Cut back on the foods that are sure to age your skin. Sugary foods break down collagen and elastin, causing dullness and wrinkles over time. “But there’s no reason to skip dark chocolate,” says dermatologist Dr Ava Shamban. It has a low glycaemic index, so it doesn’t spike blood sugar. “And honey is the best sweetener, as it’s full of antioxidants.” Spicy foods can cause rosacea flare-ups. “They trigger inflammation and flushing,” says Dr Shamban. Also watch out for coffee. It dehydrates skin, making it look older, although the polyphenols it contains could have an upside: a new study revealed that women who drank three cups a day had the fewest age spots. For a win-win, follow up with a glass of water.
Wake up happier
Mornings are tough, but having a pregame before bed will make your transition from lights out to sunrise a lot mellower. And since stress can lead to premature ageing, waking up calm is essential. It’s smart to prep for tomorrow morning before it’s tomorrow morning, but don’t stop at setting the coffee-pot timer! Pull out a cute mug that you enjoy sipping from, and put your almond milk front and centre in the fridge. Working out tomorrow? Lay out your socks, keys and headphones, plus anything else that you need to get yourself out the door.