Looking after our skin properly is the best way to fight premature ageing, and we know we must cleanse, tone and moisturise – as well as take off our makeup before bed. But is there more we could be doing to ensure youthful skin for as long as possible? We’ve shortlisted some additional skincare rules you should follow in your twenties, thirties and forties. Incorporate these into your daily routine, and we promise you’ll reap the benefits.

Rule 1

Wear an SPF every day, even if it isn’t sunny. Ultraviolet rays can damage skin even on the cloudiest of days, so apply a lightweight sun cream under your makeup, or choose a foundation with an SPF factor.

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Rule 2

Our hands age faster than the rest of our body, so get into a routine of applying a hand cream a couple of times a day. Keep your hand cream where you know you’re going to see it – on your desk at work, by your bed – so you’ll always remember to use it.

Rule 3

We need to look after the skin on our body too. Apply a thick, deeply moisturising body cream every night before you go to bed and you’ll quickly notice the difference.

Rule 4

Apply a face mask a couple of times a week. In the winter when it’s cold, it’s a good idea to use a mask more frequently.

Rule 5

When applying your day and night cream, take it past your jawline and onto your neck. This is an area that ages quickly, so always keep it well moisturised.

Rule 6

Try to avoid alcohol as much as you can. It’s high in sugar, which damages the skin’s collagen – cue early wrinkles!

Rule 7

Lack of sleep will cause your skin to look tired and dull. If you feel you aren’t getting enough sleep, try removing yourself from all technology an hour before you go to bed and using a lavender spray on your pillow.

Rule 8

Drink plenty of water. It increases your metabolic rate and improves the digestive system, flushing out unwanted toxins from your body, which in turn gives you healthy, glowing skin.