4 Rules for Ageing Positively in your 20s, 30s, 40s and Beyond
At The Clinic, we’re all about a less is more approach - we want you to look good for you age, not younger or fake. As the largest organ of the body, the quality of the skin is key to ageing positively.
Rule 1. Your skin care regime should evolve over time
Skin cells renew themselves every 28-40 days. The good news? An opportunity to improve the epidermis we present to the world. The bad news? Just like our metabolism, cellular regeneration slows as we age and each decade requires specific, high-quality ingredients to correctly protect the skin.
Our formula for healthy skin is: SPF + Hydration (base layer) + Vitamin C (20s) + Retinol (30s) + Peptides (40s and beyond).
Rule 2. Just like you nourish your body with a healthy diet you must nourish your skin with quality ingredients
We recommend cosmeceutical grade active ingredients for their higher concentrations rather than over the counter beauty products. It's also vital to avoid chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), parabens and preservatives. Think of these as the junk food of skincare.
If you want to know more, you can Shop by Ingredient on our website.
Rule 3. SPF
Photo-damage from UV is the primary contributor to ageing in our clients. No matter your age, use broad spectrum SPF daily and re-apply frequently (even in Winter).
Rule 4. Hydration
In your 20's
Clinic Co-Director and Founder, Kaye Scott will often comment that our younger clients do 'too much' to their skin. For those who don't suffer specific concerns (e.g. cystic acne, rosacea or pigmentation) less is definitely more and the focus is on prevention.
We recommend starting on a simple four-step routine in your 20's:
- Cleanse and Moisturise morning and night
- Always use a high quality Sunblock
- Introduce Vitamin C
With powerful antioxidant properties that assist in the prevention of photo-damage, Vitamin C is the first step in anti-ageing.
In your 30's
The majority of our clients are in their 30's as this is when the skin starts to change. We frequently hear 'I don't know what it is, but my skin is just...dull'. This shift you cannot quite put your finger on is down to natural age-related changes, as our registered nurse, Chantal Child explains -
"There are noticeable changes in tone and texture as you experience reduced cell turnover and enter the early stages of collagen and elastin loss."
To address concerns of unevenness, dullness and fine lines, we recommend adding a Retinol, or Vitamin A, to your nightly routine. The powerhouse of anti-ageing, Retinol stimulates cell turnover to 'lift' away signs of damage and brighten the skin.
Retinol is a medical ingredient that comes in many different forms and strengths. If you want expert advice on choosing the right product for your skin, book a FaceTime Consult with our registered nurses.
In your 40's and beyond
As we learnt in our 30's, collagen and elastin loss are a natural process the skin goes through. As time goes on and these natural stores are depleted, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles become more pronounced and the skin can feel thin and saggy. To counteract this, we need Peptides. The biological building blocks of the body, Peptides create a boost in collagen to plump and firm the skin.