It is at age 25 when the body begins to slow down on the amount of collagen it produces, causing the skin to lose elasticity – an ageing process that everyone, including celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, 24, will have to come to terms with Image Credit: Shutterstock

In your 20s

Just in case you did not know, the ageing process typically starts at around age 25, say experts. This is the point at which our body begins to slow down on the amount of collagen it produces causing the skin to lose elasticity. It’s therefore crucial to start taking care of skin from a young age to try to prevent early signs of ageing. Adopting a daily skincare routine in your twenties will benefit you greatly from later life – your skin is going to thank you for this.

One of the first things to do to ensure your skin is healthy and glowing is to make it a habit to always remove your makeup at night, and cleanse, tone and moisturise your face every day. Wash with mild, soap-free cleansers. Choose products that have soft, natural ingredients. Using a daily moisturiser is essential. Apply serums and targeted essences daily or when needed to help defend skin from free radicals that accelerate signs of ageing. Choose oil-free moisturisers and lightweight eye gels to keep your skin hydrated and refreshed. and particularly for those living in this region, apply a sun protection cream with a high SPF to protect your skin from early sun damage.

Acne is an issue that can raise its ugly head at this time, too. Address breakouts with a spot treatment. Unclog pores with a purifying face mask. The focus area of your acne may switch from the forehead and midface to the jawline. This could indicate an issue that is hormone-related. Use a cream with a gentle formula that won’t further irritate the skin to combat this.

You may want to start occasionally using potent peels and protective antioxidants to help prevent future concerns. 

In your 30s

In your thirties, you will inevitably start to notice early signs of ageing so begin to use targeted creams and treatments to slow this process down and keep the glow you preserved during your twenties. This is the decade when your complexion may start to look dull because of slower cell turnover, so regular exfoliation should be your top priority. Use exfoliating face washes to smooth out uneven textures and keep your skin feeling soft. Choose light eye creams that will combat the first appearance of fine lines. Formulas that are packed with Vitamin C and other active ingredients will help to prevent drastic signs of ageing immediately, and encourage cell turnover with clarifying and exfoliating formulas. You can also get rid of dead skin cells by using serums with enzymes, AHAs or mild exfoliators this will keep your skin looking fresh and glowing.

The reduction of collagen in our skin is a reason you will start to see fine lines in your 30s. Remember, it is a natural ageing process so don’t expect miracles, but there are ways you can help to slow the process down and support the natural ageing of your skin. Pick products that will help keep the softness and plumpness of your skin as well as hydrate skin, reducing dryness and consequently the appearance of fine lines. Again, use sunscreen or a product containing SPF every day, no matter where you live, as you will greatly benefit later in life.

In your 40s

Dry skin and dullness are common in your forties, but using the right products can go a long way. Don’t be afraid to rethink your skincare routine and consider the products you are using and the impact they will have. Start to use products with powerful ingredients such as niacinamide that will work to reduce dark spots, dullness, and other visible signs of damage. Products with hyaluronic acid are highly moisturising. Use regular skin treatments that target concerns like dryness and uneven tone with these highly concentrated formulas. Choose creamy cleansers that won’t strip away moisture. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using moisturisers in the morning and at night. Using products containing SPF is more important than ever as your skin becomes more delicate as you enter your forties.

At this stage of your life, it’s time to shift to products that promote collagen and elastin to help keep that plumpness you were preserving in your thirties. Another great therapy for your skin is to use overnight masks. Try to do this once a week so they deeply penetrate skin’s cells. Sebum production is reduced in your forties, meaning you are exposed to environmental aggressors. Choose rich serums that will protect you from these and will help fight free-radicals.

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