Take 4 #8: Anti Ageing things you can do in your 20’s

It’s a scary thought that at 25 our skin starts to slow down and is classed as ‘mature’.  However, while many of us will not be using specific anti ageing products at this age or younger (we don’t need to!), there are certain things we can do with ease to help stave off those pesky wrinkles.

  1. DRINK MORE WATER Unsurprisingly this is something that can aid our general health, but drinking more water will keep our skin clear and full of moisture, and keep it working to its full potential. This is one thing I find hard to do as my job doesn’t allow me to drink at regular intervals, however, when I am able to drink more often I definitely feel better in myself and I know its doing all sorted of good.
  2. WEAR SPF The suns rays are some of the most damaging things for our skin.  Everyone loves a tan, but who would want to look like a wrinkly leather handbag at 40? The rays penetrate the skins layers and can create free radicals (naughty cells) which in turn damage the collagen and elastin.  These are the parts of the skins structure that gives it its youthful look (plump, smooth, line free).  They naturally break down with age, but many things speed up the ageing process, such as the sun and external pollution.  Wearing SPF gives your skin chance to protect itself from those damaging rays. This goes for winter as well as summer!
  3. MOISTURISE NECK AND HANDS We all know that our eyes ages first, mainly because the skin is much thinner, but the neck and backs of hands also show age sooner than other non-exposted areas.  When you’re young you don’t need anymore products to protect these areas, just take any excess moisturiser down onto the neck and then run over the backs of your hands with the last ‘dregs’.  Simple but effective!
  4. SLEEP Now I can’t claim I do this myself, but your skin will thank you in the future if you get a good nights sleep on a regular basis.  As we all know 8 hours is about right.  We can perform better in our day jobs, but sleep is when the skin repairs itself.  And that is sleep, not just resting.  So again if the skin repairs itself correctly while your younger it will repair more effectively and stave off ageing for longer!

I hope you’ve found those tips helpful, does anyone do things like this already?

Thanks for reading!



Bookworms! I need you!

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image courtesy of Google Images

One of my favourite things about going on holiday is the hours a day I know I’ll be able to spend reading! I commute around 2 hours per day but I still don’t find time to get really stuck into a book.  Sometimes i’m in the mood, some I’m not and I think once you’ve relayed you’ve started a book three times in the last month, its time to give up the ghost!

So anyway, the point of this little chit chat, is to ask you gorgeous people for some book recommendations.  I gave myself a challenge in my 2014 Goals and Resolutions to read 20 books this year and I need to get a move on! Ordinarily I read crime thrillers and chick lit type books.  I do want to broaden my literary library, but I’m pretty sure I won’t like fantasy stuff or anything vampire related. I have read some autobiographies before, but would like to read something a little more insightful than Cheryl Cole or one of the TOWIE cast. (Don’t get me wrong, I love TOWIE, but I’m not sure I could read a book about their lives!) I’m also partial to a bit of Jackie Collins on holiday (naughty!) so something on lines would be good fun too!

I am going on holiday in February and would like a couple to get me started! So If you think you can give me a book to read then please leave me a comment below!

Nina xx

Choose My Look – The Smokey Eye: Jewel Colours

Happy weekend everyone! I hope you are all well.

I knew I wanted to do a short make up related post and while I was thinking what do I started daydreaming about what look I shall wear tonight when I go out with the girls. It then hit me like a lightbulb moment: you guys can help me choose! I know I want to do quite an intense smokey eye but I’m bored of using the same blacks, greys and taupes. I do love those shades but it’s nice to have change! So looking through my collection of shadows I found these 3 beauties and just couldn’t resist! They are those really beautiful jewel-like colours (juicy ruby reds, rich emerald greens and deep sapphire blues) which I think are quite versatile in terms of what skin and hair colours they suit.

(apologies for the picture, I wanted to get the real colours in the sun but it was almost too bright on my windowsill!)

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