When should you get serious about your skin?
The simple answer to this would be, as soon as possible. It starts from the moment you’re born. With 80 per cent of premature ageing caused by exposure to the sun, then starting from birth makes sense.
What happened when you were a baby? Thankfully, with the amount of education available, most parents keep their newborns out of the sun. It’s a good start and, by the time you reached 12 months old, wearing sun protection is your first foray into anti-ageing skincare.
And then suddenly, you turned 21!! You celebrate, life is lovely. It’s time for a bit of fun. You’re not overthinking the care of your skin, beyond a cleanser to ward off pesky pimples, and a decent moisturiser. The habits you developed through your childhood years have stuck with you. You’re on your way to great skin for a lifetime and well on your way to independence. But, in your 20s you’re a little cavalier, and even though you’ve stuck with some of your good habits, like wearing sun protection every day, you can’t help but pick up a few not-so-good habits and your skin, although resilient, begins to show the early signs of ageing.
The changes come on slowly. Subtly at first. You may notice dehydration or tiny lines around your eyes and mouth and your makeup doesn’t look as good as it once did.
Is it too soon to use anti-ageing skincare in your 20s?
Of course not. There’s absolutely no reason to wait until the lines have permanently etched their way across your face. There is no coming-of-age when it comes to anti-ageing skincare. The best way to prevent the early signs of ageing is to start today.
Getting serious about an anti-ageing skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated, nor does it require heading off to a cosmetic doctor for strong DNA repairing formulations or cosmetic injectables. You’re not there yet. But, prevention is better than a cure, so starting sooner rather than later is an excellent idea.
What is the best way to prevent early signs of ageing?
Protect your skin. Harness the resilience of your skin by protecting it and wear sun protection every day.
Respectfully cleanse the skin. Make skin cleansing a priority in your skincare routine. Choose your cleanser wisely, and if you wear makeup? Always double cleanse. I know, it’s tempting to skip over this critical step but taking the time to complete your cleansing routine correctly will be the foundation for everything else that follows.
Use an essence. The skin needs a little coaxing. One of the roles of the skin is to keep things out. It’s good like that, so we need to coax the skin into accepting the good stuff that protects the skin from the environment and improves the condition of the skin. Using an essence or conditioning formulation will facilitate better absorption of your skincare.
Incorporate anti-ageing skincare. Build and repair your skin with the active ingredients found naturally occurring in botanicals.
How to choose the right anti-ageing skincare?
Improving the condition of your skin by using specially formulated anti-ageing skincare, will reduce water loss which can lead to chronic dehydration and increase the appearance of fine lines.
When things breakdown, we build them back up. Even with all your best intentions collagen will break down, it’s called collagenase. But, all is not lost. You can rebuild your collagen.
Anti-ageing skincare will also protect your skin from free radical damage which contributes to a breakdown in collagen and if used consistently will repair any sun damage before it becomes visible.
Mother nature always provides.
Nature likes to leave little clues, and botanical plant substances that repair and rejuvenate the skin are now widely used by the medical and cosmetic industry.
One such botanical has sparked my interest, known as Splithanes. Once only used as medicinal plant remedy for toothache, it’s now been proven to boost the production of collagen in the skin by 46 per cent*. That’s significant, and if you’re worried about the early signs of ageing, then this discovery may be of interest to you too.
But of course, not one to accept every statistic that comes my way, I was keen to do some research of my own, and it turns out Splithanes has shown itself to be a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation and free radicals triggered by the sun will destroy collagen. Anti-ageing formulations counteracting these triggers will support the health of the skin and slow down the early signs of ageing.
Jurlique, long known for their love of botanicals in skincare, have, from very early on, harnessed the power of Splithanes. Their harvest is grown in the beautiful Adelaide Hills in South Australia.
Jurlique has included the properties of Splithanes into their Nutri-Define Anti-Ageing range. It’s worth a try if you’re ready to start an anti-ageing skincare routine and you prefer natural skincare that conditions, softens, hydrates and protects the skin from the early signs of ageing. And if you’re looking to start by incorporating light anti-ageing products, combining the Nutri-Define Supreme Restorative Light Cream with the Nutri-Define Supreme Rejuvenating Serum will leave your skin softer and smoother for a radiant, youthful look.
And now you?
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*Based on an in-vitro study using skin cell cultures for 24 hours and three days conducted by POLA Chemical Industries Inc.
*Based on a consumer perception study of 53 subjects using Nutri-Define Supreme Rejuvenating Serum, Supreme Restorative Rich Cream and Supreme Eye Contour Balm jointly over 56 days.