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Whilst most of our skincare needs remain fairly constant throughout our lives, with the exception of a couple of tweaks here and there, your 50’s and beyond do require change.

As we enter our 50’s our bodies start going through a natural ageing process. “The average age of menopause in the UK is 53. As average life expectancy increases, it means a large part of the female population are spending their time in a period of oestrogen deficiency. Oestrogen is a key hormone for a number of skin functions, and it is common to experience a number of issues, from wrinkles to dryness,” says Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist.


Whilst we can continue to use most of our favourite products there may be some products that will help to improve our overall complexion better than others.


Wrinkles are generally our main focus as we age but the root cause is dryness, the skins barrier function become less efficient and results in ‘trans-epidermal water loss’ meaning more water is lost from the skin. At the same time there is a reduction in sebum and lipid production.


Cleansing, with increased dryness now is the time to use cleansing balms or creams rather than foaming products which can be drying and lead to skin sensitivity.


Exfoliate, ease off on physical exfoliates, “Oestrogen has a protective role in wound healing and reduced levels of this after menopause means that the skin takes longer to heal from injury,” says Mahto, consultant dermatologist. By no means stop altogether instead look for exfoliants with slightly gentler ingredients rather than a physical exfoliant. Such as Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, Enzymes (Papain and Bromelain), Rice Extract & Rice Bran which are all gentler options for mature skin.

Treatment Serum, retinol is the way forward here, “retinol will help to restore the skin’s appearance and speed up cell turnover. Using it will help to improve tone and increase collagen production.” If you are just starting with a retinol, start low and slow, around 0.3% and build up regularity gradually from 2 evenings a week upwards depending on how your skin responds.


Eye cream, the skin around the eye is the most sensitive part of your face and will start to show signs of ageing first. The key here is, if you do decide to invest in an eye cream take time to gently massage it in, this will help the muscles around the eye and encourage collagen production.


Moisturiser, now more than ever we need to invest in restoring moisturisers to improve the surface barrier protection from hydration loss. Look for ingredients such as Vitamin C, Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E, Resveratrol or Sodium Hyaluronic Acid, a derivative of hyaluronic acid which recreates the lubrication of hyaluronic acid that our skin produces naturally, particularly great for the eye area. Go for separate day and night moisturisers, and keep in mind the purpose of your night cream is to support your skin through its regeneration process which takes place while you sleep.


Sunscreen, never forget SPF “Cumulative UV radiation over the years damages elastin fibres in the skin. Its breakdown results in loose skin and an inability to snap back into shape once stretched,” says Mahto, consultant dermatologist. Alongside an increase in the likelihood of rosacea during the menopause, which benefits from the use of a broadspectrum SPF to treat it if and when flare ups appear. It is also important to remember that during the menopause our skins natural defence mechanism is compromised, UV protection has to be part of your skincare priority.

Skincare Treatments, in your 50’s choose a combination of treatments that will work together to stimulate collagen production, leaving the skin lifted and rejuvenated. Cosmetic Acupuncture is fantastic for this as it causes micro trauma to the skin, your body naturally responds by flooding your skin with oxygen rich blood to repair the skin. This response boosts your bodies collagen production leaving skin

glowing, plumper and firmer looking. Alongside this treatment LED light therapy does the same thing without the use of needles. Using these two treatments alongside each other, working


together, will encourage the skin to lift and tighten leaving skin brighter with fewer open pores and fine lines and wrinkles. We recommend a course of 5-10 treatments of cosmetic acupuncture plus a 12 week course of LED light therapy used together to kick start your collagen regeneration.


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Continuing our skincare through the ages we are now looking at your 40’s.


40’s, it’s never too late to start a good skincare routine but prevention is always going to be better than cure. Ideally the 20’s and 30’s have been spent hydrating and supporting your skin as it ages so that by your 40’s your skin is healthy and glowing. It is important to remember that it is essential to start using brightening and anti-wrinkle products even before deep set wrinkles or sunspots show up.


Cleansing, as in your 30’s you should now have the two cleansers down. One for the morning, a light textured cleanser plus an evening cleanser to remove any makeup, SPF and the days pollution from your skin. You could go further with a double cleanse in the evening with an oil cleanser that removes makeup followed by a lighter cleanser that cleans your skin. Again, this is all personal preference the main thing is to clean your face morning and night, unwashed skin means clogged pores and a dull uneven complexion.

Exfoliate, at this age, and if you feel your skin needs it you can bring exfoliating products in and carry these out two to three times a week. Maturing skin can become dull, drab, and dare we say it a touch lifeless, with pores becoming accentuated as our skin cell don’t shed as quickly. Fortunately exfoliating two to three times a week can help to stop these problems before they begin and help to maintain your youthful glow. Also, regular exfoliating helps your other skincare products penetrate your skin deeper, leading to them being more effective.


