Ageing skin may be a part of getting older, but this doesn’t mean we have to settle for a dull, jaded complexion. With every decade our skin changes in various ways, from wrinkles to age spots, but with the right products and know-how you can have a youthful-looking glowing complexion whatever your age.
We’ve rounded up the cutting-edge science behind ageing skin and tracked down the best ingredients and treatments to make a difference. Click through the gallery to see skin care in your 30s, skin care in your 40s and skin care in your 50s
The amount of time it takes for your cells to renew increases with age, and during your 30s this rises to 30-35 days. We also lose 10% of the skin's collagen with every 10 years that passes, so you may now start to notice skin dulling, small wrinkles and lines. Those with sun damage begin to see the effects, as pigmentation starts to affect the skin.
It’s important you protect the collagen structure of your skin as much as possible by using correcting and protecting skin care. Switching to a richer moisturiser with high levels of vitamins will keep your skin hydrated and regulate pigmentation production. You should also increase exfoliation frequncy to ensure you are removing dead skin cells and so stimulating the production of new cells.
1. Firm and smooth the appearance of fine line and wrinkles around the eyes.
B. Vitalised Eye Cream, £10.99
2. Reverse the signs of premature ageing and defend against environmental issues, using this power product which is packed with concentrated vitamins.
Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Concentrate, £41.70
Cell turnover slows to 40-45 days, and more pigmentation spots will begin to appear. There are also changes in the strength and flexibility of the skin, and you may start to notice age spots. The skin is more vulnerable now so it’s important to keep it protected.
Up the vitamin dosage in the products you are using, those with normalising vitamins will be particularly effective as this stabilises the skin and boosts the production of collagen. Peptides are a great support, alongside vitamins, by mimicking the skin's natural processes and in turn helping to produce more collagen and elastin which equals less lines and wrinkles. Try using serums as they have higher levels of concentrated active (more vitamins) which will help give the skin a boost.
1. This clever product combines Korean ginseng stem-cells, the powerful anti-ageing ingredient Adenosine and Neuropeptides to enhance skin-cell energy while teaching cells to repair themselves. It also activates collagen and elastin production to minimise any wrinkles.
Ultimate Youth Power Serum, £38
2. Working on the skin's dermal stem cell technology, this cream promises to restore youthful contours and reshape, refirm and re-smooth your complexion.
Shiseido Bio-performance Advanced Super Restoring Cream, £94
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Skin changes that took place in your 30s and 40s progress and cell turnover slows to 60-90 days depending on level of skin damage. The skin also becomes more sensitive and prone to conditions such as Rosacea. Post-menopausal skin ages more quickly and there is a further decrease in strength due to the loss of hormones.
Boost and replenish the skin by using more intensifying skin care products. Oil rich moisturisers, barrier creams and repair serums will replenish the skin while vitamin masques and firming moisturisers will strengthen the skin's barrier.
1. This richly textured cream helps promote skin cell renewal and give your complexion a boost of radiance.
L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renew Advancd Restoring Night Cream, £19.99
2. Rebuilds the skins youthful appearence by tightening, lifting and firming the face by helping the skin to produce natural collagen.
Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream SPF 15, £50