‘Someone once told me that my skin looked like a crocodile handbag!’

‘Someone once told me that my skin looked like a crocodile handbag!’


Triple Olympian turned wellness entrepreneur Lisa Curry writes exclusively for Body+Soul about the life lessons she has learnt, and offers tips on how to live your happiest and healthiest life.

I remember looking in the mirror about two years ago and thinking, oh my goodness, I have a wrinkle. Not laugh lines or expression lines, but an actual wrinkle; I realised at that moment that ageing was well and truly on its way and… inevitable.

So what now? Complaining won’t make wrinkles go away, but you can do damage control.

There are many ways to reduce the signs of ageing skin. At one end of the scale are invasive cosmetic procedures such as plastic surgery, which can have varying levels of success.

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Next up are less-invasive treatments such as botox, needling, laser, facial peels and microdermabrasion. And on the complete opposite end of the scale is making lifestyle choices that will support good skin.

Things such as eating skin-healthy foods, exercising, avoiding smoking, drinking less or no alcohol, sleeping soundly, using a silk pillow case, staying hydrated and using the right skincare products.

I’ve always been aware of how important it is to look after myself. But now, more than ever, it’s become top of mind as my skin starts to reflect my life choices.

For some, it comes down to good genes. But many aren’t so lucky and have to work hard for it. I’ve spent so much time in the Australian elements and in swimming pools, I know what it’s like to need to take care of your skin.

Someone once told me that my skin looked like a crocodile handbag!

Harsh, but true. But by making some lifestyle tweaks, such as eating meals packed with superfoods and nutrients for optimal skin health and healing, my skin has noticeably improved.

But back to the wrinkles. It starts with just the one, then there’s two and then as more appear, you begin to get more stressed, which shows on your skin – it’s a vicious cycle.

There’s no point saying, “I wish I’d looked after my skin more when I was young.” It’s too late for that, but it’s never too late to start looking after your skin right now.

Start by finding the best skincare products that will make a real difference.

Cleansing is the most critical step, and one we’re all guilty of skipping on occasion. How many times have you come home from a night out and gone straight to bed because you were too tired to take your make-up off? Yes, I’m guilty!

Doing this wreaks havoc on your skin – from clogging your pores to potentially damaging your eyes.

My optometrist once showed me a picture of an eye infection someone had developed from not removing their eye make-up. Their eyelids were red, their lashes full of pus and it was quite disgusting.

Needless to say, I learnt an important lesson: an extra 10 minutes’ sleep isn’t worth the pain of infections or pimples.

The best results come from a combination of having an effective home-care routine alongside a salon-care regimen. For me, quality probiotic skin care and needling is my winning combination. Yes, needling is a little painful, but it’s a bearable pain that achieves results – at least for me.

Whether you choose to use dermal fillers or age naturally, find something that makes you feel comfortable, confident and happy in your skin.

After all, how good would it feel to wake up, moisturise your skin, put some lippy on and walk out the door?

Lisa’s tips of the week

  • Purchase good-quality skin care: Look for products that work with your skin and penetrate the deeper layers. Products that contain active ingredients and probiotics work to improve your skin from the inside; they don’t simply sit on top and make your skin feel good for a short time.
  • Cleanse, cleanse and re-cleanse: You can’t paint your make-up on nicely if you don’t have a clean canvas to work with. Double-cleansing ensures any make-up and dirt is removed the first time, while the second wash penetrates the skin for a thorough cleanse.
  • Increase your antioxidant intake: Your skin is a reflection of what you put into your body. Antioxidants are the best resources your body has for fighting disease and ageing. Try adding fruits such as blackberries, strawberries and blueberries to your smoothie, or fill your salads with capsicums, carrots, kale, spinach and beetroot.

Lisa Curry is the co-founder of Happy Healthy You, an Australia-based women’s health and lifestyle company. To receive a free online assessment to help you get a better understanding of your current health, visit happyhealthyyou.com.au.

Find Lisa’s column each fortnight in Body+Soul for insightful tips on emotional and physical wellbeing, family and fitness – and learn how to live your happiest and healthiest life.

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