The Manual - How to protect your body from ageing

You're not getting any younger. But then, neither are we. So, with that miserable fact in mind, here's our guide to battloing the ever-encroaching signs of ageing without resorting to more drastic measures.

Your Hairline

Before there’s a problem - Baldness is a genetic time bomb, but you can do a few things to lengthen the fuse. Use lightweight grooming products without harsh straightening properties and natural bristle brushes that are gentler on follicles.
And after - Thickening shampoos can help once you start to lose locks, and of course, there are heavy-duty products like Rogaine and Propecia.

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Your Hair Colour

Before there’s a problem - Some scientists claim that UV rays cause pigment cells in your scalp to go dormant. Use products with UV protection to slow that process.
And after - Colour-boosting shampoos help retain shine and partially cover greys, or you can do the all-over dye (but for the love of all that is good, maintain your roots). Or just embrace your grey. She might like it.

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Your Face

Before there’s a problem - Wear sunscreen (or moisturiser with SPF) to help prevent wrinkles, and drink plenty of concord-grape juice. The antioxidant polyphenols preserve the skin’s elasticity.
And after - Facial creams containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) help iron out wrinkles. But they also make you more sensitive to sun damage, so be sure to pair with SPF15 or higher.

Your Teeth

Before there’s a problem - Brushing, flossing, and regular dentist visits.
And after - Over-the-counter whiteners have improved in recent years. Apply twice a day for 30 minutes, using a toothpick to be sure the strips fill the gaps between your teeth.

Your Eyes

Before there’s a problem - UV filters on eyeglasses and sunglasses help prevent conditions like cataracts.
And after - Don’t delay in getting reading glasses. They alleviate headaches and eyestrain and won’t accelerate macular degeneration. Be sure glasses have anti-reflective coatings, and use drops to keep the eyes lubricated.