Preventing or reversing aging is a dream for many of us! Unfortunately, we can’t turn back time just yet, so we’ll have to make do with tackling the signs of the aging process. Your skin is where the aging process is first noticeable, so it’s little surprise that anti-aging skincare products are so popular. If you think you’re too young for these types of products (or you think it’s too late!) then think again. There are measures we can all take to improve the health of our skin and reduce the effect of aging, regardless of which decade you’re in.
Late teens and 20s
The sooner you start your battle against aging skin, the more successful you’ll be. In your teens and your 20s, it’s all about prevention rather than cure. The best thing you can do is settle into a skincare routine that’s suited to your skin. Determine whether your skin is oily, dry, combination or if you’re lucky enough to have ‘normal’ skin that’s neither dry nor oily. Experiment with different cleansers, moisturisers and makeup products and find what works for you.
Whatever products you use in your skincare routine, the most important step is sunscreen! To reduce skin damage from UV rays (the main cause of wrinkles and other signs of aging skin), ensure you apply sunscreen every day, at least 20-30 SPF if you can. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck – this area is easily forgotten but ages in the same way as your face.
As you move into your 30s, you’ve probably already noticed the formation of crow’s feet or lines on your forehead. At this stage in your life your body doesn’t cope so well with stressors like smoking, alcohol and a poor diet – and all these factors can impact your skin, too. In your 30s you may also be more stressed and get less sleep than in your 20s – it’s likely you have a few more responsibilities than you did when you were just out of high school! Skincare products can’t solve these problems, so think about how you can reduce stress and improve your diet.
Also, stick to your tied-and-tested skincare routine, but consider adding in eye cream or perhaps a richer moisturiser. You may also wish to explore products with retinoids or vitamin C in. These ingredients increase collagen production – a protein that gives your skin much of its elasticity and suppleness.
Even if you’ve kept up the most stringent anti-aging skincare routine for decades, in your 40s you’ll certainly be seeing the effects of aging on your skin, including deeper lines, reduced elasticity and firmness, and a less even complexion. If you haven’t been using products with retinoids in them in the past, now’s the time to try them out. You can buy products with weaker retinoids over the counter, but you’ll need a prescription for anything stronger. Continue with other collagen boosting products and transition to richer moisturisers and creams to combat dryness.
50s and onwards
The hormone changes that come with the menopause give you another skincare problem to solve. A reduction in oestrogen has many negative impacts on your skin, including increasing collagen loss and exacerbating dryness.
Day moisturiser must be very rich, but you should also use night cream to help your skin recover while you sleep. Look out for products with ceramide – an ultra-moisturising ingredient which will help with dry skin.
It’s never too early or late to start reducing the effects of aging on your skin. Take a look at Direct Cosmetics’ anti-aging skincare products and moisturisers to improve your skincare routine and start seeing results!