We look closely at what age does to you skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s plus what products you need to use when!
This is when your skin should look its best – so enjoy your prime time while it lasts, girls!
* The first signs of ageing can start to appear in the late 20s if you’ve been out in the sun a lot, haven’t had a good skincare regime, or have very dry skin.
* Sometimes neglect of the skin or the use of products designed for older skin, or the pill can result in acne at this time.
* If freckles or brown spots appear they’re probably your first encounter with sun damage. These are removable, however. See your dermatologist about the best method and wear suncreen and stay out of the sun.
* Skin allergies and rashes can show up in your 20s too – and are often caused by detergents, insecticides, stress, using many cosmetics and fragrances and a change in diet such as trying new foods.
This is the time when most women are at their most beautiful, as though they’ve ‘grown into’ their looks.
* This is the time when you have to take steps to guard against skin drying out and causing premature ageing. You should change your skincare routine to one formulated for more mature skins as you’ll find that, say, the moisturiser that worked well in your 20s may be too light.
* And just when many of us thought the acne thing was behind us in our teens, it turns up again for many in our 30s. It usually appears in the ‘hormonal zone’ around the chin, jaw and neck.
* Women who have had dry skin all their lives will by now have noticed lines around their eyes.
Bags may also appear, which could be caused by fluid from sinus or allergy problems. Antihistamines can help in these cases.
* Broken blood vessels, due to skin damage from pregnancy, high blood pressure, or excess alcohol, may begin to show around the nose and on the cheeks. These can be ‘zapped’ by a beauty therapist, though it may take a few visits to remove them completely.
With all the great products and treatments we have at our fingertips we can extend our youthful looks longer.
* At this age the skin is beginning to lose its tone and strength – it finds it difficult to support the pores, and they start becoming more visible and become enlarged. Skin refining lotions and astringents such as witchhazel will help temporarily.
* Yet another variety of acne – acne rosacea – often appears during this time. This is aggravated by stress, alcohol, spicy foods and extremes of hot and cold temperatures. It has a flushed appearance with blackheads and small pustules and can by treated by a dermatologist.
* Psoriasis also, although it can occur at any age, is most likely to appear now, its round red patches flecked with silvery scales showing first on elbows and knees.
No matter how well you’re skin’s been looked after, or how lucky your genetic inheritance has been, the skin will by now begin to show its age.
* It is no longer receiving sufficient support and elasticity from the protein fibres, and the fatty deposits beneath the skin are disappearing, leaving it loose and flabby.
* Lines deepen into wrinkles, the skin dries and the drying skin itself becomes a problem, sometimes with side effects such as itching, slowness to heal, and a tendency to become infected.
* Little clusters of red lines called spider angiomata may appear, as may brown spots.
* Deterioration in skin colour is often due to poor circulation and may be improved with massage and exercise.
* Most serious of all, this is the time when skin cancer usually appears.