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You can’t stop the clock but you can definitely slow down its impact on your skin.

You’ve heard it before, but the importance of protecting yourself from UV rays can’t be emphasised enough. The key? Being vigilant at all times, not just when you’re spending large chunks of time outdoors. “It’s estimated that up to 80 per cent of skin ageing can be attributed to photo ageing from incidental sun exposure,” says Jurlique’s Ultimate Beauty Expert, Rebecca Nicholls.

And don’t just be sun smart in summer – it’s important to protect your skin year-round. “Just 20 minutes of incidental sun a day adds up,” says Rebecca. “Over a year you will see that this is equivalent to two weeks of unprotected exposure.”

Those dark smudges under your eyes aren’t just from a lack of sleep. Toxic by-products produced when we process sugar (called glycation) can also cause those dark circles, as well as wrinkles and sagging. Cut down your intake by avoiding processed foods and sugary drinks. Boosting your intake of highly satiating foods, such as protein and fibre, will also help to fight cravings.

Skimping on sleep can cause blood vessels to dilate, leading to tell-tale puffiness and dark shadows under the eyes. The effects of sleep deprivation aren’t just skin deep – sleep allows our bodies to rest, repair, and regenerate cells – all crucial to slowing the ageing process.

Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids protect our cells from ageing by slowing down the shortening of telomeres, the markers of biological ageing found at the end of chromosomes. To make sure your cells receive the benefits of omega-3, you could take a fish oil supplement and boost your intake of omega-3-rich foods such as salmon, sardines and walnuts.

Antioxidants help fight against free radicals, which can damage the skin and cause premature ageing. “Free radicals are everywhere,” says Rebecca Nicholls. “They occur naturally in our body and are also left behind by smoke, pollution and the sun’s radiation.”

Free radicals damage skin cells through the process of oxidation – substances that help prevent this damage are called ‘anti-oxidants’. “There’s dozens, if not hundreds, of different antioxidants. Naturally occurring antioxidants can be found in many of the plant and natural ingredients that are used to formulate Jurlique products,” says Rebecca.

There’s no time like the present to slow down your skin’s ageing process. Jurlique has an age-fighting range to suit your stage of life.

Youth Defence
Best for: Fatigue, fine lines, dehydration
Try: Herbal Recovery Signature Serum

Age Repair
Best for: Wrinkles, loss of elasticity, uneven skin tone
Try: Purely Age-Defying Firming and Tightening Serum

Age Reclaim
Best for: Sagging, deep lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture
Try: Nutri-Define Superior Retexturizing Facial Serum