Ready to hit the big 3-0 soon, it’s like I woke up one day to traces of fine lines under my eyes, and a complexion that looked, well, dull, is the best way to put it. And I’ve had my good days, you know—in my early 20s, many have complimented me on the natural ‘glow’ and even tone of my skin.
Now, I always knew the time would come, which is why I’ve been collecting information on tackling the so-called ‘pre-aging’ years of my life. Here’s what I’ve come up with after speaking to three dermats, buying products based on customer reviews, and testing some for at least a month before I decided whether they worked for me or not; yes, it’s been a year-long exercise. Ladies, first-hand experience, these are the five products that are totally legit when it comes to preventive anti-ageing skincare.
Estee Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme Dry (50ml), £33
Moisturiser With Antioxidants:
Create a barrier between your skin, the temperamental weather, and the city pollution with antioxidants. To put it simply, the peptides and plant stem cells help protect the skin from free radicals (molecules in the environment that age your skin).
Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid SPF50 (30ml), £19.80
This one’s a no-brainer. You need sunblock, sunscreen, sun protecting serums with at least 30 SPF to prevent sun damage. It’s plain to see (look at Kate Moss), that excessive sunbathing or exposure to UV rays can leave you with dark spots and age you terribly. Apply, reapply… even if the sun is setting—until you need to turn on the headlights on your car—your sunblock should soldier on.
Night Anti-Ageing Must-Haves
Healing Makeup Removers
If you’re skin always feels dry, you’re using products that are too harsh. Take another look at your foaming cleanser, maybe replace it with a milk-based or cream-based one. Even consider using an oil-based makeup remover or a cleansing balm at the end of the day. Oils penetrate into the layers of the skin and have healing properties that benefit all skin types.
Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream (15ml), £19.80
Hydrating Eye Cream
Yes, it’s time to add an eye cream to your routine. You don’t need anything heavy, or a wrinkle-lift solution. A simple hydrating serum is good enough to help make the thin skin under your eye more resilient. Many of them tackle dark circles too.
Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate (15ml), £55.30
This is particularly important if the fine lines have appeared (they’re not just on their way). Retinol-based products help accelerate cell turnover, take care of dead skin, protect against sun damage, induce collagen, and even decrease pore size. Always be sure to do a patch test with this one and you can restrict to applying it in the areas that have begun to age.