With every year that goes by, it’s understood that, at some point, we’ll begin to age. And, shock, some things are making you look older. While a good anti-ageing routine can ensure that you look 10 years younger at 50, but no matter how much dolla you spend, you’re still going to visually age. Tax, wrinkles, death etc.
But the good news is that you have far more control over this than you might think. While it’s going to take a lot more than just updating your daily skincare regime, you’ll thank yourself in a decade’s time. To help you get started, we sat down with Dr Aimee Paik, a board-certified dermatologist for Hims & Hers, and Dr Theodora Mantzourani, an expert in anti-ageing medicine and founder of Precision Skin, to share some habits that are making you look so much older than you actually are.
Habits that are making you look older
#1: You’re in the sun too much
The sun can be a pretty rare sight especially if you live in the UK, and while you might be tempted to lie out in it for the entire day, you need to remember that you can have too much of a good thing. That scary ball of gas in the sky causes the majority of skin changes that people associate with ageing, so if you’re not doing it already, make sure you slather on the SPF.
“You should be applying sunscreen every morning to protect your skin from everyday UV rays,” says Paik. “Reapplication throughout the day is important for sun-intense activities such as hiking, swimming, or a day outdoors, and you might want to avoid the sun at its highest intensity, which is usually between 11pm and 3am.”
#2: You’re sleep deprived
It’s tough, but you need to make sure that you’re getting enough sleep. If not, you’re causing unnecessary stress to your body, and as you’ll see later in this list, stress should be avoided if you want to look your best and brightest.
“We all live very busy lives, but sleep is essential if you want to look as young as possible,” says Mantzourani. “Going to bed late or getting less than 7 hours per night can lead to a decline in melatonin, which is produced naturally in skin cells during sleep to protect them from external stressors and oxidative stress.”