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Are you following the right skincare regime for your age?

Written by High Life North
Published 15.04.2021

By Madyson Ciaraldi

We all kinda know that we should be following a basic skincare regime to keep (or regain) a healthy complexion as we get older. Time and again we find ourselves hastily grabbing face washes, moisturisers, toners and eye creams from drugstore shelves in a desperate attempt to maintain our youthful glow.

But what if we told you that the real secret to preserving your smooth complexion is mostly down to the order of your skincare routine. Yes, really.

AGE: 20 AND UNDER

At this age, our skin is usually still looking fresh and youthful. So the main aim of the game at this stage is to conserve our glow and prevent any potential UV damage.

If you have… Sensitive skin

We’d recommend using a good SPF to prevent any sun damage, which can cause extra irritation to already delicate skin. Just be sure to test a small patch of your skin before committing, as different brands can vary their formulas significantly.

If you have… Acne-prone skin

Acne-prone skin is a lot more common during this time of our lives. To try and reduce the effects of acne, or prevent it altogether, experts recommend using zinc and salicylic acid to restore the balance of sebum on our skin’s surface and ease painful breakouts.

If you have… Dry skin

Hydrating the skin is a huge dictator in maintaining that healthy glow. Hyaluronic acid is said to be a saviour when it comes to hydration, as it promotes the production of water. So if your skin is looking a little dull and dehydrated, this promises to be the skincare product of your dreams.

AGE: 30 AND UNDER

By 30, our main skincare aim is to correct any damage that we may have already (inadvertently) caused. We want to brighten our skin up and start to prevent any premature ageing that may be on its way.

If you have… Sensitive skin

Professionals would recommend using a gentle cleanser during your morning skincare regime. Soothing toners are also recommended to avoid any harshness that could be damaging. Be aware of products containing any pesky fragrances, parabens, or sulphates, as they can also cause unnecessary irritation.

If you have… Acne-prone skin

Incorporating a BHA like salicylic acid into your night-time routine will really help to unclog pores. Avoid using wash-off cleansers overnight and try to also use retinoids to prevent any acne.

If you have… Dry skin

Using chemical exfoliants such as AHAs and BHAs will help keep your skin feel silky-smooth, while also helping your other skincare products to properly penetrate your skin’s barrier and work their magic.

AGE: 40 AND UNDER

If you’re looking to preserve or bring back some elasticity to the skin, then collagen boosters are perfect for most skin types. They’re both perfect for giving your skin that desired ‘plump’ look that is so sought after in our 30s and 40s.

If you have… Sensitive skin

We’d recommend using a lightweight hydrating serum during the day and a good night cream before bed to maintain dewy-looking skin without irritation.

If you have… Acne-prone skin

Acne-prone skin around this age is usually pinned down to stress or diet-related issues. To keep a blemish-free complexion, we’d suggest using an antioxidant serum, as well as a light-weight niacinamide moisturiser to soothe breakouts while also keeping the skin supple.

If you have… Dry skin

Using a richer antioxidant serum and a good SPF helps to prevent any heavily sun-damaged skin and stops further damage to specific dry areas. As we get older, it’s also more important to take steps towards ditching the oil-free skin care products and trying to use more products with a thicker, creamier consistency.

AGE: 50 AND UNDER

As we progress into our 50s and menopause is starting to reduce our hormone levels, our skin can really benefit from oestrogen-filled skincare products to help itself rebalance.

If you have… Sensitive skin

Professionals would really recommend using prescription-strength retinoids once or twice a week to promote cell growth and prevent any visible ageing.

If you have… Acne-prone skin

Using salicylic acid, as well as glycolic acid, is a perfect duo for anti-ageing and acne-prone skin. They both simultaneously boost collagen production, whilst also removing any lingering sebum from your pores.

If you have… Dry skin

Probiotic moisturisers are a lifesaver for dry skin. They leave your skin feeling immensely smooth and free of any deep-set wrinkles. Probiotics are so effective because they promote moisture, especially for ageing skin, and can also relieve some skin conditions, such as eczema.

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