When it comes to building an effective skincare routine, it’s important to know what your skin type is to understand how it may react to different products.
It’s never too early to build a solid anti-ageing regime, especially if you want to prevent the onset of wrinkles, fine lines, dullness and sagging, but the effectiveness of a skincare routine will rely heavily on how well you can cater to your skin’s needs.
Here are the steps we believe are most important for an effective anti-ageing skincare routine:
Cleansing the skin is one of (if not the most) important steps in every skincare routine. The type of cleanser you should use varies depending on your skin type. Dry-skinned ladies and fellas should go for rich, creamier cleansers that have the added benefit of moisturising the skin while cleansing, while oily-skinned guys and gals should skew more towards bubbly foaming cleansers that penetrate deep into the pores to clear excess oil and dirt. Regardless of your skin type, always aim for a cleanser with a low PH level to prevent damage to the skin’s protective barrier (a PH level of 5 or 6 is ideal).
Using a toner after cleansing the skin is great for removing leftover traces of dirt and balancing the skin’s PH level. This is an important step in maintaining the skin’s natural PH balance and preserving the skin’s protective barrier, making it less susceptible to breakouts and dermal damage. Toners also prep the skin for the skincare that follows. Regardless of your skin type, watch out for toners with high levels of alcohol as these will dehydrate the skin. Toners should never leave your skin feeling tight and dry!
Exfoliation is an important step in every anti-ageing routine. As the skin ages, its ability to shed and regenerate skin cells slows down, leading to the accumulation of dead skin cells that leave the skin flaky, dull and dry. Like toners, exfoliators prep the skin to better absorb skin care products, and boost circulation to brighten the appearance of the skin. For ageing skin, AHAs make excellent chemical exfoliators as they help slough away dead skin cells without the abrasiveness that comes with mechanical exfoliation.
Treatments for the skin come in different forms and can vary from day to day. Listen to your skin and treat it depending on what it needs. If you have oily skin and have couple of active breakouts, treat the affected area by applying a product that contains salicylic acid. Skincare packed with antioxidants are incredible for dry, mature skin. Antioxidants are free radical-fighting warriors that combat the different signs of ageing, including fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, dryness, dullness and loss of elasticity. If you have some extra time in the PM, pamper your skin by using a sheet mask for some extra moisture. There’s an endless array of sheet masks available for a range of different skin types. You can check out our range here.
There’s no greater method for treating an issue than preventing it altogether. It’s scientifically proven that one of the most effective preventatives for maturing skin is retinol. Retinols promote younger skin by stimulating collagen production that treats and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Be careful how often you use Retinol and the type of products you mix them with. Avoid using exfoliants with Retinol asThey can be irritating for sensitive skin types and make the skin more sensitive to the sun, but the long-term effects far outweigh the short-term effects.
Moisturising is key when it comes to an effective anti-ageing skincare regime. As the skin ages, its ability to retain moisture slowly declines, leaving the skin looking dull and feeling dry. For those with dry skin, applying a cream after a regular moisturiser, or using a non-comedogenic oil in place of moisturiser can do wonders for dry skin! Never skip out on moisturiser, even if you have oily skin – moisturising day and night is extremely important for your skin’s health. Skipping out on this step will only encourage your pores to produce more oil – nobody wants that! Feel free to skin out on the heavy cream, but if you feel like your skin needs a little kick in moisture, try adding a drop or two of oil to your regular night-time moisturiser, especially during the Winter season.
Remember not to skip out on moisturising your undereyes! The skin under the eyes is extremely thin and prone to dryness all year round. Skip out on the flakiness, crepiness, fine lines and crow’s feet by using an eye cream in your daily routine.
Protection from the sun is a crucial step for every skincare regime, regardless of skin type, age, or skin concerns – especially if you want to prevent the signs of ageing. Harsh UV rays from the sun can lead to sun spots, pigmentation, uneven skin tone and much worse. Aim for a sunscreen that’s SPF50+ and suitable for sensitive skin types, so it feels light on the skin and won’t cause breakouts.
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