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Optimise your skin care to fit your age

Skincare through lifeYour skin changes as you age so making adjustments to your skincare regime as you age and mature is a sensible way forward, says Chris Henry.

There’s an infinite array of lotions and creams which promise to look after your skin and keep you looking younger and healthier. However, you should never simply grab the latest product simply based on a strong marketing campaign.

Making the right skincare product choices is essential in maintaining a healthy glow throughout your life. Whilst your skin age may not always match your birth age due to lifestyle choices and genetics, a rough guide to making the right choices will help you find your way through the maze of products and keep your skin fit for years ahead.

 

 

In Your 20s…

Now is the time to develop good habits and set-up a routine which will form the basis of excellent, healthy skin for life. In your 20s, many of the skin issues you see come from carefree living (and neglect) such as partying, drinking too much, pulling all-nighters and lying in the sun without sunscreen. There might be lingering acne from the teen years as well.

 

The solution:

A gentle foaming cleanser which won’t dry out your skin.

A light moisturiser that contains sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection.

An antioxidant cream to counteract the damage from your lifestyle. Apply a serum at night which will work wonders while you sleep.

Avoid powerful eye creams and other anti-ageing products which might aggravate younger skin.

 

In Your 30s

Sun worshipers will see an increase in fine lines and damage like dark spots and loss of elasticity—but it’s never too late to get with the (sun protection) program.

 

The solution:

Use a cleanser which removes makeup and lightly exfoliates using PHAs.

Use an eye cream both day and night to hydrate the skin around the eyes and increase suppleness.

Use an antioxidant-rich moisturiser, serum or lotion which also has UVA protection.

Avoid over treating your skin but it’s wise to increase the amount of attention you give it.

 

In Your 40s

Sun damage continues to show up as uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. And many 40-somethings contend with hormone-related problems such as acne and premenopausal dryness.

 

The solution:

Use SPF daily to prevent further damage and choose a product that contains antioxidants to fight free radicals and help reverse some of the damage you already have.

Retinoids and peptides are two ingredient groups that you should add into your routine. Peptides can help rebuild collagen, especially when used in combination with skin texture-improving retinoids like retinol.

Start paying attention to your neck. Anti-ageing products specifically formulated for the neck are now easily available.

 

In Your 50s and beyond

You may be noticing thinner skin and sagging. Bone loss around the jaw can lead to jowls; fat loss can create a sunken look. Lines and wrinkles deepen, and hyperpigmentation increases. You may also notice that your skin is dry and flaky.

 

The solution:

Use a cleanser which will hydrate as it cleans.

Choose a moisturising cream that contains SPF to keep skin hydrated and protected.

Apply a peptide-rich serum.

At night, apply a moisturiser night-cream which will help build new collagen, prevent collagen breakdown and strengthen skin’s underlying structure overnight.