Looking after your skin doesn’t have to be all 10-step regimes and no fun – there are easier methods to prevent any skin issues that may be headed your way…
Even if your skin doesn’t always cooperate with you as much as you’d like (thank you, temperamental pores, appreciate it), you still want to do everything you can to keep it looking radiant.
The thing is, we all face skin stressors every day, from pollution to hormonal changes. And while it can be easy to shrug off skin problems down the line as an issue for ‘future you’, taking the best possible care of your skin now doesn’t need to add an hour onto your nighttime routine. There are smart skin choices you can make now that you’ll barely even notice doing.
After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Here are four way to start future-proofing your skin now…
1. Swap cotton for silk
Is buying a silk pillowcase going to make you feel like you’re in a Lana Del Rey video, or a femme fatale, sleeping only on silk?
Is it going to mean weekly, gentle hand-washes of the blighted thing? Is it going to be eye-wateringly expensive?
Yes, to all of the above.
They’re so worth it, though. Not only are they deliciously cool year-round (no more sweaty face, tossing and turning in the summer), but unlike cotton, silk helps your skin retain moisture.
Plus, they don’t crease in the same way as normal pillowcases, which is thought to help decrease the formation of fine lines.
The fact that they also smooth your hair cuticles and reduce the chances of bedhead is just an added bonus.
2. Roll with it
Those jade rollers you’ve been seeing all over Instagram aren’t just for show – they can be brilliant for your skin, too.
They’ve been popular since the 13th century (Chinese empresses and socialites used them), and they’ve had a resurgence in the last year or so.
Jade rollers work by encouraging circulation and improving the lymphatic drainage system, which can help your skin de-puff and rid itself of toxins.
Add one into your routine by using it to massage in serums before bed – it’s especially good around the cheeks and eyes.
3. Get ceramide-savvy
One of the most important things for maintaining healthy skin is keeping your moisture barrier strong.
No, we’re not talking about building a dam – it’s more that your skin is essentially a barrier against the outside world. The weaker that barrier becomes, the more damage seeps in. Over time, we lose our natural resources of ceramide (a lipid in the top layer of your skin that hangs onto moisture), so the best way to keep your skin supple is to replenish those lipids and tackle any fine lines with retinol.
Chances are, you’ll have heard about retinol and its line-smoothing wizardry. If not, it’s a derivative of vitamin A and one of the only clinically proven ingredients which have a legitimate impact on fine lines.
It also considerably increases your cell turnover, leaving your skin looking healthier. Using it at night means you double up on the time of day when your cell turnover is at its highest anyway and teaming it with ceramide means you get everything in one go - which is where Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum comes in.
Combining the power of ceramides with collagen-boosting, line-busting retinol, these bad boys reduce the look of lines and improve your skin texture, tone and clarity.
Retinol is sensitive to light and air which affects its potency though, so it’s an extra bonus that the serum is stored in capsules meaning that precious retinol nectar is protected. It also means you know just how much to use and avoid the product overkill we all know too well.
Add them to your nighttime routine and start by applying every other night so your skin has time to adjust.
Consider them a pre-emptive strike against the future.
4. Go bright
Unfortunately, pollution is unavoidable. It attacks our stores of collagen and elastin like a bargain hunter on Black Friday, and it wreaks havoc on your pores leaving skin looking dull.
The solution? Antioxidants – and lots of them.
Blueberries, strawberries, green tea, spinach, red apples and red wine (yippee!) are all ample stores of antioxidants, so look to include them in your diet.
Pretty much any fruit or vegetable with a bold, bright colour (naturally, that is) will have a good helping of these skincare heroes.
Future-proof your skin with Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum. Shop now.