In your late teens and early twenties you think that skincare amounts to a quick wipe with a multi-purpose face wipe followed by a swatch of face cream and you’re good to go. But, as you start to get older, and you begin to notice that your skin’s needs are changing, you realise that if you want to ensure that your skin remains healthy as you age, that you need to find better ways to take care of your skin.
The fact is that it’s no secret that as you get old your skin changes – like everything else in your body – but, for a lot of us, knowing how to take care of our skin as changes occur can be more complex that you might think. That’s why it pays to take the time to do your research into what the best approach for your skin care could be.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a selection of key tips and pieces of advice for easy ways to look after your skin as you age, ensuring that you’re able to keep it as healthy and happy as possible.
So, what steps do you need to take to look after your skin as you age? Read on for everything that you should know!
Limit your time in the sun
Admittedly, there’s nothing nicer than relaxing in the sun and we all love to sunbathe when we can, but it’s important to understand that spending too much time outside – especially without adequate SPF protection – can have a serious impact on your skin health, both in the short and longer term.
So, aim to limit your sun exposure, especially during warmer weather or if you live in a place that gets a lot of hot, sunny weather throughout the year. And, when you do go out in the sun, take steps to protect your skin, such as wearing a sun hat, spending time in the shade, and of course wearing adequate SPF protection (on both your face and body).
Wear SPF every single day
This might sound a little odd, because surely on cold, cloudy days it’s unnecessary to coat your face in SPF, but the reality is that even on days like this, the sun’s harmful UV rays can still penetrate your skin causing invisible damage and speeding up the age process. So, it pays to apply a small amount of SPF each day to your skin.
A great hack for this is to simply buy a moisturizer, makeup primer or foundation that contains SPF protection, allowing you to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.
Create a skincare routine (and stick to it)
It might be easier said than done but, it’s definitely worth taking the time to think about creating your own skincare routine. Or, if you already have a skincare routine, leveling up your basic process for something a little more ‘grown up’. If you’re not sure where to start with this, you could opt to have a skin consultation with a skincare specialist, who can help you to determine the kind of steps your skin needs to remain healthy and happy in the longer term.
Alternatively, you could try using a system of trial and error, seeing what works for your and your skin. Perhaps you could start with the basics: cleaning (using a liquid or foam cleanser not face wipes), toning, applying a serum of your choice (for reducing the signs of aging while also boosting skin health, hyaluronic acid is a great serum to try), and finally, adding a moisturizer.
And then, over time you can tweak and change this process, depending on what your skin needs. For instance, you may want to think about adding in some anti-aging products, such as an anti-wrinkle eye cream or a moisturiser that’s been designed to stop wrinkles in their tracks. Often, once you find a brand that works for your skin, it’s wise to stick to it and choose products from within that brand’s offering – or a similar brand that uses many of the same ingredients and processes.
Target visible signs of aging
If you’ve begun to notice some visible signs of aging, it’s a great time to think about starting to use anti-aging focused products – or potentially treatments – to help prevent these visible signs from getting worse over time. After all, prevention is always better than cure, so if you can prevent something getting worse, it’s always best to opt to do that where possible.
For instance, let’s say that you’ve noticed a few fine lines here and there on your face, instead of leaving them to get worse, you might want to opt for botox bunny lines treatment, to help smooth out the lines and reduce the chances of them getting worse over time.
There’s no shame in choosing to have a cosmetic treatment to help bolster your skin health, it’s just important that you choose the right treatment for your skin and its ongoing needs. In addition to working with a specialist who has a clear understanding of what your requirements may be, both now and in the future.
Focus on your nutrition
It’s easy to assume that what you eat and drink doesn’t really impact your skin health, but the reality is that couldn’t be further from the truth.
For instance, if you’re someone who lives off of greasy takeaways, then the chances are that you may also suffer from acne-prone skin. Or, if you’re someone who never seems to drink enough water, you may find that your skin is often dry and you struggle to keep it adequately hydrated.
Believe it or not, your nutrition and what you drink plays a big part in terms of how healthy your skin is, so if you haven’t quite mastered putting the right foods and drinks into your body, now is the perfect time to start. And, if you’re struggling for ideas and inspiration, the good news is that you can find plenty online.
So, there you have it, a guide to how you can take better care of your skin as you age.
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