Skin care: at what age should you start?

As time goes by, it leaves marks at the corners of the eyes, frown lines on the forehead and even furrows in the neck. Fortunately, there are anti-ageing skin care products that nourish and moisturise the epidermis. Is there an age limit and specific instructions for daily skin care?

Start your anti-ageing skin care from the age of 30
As we age, the skin loses its elasticity and tone. Cell renewal slows down. At the same time, the epidermis produces less collagen. Around the age of 30, the skin tends to dry out, and after the age of 40, brown spots can also appear on the face. So it’s important to start applying anti-ageing skincare regularly to keep your complexion looking fresh and radiant.

In the form of cream, serum or gel, skincare products are essential for keeping skin looking like a baby. As a vital organ, the skin deserves all the attention it can get. Not everyone is equal when it comes to marking the dermis. But everyone can help it to regenerate and retain its radiance with a few simple gestures.

It’s important to note that there is no specific age at which you should start applying creams or going to see an aesthetic doctor. It depends on each person’s skin type and skin tone. However, it is generally recommended to start using anti-ageing creams around the age of 30. However, people with dry skin can start using oils or day creams from the age of 20.

Criteria to consider when choosing the ideal anti-ageing skin care product and how to apply it
To choose your anti-ageing skin care product, you need to study your skin. People prone to skin problems such as blemishes, irritation or acne need to treat these problems before starting to apply an anti-ageing skin care product. It is possible to choose antioxidant skin care products designed for young skin to prevent the first wrinkles from appearing. When the marks are more and more present, turn to highly moisturising products containing hyaluronic acid, antioxidant polyphenols and peptides.

To use, start by applying to the eye contour area with your index finger, smoothing the skin from the inside to the outside of the eyelid. You can also make circular movements to activate blood circulation. To apply your anti-ageing treatment to the face, always work from the centre outwards, then lightly tap and pinch your skin to firm the tissues.

Daily habits to keep your skin looking young
You need to adopt daily habits to keep your skin looking young. Moisturising your body and drinking enough water (around 1.5 to 2 litres a day) will keep your skin hydrated. You should also avoid smoking and alcohol, which accelerate premature ageing of the skin.

To look after your face on a daily basis, we recommend using products tailored to your skin type and specific needs. A simple but effective beauty routine generally consists of a gentle cleanser, followed by a purifying toner to remove any remaining impurities from the skin’s surface.

And don’t forget that a good night’s sleep can have a positive impact on the overall appearance of the skin. While we sleep, our bodies repair damaged cells and our complexion can look brighter after a restful night.

Regular physical activity helps to boost the immune system while improving blood circulation, which in turn promotes a naturally radiant complexion.

Ingredients to choose from in anti-ageing skin care products and those to avoid at all costs
When it comes to anti-ageing skincare, you need to look for products containing active ingredients. These include retinoids, which stimulate cell renewal, helping to slow skin ageing. Anti-oxidants, such as vitamin C and alpha-lipoic acid, are also preferable, as they protect the skin from the free radicals responsible for oxidative stress.

Exfoliating acids such as glycolic or salicylic acid can help remove dead skin cells and improve skin texture. Peptides strengthen the skin barrier and boost collagen production for effective anti-wrinkle action.

On the other hand, certain ingredients should be avoided because they can irritate or sensitise the skin, such as the aggressive sulphates often used in facial cleansers, the denatured alcohol present in certain toners, and certain types of essential oils that can cause allergic reactions in some people.

So it’s vital to read product labels carefully before making your choice, to avoid any nasty surprises for your skin. If you have any doubts about a specific ingredient, don’t hesitate to ask a dermatologist specialising in medical cosmetology for advice.

The effects of the sun on the skin and how to prevent them to delay the signs of ageing
The sun is dangerous, and effective sun protection is essential. Exposure should be during the hottest part of the day, i.e. between 12pm and 4pm. It’s also a good idea to wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face, and to use a sun cream with an SPF adapted to your skin tone and the level of sunshine where you are.

Some creams have been specially formulated with anti-ageing ingredients to not only provide protection against UV rays, but also slow down the skin’s natural ageing process. These include hyaluronic acid, which intensely hydrates the skin while filling in fine lines, and algae extract, which stimulates collagen production for visible anti-wrinkle action.

Don’t hesitate to apply your sun care regularly, every two hours, for optimum protection. When you get home, remember to thoroughly cleanse your skin to remove any residual traces of sun cream and stimulate cell regeneration in your epidermis.

The benefits of a balanced diet for skin health and the importance of hydration for a radiant complexion
As well as using anti-ageing creams, a balanced diet is crucial to maintaining the health of your skin. Foods rich in antioxidants such as berries, nuts and green vegetables are particularly beneficial as they help to reduce inflammation and protect against damage caused by free radicals.

Drink enough water throughout the day. Good hydration allows your skin cells to function properly, helping to prevent dryness and the appearance of premature wrinkles.

You should avoid processed foods rich in refined sugar and saturated fats, which tend to cause inflammation in the body. This inflammation can be reflected in your skin in the form of acne or other skin problems.

Another crucial point for beautiful skin is a good night’s sleep. While you sleep, your skin has time to recover and regenerate thanks to the increased production of collagen naturally present in our bodies.

In short, eating a healthy diet, drinking enough water throughout the day and taking care of your night-time routine can not only help you look good on the outside, but also contribute positively to your overall inner well-being!