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This is when you should start thinking about anti-ageing

By Steph N August 11, 2017

What you need to do to keep your skin looking its best at all ages.

It’s not news to anyone that taking care of your skin is an important part of your daily routine. But with all the creams and serums, the foams and oils, it can be difficult to tell what’s right for you and when you should be changing your routine. 

For many of us, the question of when to start looking at anti-ageing products opens a whole new barrel of questions, making it all the more challenging… For this reason, we’ve decided to chat with some of the industry’s most knowledgeable professionals to get their top tips on products and practises. 

Here are the four most important points we walked away with:

1. When should you start?

According to the team at Dermalogica, the best age to start thinking about anti-ageing is 25:

“The very first sign of ageing on the skin is skin discolouration; you start to lose that even skin tone and some sun induced pigmentation is evident. Fine lines  are apparent in the eye area and you may detect your skin becoming just that little bit looser.” 

To fight premature signs of ageing, keep SPF levels up and use plenty of powerful anti-oxidants and vitamin therapy.

By 35, "there are more evident and deeper lines, pigmentation spots miraculously appear, the skin starts to feel looser, especially on the back of the eyes, hands, the neck and jowls. Use powerful peptides, anti inflammatories, anti-oxidants, vitamins such as Retinol and sun protection" to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. 

Try: Antioxidant Hydramist, $64

Overnight Retinol Repair, $135

2. Which products should you invest in first? 

The team at Ole Henriksen advises that one of the most important things to remember is to keep consistent in your routine - so the earlier you can nail this, the better. 

When it comes to specific products, they have outlined that exfoliation is hugely important as it brightens the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Try: Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub, $38

Truth Serum, $68

We also spoke with Jacob Stanley, Head of Education at Mecca about this and he strongly suggested investing in a good serum

“If you really want to change something about your skin, invest in your serum.

“What you use every day will have much more of an impact than something you do once or twice a week (masks are great as a booster and as a treat, but don’t rely on them to do the heavy lifting for you).

“You’re putting your money in the right place because serums are targeted, and concentrated, and they have a delivery system that means the active ingredients get down in the bottom layers of the skin where they can really make a difference (whereas moisturisers tend to sit higher up on the surface of the skin).”

Try: DRUNK ELEPHANT, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $132

MARIO BADESCU, Vitamin C Serum, $66

3. The ingredients that will get the best results:

Cassandra Hilton, Founder and Creative Director for Ocinium has advised that there are a number of ingredients in certain skincare products that are key in keeping your skin looking youthful and healthy: 

“When it comes to skincare, cellular communicating ingredients such as retinol and niacinamide and anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, E & CoQ10 and Bio-actives such as Green Tea, Ginkgo biloba, Resveratrol, Lycopene, Licorice are just a few to defy ageing,” she shared.

"You can always give your vanity a boost with anti-oxidant skincare high in Vitamin C, Retinol and Vitamin E to ramp up cellular levels of anti-oxidants that decrease as we age and increase your defence against environmental stressors that accelerate ageing. "

Try: Metamorphis Multi-Vitamin Cream, $120 

4. Hydration is key, at any age: 

Napoleon Perdis advises that moisture is an anti-ageing miracle-worker:

“I’m really obsessed with hydrating the skin as it feels incredible, plus it helps prevent premature ageing…what’s not to love! In particular the Multi-Hydration Gel Cream gives skin an extra boost of hydration. In a nutshell it refreshes, protects and hydrates the skin.”

Try: Multi Hydration Gel Cream, $59

Anti-Pollution Refining Skin-Fusion Milk Toning Essence, $49

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