Age-related skin changes are a normal part of growing older, but do you know which parts of the body are the first to show the signs of age?
Hint: they’re usually the ones that are exposed to the sun the most, the ones we use for facial expressions and the ones that have delicate skin. Helping protecting these areas, keeping them hydrated and using skincare products with active ingredients can help prevent premature ageing and minimise the visible signs of skin ageing. Here’s how to care for each of the areas:
1. Eyelids and under eyes
It’s no secret that squinting, smiling and various other facial expressions can lead to creases in the skin. This is also one of the many reasons why our eyelids and the delicate skin under our eyes is one of the first areas to show signs of ageing¹. The skin is also thinner², and has fewer oil glands and collagen, compared to the skin on the rest of our body¹. Unfortunately, this makes the under-eye area more susceptible to both photodamage and environmental damage³, and in turn, sagging, fine lines and wrinkles¹. To help hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes, and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, try the Elucent Anti Ageing Eye Cream, which is formulated with vitamins (B3, C and E).
The back of our hands are often one of the first body parts to show our age because they’re exposed to environmental elements everyday, including the sun’s harsh UV rays⁴. Sun damage can show up in many forms, including age spots, dark patches, pigmentation or wrinkles⁵.
Neck and décolletage
If you’ve ever heard of the unflattering term, ‘turkey neck’, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, this is because the skin on the neck is prone to sagging and wrinkles. Moisturising your neck, as well as your face, is a skincare step that you shouldn’t skip over. Similarly, the décolletage (lower part of the neck and your chest area) is also susceptible to sun damage. Extending your skincare down to your neck and chest is important in preserving youthful-looking skin, as is sun protection. The Elucent Anti Ageing Day Moisturiser SPF 30 is a triple-action moisturiser, it helps to protect skin from the sun's UV rays and also contains AHAs and vitamins B3 and E to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can also use the Elucent Anti Ageing Body Moisturiser for all-over fresh and hydrated skin. This leave-on moisturiser has a similar ingredient list to the day moisturiser to help visibly improve your skin’s texture and tone.
Learn more about the Elucent range and the science of skincare here.
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