Most of us shrug off anti-aging concerns, ignoring the bombardment of advertisements for creams, oils, ointments and treatments to keep ourselves beautiful and youthful for as long as possible.
And then we begin to see wrinkles and notice the creases or sunspots we swear we didn’t have a year ago. We pluck out those stray greys in secret, hoping nobody notices we’re getting older.
But it’s not just crow’s feet and laugh lines that can betray our age. Before you even start talking about the good ol’ days or ask how to get “on the line to use the Facebook” (sorry, Mum!), we’ve got some good news for you. If you’re in your early 20s or late 30s, these tips can help you stay looking (and feeling) youthful for much longer.
1. The money-maker (aka your face)
It’s usually the first place we notice physical changes, especially when we’re fogging up the mirror for a closer look at that teeny tiny new wrinkle or crease. Your face shows your age (or adds years to your real age) through skin pigmentation, stretched eyelids and puffy bags under the eyes, puckered lip lines and wrinkles.
The fix: Wearing sunscreen is the first preventative measure for skin pigmentation; brightening serums can also help to reduce the visibility of hyper-pigmentation.
To avoid or reduce eye puffiness, drink plenty of water, get a good night’s sleep and try to stick to stress-free (or reduced) environments. If you’re struggling with that regimen, eye reams can target those areas and minimise fine lines.
If you use a straw to consume most of your drinks, STOP NOW. Your lips record certain patterns such as sucking from a straw, kissing or pouting for those countless selfies. Prevent defined lines around your lips by using plumping and hydrating products for your lips.
For an overall facial glow, use a decent anti-aging cream or lotion specifically for your skin type on a regular basis.
2. Below the chin
The skin on your neck is thinner than the skin on your face, and needs the same (if not much more) love and attention. Fine lines and spots on the neck down to the collarbones can be clear indicators of age, as well as sagging of the skin on the neck and creasing above and between the breasts.
The fix: Show this area some love early on by using those moisturising products on your neck and collarbones as well: creams, masks, treatments and sunscreen – the skin really needs it.
3. Your legs
If you’ve started to notice teeny red or blue lines appearing on your legs, it could be varicose veins. If you think, “Well, that’s what my gran has and I’m clearly too young,” then think again; you might be seeing the early signs. Other than being an unsightly problem, it can make you appear a lot older than you are; we only have to point to your comment about your gran to prove that.
The fix: If you’re worried about developing leg veins, you should aim to maintain a healthy bodyweight, stay active and moving and reduce the amount of times you wear heels. However, if you feel aching, itching or notice visual signs, there are ways to easily treat your leg veins before they become severe. Pop in for a quick visit to a professional such as Dr Kemp from The Leg Vein Doctor, to nip the problem in the bud before it gets ugly. Professionals can target your problem areas in a walk-in, walk-out session with minimal impact on your work and social life. Prevention is easier than the cure!
4. Your hands
You might have your face sorted but your hands can betray your age very quickly. Constantly exposed, they experience a lot of wear and tear, and they can start showing signs of aging when you’re as young as 20.
The fix: You should apply sunscreen daily to the backs of your hands, and consider driving gloves (how chic!) or SPF hand lotion for any car trips. It’s also beneficial to use a good hand cream at least once a day, with thick anti-aging creams perfect for overnight use.
5. Your elbows
If you suffer from dry or drooping skin on your elbows but think it's kinda weird, take heart: you’re not alone. You’re probably leaning on them to read this at your desk, you bend them a thousand times a day and likely use them to open public toilet doors too icky for actual hand contact.
The fix: There’s little that can be done about naturally drooping skin as the elasticity in the skin eventually sags. But if you keep the area moisturised with collagen-stimulated ingredients, it can tighten the skin slightly and reduce its dry, flaky appearance. It’s also suggested that dip exercises can help tighten the skin around your arms and elbows.
The Leg Vein Doctor
465 Milton Road, Auchenflower
P (07) 3720 9912