How to prevent fine lines


Before full-blown wrinkles come fine lines, often in your mid-to late thirties, so stop them in their tracks before they develop with these treatments, tricks and go-to ingredients.

Caused by the natural breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin plus years of exposure to the harmful UV rays from the sun, fine lines first tend to appear around the eyes and mouth in your thirties.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to iron them out before they develop into deeper lines and wrinkles.


Skin-smoothing skincare regime

When you’re at the fine lines stage, you don’t need to use super strong, full-blown wrinkle treatments, but instead ingredients that balance, nourish and maintain your skin’s moisture barrier and repair UV damage. Don’t overdo it. Introducing too many products and not giving your skin enough chance to adapt can irritate it, making lines stand out. 

Use a skin-balancing gentle cleanser to clean your skin, rather than dry it out first thing. Your day cream should hydrate and protect your skin from UV damage as well as pollutants, toxins and free radicals. And you shouldn’t exfoliate first thing, as that can damage your skin’s protective barrier before you head out into pollution, UV rays and other potential skin-sappers. Always apply sunscreen SPF30 that protects against UVA and UVB rays to protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

At night your skin repairs and renews, so the right ingredients will help this process. Your night creams should be rich, nourishing and bursting with active ingredients that stimulate cell renewal.

Always cleanse thoroughly, with either a creamy cleanser for dry skin, or a foaming one for oilier skin, so your skin can fully absorb the ingredients of your night cream. Then massage the cream into your skin in upwards and outward strokes and allow five minutes for it to sink in.


Fine line fighting ingredients

Soy extract will beat dehydration, lock in moisture and smooth out fine lines.

Vitamin C helps reduce the appearance of fine lines by helping to rectify the damage done by harmful UV rays.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) help speed up your skin’s natural exfoliation process overnight for efficient cell turnover and smoother, fresher skin.

Argan oil, nicknamed ‘liquid gold’ in Hollywood, is stuffed with vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids, which gives the skin a dewy glow without being greasy.

Marine algae increases skin hydration because it swells to fill out wrinkles as well as increasing elastin levels and beating sun damage.

Goji berries are stuffed with antioxidant benefits that help prevent lines developing into wrinkles by defending against damage caused by free radicals from pollution, UV and stress.

Papaya refines the skin’s surface to soften lines.

Hyaluronic acid plumps up skin and fills out lines by attracting and retaining moisture deep in your skin.

Wheat-germ extract beats inflammation – a key cause of early wrinkles – by calming skin and helping it maintain its healthy balance.

Vitamin E is a great ingredient for an eye cream because it gently moisturises and smoothes to reduce the appearance of lines.


Make-up rules to live by

Always use a thin layer of primer before your foundation to fill out fine lines and smooth skin, then choose a light make up, rather than a thick, matte one.

Heavy foundations can settle in lines making them more noticeable. So opt for something sheer and luminous instead or a natural-looking BB cream or tinted moisturiser that will skim over imperfections and allow skin to breathe.

Follow it with a cream or mousse blush, rather than powder, to achieve a natural glowy look that doesn’t draw attention to any fine lines on your cheeks.


Eat your skin smoother

Salmon should be your new favourite ingredient. It’s a fantastic source of omega–3 fatty acids, which nourish and moisturise skin to keep it looking youthful, plump and line-free.

Avocados are another winner – stacked with essential fatty acids, minerals, protein and antioxidants, which keep skin smooth and supple.

Couple that salmon with a rainbow of different veggies – the more colour on your plate the more anti–ageing nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals you’ll be filling your body with, like beta carotene (the orange pigment in carrots), lycopene (the red pigment in tomatoes) and anthocyanin (the blue pigment in blueberries).

Also keep yourself hydrated so your skin doesn’t appear dull, both through sipping water and eating water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumber and grapefruit.


Give your face a workout

Boost muscle tone and encourage blood flow to the skin by:

– drawing upward circles on your cheeks with your knuckles

– rubbing upward strokes from your jaw top your cheekbone

– working away smile lines with upward strokes from the corners of your mouth to the corners of your nose

– gently rubbing the area around your eye sockets to the temples

– drumming fingers on your forehead

– gently pinching your top and bottom lip to get blood flowing.


Treat yourself

If you’re booking a treatment, go for an oxygen facial, which feeds your skin with pure oxygen, anti-ageing serums, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to leave your skin supple and glowing.

A vitamin C facial will brighten skin and fight fine lines.