Anti-Ageing Products: When To Start Taking Care of Mature Skin
Anti-Ageing Products: When To Start Taking Care of Mature Skin.
— Elle explores the journey of anti-ageing products, and answers the "age”-old question: when do we start using eye cream?
✎ Elle Macleman
As we age and mature, so does our skin. But how do you know when to start using anti-ageing products? What changes should you look out for in your skin? And most importantly, the ‘age’-old question, when should you start using an eye cream?
It’s never too early to start looking after your skin, but anti-ageing products aren’t for everyone. It is important to understand what changes are occurring in the skin over time and what signs to look out for, so that you know when to start stepping your skincare regime up.
Exactly what is happening to our skin over time?
There are many things that change in the skin as we age and many causes, both internal and external, that can affect how the skin changes. Externally, damage from UV rays, diet, alcohol and smoking have a significant impact on the condition of our skin, most of which are largely avoidable by eating a well-balanced diet, avoiding extended periods in the sun without UV protection and reducing our consumption of alcohol and eliminating smoking.
Internally, there is a little more to compete with. As we age, our skin’s ability to turn over skin cells slows down, our collagen synthesis reduces by 1% every year from the age of 21, scary I know but bear with me and our hyaluronic (the molecule that keeps our skin hydrated and firm) production begins to slow. Now, it’s hard to see these changes on the skin, so, how do you know it’s happening? Well, the biggest sign that the skin is beginning this process is it begins to slow down the production of oil and your skin becomes a little drier, most people begin to experience this change in their 30’s.
How do you combat the ageing process?
There are two main categories of skincare designed to look after your skin as it ages: preventative and restorative. It’s never too early to begin taking measures to look after your skin but it’s important to know what the difference between preventative skincare and restorative skincare is. Preventative skincare is designed to limit or slow down the ageing process by reducing exposure to UV rays and to introduce anti-oxidants into your skin to combat the effects of modern life. Vitamin C, B, E and hyaluronic are the types of ingredients that can assist with preventative skincare, as well as sunscreens. These can be used at any age. This is because these ingredients tend to be in serum-bases or water-based, allowing you to control the type of oil-based moisturiser you use, ensuring that your skin doesn’t become clogged by heavy anti-ageing formulations, whilst still getting the age combating benefits.
Restorative skincare is designed to combat the changes occurring in ageing skin. Restorative skincare includes addressing slowing skin cell turnover, collagen synthesis reduction, hyperpigmentation caused by sun or hormone changes and reduction in oil production. Restorative products tend to be heavier in consistency to combat the reduced oil production making them too heavy for most skin types but perfect for those who are experiencing that 30’s shift to drier skin. Other ingredients that tend to be classified as restorative are vitamin A or retinols, which help stimulate collagen production, reduce pigmentation and increase skin cell turn over.
When is a good time to start using an eye cream?
Making sure you are using the right eye cream at the right time is important. There is an eye cream out there for every age and there’s no right time to start using one, rather, just the right one to use. Eye treatments come in gel, oil, lotion and cream formulations and just like using heavy restorative skincare, can be too heavy for your skin if it’s not ready.
Until your skin begins to slow down its oil production using an eye treatment that is in a gel, lotion or oil base will avoid the product being too heavy for your skin, creating milia, those pesky little pumps around your eyes. Gels, lotions and oils still contain hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic and vitamins like vitamin C and E to help increase collagen production, brightening effects and improve skin resilience without being too heavy for the skin. Once your skin changes and becomes drier, then a cream with a higher oil content is more appropriate. This will inhibit moisture loss and reintroduce the oils your skin is no longer producing at the levels it once did.