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15th January 2020

The skincare routine you need to follow; for every age group!

Because sun protection is vital for your skin year-round, no matter your age!

Whether the sun is shining or ice is forming, don’t forget about using SPF products as part of your daily skincare routine. Why? Because sun protection is vital for your skin year-round, no matter your age!  UV rays don’t take a break, and they certainly don’t hibernate for the winter. So, press pause on your seasonal sunscreen clear out and take a look at our essential guide to year-round skincare, according to your age.

 

Skincare… in your 20s

For those in your 20s, wrinkles and skin ageing are probably the last things on your mind when it comes to skincare. Remember, you’re not invincible and neither is your skin. You may not consider the sun’s rays to be a threat, but the reality is that too much sun exposure in our youth can have devastating effects on our skin when we’re older1. So, it’s good to develop healthy skin habits, such as:

–        Avoid sun beds

A tan may be fashionable now, but the damage won’t be later. In fact, there’s evidence to suggest that those who tan indoors (using sunbeds) are six times more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma in their 20s, than those who have never tanned indoors1.

–        Daily Sunscreen

Try to protect your skin at all times. A lot of people forget about the UV rays that can get to us when simply driving in the car, sitting near a window or even just walking to and from work.2

 

Skincare… in your 30s

If you’re in your 30s and have already adopted good sun care habits, then keep up the great work! If you haven’t, then you may be starting to notice the undesirable effects of sun exposure. Being proactive in this decade can go a long way in minimising additional damage. So, if you’re looking to overhaul your skincare routine, here’s our top tips:

–        Delicate Areas

An early sign of sun damage can be the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles on the face. Those unwanted creases can be made a lot worse by too much exposure to the sun’s UV rays.3 So, it’s time to bulk up your sunglasses collection and ensure you’re using a broad spectrum, daily sunscreen on your face.

–       Collagen Breakdown

Did you know that wearing sunscreen daily helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen? Collagen is what gives skin its youthful appearance, but UV rays accelerate the collagen breakdown process3, therefore making skin look older much sooner than we’d like.

 

Skincare… in your 40s

It’s never too late to develop good skincare habits, but if you’ve slacked on the sun protection in your 20s and 30s, then it’s now more important than ever to change those habits.

–        Sun Spots

Continued sun exposure can start causing sun spots (aka liver or age spots) to appear. Regular sunscreen use will help to prevent this from happening (or worsening if sun spots have already occurred).4

–        Skin Changes

Pregnancy, birth control pills and hormone replacement medication can trigger melasma on the face, which can be worsened by UV exposure.5  Making it even more important to maintain a good sun care routine.

 

Skincare… in your 50s

If you’ve neglected sunscreen prior to 50, then you may have some sort of sun damage by the time you reach your 50s. The skin is also becomes thinner in the five years prior to menopause.6

–        Sun Sensitivity

The use of products containing retinoids are fairly common for skincare fanatics in their 50s, as they can help visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. However, retinoids can make the skin more sun sensitive!7 This means that a daily sunscreen is an absolute must.

 

 

References:

  1. Skin Cancer Foundation, Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics (online) 2019 (Cited: Nov 2019) Available from: https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts/#targetText=Women%20who%20have%20ever%20t
  2. Skin Cancer Foundation, Ways you’re Being Exposed to the Sun’s UV Rays (online) 2017 (Cited: Nov 2019) https://www.skincancer.org/blog/sneaky-ways-youre-being-exposed-to-the-suns-uv-rays/
  3. Mayo Clinic, Wrinkles Information Page (online) 2019 (Cited: Nov 2019) Available from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wrinkles/symptoms-causes/syc-20354927
  4. Mayo Clinic, Age Spots Information Page (online) 2019 (Cited: Nov 2019) Available from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/age-spots/symptoms-causes/syc-20355859
  5. British Association of Dermatologists, Melasma Information Leaflet (leaflet) 2018 (Cited: Nov 2019) Available from: http://www.bad.org.uk/for-the-public/patient-information-leaflets/melasma/?showmore=1&returnlink=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bad.org.uk%2Ffor-the-public%2Fpatient-information-leaflets#.Xbwa40X7R7N
  6. American Academy of Dermatology (online) 2018 (Cited: Nov 2019) Available from: https://www.aad.org/skin-care-secrets/skin-care-during-menopause
  7. Skin Cancer Foundation, When Beauty Products Cause Sun Sensitivity (Online) 2019 (Cited: Nov 2019) Available from: https://www.skincancer.org/blog/when-beauty-products-cause-sun-sensitivity
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