Best skincare routines for your 40s, 50s and 60s

best anti-ageing skincare routines

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Maintaining a good skincare routine is important no matter your age, but heading into your 40s is when the effects of ageing start to kick in and make skin health an even higher priority.

The skin naturally loses strength and elasticity over time, and sun damage becomes more obvious with redness and brown spots appearing. To find out how to combat the signs of ageing in your 40s, 50s and 60s, we spoke with our Senior Dermal Therapist, Belinda Fraser, to get an expert’s skincare advice.

Let’s start with the basics. What should we be doing to maintain skin health in our 40s?

Many of us already use moisturisers but medical grade skincare, paired with a good quality SPF sunscreen makes all the difference. In your 40s, your skin needs that extra help to beat the signs of ageing and many years of sun exposure.

I recommend AHAs and BHAs to gently exfoliate the skin and balance the PH. This will give the skin a bright, healthy and smooth complexion. Meanwhile, Vitamin A or Retinoid will help to reverse the effects of ageing and sun damage at a cellular level.

Lastly, niacinamide Vitamin B3 will help restore the barrier function of the skin, reduce sun damage and help to control uneven pigmentation. Vitamins C and E are very good antioxidants as they protect your skin from free radical damage throughout the day. And always, always use an SPF 50+ sunscreen!

How does the skin change during our 40’s, 50’s and 60’s?

Over time your skin’s quality will begin to deteriorate due to a combination of photo-ageing and environmental factors like smoking or poor nutrition. In the fourth and fifth decades of life, many women begin to notice slight changes in their skin associated with menopause or environmental factors such as texture change, movement lines, redness or pigmentation.

Most postmenopausal women in the sixth decade of life will experience thinning and dryness, an increase in wrinkles and decrease in elasticity. Some people do age prematurely and these effects may begin earlier than expected.

Luckily, anti-ageing skincare and treatments are very successful in helping the effects of ageing, to help rebuild collagen and elastin and increase hydration in the skin.

Why is a skincare routine more important than going for something fast like dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections?

By the time we reach our 40s the signs of ageing have already appeared, so I find our clients are wanting something to make them look younger instantly such as dermal fillers or laser treatments. These have great results but if the skin is in optimal health then you’ll find the results of these treatments are even better — and that’s exactly where a medical-grade skincare routine becomes important.

Skin type varies from one person to the next, so how do I know if my routine is right for me?

I highly recommend having a skincare consultation so we can pinpoint any concerns you may have, such as pigmentation, redness, sensitivity and breakouts. We can also help identify skin conditions such as adult acne, solar comedones, Rosacea Melasma, sun damage and seborrheic dermatitis which may need assistance from our Dermatologists.

A dermal therapist’s top skincare routines for your 40s, 50s and 60s

There are a few things to avoid when selecting skincare products — try to keep away from harsh scrubs, creams and artificial fragrances which are likely to cause irritation. My go-to brand is Rationale because it’s medical grade and they have a product for nearly every skin type or concern!

Regardless of your age, I always recommend cleansing at night to gently remove makeup and sunscreen. If you’re someone who uses a lot of makeup, or reapplies sunscreen regularly throughout the day, the Rationale pre-cleansing oil will thoroughly cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural barrier. Follow up with either Rationale’s ProCeramide Cleanser (for skin needing hydration and soothing) or Catalyst Cleanser (for skin requiring balance and brightening).

Keep reading below to get Belinda’s top recommendations for daily skincare. Please remember that everyone is different and these routines should be tailored to your individual needs.

Recommended skincare routine for your…

40s

Morning

  1. Rationale 1 Immunologist Vitamin B3
  2. Rationale 2 Super Antioxidant ACE Vitamins A, C &E
  3. Rationale 3 Photo Dynamic Day cream SPF 15+
  4. Rationale Eye specialist day
  5. Rationale BT-3 SPF 50+ Superfluid Sunscreen

Evening

  1. Rationale 4 ProCeramide Emulsion
  2. Rationale 5 Catalyst AHA’s and BHA’s
  3. Rationale Eye Specialist Night
  4. Rationale 6 DNA Reactivating Night Cream

 

50s

Morning

  1. Rationale 1 Immunologist Vitamin B3
  2. Rationale 2 Super Antioxidant ACE Vitamins A, C &E
  3. Rationale Day eye cream
  4. Rationale Ultra cream
  5. Rationale SPF 50+ Superfluid Sunscreen

Evening

  1. Rationale 4 Preparatory cleanser
  2. Rationale 5 AHA’s BHA’s
  3. Rationale night eye cream
  4. Rationale DNA Serum
  5. Rationale 6 DNA repair night cream

 

60s

Morning

  1. Rationale 1 Immunologist Vitamin B3
  2. Rationale 2 Super Antioxidant ACE Vitamins A, C &E
  3. Rationale Day eye cream
  4. Rationale Immunologist Ultracream
  5. Rationale SPF 50+ Superfluid Sunscreen

Evening

  1. Rationale 4 Preparatory cleanser
  2. Rationale 5 AHAs BHAs
  3. Rationale night eye cream
  4. Rationale DNA Serum
  5. Rationale 6 DNA repair night cream