Start rolling back the years in just one day
We’re all looking for a quick-fix when it comes to anti-ageing, so the idea of a 24-hour routine that will help our skin to glow and keep us feeling youthful is just what we’re after. These simple steps will slot easily into your day and will have you feeling fresh and full of energy.
In the morning
Use a cleanser
Freshen up while nourishing your skin first thing in the morning with a good-quality cleanser. We recommend Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser (£38, aureliaskincare.com) as it not only removes make-up and impurities, but will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and ready for the day.
Apply an SPF
No matter the weather, our skin is constantly under stress from UV rays which dramatically age skin. Use a daily moisturiser with a strong SPF to stay protected and keep skin hydrated, too.
Eat a nutritious breakfast
Get your dose of anti-ageing nutrients in early each day with a healthy breakfast. This is a great time to pack in vitamins A, C and D, all of which are essential for holding back signs of ageing. Eggs are a good source of vitamin A, and citrus fruits will top-up your vitamin C.
In the afternoon
One of the most visible signs of ageing is when skin starts to lose volume and firmness. As we get older, our cells weaken, making it harder for them to retain water. A way of combating this is to make sure you’re drinking enough – ideally eight to 10 pints a day.
Go for a walk
Exercise isn’t just physically beneficial, it keeps your mood high and your brain young. Even just a brisk 10-minute walk on your lunch break will get your blood pumping. This in turn will fill your brain with oxygen and glucose, vital for keeping it working at its best.
Try a supplement
Alongside a healthy diet, supplements are a quick way to boost your nutrient intake. Opt for those aimed at combatting the effects of ageing, like Skinade (£105, skinade.com). This collagen drink works by reducing free radical damage, boosting moisture and increasing natural hyaluronic acid production, which leaves skin looking plump and youthful.
In the evening
Apply a face mask
Relax after a busy day with a rejuvenating face mask. We love Evolve Radiant Glow Organic Face Mask (£20, evolvebeauty.co.uk), as it combines a mask with a scrub, providing exfoliation and hydration in one.
Eat oily fish
Adding oily fish like tuna, salmon or sardines to your dinner will increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids, which in turn keep hair, skin and nails healthy. The body can’t produce omega 3 fatty acids, so we need to include them regularly in our diets. Try to have a couple of servings of oily fish a week for the best result.
Get a full night’s sleep
Keep your mood up and energy levels high by getting eight hours of kip a night. Our body uses sleep to rest and repair, and getting enough shut eye can boost your immune system, lower your cortisol levels and allow the layers of your skin to rejuvenate. To give your body an extra helping hand, try the Calm After Dark balm from Kiss the Moon (£16, kissthemoon.com), which is designed to help you drift off peacefully all while nourishing your skin overnight.
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