What Anti-Ageing Product is right for My Age?

Cucumber slice Anti ageing creams are a multi billion dollar market, with lots of different companies trying to sell you creams that promise eternal youth. It can be really confusing trying to choose the right product. As we age our skin changes dramatically and so needs different nutrients at twenty than at sixty, but how do you know which which anti-ageing cream is right for you? What should you look out for? There is no substitute for a balanced diet, plenty of sunscreen and plenty of sleep but we have tried to make sense of all the advice out there to offer you a simple guide to what to look out for at what age.

What's the Best Anti-Ageing Cream for my Age?

  • In Your Twenties

    Is it ever to early to start protecting yourself against the ageing process? In your twenties your skin is still youthful, and skincare is all about protection and prevention.
    Lycopene is found in tomatoes Twenty year old skin still had a very high rate of cell production and so exfoliation is not often necessary. Dry skin is also fairly uncommon, much less common than oily skin so oil free moisturisers often work best to keep break outs at bay. Also avoid harsh soap, alcohol based skin care products and other drying agents. This can prevent the stripping away of the skins natural oils... you'll need them when you're older!.

    Your twenties are too early to be concerned with wrinkle treatment, and aggressive anti ageing creams won't necessarily help at this age as they are meant for older skin. Avoid ingredients like retinoids (e.g. tretinoin a.k.a. Retin A). Instead go for protective ingredients to maintain your youthful glow! Antioxidents and anti inflammatories are good, specifically green tea extract, pomegranate extract, vitamin E (mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols), lycopene, and others... and whatever you do, don't forget the sunscreen!

    Everyone's skin is different, but most people benefit from using the following: Light cleanser, skin freshener or gentle toner for oilier skin, lightweight or oil-free moisturiser (with SPF 15!), overnight moisturiser and eye gel

  • In Your Thirties

    Usually people in their thirties start to see the first signs of ageing, fine lines around the eyes and character lines on the face. Skin elasticity is not quite what it was and pigmentation can appear, making skin tone less even. Cells are not replaced as quickly as they were in your twenties, which means that dryness can also start to become a problem in your thirties - so you need a skin care routine that keeps you well hydrated.
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    Now is a good time to get into antioxidants such as vitamin C, which are the best way to fight off the skin damage which leads to lines. Fruit acids such as glycolic or lactic acid are useful for exfoliating the top later of dead skin, which improves skin texture and unclogs pores. Acid forms of vitamin A are very effective in enhancing cell renewal and collagen production long-term.

    Make sure the cream you choose includes the basics, such as sunscreen and antioxidants. If you need a little extra help, ingredients like caffeine and magnolia extract can help reduce puffiness; coneflower to cool and soothe or vitamin K to lessen dark under-eye circles.

    It could be time to start using something with active ingredients, the usually recommended ones are retinoids (e.g. tretinoin a.k.a. Retin A) and vitamin C family (L-ascorbic acid and some of its derivatives). Other options (that don't have as much research) include lipoic acid and copper peptides. However, some anti-ageing creams are very rich as they are meant for much older skin. Using an eye cream that is too rich could actually result in puffy eyes! Using skincare too advanced for your age won't do any lasting damage, but because it can be stronger than you need is can act as an irritant and could have some uncomfortable side effects,

  • In Your Forties

    Vitamin C can be found in oranges and other fruit By your forties the effects of ageing can become more pronounced. The skin is more affected by cell damage and the rate at which the skin renews and repairs itself becomes much slower, skin dryness is increasingly common after 40. Even though proper hydration alone is not enough to slow the signs of ageing, it is important in conjunction with other things. Now is probably the right time to use products specifically geared towards anti-ageing and richer moisturisers.

    As in your thirties you should use skin care with ingredients that fights fine lines and wrinkles; Retinoids (e.g. tretinoin a.k.a. Retin A) and vitamin C family (L-ascorbic acid and some of its derivatives). There are other additional ingredients that can help in this decade too; Niacinamide provides immune protection (so add it to your skincare routine now!) and AHAs and Fruit Acid can work to reverse some skin changes due to UV damage (e.g. skin discolouration, coarse texture, dullness and fine lines), however, to be effective, fruit acids should to have a concentration of at least 8% and an acidity of pH less than 3. Vitamin C is also essential for collagen synthesis and UV protection.

  • In Your Fifties and Beyond!

    Loss of collagen and elastin are two of the main problems that women over 50 can face. Collagen and elastin keep skin cells firm and plump and are essential to your skin's structure.
    Seaweed in its natural form Use of specific anti wrinkle creams can help reduce the visible signs of aging. Most wrinkle creams contain suitable moisturizers to hydrate the skin and gentle acids which help exfoliate. Also present are antioxidant minerals such as zinc, selenium, calcium, copper peptides and antioxidant vitamins - in particular vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. Creams containing Marine Collagen (and in particular Marine extract Padina Pavonica) and other collagen enhancing substances can help with the loss of collagen, as can Seaweed extract which has been clinically proven to boost collagen!

    Sunscreens are still vital to protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays and ingredients derived from organic extracts can often be the gentlest and purest way of looking after your skin. Rich and gentle cleansers can be a very beneficial part of your skin care routine, and remember not to use any products which are too harsh and will dry out the skin - this can have an incredibly ageing effect!