Age-specific recommendations from dermatologists on how to age slowly

Age-specific recommendations from dermatologists on how to age slowly
Age-specific recommendations from dermatologists on how to age slowly

We asked a panel of leading dermatologists to give us their top tips on getting older and tackling common skin concerns.

As the skin matures, fine lines and wrinkles develop and become more visible. You may also notice the skin getting drier, thinner and more sensitive over time; this is caused by environmental aggressors such as UV and pollution which cause hidden cellular and molecular damage. In order to protect the skin from these aggressors, it’s vital to cleanse the skin thoroughly and apply moisturising products with broad-spectrum UV protection within them.

Whatever your age, hydrating the skin, protecting it with free-radical fighting antioxidants and using sun protection with an SPF of at least 25 can help to reduce and prevent cell damage. The kind of products you use, however, will change throughout your life. Here’s the key factors to know at every life stage…

At 20

If you still suffer from breakouts, look for oil-free products containing salicylic acid. Your future skin will thank you for establishing good habits during this formative decade, so prioritise your drinking water intake, exercise regularly and ensure you get enough sleep – around 8 hours a night.

At 30

Fine lines begin appearing, and the skin tone becomes more uneven. While it makes sense to start using specific anti-ageing skincare now, especially around the fragile eye contour area, you should also try to incorporate antioxidants within your skincare regime and diet as these will help to prevent further environmental skin damage. Remove aggressors such as pollution from the skin with a moisturizing gentle cleanser before applying an antioxidant-rich serum such as Vichy’s Slow Âge Fluid; this will help to protect the skin while helping it look brighter and healthier. Superfoods such as kale, blackberries and kiwi fruit are also a great way to incorporate antioxidants into your diet.

At 40

Wrinkles and age spots will start to appear deeper and more prominently, so choose skincare that reduces the look of pigmentation while increasing collagen production. During this decade, the skin starts to lose some of its tone radiance and texture so long-term hydration is more pertinent than ever. A serum with moisturizing hyaluronic acid within it will help to improve this - simply apply beneath your usual moisturiser.

At 50

Hormonal changes caused by the menopause may lead to a lower production of oestrogen. This means that the skin begins to lose elasticity, becomes drier and brown spots start to appear. Counteract these effects with a serum and moisturiser formulated with nourishing oils that will boost moisture levels and even skin tone.