Experts say prevention is the key to looking young

When it comes to looking your best, what mantra do you base your skincare regime on? While some swear by getting plenty of ‘beauty sleep’, others believe hair and makeup should follow the approach of ‘the bigger, the better’. However, experts are preaching that ‘prevention is better than cure’ – advising those in the beauty-conscious department to invest in anti-ageing products. Despite many sticking to a similar skincare routine, with each person exhibiting their own features and flaws, there really is no one-size-fits-all treatment. If anything, beauty regimes should be tailored according to a person’s specific set of genes and lifestyle – but one recommendation that can be practised by people of all ages and backgrounds is that of prevention, which Vogue Australia says is “the best anti-ageing product on the market”. The reason anti-ageing products work so well on young skin is that the majority of them contain hydrating properties – hence why people tend to apply anti-ageing lotions to their skin in their 20s. However, there are other ways to beat the appearance of wrinkles, including avoiding smoking (active as well as passive) and covering up in the sun (experts propose the daily use of SPF 30 sunscreen). Key ingredients you want to look for in a moisturiser or serum include alpha lipoic acid, green tea, niacinamide, retinol (low doses), vitamin C and vitamin E – known to give the appearance of a dewy complexion, no matter your age. Additionally, opting for a serum tailor made for your skin type and stage of ageing works well – with technology now able to calculate your skin’s age for you, and therefore diagnosing the damage and correcting this issue. What steps do you take in preventing your age from catching up with you? Tell us the secret to your youthful glow by posting on our Twitter page.