Your skin changes with the years, and to keep it always looking radiant, your skincare should change, too.
Good habits start early so make sure to avoid premature ageing through UV damage. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, which offers protection against UVA.
Get into the habit of cleansing and moisturising morning and night with products suitable for your skin type. Always take your makeup off before you go to bed. Doing this ensures your skin can breathe overnight and helps your pores to remain pimple-free. Regular cleansing and using lighter, low-oil, non-clogging moisturisers will also reduce breakouts.
Cell turnover starts to slow. Most people in their thirties will start to notice some fine lines starting to form around the eyes (crows feet), as well as skin pigmentation due to sun damage. The skin around the eyes is so thin, the eyes are the first affected. An eye cream should help to target these concerns.
Products containing vitamins A, C and E are antioxidant rich and ingredients such as green tea and coffee berry extract are also potent antioxidants. These target issues of uneven skin tone, loss of elasticity and sun damage.
Oil production slows down in your forties, and the skin on your face tends to becomes drier and less plump.
Use a cream exfoliant on your face, two to three times a week to help your skin regenerate and absorb moisturiser better. A weekly mask can also help rejuvenate a tired complexion, encourage firmness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In your fifties, you may look to introduce an anti-ageing serum or cream into your regimen.
Vitamin A – commonly manufactured as products called retinol, retin aldehyde, tretinoin or retinoic acid – is the only product topically applied to skin that stimulates cell turnover, stimulates collagen (the building blocks of our skin) and evens out pigmentation issues such as freckles.
One unchanging element of your skincare through the decades should be a healthy diet and avoidance of excessive sun and stress. Lifestyle factors can have just as strong an impact on the quality of your skin as any products you choose to use.
For more information about choosing the right skincare products, visit your local National Pharmacies store and speak to one of our beauty consultants. See some of the brands we stock below: