Beauty Director Sam Taylor talks us through skincare ingredients and what your skin needs at different life stages
There are lots of beauty buzz words like hyaluronic acid and peptide, but what do they mean and when should we use them? As we age, our skin care needs different ingredients to keep looking its best.
In Your 20s
Sunscreen and Antioxidants
What you do or don’t do to your skin in your 20’s will start to show in your 30s and 40s. I see lots of comments on social media from our members in their 20’s that say they are too young for antiaging products. If you are in your 20’s and you think this, I will tell you from personal experience and 20 years in the beauty industry that you need to change that way you think about skincare right now! If you want good skin later in life, you need to start looking after it now. Think of it as age prevention rather than antiaging. Sun exposure is the main causes of aging, so sunscreen is really important in your day moisturiser.
Antioxidants are also key in your 20’s, the ones to look for are Vitamin A, C and E. They help combat free radicals, and protect the skin from environmental damage.
This is an ideal time to start the good habits that you will need if you want great skin later in life. Cleanse morning and night, use a serum and an eye cream and invest in a good moisturiser.
In Your 30s
Alpha or Beta Hydroxy Acids and Hyaluronic Acid.
Don’t be scared by the word acid, these are the good acids! You need these at this time of your life to keep your skin glowing and plump. Skin cell turnover starts to slow in your 30’s so it may start to look a little dull , now is the time to acquaint yourself with AHA’s and BHAs (alpha hydroxyl and beta hyroxy acids). They keep the skin looking fresh and glowing by dissolving the ‘glue’ that keeps dull skin cells attached to the shiny new ones underneath. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring moisturising agent in the skin and production slows in your 30’s so look for this wonder ingredient in your daily moisturiser to keep your skin plumped up with moisture.
In Your 40s
This is the time to get serious with your skincare as you will start to see the cumulative damage of those early years lying in the sun. Pigmentation, broken capillaries, wrinkles from sun damage all stark to sneak up on you in your 40’s. Start investigating Vitamin A products, also known as retinols. They are like little personal trainers and they ‘talk’ to the skin cells and help them behave like young and energetic cells. This is my age bracket, (or ‘box’ as Samantha from Sex in the City once declared) I have just started using Vitamin A and I am very happy with the results. My pigmentation caused by sun exposure is starting to fade, my skin is glowing and some fine lines around my eyes have softened. Be careful using retinols, they are very active and it can cause your skin to be sun sensitive so it is really important to use sunscreen every day. They can also make your skin flake if you use it too often, so use it once every couple of days. Do a patch test before you slather it on.
50s and Beyond
Facial Oils and Peptides
Dryness, loss of elasticity and visible pores will be your concerns in your 50’s. Use a cream cleanser as it will be soothing and comforting on dry skin rather than a foaming cleanser which may dry the skin. Continue to use a Vitamin A treatment and introduce a facial oil into your regime. Look for Peptides in your moisturiser, they are moisture binding agents and help the skin cells heal themselves. They also stimulate collagen production and are antiinflamatories.
Remember when it comes to skincare, there is no miracle ingredient that will magically erase away wrinkles. Prevention is better than cure. Use sunscreen diligently, cleanse morning and night and massage your moisturiser in twice a day, and make sure you drink lots of water to hydrate the body from the inside! - Samantha Taylor