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Timeless Beauty: The Ultimate Skincare Guide for Every Midlife Decade

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As we get older, our skin undergoes changes that require a more tailored approach to skincare. The good news is that with the right products and routine, you can maintain a radiant glow through ages, but you need to be prepared to change how you look after your ever-evolving skin according to its needs.

“Just as you may need to adapt your exercise routine or diet with age, the same needs to be done for your skincare routine – skincare expert Dr Sophie Shotter Your skin undergoes various changes throughout your life, which can be influenced by environmental factors like sun exposure, stress, and pollution, as well as the natural process of ageing. So, while it is important to build a sustainable routine that works for your skin, it is also key to make sure your routine evolves to address these changing needs. Improving your knowledge of what changes happen to your skin at each age is a great first step in understanding what you may be missing from your current skincare routine. Having this long-term view will also help when it comes to preventing the signs of ageing.”

Whether you’re in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or beyond, this comprehensive guide will provide you with the knowledge and tips to address common concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and loss of elasticity.

Skincare in your 40s

As you enter your forties, your skin is likely going to experience quite a few changes. Often, this is when it starts to droop, thin, dry out and feel more sensitive. While this can be a difficult transition, it’s perfectly normal at this age, especially for those who are approaching or are in peri-menopause.

In your forties, your body’s lymphatic system may slow down too, resulting in facial puffiness or swelling. A great way to combat this is to massage the skin on your face and neck area regularly. Consider booking a facial every couple of months or simply try a gua sha tool, an ancient Chinese technique that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to help improve circulation.

It’s also essential to up your hydration, making sure to use hydrating serums and introducing more nourishing products such as a night cream. Night creams are often thicker and more hydrating than your everyday moisturiser, which can help your skin repair and feel replenished while you sleep.

Skincare in your 50s & 60s

In these decades, you’re likely to continue experiencing the natural changes to your skin that come with ageing, but chances are you’ll have a better understanding of what does and doesn’t work for you.

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These are the years when you should start considering moisturisers that contain hyaluronic acid or ceramides.

In addition to sun protection (it’s not an option anymore) during the day, one of the most effective ways to look after your skin is using retinol-based skincare at night. It’s a form of Vitamin A, and its versatility lies in the way it works. Retinol aids surface skin cell turnover for healthier-looking, brighter skin.

Retinol also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and makes skin tone more even. Plus, you’ll see it smoothes your skin’s texture while minimising the appearance of pores.

If you want to start adding a retinol product to your skincare routine, dermatologists recommend products with pure retinol, rather than derivatives and complexes.

Skincare in your 70s

Past 60, you may begin to notice your skin feeling thinner, as we naturally lose collagen, elastin and fat, and our oil production also begins to slow down. To help skin feel stronger and more resilient, take a soft approach to skincare. That means doubling up on nourishing ingredients, using massage to increase blood flow and preventing future damage with SPF.

Use products with collagen-boosting ingredients such as peptides, retinol and Vitamin C to help firm it. Also, treat your skin with a glow-boosting mask from time to time that can help deliver potent ingredients to your skin in short, super-effective bursts.

Why a Dermatologist is Your Best Friend as Your Skin Matures

The skincare industry is flooded with countless options. Consulting a dermatologist as you age can be your best move for a personalized and effective skincare routine as he or she can help you decipher the science behind ingredients and identify products with proven efficacy for mature skin.

A dermatologist also may offer a variety of non-surgical options like lasers, peels, and fillers to address concerns like wrinkles, sun spots, and loss of volume. But it’s not just about aesthetics. Skin changes during midlife also indicate underlying health issues that may need attention. Dermatologists are trained to detect early signs of skin cancer and other skin conditions, ensuring timely intervention and treatment.

Don’t let ageing skin dampen your confidence. With the right skincare routine, you will always be able to find the most radiant healthy version of yourself.

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