What most of us are after in life (aside from love, happiness and all that jazz) is a no-fail skincare routine that doesn’t involve 20 steps or dropping $400 on a singular face cream. One that will make us appear like the most radiant version of ourselves.
So many questions, and now for some answers. Here is how to get and keep great skin at any age.
So you spent your entire twenties diligently and religiously applying sunscreen on a daily basis? Me too, me too (*cough*). For anyone else, this is the time when that early sun damage (hey, rashies weren’t a thing in the ’80s) shows up in the form of uneven skin tone, sunspots and pigmentation.
Kick start a routine now that you can stick to no matter your relationship, career or offspring situation. As a minimum: cleanse morning and night and apply a moisturiser with sunscreen during the day.
In the evening, a serum is a great addition to address any sensitivity or dryness issues, and follow with a night cream. Now’s the time to add in an eye cream at night if you haven’t already. Don’t neglect your décolletage (ever!) and exfoliate two – three times a week depending on your skin type.
SPF all day, every day
We all know this one, but it’s the one step that makes the biggest difference in later years. We now know that UVA as well as UVB rays can affect us through car and office windows, so as a minimum, apply a daily moisturiser or foundation with a high SPF. Or if you prefer, layer sunscreen before your moisturiser. Bonus tip from my mum who has hands like an infant: apply it to the back of your hands too, it’s an easy area to forget about.
That foaming cleanser that suited your skin your twenties? Ditch it. Now is when you want a rich, creamy formulation that won’t dry out your skin.
This is the decade that we notice the biggest changes to our skin. A quick glance in the mirror reminds us we are no longer twenty-something, but we wouldn’t want to be. The '90s was an excellent decade to be alive, but we’re happy to keep the Hyper-colour t-shirts and ra-ra skirts in the past, thank you very much.
Switch to a more active cleanser
Not ‘active’ in the sense of going back to a foaming cleanser, no no no. What your skin needs now is a cleanser packed with powerhouse ingredients like fruit enzymes to address dullness and uneven skin tone.