At what age should women start worrying about wrinkles?

According to new research released today many women start to worry about wrinkles from the age of 24, and the onset of fine lines is something that has been been troubling most for a few years, because we actually start buying anti-ageing products from the age of 21.

The UK-based study of 2,000 women carried out by CACI Microlift has got us to thinking; should we be worrying about wrinkles at such a young age, and should we be putting up the expensive anti-ageing fight from 21 years of age? The answer from the experts is a resounding yes, within reason.

“It is never too early or too late to start thinking about skin protection, skin renewal and maintenance,” says consultant dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe.

This is a consensus amongst cosmetic doctors as Dr.Sebagh explains, “anatomically from the age of 20 we start ageing. That’s just a fact.”

However, the message is that in your twenties it’s about damage limitation, not age reversal. “Prevent damage, don’t fight it,” cosmetic doctor Michael Prager goes on to say. He, like Sebagh, thinks twenty-somethings should arm themselves firstly with anti-oxidants, “while limiting the damage done by cutting back on typical twenty-something habits including sun, sugar, sleepless nights, smoking and alcohol.”

Sebagh adds that while twenty-somethings don’t need the help of “major” anti-ageing products, it is right that the ageing process should be carefully contemplated. “Education is key,” he says, “because while your skin fibres may not have started breaking down yet, and your cell energy doesn’t need boosting – making active skincare ingredients redundant – you do need protection, particularly against photo-ageing.” That starts, of course, with sunscreen.

Leslie also points out that on top of sun protection a good moisturiser is also “very important,” while avoiding “faddy diets, sugar and smoking,” will undoubtedly help.

Simplicity also seems to be key to ageing gracefully in our twenties; “you don’t actually need that many products when you’re younger,” says Prager. While added anti-ageing actives won’t necessarily damage your skin, they will damage your bank balance, and unneccessarily so. Plus, as Prager explains: “use too many products on young skin, and you can cause sensitivity. Over a lifetime, a lot of those ingredients can become irritating.”

Dr Leslie also adds, “we still don’t know what 20 years of using hi-tech ingredients like vitamin A derived retinoids would do to someone’s skin down the line,” while Dr Sebagh advises that skincare simplicity coupled with “sunscreen, good cleansing and exfoliation,” is the best approach.

“Start thinking about skincare, especially sun protection, as early as you can. Choose well-formulated sunscreens and a good cleansing routine as well as a healthy diet and you will see the benefits for many years ahead. Ignoring these factors will make you age faster,” says Lowe.


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Once you go Shellac, you never go back

Nail trends come and go but a chip free manicure that can last for up to 21 days is here to stay, and rightly so!

Shellac has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years so chances are you have heard a little about gel manicures already.

Shellac nail polish needs to be cured under a UV light, this is why only certified salons can apply it. It is thin coats of polish on your natural nail that takes time to develop under the UV lamp between every coat, with a top coat added at the end for extra shine. It is quick (ish), easy and looks amazing. It has virtually no dry time so you can go about your day as usual once you leave the salon.

Shellac have an endless selection of colours available but we love the Fall 2015 collection they have just launched – see below

Our talented nail technicians apply Shellac at The Annex Beauty Clinic for only €24.99

Guinot Instant Radiance Moisturising Masque

Introducing Guinots best selling product and for good reason.

This product is a firm favourite amongst our team as it gives skin an instant noticeable boost. It treats ultra-dry skin; instantly nourishing the complexion and adding radiance with essential oils.

Guinots instant radiance mositurising mask is popular with leading make up artists as it gives clients a brightened complexion before make up application.

Directions of Use:

  • Apply a thin layer of your face and neck
  • Leave it on for about 10 minutes and remove with a warm face cloth

The Perfect Brows

The quest to obtain the perfect eyebrow is not an easy one! It takes patience, time and a little professional help 😉

We all have them, be yours thick, thin, dark or light. Follow these tips to make the most of the eyebrows you have.

  • They don’t need to be perfectly symmetrical so don’t get too stressed about it.
  • Get them professionally shaped roughly every 4 weeks. Although it is so very tempting, do not tweeze any hairs yourself between appointments. This makes it easy for your beautician to get the best shape for your brows in the shortest timeframe possible.
  • If it feels like your eyebrows are taking forever to grow, help them along with a few drops of vitamin E oil or coconut oil and you will be well on your way to fuller brows as this stimulates growth.
  • The main secret to an instant perfect brow is filling them in. Invest in a decent brow brush for filling. you won’t regret it.