Preventing Skin Aging

WHAT’S HAPPENING? The rate new cells are produced slows down so you’ll notice a drier, duller complexion. When because collagen (which gives skin its strength) and elastin (the stretchy part) become weaker. You may also start to see a little GAH! WHAT CAN I DO? Make vitamin C your new BF. This powerful antioxidant boosts radiance and it gives you your glow back – it also reverses damage caused by UV rays and stimulates collagen, which helps reduce wrinkles.

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Use an SPF EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And gently pat on an eye cream each INSTANT HIT ‘As you get older you can lose make-up guru Lisa Eldridge. ‘Try a lip liner a shade darker than your lip colour and use light, THE KIT NIVEA Perfect & Radiant Light Moisturiser SPF 15, R79,99. African Extracts Rooibos Advantage Eye Cream, R149,95. Clarins Multi-Blush Cream in Grenadine, R320. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser, R285. L’Oréal Age Perfect Cell Renew Advanced Restoring Night Cream, R259,95.

THE KIT

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, R490. Placecol Optimum Hydro Mask, R275. Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Firming Serum, R320. Clinique Smart CustomRepair Serum, R750.

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

Your skin changes more in this decade than any other. You might see blotchiness and uneven skintone due to sun damage, expression lines deepen and your skin renews itself more slowly, so your complexion can look a bit, well, blah. Also, hormones, such as oestrogen (which helps plump skin) start to switch off.

GAH! WHAT CAN I DO?

Look for hyaluronic acid in a product’s ingredients list – this retains over 1 000 times its own weight in water, so it keeps skin hydrated. Up the ante by layering an anti-ageing serum under your moisturiser – if brown spots or discolouration are an issue, use one with a targeted formula. Use an eye cream morning and night.

INSTANT HIT

‘Ditch powder foundations completely as they’re much too drying for your skin,’ says make-up artist Caroline Barnes. ‘Switch to using mattifying liquid foundations instead.

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