Skincare Habits to Age Well

Have confidence in the skin you're in

Forget anti-ageing I want to encourage and inform on how to age well with your individual skin type looking it’s best whatever your age. That said there are some ways we can help make the best of our skin no matter what season in life we’re at.

Many people see ageing as a crisis situation and so want to hide their wrinkles, grey hair and finding that mystical fountain of youth pot of lotion is the ultimate aim. In my experience and opinion no such fountain of youth exists, nor should it.

Remember graceful ageing brings wisdom, resilience and maturity. Constantly fighting against your age, frequently brings frustration and disappointment. Whereas becoming gracefully accepting of your body changes tends to bring confidence, wisdom, knowledge and contentment.

I've put together a summary of the main points to consider in your skincare routine during the different decades.

 

Skin Care Basics for Your 20s...

The most important thing when it comes to your skin in your twenties is to keep skin moisturised and protected from the sun with sunscreen. Your skin still produces enough collagen so only needs a moisturising boost. Don’t use anything too strong, and there isn’t the need to layer too many products – serums, eye gels etc - you really don’t need it.

Skin Care Basics for Your 30s...

If you've been diligent with sunscreen, you most likely haven't seen a radical change in your skin since your 20s. But this is the decade when your complexion may start to look dull because of slower cell turnover, so regular exfoliation should be your top priority. Sun worshipers will see an increase in fine lines and damage like dark spots and loss of elasticity but keep following through with the sunscreen protection. This is also the decade when you may begin to notice crow's feet, dark circles, and sagging of the lower eyelid.

Routine:

Cleanse 

You want to continue to protect your skin's natural barrier, so use a gentle face wash. To make dull skin more luminous, try a cleanser with hydroxy acids. You can also use a mild scrub several times a week or a cleansing brush.

Daytime Serum and MOISTURISER 

Keep up with the sunscreen. For an extra boost of protection from pollution and sun damage, layer a vitamin C serum underneath. It can also help with hyper pigmentation. Also, a moisturiser containing peptides will help sustain collagen.

Overnight Cleansing and MOISTURISER  

Your focus should be on repairing skin including the thin skin around the eye area. Choose high quality under eye cream, serum or gel. Also a night cream with vitamin A or retinol. Choose double cleansing with an oil cleanser at night.

 

Skin Care Basics for Your 40s...

Once you reach forty, your skin slowly reduces the production of collagen. This results in ageing of your skin, because it loses its elasticity. This period calls for stronger face creams and some rejuvenation.

In this decade women are usually just beginning to see fine lines, wrinkles and loss of volume. Also sun damage continues to show up as hyper pigmentation. During this season you’ll need stronger day and night creams.

Routine:

Cleanse 

Continue washing your face, morning and night with a gentle cleanser. And if you're plagued by occasional pimples, try a face wash with salicylic acid.

Daytime Serum and MOISTURISER 

To repair and protect, look for a serum or moisturiser rich in antioxidants, like vitamin C or E. Over that, layer a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 moisturiser.

Overnight Cleansing and MOISTURISER  

It’s worth it to spend a bit more on your bedtime regimen since that’s the time when your skin restores itself. Regular use of a retinol moisturiser can have long-term benefits.

 

Skin Care Basics for Your 50s and beyond...

It's true at every age, but being beautiful comes from feeling happy and taking good care of yourself. So if you haven't made that your primary goal, do it today. In your 50s, you really appreciate the benefits of having made wise lifestyle choices, which are more important than genetics in influencing the rate at which you age. Not smoking, avoiding excess sun exposure, and managing stress can have a major impact.

Routine:

Cleanse 

You want to protect your skin barrier, because the drier your skin, the more susceptible it is to damage. Wash daily with a creamy moisturising cleanser for sensitive skin.

Daytime Serum and MOISTURISER 

Start with a serum or moisturiser containing antioxidants like vitamin C or E, or green tea. Over that, layer your moisturiser and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

Overnight Cleansing and MOISTURISER  

Two main focuses during this season in life are to moisturise and repair. You need a rich night cream with peptides or a retinol cream or lotion. If the retinoid causes dryness, try it with a moisturiser or a night cream, or use it only three times a week. Be sure to use the night cream on your neck and the retinoid on your chest and the backs of your hands.

 

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

~ Sophia Loren

I believe ageing boldly is as much about a positive mental attitude and healthy lifestyle as it is about our outward appearance. Sure we all want to look great because it helps us to feel great inside, but the inside is where it counts the most. Avoid negativity, bitterness and conflict and surround yourself with positive situations and people. Keep in mind that your individuality and unique sense of self is priceless and the most beautiful part of you so go ahead and shine from the inside out!

As always, please reach out with questions, comments or more suggestions.


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