We’ve decided to answer the most commonly asked ageing questions, regarding everything when it comes to ageing, well-being, beauty and health.
1. What is the best anti-ageing cream/serum?
Anti-ageing creams are specific to each individual’s skin, so what may work for someone may not work for you. If you haven’t done already it’s important to identify your skin type, whether it’s oily, sensitive or a combination.
Next, it’s important to consider what you want to achieve, as anti-ageing covers everything from brightening and firming to reducing wrinkles.
Here are two good all-rounders that generally work for most skin types:
2. How can I make my eyes look younger?
Eyes are often one of the places we notice ageing first. Fine lines around the eyes can appear as young as 20 so keeping your eyes protected and hydrated with an eye cream is a good idea.
Other popular options are cosmetic surgery, where you could get an upper or lower blepharoplasty to rejuvenate your eyes.
3. How do I prevent ageing naturally?
Ageing cannot be prevented but there are measures you can put in place to slow down the process.
Wear sunscreen on a regular basis* and ensure you’re using a daily moisturiser full of antioxidants to stay protected.
*Although don’t wear it every day, experts suggest. Sunscreen blocks your skin from a healthy dose of vitamin D and considering the majority of us are deficient in the nutrient, it’s important to get it when we can – deficiency leads to depression and low bone density. It will also clog up your pores!
The best sunscreen to go for is a mineral one that provides a physical barrier using zinc or magnesium.
For The Mind:
Ensure you’re keeping your mind well utilised by learning new skills, reading or anything else which stimulates the brain. Also, ensure your diet is balanced, full of fatty acids with a low sugar intake.
For The Body:
Exercise, a few times each week. Do a mixture of cardio, strength training and HIIT to combat the effects of sarcopenia, maintain bone strength and balance.
For Your Stomach:
… and everywhere else as your nutrition affects your entire body, inside and out!
Keep a well-balanced diet, make whole grains your primary carb source, eat lots of healthy fats, colourful fruit and veg, reduce salt intake and make sure you get enough protein! See our best anti-ageing foods for some of the best foods to support ageing.
4. What is the best treatment for dark spots on my face?
Age spots are located at the bottom of the epidermis, or the top layer of the skin so this must be penetrated in order to lighten the spots. Treatments which do this include dermabrasion and chemical peels. Although before these treatments it’s important to get a skin biopsy to ensure they are age spots you are looking to treat and not something else.
5. Can older people build muscle?
Yes! Studies have shown older people can even build muscle as fast as youngsters. We advise midsters resistance train to prevent sarcopenia, which can occur at a rate of 3 – 5% after age 30. Weight training also improves memory!
6. Does exercise slow down ageing?
Studies have shown exercise to preserve telomere length (one of the major factors in ageing), age-related muscle loss, and studies have also illustrated that exercise reverses skin ageing too. So yes it does!
7. Why do I get wrinkles?
Wrinkles form naturally as we age. Our skin becomes less able to protect itself from damage due to our elastin and collagen structures declining which lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. This process is accelerated through extrinsic agers such as the sun and smoking.