Getting older has a great many advantages. You gain the experience and wisdom that can only come with the passage of time. You have more stories to tell of fun and adventure, and you gain confidence and become more comfortable with who you are. One of the disadvantages of ageing is that you start to notice a few more lines and wrinkles in the mirror than you’d like.

Laughter lines, crow’s feet; whatever you want to call them, these fine lines can appear in the most unflattering of places, and can occur when you’re really not ready for them. If you’re starting to notice your first few lines, don’t worry; there’s plenty you can do to reduce their appearance.

Red light therapy

One of the most effective treatments proven to help slow the telltale signs of aging is red light therapy. Celebrities and social media gurus have been singing its praises for years, and the benefits are proven.

Red LED light therapy is available at a number of salons – you can find your nearest treatment here. It works by penetrating through the skin’s surface to stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is responsible for giving skin a youthful, plumper look which means skin looks younger with the appearance of fine lines reduced.

Red LED light therapy gets to work straight away and is completely non-invasive.

Wear sunscreen

So much research has been done on the negative effects that the sun can have on our skin that it’s surprising to hear that most people believe the skin can only be damaged if it gets burnt. This is, of course, not the case. No matter how warm and bright or seemingly dull and cloudy the day is, you should always make sure to cover your face with a layer of sun protection. Choose a moisturiser with at least SPF 15 in it and wear it daily.

Wear sunglasses

A straightforward technique to reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eyes; simply pop on a pair of sunglasses if the day is bright. It doesn’t matter what time of year, sunglasses are always a useful accessory to have on you, as squinting is the number one cause of crow’s feet.

It may also be worth investing in a pair of reading glasses, or take an eye test if you’re finding you’re not just squinting because of the weather too.

Use retinoids

Retinoids are skincare products that contain Vitamin A. They are used in many anti-ageing cosmetics as they remove old cells and encourage the production of new ones, as well as stimulating collagen production. They also correct pigmentation which is fantastic for giving you younger looking skin. Use a serum instead of a cream for easier absorption, and be sure to use them only at night, so they have time to work.

Sleep

Last, but certainly not least. The health benefits of sleep are many. Rest is fantastic for aiding in weight loss, it’s great for the heart, it improves our mental and physical wellbeing, and it’s fantastic for the skin. Not only does it give up six to eight hours of stillness, but it also increases our skin’s ability to repair and grow.