When Should We Start Using Anti-Ageing Products?

I’m sure you’ve heard that we should start sooner rather than later when it comes to anti-ageing products. But how soon is too soon?

Using anti-ageing moisturisers too soon can actually cause breakouts if you’re in your twenties. This is because they contain oils that older skin needs, but which younger skin still produces. Adding more of these essential oils onto your skin causes an excess, which leads to clogged pores and… you guessed it! Breakouts.

So here’s a list of everything you need to be doing and most importantly: when! At each stage, remember you’ll want to continue doing everything you’ve done before (taking your makeup off properly at night is never not important!) and Vitamin A is beneficial for your skin, no matter what age you are.

Skin Tip for your 20’s:

Our skin stops producing collagen in its twenties, and collagen is what makes our skin look and feel plump. It’s recommended that you start an anti-ageing routine around the age of 24.

Skin care tips:

  • In the summer, make sure you reapply sunscreen every two hours. People often focus on the SPF number but remember, don’t go higher than an SPF 25. What’s more important is to apply sunscreen generously and reapplying often. Most sun damage is before the age of 21

  • Avoid harsh products since over-drying the skin can cause dead skin cell buildup which will keep oil trapped and clogged under the skin, resulting in further clogged pores and breakouts.

  • Getting off makeup, dirt and bacteria at night is a must. Read our post here on why you should avoid makeup wipes like the plague!

  • Be sure to use moisturiser at night—even if you have oily skin. When your skin doesn’t have the proper water levels, the dehydration causes the skin to produce more oil—the last thing those with oily skin want.

Lifestyle choices that affect your skin:

  • To reduce breakouts, drink hot lemon water first thing in the morning. This helps to reduce bacteria internally lessening break out activity.

  • Avoid dairy if you are prone to breakouts in your chin and jawline area and limit your intake of orange juice if your breakouts occur in the cheek area.

  • Avoiding the sun (and/or use proper protection) and avoid sun tanning booths now, in addition to usage of a daily sunscreen will really pay off for years to come. Breakouts come and go, but sun damage will last forever.

Skin Tip for your 30’s:

30 is when the collagen levels in our skin start to deplete. Collagen isn’t something we can rub into our skin either, we have to encourage our bodies to produce it.

Skin care tips:

  • Age 30 is when the skin starts to show the signs of aging. It’s time to take your skin care seriously. Daily sun protection is a must but don’t buy a moisturiser that has it included!

  • Your 30’s is a great time to start using an eye cream.

Lifestyle choices that affect your skin:

  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep reduces stress, one of the big aggravators of acne. Stress can cause the skin to produce more oil and breakouts.

  • Too tired to wash your skin before you go to bed? Perform your nighttime skin routine as soon as you get home from work. Getting off makeup, dirt and bacteria at night is a must.

Skin Tip for your 40’s:

Skincare tips:

  • Don’t neglect your neck. Make sure your moisturizer and your (seperate) sunscreen is applied to the neck and the sides of the neck every day.

  • Avoid using skin care products containing synthetic fragrances or perfumes. These are unnecessary and can often cause premature ageing.

  • Avoid facial scrubs using apricot kernels or any other natural grain as they are much too abrasive on the skin.

  • Getting off makeup, dirt and bacteria at night is still a must!

Lifestyle choices that affect your skin:

  • Getting enough sleep can reduce dark circles and puffiness around your eyes.

  • After working out, make sure to wash your skin to remove the salts from your sweat which can dehydrate the skin. Then apply toner.

  • The best antioxidants foods for your skin are found in grapes, berries, broccoli, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes. Foods will help you stay healthy, but it’s always recommended to take a good quality supplement.

  • Avoid drinking out of straws. The pursing of the lips causes unnecessary wrinkles. Save that expression for kissing!

  • Vision getting blurry? Don’t put off getting your eyes checked. Unnecessary squinting will accelerate wrinkles around the eyes.

Skin Tips for your 50’s:

Skincare tips:

  • Avoid using skin care products containing synthetic fragrances or perfumes.

  • Always use an alcohol-free toner after cleansing and leave it damp before applying cream. Your skin cells are like fish, they need water to live.

  • Pay attention to your ears. This area can show a lot of aging. Use a facial scrub on the ears twice a week and use sunscreen daily. Read how to prevent wrinkles on the ears.

  • If you find your have a lot of dry skin, rather than over-moisturizing you can look at increasing your exfoliation. Speak with a skincare expert first - remember, it’s never too late to start a good skincare regime.

Lifestyle choices that affect your skin:

  • Eat almonds, salmon, avocados and olive oil. These contain healthy fats that keep your skin moist, supple and glowing from inside out.

  • Don’t use regular washcloths to wash your face, they are too rough.

Skin Tip for your 60’s:

  • When in doubt, have it checked out. Moles that change in color, shape or size must be looked at by a Dermatologist. Skin cancer gets more common and more prevalent in your 60’s and beyond.

  • Performing your nighttime routine is essential because skin’s permeability increases while you sleep, allowing the action ingredients to absorb.

  • Always wear sunglasses when outdoors. Unnecessary squinting will accelerate wrinkles around the eyes.

  • Always apply eye cream using your ring finger. This is your weakest finger and will allow for the gentlest application.

Don’t forget you can book a free skin consultation with All About Me.

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