It’s probably no surprise that skin tone seems more uneven and you may be experiencing wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth. Sensitive skin, discoloration, brown spots and a dull complexion are also common complaints even for women who have taken good care of their faces over the years. But a simple tweak in your skincare routine could help you achieve a radiant, younger looking appearance.
Exfoliating is a great way to freshen up your complexion, so think about introducing that to your regime if you haven’t already. Avoid using harsh scrubs – something like Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant will be gentler on your face. Aim to exfoliate at least twice a week to get rid of dead cells and even out your complexion. A good toner will also help and we like Burt’s Bees Radiance Toner, which contains Royal Jelly. This product softens skin, removes any lingering impurities and boosts youthfulness. Start each morning by applying a cleanser, anything containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) will encourage exfoliation.
Skin becomes drier with age, so the moisturiser you used in your 20s may not be rich enough now. If you haven’t already, you should also be thinking about wrinkle prevention and investing in a cream which helps rehydrate skin.
Don’t even think about leaving the house without wearing a moisturiser containing sun protection – no matter what time of year it is. Sun safety is one of the most effective ways of slowing down the ageing process and keeps skin hydrated. Clarins’ Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correcting Lotion has SPF15 protection. This lightweight formula prevents new wrinkles from forming and helps neutralise the effects of UV stress, fatigue and pollution. MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect boasts an impressive SPF50, is oil-free and primes skin for the outside elements.
We love creams with antioxidants such as vitamin C as they protect skin from damaging free radicals and reduce signs of premature ageing.
Any formulas containing caffeine will help combat puffiness, while products with glycolic acid are also worth looking out for if you have acne-prone or dry, patchy skin. Hyaluronic acid improves your skin’s ability to hold onto water and can plump up your complexion to reduce the appearance of fine lines. You should also think carefully about night creams and opt for something with retinol. Clarins’ Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream is richly moisturising and works hard while you sleep to restore natural elasticity and tone. This is great for anyone dealing with dry skin.
Serums are also a good way to defy the signs of ageing. Aveda’s Green Science Lifting Serum helps boost the skin’s natural cellular renewal and improves its firmness and ability to retain moisture. Packed with peptides, anti-oxidants and argan oil, we recommend using it on clean skin twice a day.
Origins’ Plantscription™ Anti-aging serum boasts the power to reduce wrinkles without causing dryness, stinging or redness. It is suitable for all skin types and swears by Raspberry Plant Stem Cell Technology to delay signs of ageing.
The eye area is often the tell-tale sign of your age. It may seem like a constant battle applying creams for dark circles, puffiness and lines. ESPA’s Lift & Firm Intensive Eye Serum is great for stressed skin. This formula helps to firm and hydrate and diminishes the appearance of fine lines in that delicate area, with Golden Root brightening and de-puffing under the eye.
It’s also worth choosing cosmetics which combat dehydration and avoid using heavy foundations or powders as they can emphasise fine lines and wrinkles.