If you came of age in the ’80s or ’90s, there are a few things you’ll know to be true: Spiral perms are never a good idea, scrunchies will never be anything more than a fad, and Cher’s sheer leotard in If I Could Turn Back Time is one memory you can never erase.
You’ve been around long enough to experiment with makeup – a.k.a blue eye shadow in high school – but you keep coming back to the same skincare and beauty products you grew up using.
So what if your beauty routine hasn’t moved on since Scott and Charlene were a thing? Well, nothing, except there are a few things you could be doing that are prematurely ageing your skin. But these six tweaks to your beauty routine will make a huge difference to your skin’s overall health and appearance.
Start: Wearing sunscreen every day.
These days it’s rare to see a kid on the beach who isn’t coated head to toe in 50+ sunscreen AND wearing a full body rashie. But for you and I, beach days used to mean coming home with an entirely new layer of skin, after peeling the top few ones off. You can’t physically turn back time (last Cher reference, I promise) but you can help make up for it by applying sunscreen daily.
To get the best sun protection, the Cancer Council recommends applying sunscreen after cleansing your skin and before makeup. The easiest way to incorporate SPF into your daily beauty routine is to use a moisturiser or primer with sunscreen.
Stop: Using harsh facial cleansers.
Many cleansers- especially soaps, foaming lotions and exfoliating washes- are drying and damaging to the skin barrier. Dullness, dryness, irritation and flakiness are all symptomatic of dehydrated and damaged skin, which contributes to premature ageing. If you’re still using the cleanser you used on your pimply teenage skin, you should make the switch to a gentle, non-soap cleanser like Dove Bar, which contains ¼ moisturising cream.
Start: Using Retinol.
Yes, everything you’ve ever heard about Retinol is true. The use of Retinol (Vitamin A) in skincare can, over time, increase collagen production and prevent wrinkles. It’s also extremely effective in treating sun-damaged skin when used in conjunction with an exfoliant that contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs).
In short, Retinol is a game-changer. Start using it now, and if you want to up the ante, a Retinoid cream, a more potent form of Retinol, can be obtained with a doctor’s prescription.