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Four things I wish I’d started earlier to look after my skin

Debby Harrington

One of the things you’ll hear me say on repeat is if your skin doesn’t look good, neither will your makeup.

This is regardless of how much you wear or how many layers of concealer you apply to try cover those pesky spots.

As a beauty blogger and big fan of carefully curated skincare routines, there are some things I wish I’d started doing sooner, to achieve that Miranda Kerr glow or Margot Robbie flawlessness.

1. Wearing sunscreen sooner

There is no better product to prevent anti-ageing than sunscreen and there is no such thing as ‘too soon’ to start applying it.

UV rays cause the skin to burn and prematurely age, leaving us with fine lines and wrinkles that, without more drastic intervention, we can’t really get rid of once they’ve turned up.

Then there can be the emergence of sunspots.

UVA and UVB rays can get to us through windows like the one you gaze out of at your desk and the ones in your car and house so really, the only way to guard against the sun is sunscreen.

Gone are the days when sunscreen left a white film across the face and there are options for all skin types. Apply at least an SPF30, if it’s broad spectrum even better and if you think the amount of sunscreen in your foundation is enough to protect your skin, think again.

2. Using retinol

This is a Vitamin A and works to thicken the outer layer of the skin, keeping it looking healthy. It also helps stimulate the production of collagen, which helps to improve our skin’s elasticity and which we lose as we get older. The earlier we can work to replenish the stocks the better because when skin is plumper, fine lines and wrinkles are diminished.

Retinol can be a little harsh on the skin, so it’s best to start using it every few days, then apply more regularly. If you’re pregnant, steer clear. Anyone with sensitive skin might want to consult their skin specialist before getting on this bandwagon.

3. Adding Vitamin C to my products

It lightens pigmentation but is a long-term fix. The sooner you start tackling pigmentation like dark under eye circles or sunspots, the better.

Options for this include using a Vitamin C powder and adding it to your existing products or getting a moisturiser or serum containing Vitamin C and using it religiously.

4. Exfoliate more often

We know exfoliating removes the dead cells on the skin surface, increases blood circulation and unclogs pores, to name a few. You should be exfoliating at least a couple of times a week.

Because exfoliation reveals new layers of skin and opens the pores, it means the beauty products you use can get deeper into the skin, working more effectively.

I could probably keep going with at least 10 with other things I wish I’d started sooner including more regular facials and beauty treatments like microdermabrasion, doing at home face masks more often, getting hold of a jade roller (the face massage tool that’s been known to boost circulation and help  beauty products absorb better) and taking beauty supplements.

Turning back the clock is obviously impossible and while you might not have started on something as soon as you wish, what’s stopping you now? Your skin will thank you for it.


Debby Harrington

Debby is a journalist by trade who grew up in Perth before making her way to Canberra. As long as she can remember, her mother has always followed a beauty routine methodically, morning and night, which is where Debby developed her taste for the world of beauty. Debby loves trying new products and can’t live without lip balm, sunscreen and concealer. She also has her own blog featuring all things fashionable and beautiful so check out www.debbywithawhy.com.au. More about the Author

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