When you’re constantly bombarded with messages and news about the latest anti-ageing treatments and methods, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. How can you maintain a skincare routine when the rules seem to be ever-changing? It might be simpler than you think. By separating the hype from reality, you can come up with a core skincare routine to perfectly suit the skin you’re in.
“As you age, your skin changes,” says Dr Jeanine Downie, board-certified dermatologist from Image Dermatology PC in the US. “When it comes to supporting skin and its care, women [and men] need to understand that ageing is complex and it varies greatly by individual. Genetics, tanning and smoking also influence the health of your skin.” She also notes that with skincare, there are a range of choices to consider, such as topicals, injectables, cosmetic treatments, surgery and even oral anti-ageing skincare supplements. Additionally, Dr Downie says it’s important to adjust your skincare routine throughout the years – what worked in your and 20s may not have your skin glowing into your 30s and beyond.
Many women don’t know where to start. They don’t know what types of anti-ageing skincare products might be right for them and what the choices are when it comes to these products.
Dr Jeanine provides her tips for ageing beautifully from your 20s to 50s and each decade in between:
It’s never too early to start ageing prevention. Hectic schedules, late nights out and days spent on the beach can wreak havoc on your skin. This stress shows up in the form of dark circles, under-eye bags, and dull or puffy skin. Fine lines begin to creep up as early as your late 20s, so a quality skin care routine is key. Start with a glycolic acid based cleanser and an oil-free moisturiser. Dr Downie recommends a separate sunscreen with an SPF 30 or above, rain or shine, January through December, regardless of your ethnicity. Sunscreen only works if you reapply it every two hours, according to skincancer.org. Sun protection forms the foundation of any anti-ageing skincare plan, according to the American Academy of Dermatology and The Skin Cancer Foundation, as the sun’s rays make our skin age more quickly – so regular use of daily sun protection is essential at all ages.
Once you hit your 30s, your skin’s natural exfoliation process begins to slow down. The growth factor in your skin also decreases. This means that you start to lose a teaspoon of collagen from your face every year by the time you are 30. Continue with your glycolic acid base cleanser. You also need an oil-free make-up remover. Using an eye cream both day and night might help to increase moisture and suppleness around the eye area. Dr Downie recommends a dual-pronged approach to help address some of the first signs of ageing using topicals plus Imedeen Derma One, an anti-ageing oral supplement that provides nutrients from within, targeted to the dermal skin layers where creams and lotions can’t reach. This supports hydration and helps to create a radiant glow.
As you enter your 40s, your estrogen levels begin to change, resulting in dryer and thinner skin. Anti-ageing products and creams with ingredients like retinoids and peptides are must-haves and always make sure to apply sunblock. Moisturise with serums containing growth factors and hyaluronic acid. Exfoliate using a gentle face cleansing brush to help get rid of dead skin cells. Be sure to extend your skincare down to your neck and décolleté (upper chest) area. There are specifically formulated products to soothe and ease discoloration in this area. While you work hard to care for your skin on the outside, add Imedeen Time Perfection. This age-adjusted anti-ageing supplement formula helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, so add it to your daily routine to nourish your skin from within. Nourishment from within supports the whole body, including the back of hands and upper chest.
You should already be on a steady anti-ageing regimen. As soon as you count 50 candles on your birthday cake, moisturising should be your top skincare priority. Look for products with retinoids, peptides, alpha hydroxy and amino acids. You should be keeping vigilant with your sunscreen and moisturisers. You could always consider laser treatment surgery, Botox with filler or other non-invasive treatments. Imedeen Prime Renewal, the anti-ageing skincare formula for women 50 and older, is a dietary supplement that helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots as it protects and repairs the skin, stimulating collagen production, and is a convenient addition to your daily skincare routine.
Most importantly, Dr Downie says true beauty comes from within, so embrace your age throughout your life. Try to avoid excessive sun exposure (and indoor tanning as these rays may accelerate skin ageing), moisturise daily and consider an anti-ageing oral supplement. Exercise, eat healthy foods, don’t forget to get enough sleep (it’s called beauty rest for a reason) and if you smoke, stop.
Follow this guide and take steps to shift you skincare routine throughout the decades to feel as beautiful as you look – both inside and out.
In addition to Dr Downie’s dermatology practice, she is also a paid researcher for the Imedeen product line. For more information about Imedeen, visit Imedeen.com