Skin care at different ages

Skin care requirements change with ageIt’s easy to get stuck in a skin care rut. However, to look after your skin properly, it is better to adapt your routine at different ages.

Although anti-ageing products are not required as early as your twenties, a good skin care routine from a young age will lay the ground work for better skin in the future. As you age you will need products that use ingredients that will help fight against the signs of ageing, or go for more intensive treatments.

Your 20s

– Skin care:

Use a foam cleanser to get rid of dirt effectively, or a face wash with benzoyl peroxide in if you are prone to spots. You should also be using a moisturiser both in the morning and at night. Don’t be tempted to use anti-ageing creams on your skin however as these may do more harm than good. The most important thing in your daily moisturiser is sunscreen – look for factor 15 or above.

– Skin treatments:

The most common skin complaints at this age are acne or scarring or discolouration left from acne, or small signs of skin damage such as pigmentation. If you are worried about the condition of your skin due to either of these conditions then a course of microdermabrasion could be worth looking in to.

Your 30s

– Skin care:

This is the decade where you will start to see light signs of ageing – fine wrinkles may develop around the eye and the mouth area. Switch your foam cleanser to a less dehydrating cream cleanser and upgrade to a thicker moisturiser for day and night, ensuring that you still stick with the sun protection factor. You may want to add an antioxidant serum to your nightly routine – serums with vitamins C or E will help combat free radicals which harm the collagen in your face and therefore contribute to the effects of ageing.

– Skin treatments:

It’s likely that if you follow a good skin care routine you won’t need additional treatment for ageing skin however some people start to use Botox for their lines at this age.

Your 40s

– Skin care:

It’s likely that you will require anti-ageing elements in all of your skin care routine now as now is the time that your skin really starts to lose moisture and wrinkles may become deeper and more permanent. Choose a moisturising cleanser and look for a thick moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid which helps to retain moisturiser. Use an anti-ageing treatment that contains retinoids, which improves the skin’s texture, or collagen-building peptides. If possible look for a serum that contains both. Retinoids make your skin more sensitive to sun damage so make sure your daily moisturiser has a factor of at least 30.

– Skin treatments:

If you haven’t done so already you may be thinking of Botox and other treatments such as chemical peels to help the appearance of ageing skin.

Your 50s

– Skin care:

Add a serum under your daily moisturiser as well as maintaining the above routine. This should be rich in peptides and hyaluronic acid. Add a retinoid base to your nightly routine.

– Skin treatments:

Now is the age where there is little to be done to reverse the signs of ageing unless you do opt for cosmetic procedures. It may be that a combination of treatments will work for you – such as chemical peels, fillers and Botox. If you are really unhappy with elements of your appearance such as heavy eyelids or sagging jowls then you may wish to explore surgery options.

For more information abut skin care or skin treatments, contact the team at Aurora Skin Clinics on 01844 211777 or drop us an email to info@aurora-skin-clinics.co.uk.