Beauty problems solved: First signs of ageing
First thing’s first: we're all going to age, so if you're hoping to find a magical way to stop time in its tracks within this article you're going to be disappointed. What we can do is offer some ways to give you the best skin for as long as possible, which is a much healthier attitude to have.
Most of us will start to notice the first signs of ageing in our late twenties or early thirties, and this is when you need to step your skincare up a notch. Some will see fine lines creeping in around the eyes, others will experience a loss of plumpness or increased dehydration. If any of that sounds familiar it's time to update your skincare products, looking for things which contain retinol (a form of vitamin A) and vitamin C. Retinol is great for ageing concerns because it helps with cell production, making the top layer of skin appear plumper. It also boosted collagen and can help skin look smoother. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which is second to none when it comes to improving radiance and strengthening skin.
A good first port of call is French skincare brand La Roche-Posay, which has several affordable options for those concerned with ageing. The Redermic C10 contains 10 per cent vitamin C, so it's good for people with dark spots, dullness and a lack of firmness, and it’s coupled with vitamin E and hyaluronic acid to moisturise. Team that with the Redermic R Anti-ageing Concentrate - used evenings only - which has retinol to help with fine lines, wrinkles and uneven tone. Both are billed as being suitable for sensitive skins, which is unusual for this type of product.
Those concerned with sagging skin should check out Caudalie's new Resveratrol Lift line. As expected this also contains hyaluronic acid, alongside ingredients which work to restore skin's volume and firmness. There's a full range but the Firming Serum is what's got most people talking, as it helps smooth and tone the skin. Another complete collection comes from Alpha-H and is called Liquid Laser. This is aimed at slightly older people, but sometimes prevention is better than cure. The Super Anti Ageing Balm has a hefty whack of vitamin C, while the Concentrate Serum is for firming and pigmentation issues.
Particularly good for younger oily and combination skin is Murad's new Advanced Blemish & Wrinkle Reducer and Anti-Ageing Moisturiser SPF30. These were both created to target signs of ageing as well as blemishes - meaning you no longer have to pick between your skincare concerns.