“Go-To! What actually is ageing skin?”
Good question! Tricky question!
We all age at completely different rates (thanks to genetics, lifestyle, sun damage, how many trips you’ve been able to make to the fountain of youth, etc.) which makes it basically impossible to pinpoint any one age or stage as the official point at which your skin is deemed "ageing".
Generally speaking however, these are the signs we tend to associate with ageing skin:
- Fine lines and wrinkles pop up more frequently.
- A loss of firmness or lack of “bounce” in your skin.
- Increased dryness, despite that not typically being your skin type.
- Uneven skin tone and pigmentation that’s stubborn and hard-to-shift.
- No longer finding The Simpsons that funny.
If any of those sound familiar here are a few easy steps to care for and treat mature skin:
1. Use a lush, antioxidant-riddled night cream
Mature or ageing skin will benefit most from a richer night cream loaded with nourishment and protective antioxidants. The aim is to replenish and lock in hydration while delivering potent nutrients and ingredients that not only serve your moisture barrier but feed skin too. Antioxidants are a must, as their free radical-fighting powers fend off and neutralise damage caused by environmental aggressors (jerks!) like pollution, UV and blue light.
2. Increase exfoliation
As we get older, collagen production starts to decrease and the rate at which your skin cells reproduce slows down, so they need a bit more assistance. This means you can up your exfoliation 3-4 times a week if you need to.
3. Add in a retinoid
Vitamin A and its derivatives are your best weapon against wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (read: age spots) and dull skin. Working in a prescription or over-the-counter retinol can boost skin renewal and aid in evening skin tone, leading to a brighter complexion. Retinol can also be particularly effective around the delicate eye area which tends to show signs of ageing first.
4. Don’t forget your neck
Remember: Your neck ages even faster than that cute face of yours. That doesn’t mean a specific neck product is required. But you should absolutely be wearing sunscreen on the area daily, applying an antioxidant-rich face cream that nourishes and repairs, and exfoliate with AHAs. Or in other, fewer, less skin care-y sounding words: Treat it exactly as you would your face.