LOOK beautiful in every decade of your life.
SMART skincare is easier said than done. Perfecting your skincare routine gets even more challenging when you’re dealing with the South African elements. We have to deal with humid summers and dry winters, not to mention the air pollution in cities. To look flawless and fabulous, no matter what your age, you need to seriously rethink and assess skincare habits. Here’s your decade by decade anti-aging arsenal.
At this age taking care of skin is the last thing on your mind. However, adding a few simple skincare steps to your daily regimen will ensure that you don’t need to resort to drastic measures when you’re older. Might as well do the best you can to reduce the plastic surgery! The most important change to be made (at any age) is to add SPF, either in the form of a moisturiser or an ingredient in foundation. It is a must, every single day, no matter the season. Acne is an issue in most people’s twenties, still lingering from teenage years. There are tons of blemishes busters on the market, but what is key with acne prone skin is to look for ‘oil-free’ products. Your skin will thank you later.
Cleanse From The Inside: Lemon water first thing every morning can reduce bacteria internally, avoiding dairy can help with breakouts on the chin and staying away from orange juice can help prevent pimples on the cheeks.
Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask: R329, Dermalogica
Clarity Active Control: R125, Lamelle
All-In-One BB Cream: R255, The Body Shop
Party time is over now. Usually women start having babies at this time, which means loads of stress and hormonal changes. A good moisturiser is crucial. More importantly, use this daily. It makes sense to revisit your hydration medium as you age. Skin gets thinner, drier and more sensitive over time. The moisturiser that you have used since high school might not do the trick anymore. This is the dreaded time when fine lines and wrinkles appear and skin tone becomes more uneven. Brown spots start to develop, not only on the face, but on hands and décolletage too. Exhaustion makes dark circles under the eyes more apparent. Help erase the tired look by using a product with lightening agents, to help lessen the appearance of dark areas.
Cleanse From The Inside: Indulgences, like dark chocolate, contains flavonoids, which act as an antioxidant that protects the body from aging. Red wine can also slow the age-related deterioration of cells. Always in moderation, of course.
Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20: R605, Clinique
City Of Light – Spot Lighter: R395, Sampar, Edgars
Hydrating B5: R1 337, Skinceuticals
If you’ve already employed the tricks of the trade through twenties and thirties, skin should look pretty good, but things are happening on your face. Things you’re not happy about. Before you book surgery, try non-invasive anti-aging methods. The easiest one? Use an eye cream. The skin around your eyes will likely be the first place that fine lines appear. Help diminish them by using eye cream both day and night to hydrate the skin around the eyes and increase suppleness. The thinning of eyelashes and eyebrows during the forties is a problem for some. An eyebrow problem can be solved with a good eye pencil. Eyelash dilemmas are harder to solve, but false lashes look and feel natural. If that’s not your thing, there are also some creams that help lashes grow. The motto? Pamper your peepers.
Cleanse From The Inside: In addition to regular exercise, make the right diet choices. Eat grapes, berries, broccoli, tomatoes and sweet potatoes to get more antioxidants. Healthy fats in almonds, salmon, avocados and olive oil can keep your skin moist and glowing. These foods are also good for your figure – bonus!
Time Filler Eyes: R865, Filorga
Intensive Remodelling Care: R1 675, Matis
Photo Finish Under Eye Hydrating Foundation Primer: R395, Smashbox
Hormonal changes in the fifties create deep wrinkles, a lackluster complexion and sagging skin. Products with ingredients that plump the skin, like hyaluronic acid and retinol, will help offset the effects of aging and restore a more youthful complexion. Hormones can also lead to dehydrated skin. Counteract these effects by using glycolic acid: it revs up cell turnover, so skin stays smooth. An opulent moisturizer is a must-have for your beauty bag. Though it sounds simple, petroleum jelly is great to lock in the moisturiser from your face cream, which is what should be focussed on – sealing in moisture and petroleum jelly prevents any water loss. While we can’t completely stop father time, vitamin A gives him a run for his money. Topical solutions with vitamin A (such as retinol creams) reduce signs of sun damage and aging by working as an exfoliator and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Cleanse From The Inside: Incorporate foods like carrots, sweet potatoes and oranges into your diet, as these are packed with vitamin A and C, both of which help restore and give life back to damaged collagen.
Vitamin A 0.5%: R1 026, ALPHA-H
Ceramide Ultra Lift And Firming Make-up SPF 15: R585, Elizabeth Arden
Petroleum Jelly: R10.95, Vaseline