We would all love that dewy, fresh faced look that many celebrities flaunt on the covers of our favourite magazines and on our television screens. And whilst nine times out of ten those pictures have been retouched and air brushed, there are many celebrities who swear by a good skincare regime for their youthful looking skin.
I think back to how my skin was in my 20s and it is completely different to how it is now I am in my 30s. A lot has happened since then; I’ve had children, my lifestyle has changed, I no longer live , work or party in London and I like to think I eat better. Along with ageing, all of these factors will have an effect on the look and feel of our skin.
Take a look at these great tips for achieving fantastic looking skin no matter what your age!
20s – Preserve and Protect
If you’re in your 20s your skin should be in good condition so your aim is to keep it this way for as long as possible by protecting it. We tend to party more, drink more alcohol, have later nights and think less about protecting ourselves in the sun at this age, but this needs to be dealt with for healthy looking skin.
First and foremost get into the habit of applying a good sunscreen of at least 30SPF every day.This is an inexpensive and effective way to protect your skin. Many facial creams, body lotions and make up have an SPF rating, just check the label. The American actress Selena Gomez (22) likes to “use a light coat of Oil of Olay’s SPF lotion and let it dry a little bit before I put my makeup on.”
Partying hard can come at a cost as late nights, alcohol, smoking and junk food can not only cause teenage acne to linger on but can also create fine lines around the eyes and mouth. If you are a bit of a party animal it is essential to use an antioxidant to counteract any damage. Antioxidants help to reduce fine lines, pigment changes and textural irregularity. Applying a serum at night that contains pomegranate extract, vitamin C or grape seed extract will help but also consider your diet. The adage, “you are what you eat”, really does ring true when it comes to your skin and a diet rich in berries, beans and dark chocolate contain those all important antioxidants.
The biggest skin challenges faced by women in their 30s are discoloration caused by sun damage or melasma, which is known as the mask of pregnancy and can also be caused by birth control, and the dreaded fine lines, caused by the natural breakdown of collagen. This is where exfoliation can be a huge help. In your 20s your skin will naturally exfoliate itself every 14 days, however by the time you hit your 30s this only occurs every 35 days!
The American actress, Katherine Heigl (35), swears by the Clarisonic face brush, a skin care tool with a soft, gentle brush that oscillates back and forth over the skin (300 movements per second!) and works with the skin’s natural elasticity to thoroughly remove any impurities giving smoother, softer, healthier looking skin.
Adding a retinoid to your skin care regime will help improve the overall texture and tone of your skin. Everyone’s skin is different, so the strength of retinoid you will need will vary from person to person. Retinoids should be applied at night as sunlight deactivates them and you should avoid putting them on your upper eyelids as they are too irritating for the delicate skin around this area.
Paris Hilton (33) is a great believer in a good skin care regime, ” I’ve been using skin creams and eye creams since I was a little girl. I love Crème de la Mer, La Prairie—they have the best eye creams and serums. I also love using serums that have stem cells. My favorite is SkinCeuticals—it’s 90% stem cells, or something. It’s really good. I believe in skincare, definitely”.
The 40s generally sees the years of the perimenopause, the period leading up to the menopause, when levels of estrogen start to decline in the body. This hormonal shift can often cause skin to thin out and lose it’s elasticity and it is why many women of this age start to complain about sagging skin around their neck and chest.
The older you get the less your skin is able to retain moisture which can leave it looking dry, dull and uneven in tone. An effective way to hydrate your skin is to use a moisturizer that contains Hyaluronic Acid. This super hydrating ingredient can be found in Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair, which when applied at night claims to leave skin smoother, hydrated and stronger.
If you’ve managed to get away with being wrinkle free, your 40s are unfortunately the age at which you are most likely to see your first ones. But don’t worry, keeping your skin hydrated, regularly exfoliated and always remembering to remove make up thoroughly at the end pf the day will keep your skin looking at it’s best.
British actress, Kate Beckinsale (44), is well known for her flawless-looking skin. She uses Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer Radiance to give a sheer glow, to enhance foundation and to minimize any flaws, without adding any color.
Many people will in their 50s will start to notice that because their skin has loosened, their pores have become much more pronounced. Collagen and elastin proteins in the body start to weaken and are unable to support the skin cells. By altering your skin care regime to counteract this you can help rebuild your collagen and elastin levels, which will improve the visible appearance of your skin.
Many women find that their skin becomes dry, flaky, irritated, and more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Reduced levels of estrogen, due to the menopause, slows down our sebum production, which is the natural oil our body produces to keep skin hydrated. The menopause can also be a time when acne resurfaces. Products containing harsh ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide should be avoided as they are too drying for women of this age. Instead products containing retinoids or salicylic acid should be used. As estrogen levels decrease, collagen loss also occurs, with the unfortunate side effects of wrinkles and sagging skin.Anti ageing products such as eye creams, serums and moisturiser that contain vitamin C, peptides and antioxidants all help to repair and regenerate the skin. Don’t forget to apply to the neck and chest area as well as hands and arms as these can quite often display signs of sun damage in the form of pigmented age spots.
Demi Moore (52) is a great example of a woman in her 50s with fantastic looking skin. She is a huge fan of the WEI Gingko Leaf Repairing Face Treatment Pads which come soaked in herbal concentrate and hyaluronic acid to help brighten and moisturise skin, whilst also reducing the appearance of sagging, dryness and redness.
Whatever your age, there is a skin care regime that is suited to you. Visit the beauty section of your local department store, specialist shops or beauty salon for advice and to discover your skin type. It is worth putting the effort in from an early age to ensure you can get the best from your skin and truly feel as good as the skin you are in.