From adult acne to uneven skin tone, check in to our online clinic for the answers to all your skin problems
Depressing, we know, but it’s not just wrinkles we have to worry about, ladies. There are growing skin problems among older women that extend far beyond lines, crow’s feet and the odd crease here and there.
“Every year we are treating more clients with multiple skin concerns as opposed to one single major focus,” says Jeff Murad, VP of Product & Development at Murad. “For a variety of reasons such as increases in pollution and the stress of modern living, we are seeing a major increase in dehydration, skin sensitivity and adult acne in addition to our customers’ more traditional, individual concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity and hyper pigmentation.” Eeek!
Luckily for us, there are a myriad of fantastic skincare products out there aimed at these growing skin concerns, such as redness and pigmentation, which can easily be worked into your current anti-ageing regime.
So before you become resigned to the fact that this is as good as your skin is ever going to get, it’s time to turn that frown upside down. Read on for our expert tips, diet tricks and product recommendations to help solve your every day skin problems.
The problem: Adult acne is on the rise. Our diet is a big factor – dairy is known to cause breakouts – as well as pollution and stress. When we’re under pressure, it increases cortisol levels, which leads to more oil secretion and spots.
The solution: Avoid dairy if you can and make sure you cleanse your skin thoroughly morning and night. La Roche Posay Breakout Corrector, £10, does what it says on the tin. Its unbeatable cocktail of niacinamide, salicylic acid and piroctone olomine works to take down inflammation, exfoliate and banish bacteria so pimples are sent packing. However tempted you are, don’t pick at it – you could double the life of the spot and cause scarring!
The problem: Dark circles and puffiness are the first signs that you’ve been burning the candle at both ends and symptoms of your skin lacking natural moisture.
The solution: Dark circles are hard to tackle but an eye cream with youth-boosting peptides and the added bonus of instant optical brighteners will do nicely. We love Olay Regenerist Luminous Anti-Dark Circle Correcting Eye Treatment, £29.99. Tap it around the eye with your ring finger to expel puffiness.
The problem: Unblemished, even-looking skin is the beauty Holy Grail but by the time we get to 60 years old, 9 in 10 people will suffer from sun-related age spots. From brown patches to more apparent age spots, pigmentation can be caused by a number of factors, including hormones and medication, but the most common trigger is sun exposure.
The solution: Regular exfoliation – we’re talking once or twice a week max – speeds up cell turnover so that over time you shed dull, pigmented skin to make way for fresh new healthy cells. Get into the habit of wearing a daily SPF and don’t just rely on the sun protection in your foundation, as it may not deliver enough of a defense. Ultrasun Very High 50+ Face Anti Pigmentation Treatment, £30, spacenk.com, has built-in pigmentation-fighting ingredients.
The problem: Before you reach the stage where you’re living in polo necks to conceal your turkey wobble, take our advice and nourish your neck. If you’re glued to your tablet or smartphone, you could be on the fast track to sagging jowls and crepey skin. Dubbed ‘tech neck’, looking down at our gadgets repeatedly throughout the day is causing the area to crease earlier and earlier.
The solution: Germaine de Capuccini Neck & Decolletage Tautening & Firming Cream, £55, germaine-de-capuccini.co.uk, repairs damage and tightens sagging skin. Apply your cream in upward strokes to help defy gravity and boost its lifting effect.
The problem: Stress dilates our blood vessels, which causes redness and can aggravate Rosacea. Cold weather has the same irritating effect.
The solution: Steer clear of harsh ingredients and formula, and look for kind-to-skin ingredients to soothe flushing. Formula Advanced Skin Solutions Pro-Tolerance Anti-Redness Soothing Cleansing Lotion, £9.50, M&S, is a gentle cleanser that reduces sensitivity and redness. For an instant fix, look for a yellow-tinted concealer, which neutralises redness.
The problem: Cheeks appear sunken and less full as we age and collagen and elastin levels fall. The menopause affects skin too, as it loses calcium and zinc. This affects elasticity so facial contours lose their shape.
The solution: Kiko Make Up Milano 3D Lifting Cream, £15.90, kikocosmetics.co.uk, helps to redensify and firm skin that has lost plumpness.