Toner, a good toner has the ability to help tighten pores, eliminate toxins and rebalance your skin.

Treatment Serum, this serum will address acne, pigmentation, dull or dry skin, fine line and wrinkle concerns you may have. We recommend using a Vitamin C serum in your morning routine and look to include a retinol in the evening. This is fantastic at preventing fine lines and wrinkles and boosting collagen. If you are just starting with a retinol, start low and slow, around 0.3% and build up regularity gradually from 2 evenings a week upwards depending on how your skin responds. We recommend trying REN anti-ageing skincare range as it uses naturally-derived and sustainable bioactives to mimic the positive effects of synthetic retinol without the irritation.


Eye cream, the skin around the eye is the most sensitive part of your face and will start to show signs of ageing first. The key here is, if you do decide to invest in an eye cream take time to gently massage it in, this will help the muscles around the eye and encourage collagen production.

Moisturiser, to counter maturing skins natural tendency to become dry, and dull aim to use moisturisers that will protect the moisture barrier. Look for ingredients such as Vitamin C, Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E, Resveratrol or Sodium Hyaluronic Acid, a derivative of hyaluronic acid which recreates the lubrication of hyaluronic acid that our skin produces naturally, particularly great for the eye area. Go for separate day and night moisturisers, and keep in mind the purpose of your night cream is to support your skin through its regeneration process which takes place while you sleep.


Sunscreen, as before this is a step not to skip, aim for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30+.


Ideally you want to layer your skincare products in a system of lightest first, so serum first and then build up. This way the thinnest liquid formula will penetrate first.


Skincare Treatments, choose treatments that will stimulate collagen production. Cosmetic Acupuncture is fantastic for this as it causes micro trauma to the skin, your body naturally responds by flooding your skin with oxygen rich blood to repair the skin. This response boosts your bodies collagen production leaving skin glowing, plumper and firmer looking. We recommend a course of 5-10 treatments followed by regular top ups.


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Continuing with our skincare through your ages, we are now looking at 30's.


In your 30’s you may start noticing mild changes and possibly a loss of volume in your face.


You may not see any changes around the eye area but, like your 20’s now is the time to invest for the years ahead. It is also worth noting that from 30 onwards we produce 1% less collagen each year from the year before; collagen gives our skin strength and flexibility.

Cleansing, where possible now is the time to invest in two cleansers, one for the morning, a light textured cleanser plus an evening cleanser to remove any makeup, SPF and the days pollution from your skin.


Toner, a good toner has the ability to help tighten pores, eliminate toxins and rebalance your skin.

Antioxidant Serum, these are serums packed full of antioxidant benefits in hyper-concentrated form which help to support and protect your skin such as vitamin C, ferulic acid, resveratrol, phloretin or niacinamide.


Treatment Serum, this serum is needed now to start addressing any skin concerns you may have, whether that is acne, pigmentation, dull or dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also important to note if you are using a retinol for the first time, start low, around 0.3% and build up gradually depending on how your skin responds. Also, it is usually best to use your retinol at night as it can make your skin sensitive to UV light. We recommend trying REN anti-ageing skincare range as it uses naturally-derived and sustainable bioactives to mimic the positive effects of synthetic retinol without the irritation.

Eye cream, the skin around the eye is the most sensitive part of your face and will start to show signs of ageing first. The key here is, if you do decide to invest in an eye cream take time to gently massage it in, this will help the muscles around the eye and encourage collagen production.


Moisturiser, like the cleanser now is a good time to use a day and a night moisturiser. For the day moisturiser choose a texture that suits your skin whether this is a light-weight gel or a slightly thicker cream. The purpose of your night cream is to support your skin through its regeneration process so look out for ingredients such as Vitamin C, Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E and Resveratrol.

Sunscreen, as before this is a step not to skip, aim for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ and wear it every day.


Ideally you want to layer your skincare products in a system of lightest first, so serum first and then build up, this way the thinnest liquid formula will penetrate first.


Skincare Treatments, now you may possibly be ready for a little more intervention on the treatments front. Cosmetic acupuncture or light therapy can be great treatments to bring in now as they have the ability to kick start that slowing collagen production whilst still be non-invasive plus requiring no downtime. These treatments help skin to look healthier, firmer and brighter, we recommend a course of 5-10 treatments followed by regular top ups.



It is worth noting here, keep it simple. Too many steps or too many products in your skincare routine make it really hard to keep up with and you will find it hard to stay consistent, enjoy your skincare routine!

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