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Skin care for your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s & beyond
Getting older is inevitable. Annoying, but true. However, this isn’t an excuse to let your skin care regimen slide. In fact, it should be the total opposite. Pay attention to your skin and adapt your routine to your age group’s concerns and you’ll be rewarded with a youthful-looking complexion. We promise.
SKIN CARE IN YOUR 20s...
I don’t mean to scare you, you lovely dewy-skinned beauties, but your 20s are an extremely important decade when it comes to determining what your skin will look like down the track. While your collagen production levels are working their hardest, it’s important to feed the skin with antioxidant-rich, hydrating products to keep your skin soft and supple, as well as amp up your sun protection to prevent sun damage. If you suffer from the occasional pimple or full-blown acne, beware of products that strip the skin of its natural oils – they’ll only send your oil glands into overdrive, causing even more pimples. Use oil-free lotions and skin-balancing cleansers instead. Also, start using an eye cream as soon as you can. Choose one that’s lightweight and nourishing and you’ll keep those fine lines at bay for as long as possible. Product picks: anumi Selections Eye Contour Gel, BIODERMA Sébium H20 and DermaVeen Protect Facial Moisturiser SPF30+.
SKIN CARE IN YOUR 30s...
By the time you hit 30, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth will be more visible. Your skin may appear thinner and finer, and collagen production and cell turnover is likely to have slowed down. The result? A complexion that can appear a little less than luminous. So, now is the time to employ creamy cleansers instead of gels to ensure your skin stays hydrated; ones that contain AHAs or glycolic to encourage collagen. Serums and creams containing hyaluronic acid are also your best friends, as they’ll help your skin retain moisture. Facial oils such as jojoba and rosehip will come in handy, too. Apply one to your face, neck and décolletage after cleansing to avoid crepey skin. It’s worth investing in prescription or over-the-counter vitamin A products, too – they’ll help reduce sunspots, increase collagen and gently exfoliate the skin. Oh, and don’t slacken on that daily sunscreen application. Product picks: Elucent Gentle Cleanser, Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil and AHAVA Time to Revitalize Extreme Night Treatment.
SKIN CARE IN YOUR 40s...
If you spent your teens and twenties sunbathing, it’s likely you’ll be paying for it now in the form of blotchiness, sunspots and lack of elasticity and moisture. Those lines around your mouth and eyes that popped up in your thirties are likely to be deeper, and if you’ve gone through menopause, your skin may be more sensitive. Now is the time to employ a hydrating primer on a daily basis to give your make-up a smooth base to sit on. At night, apply products rich in peptides and coenzyme Q10 to help boost skin vitality and resilience, and retinol (vitamin A) to reduce wrinkles. Pay attention to your eye and décolletage area, too – these areas don’t bounce back like they used to, so without regular attention they can end up crepey and lined. Product picks: Skinstitut Rejuvenate 15, Pelactiv Collagen Gel Mask and Uriage Lait Demaquillant.
SKIN CARE IN YOUR 50s AND BEYOND...
Cell turnover is slow at this age, and dryness is high. This means it’s time to amp up your skin routine and target the issues you can change. Specific laser treatments can reduce hyperpigmentation and broken capillaries, and creamy cleansers can help ward off dryness. Serums or facial oils containing vitamin C will help brighten the complexion, and targeted spot creams will help even out your skin tone. At night, be sure to slather on rich, luxurious creams to nourish your skin and act as a blanket over all the previous potions you’ve applied. Taking fish oil capsules is a wise idea, too – they will help nourish your skin from the inside out. Product picks: Ultraceuticals Multi-Vitamin Daily Moisturiser, Pretorius Maxi Fish Oil and John Plunkett Essentials Super Wrinkle Cream.
AND A NIFTY TRICK TO KEEP YOU LOOKING HOT ALL OVER, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR AGE…
And that trick is this: apply body moisturiser. Every. Single. Day. Sounds simple, but this little task will keep your arms, tum and pins looking fresh and hydrated all year round. Because, just like your face, your body craves moisture, so prevent it from getting thirsty (read: dehydrated and flaky) and let it sip on something like Dove Essential Nourishment Body Milk. This nutrient and essential oil-filled goodie provides long-lasting hydration and treats all skin types with the utmost care.
FINAL NOTE: it doesn’t matter how old you are, don’t sunbake. Ever. And if you do, stop. Right now. Other than the obvious health risks, you’re putting your skin in trauma each and every time you lay out in the sun, causing premature ageing, sun spots and uneven skin tone. ‘nuff said.
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