Have you ever found yourself envious of that eternally young-looking colleague, family friend or mum at the school gates? Well, there's no need to wonder about their secret skincare routine or anti-ageing tricks. Our guide has all the answers to healthy, glowing skin that will leave you feeling happy and confident.
From your 20s through to your 50s and beyond, your skin is constantly changing and so should your skincare regimen. We’ve got you covered as we reveal how to test your skin type, offer advice on daily care and top tips for rolling back the decades.
To find out your skin type simply wash your face with a mild cleanser and gently pat dry. Wait 30 minutes and then examine your face for any shine. If your skin feels tight, you probably have a dry complexion. If there is noticeable shine on your nose and forehead, your skin is mostly likely normal or combination. Finally, if there is shine on your cheeks, forehead and nose you have oily skin.
If you have oily skin, we recommend that you only use light fluids, thin lotions or gels, as any other texture might risk clogging your pores. A gentle exfoliator works to help balance the tone and texture of your skin.
For dry skin we recommend daily exfoliation and the use of a moisturiser. The best moisturisers for dry skin are those containing hyaluronic acid, glycerin or algae because of their ability to attract water and deliver it directly to skin cells.
For people with normal or combination skin, gentle daily exfoliation is important to keep the T-zone and cheek areas balanced. Your skin will absorb moisturisers with a gel-like texture more quickly. Plus, these are less likely to cause breakouts.
If you have sensitive skin, shop for non-irritating and non-sensitising formulas. Those that are free of parabens and synthetic fragrances work best, as these ingredients can react badly with sensitive skin. Instead, look on the label for calming ingredients like aloe, chamomile, green tea, polyphenols and oats.
Our skin changes as we get older. Here is a rundown of the best skin care products and when in life to use them:
At this stage your goal is to preserve and protect. Counteract your teen skin sins with a daily skin care cleansing routine. Use twice a day – in the morning to deep clean and freshen your skin and in the evening to remove any trace of makeup.
Make use of a good eye treatment every morning and evening to firm the eye area and keep dark circles at bay. Find a Vitamin C brightening formula to help to soothe the eye area and hydrate your skin.
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At this age you may notice the changes which happen to your skin start to speed up. We recommend you browse our range of hydrating oils and serums and layer one underneath your moisturiser. Serums are concentrated with anti-ageing ingredients and keep your skin hydrated – this will help to combat expression lines and sun spots so you can look forward to a more even skin tone.
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In your 50s, your skin might begin to feel a bit drier and thinner as it loses up to 30% of its moisture. Don’t lose hope as you can expand your daily routine to include intense moisturisers. This will help to plump and firm up the skin. You could also carry on layering your skincare with antioxidants, SPF and a serum as you did in your 40s to combat any other signs of ageing.
You know what they say: it's what's on the inside that counts. Look after your skin from within as well as on the surface with these five handy tips to make every day a good skin day:
Get a full night's rest
Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night so that your skin will look refreshed and you can say goodbye to those stubborn under-eye bags.
Enjoy a citrus snack
Fancy a little detox? There's a clear connection between healthy organs and healthy skin, so up your dosage of citrus.
Always apply sunscreen
Protecting yourself from sun damage will not only make you feel better now but later on, too. We recommend wearing at least SPF 15 every day.
Exercise is essential
A good workout doesn't just burn calories; it also helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin. And if that's not worth hitting the gym for...
Drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is important for your skin’s overall hydration. You could even indulge in a bottle of refreshing coconut water, which has extra flavour and still contains all the nutrients.