Facial Bar, which she’s been using since her teens.
Looking after those pearly whites can take years off your appearance. Using a good toothpaste and electric toothbrush as well as flossing regularly will mean healthy and brighter teeth, making you look and feel younger. Something to really smile about.
When it comes to anti-ageing fruit, watermelon might just be top of the pile. Both the flesh and seeds of the watermelon are nutritious: the flesh contains vitamin A, B and C; the seeds contain selenium, essential fats, zinc and vitamin E, all of which help against free radical damage and ageing.
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A good pair of jeans can knock years off. Levi’s conducted years of research into women’s body shapes. The result? They reckon there are 3 types of curve, and that one of their Curve ID range’s 3 types of jeans will fit every woman perfectly.
Keep those ageing cleavage creases at bay by not letting your boobs slump too much when you sleep. Wearing a bra at night isn’t comfy, but you can buy nightwear with added support that will stop your boobs letting loose completely while you kip.
‘Young skin is plump, fresh and dewy. Fake this effect by swapping heavy foundations with an ultra nourishing tinted moisturiser. This evens out skin tone without looking too dry, and won’t draw attention to lines and wrinkles.’ Sarah Cooper, beauty editor, Essentials magazine.
It’s a known fact that extreme sun exposure can cause premature skin-ageing, so make sure you apply SPF every day to shield your skin from the rays if you’re out in the sun.
It might sound obvious but eating healthily can make you look and feel good outside as well as in. Too much meat and full-fat dairy products can increase wrinkles, so instead, up your intake of foods that are rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids like fruit, veg and fish.