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Are You Making These 7 Ageing Mistakes?

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Calorie counting, non-surgical procedures and a rigorous skincare regimen may seem like fairly standard ways to keep ageing at bay from body and face, but what if our everyday routines are wreaking havoc with the rate at which we age? Dr Jules Nabet, renowned cosmetic doctor and medical director at Omniya Knightsbridge, explains all... 

Ban Yo-Yo Dieting

Ageing isn't only down to genetics and environment, but hormonal and metabolic shifts too. Skin needs moisture and protection but it also needs a balanced diet with a good source of protein – which faddy diets often lack. Supplements are a great idea but remember they aren’t a quick-fix for a bad diet. Iron deficiency is another great skin-ager, so check you're getting enough vitamin B12; rich sources include red meat, pork, poultry, seafood, beans, spinach, raisins, apricots and peas.

Consider Your Hormones

Hormones play a huge role in regulating the skin, including the speed of skin cell turnover. Hormonal changes can also affect sebum secretion, causing either dryness or acne, so ensure you up your exfoliation – but only gently. Try a light glycolic formula like Dr Jules Nabet Peeling Act, £99.

Less Is More

The likes of Botox and fillers can make you look younger as they smooth lines and wrinkles, improve contours and lift brows and jawlines – but if you’re doing it all and doing too much, it can lead to an overly ‘done’ look. Small doses are key – anything excessive can result in a puffy look – and remember it’s important to have a face that moves. Small details such as how your eyes light up, where your asymmetry lies and how your cheeks plump when you smile make your face unique.

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Focus On Your Eyes

Our eye area can have a biological age of 20 years older than the rest of the face due to thinner, more delicate skin – not to mention the ageing effects of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. For more youthful-looking eyes, use a tiny amount of eye cream and apply in tapping motions to aid lymphatic drainage. To avoid water retention in the eye area, avoid excessive amounts of salt and consider sleeping on your back with an extra pillow. You could also try an anti-allergy tablet, as often allergies are the unknown cause of puffiness.

Nurture Your Skin

Harsh scrubbing with a cleanser can irritate skin, and irritation accelerates skin ageing. Washing using a light hand still does the job – removing pollution, makeup and dirt without upsetting the skin’s delicate balance. Wash your face twice daily using a gentle cleanser and always wash – even if for a third time in one day – after sweating heavily.

Boost Your Magnesium

By lowering cortisol levels and stabilising hormones, taking a good-quality magnesium supplement can help to improve the skin’s overall appearance. Those suffering from acne or other skin disorders such as spider veins, redness or rosacea may especially benefit.

Accept The Inevitable

So many of us fight age through surgery, over-exercising, expensive anti-aging products and unhealthy diets only to result in disappointment.  Acceptance is the key to a healthy and happy ageing process, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept a drooping face or lack of energy. There are many healthy ways to change your lifestyle and maintain what you have for as long as you can.

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