Formulas to look younger

Beauty gurus share their unusual advice and tips for fighting wrinkles

From headstands and honey to gurning and grapes, these experts share their own personal secrets for fighting off the signs of ageing. Moisturisers and SPF creams aren’t the only way to avoid wrinkles. Here, beauty gurus share their unusual secrets.

Exercise your neck
The neck is a big age giveaway and needs help to keep it taut, toned and firm. Lie on your back with your head hanging over the edge of the bed, then lift your head towards your chest. Repeat 10 times daily.
— Noella Gabriel, director of a cosmetic company

Use an ice pack
To stimulate my skin cells, shrink fluid retention and reduce redness and visible capillaries, I wrap ice in a muslin cloth and roll it all over my face. It leaves you with a rosy, youthful complexion.
— Sarah Chapman, facialist Drink from a flask

I try not to drink from plastic bottles as it causes wrinkles around the mouth. Use a flask with a cup attached instead.
— Marcyanna Legan, MD of a skincare company


Change your cleanser
Use an oil-based cleanser that won’t strip away natural oils and massage make-up off with plenty of product. Apply pressure across your frown lines — try a zig-zag motion under the eyes when massaging.
— Facialist Su-Man

Practice facial yoga
Facial yoga helps to support the contours of your face, delays wrinkles and improves deep-set lines. Place your fingers on the edge of your jaw and pull towards your ears. This disperses fat around the jaw.
— Wren Holmes, urban skincare consultant

Eat face foods
Wild salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that moisturise from within for smooth, soft, flexible and glowing skin. I eat two to three servings of wild (not farmed) salmon a week. Avocados are also full of monounsaturated oil, vitamin E and B complex vitamins that repair and protect skin from free radical damage. I eat avocados three to four times a week.
— Nigma Talib, naturopathic doctor

Pack in the powder
I never put powder in the crow’s feet around my eyes. It just makes wrinkles look bigger.
— Kirsten Carriol, creator of a beauty product

Do a headstand
Headstands are great for getting the blood to flow to the face, oxygenating your complexion and helping to remove wrinkle-inducing toxins.
— Esther Fieldgrass, founder of a spa

Massage back-handed
Dot a small amount of cream on the backs of both hands, then, with the backs of your hands, massage your neck upwards and outwards in long strokes until the cream is fully absorbed. This won’t ‘drag’ at the skin, like fingertips do, and helps prevent ageing signs on the backs of the hands as well as your neck.
— Liz Warom, founder of a spa

Drink green tea
I drink green tea daily and keep blueberries at my desk to nibble on. They provide a powerful dose of protective antioxidants that keep wrinkles at bay.
— Kristy Cimesa, founder of a herbological healing company

Say yes to serums
To fight inflammation and ageing free radicals, I use an antioxidant serum, and to hydrate I drink 1.5 litres of water a day. I follow my antioxidant serum with a good hyaluronic serum, which can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture.
—Jill Zander, founder of a skin rejuvenation clinic

Give gurning a go
I do facial gymnastics daily to tackle wrinkles. Puff out your cheeks and move the air from one to the other. Do this three times. Then, with your lips slightly pouting, gently blow as if you’re blowing bubbles. Smile widely, hold for three seconds and release. Repeat thrice.
— Donna Tait, skincare expert

Enjoy a smoothie
My secret to good skin is a daily smoothie of spinach, kiwi, banana and unsweetened almond milk. Spinach is an excellent source of iron. Without it, you can’t transport oxygen efficiently, which can leave you with pale skin. The vitamin C in kiwis helps make collagen for new skin cells and the vitamin E in almond milk protects the skin.
— Sharon Hilditch, founder of a skincare company

Pinch yourself
I pinch my skin to keep it plump and youthful, as pinching stimulates the fat cells under the skin to keep it firm, full and tight.
— Dr Terry Loong, skin energy doctor

Tuck into honey
I’m a great believer in using natural ingredients. Getting more honey in your diet is great for the face. It’s good at helping the skin absorb moisture.
— Helen Ambrosen, co-founder and beauty product inventor

Serve tea and cucumber
When my eyes look puffy or tired, I soak camomile tea bags in cold water and place them over my eyelids for 10 minutes. It leaves me with pepped-up peepers. To temporarily tighten the complexion, I place chilled slices of cucumbers on my eyes and cheeks.
— Rivka Rose, founder of a natural skincare company

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