It is completely normal and natural for our skin to show signs of ageing as we get older. In our 20s the building blocks of the skin - collagen and elastin fibers are produced steadily and easily, meaning our skin retains bounce, looks plump and has an even tone. There’s a gentle decline in this production throughout our 20s and 30s meaning wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation marks often appear by the end of our 30s. The 40s bring more changes as we navigate hormonal changes that can have an impact on skin health, leading to dull skin, dry skin, heightened sensitivity and itchy skin, redness, and age spots. As we continue to age into our 50s and 60s we lose subcutaneous fat – the layer that sits under the skin and gives youthful skin that plump look- which leads to sagging skin. We might not have any control on growing older, but we do have some influence over how our skin ages thanks to lifestyle and skincare choices.
Skin ageing is natural of course, but it can be accelerated and exacerbated by lifestyle factors such as a poor diet, smoking, high stress levels and too much sun. Unsurprisingly, a healthy diet, plenty of water, and regular exercise can help the body stay in balance and in turn keep skin looking younger for longer.
What can we do to help skin?
First up, as skin ages, we should aim to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle, limiting stress, eating well, and exercising. Avoiding sun exposure and using broad-spectrum sunscreen daily will also help to limit sun damage. The final key factor is finding the skincare that will support your skin as it goes through the natural ageing process. Skin that is well cared for will look amazing at every age. For personalised skincare advice you can book a one-to-one consultation with one of our skin pros here.
The Kiehl's skincare routine for ageing skin
For radiant skin at any age it is important to follow a skincare routine that supports your skin through the natural ageing process, while keeping it clean, hydrated and protected from environmental factors day to day.
Cleansing your skin every morning will refresh, remove sweat and dirt, and prepare your skin for any further skincare. In the evening, cleansing will also remove SPF, makeup and damaging debris that may have accumulated throughout the day, such as pollution particles. Our Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash is a soothing daily cleanser that removes impurities, while replenishing. Ideal for all skin types, including sensitive skin, massage the creamy gel formula into damp skin and gently remove with warm water. Avoid hot water as it can be very drying, especially for mature skin.
Teenage breakouts are well documented, but hormonal spikes can occur at any time in our lives and are demonstrably worsened by stress and hormonal changes. A toner can help by gently exfoliating the top layer of the skin and removing the dead skin cells which can clog pores and lead to blemishes. Try our Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner which gently exfoliates with lipo hydroxy acids, while boosting hydration. If age spots, pigmentation marks, uneven skin tone or dull skin are your concern then reach for our Clearly Corrective™ Brightening & Soothing Treatment Water, this skin brightening treatment helps to strengthen the skin barrier and improve skin clarity.
The serum step in any routine is your chance to build in active ingredients that will target any particular issues. Our Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum is a potent anti-wrinkle serum that visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles, firms skin’s feel and refines the feeling of skin’s texture. Retinol can sometimes lead to discomforting side effects including redness, dryness, and peeling, but this unique formula minimises any reaction. Start slowly with retinol, applying to clean skin at night and leaving two days between applications to get skin used to it, before building up to use each night. To support natural skin replenishment for all skin types including dry skin, we recommend our Midnight Recovery Concentrate. This 99.4% natural nighttime facial oil visibly restores skin while you sleep. It helps to visibly reduce fine lines, refine skin texture and boosts radiance.
As we age, skin typically gets drier for a variety of reasons – the sebaceous glands generally produce less oil, skin cells become less effective at holding water and the skin barrier weakens as collagen production slows. To keep skin looking smooth, and feeling comfortable, a twice daily application of hydrating moisturiser is key. Choose one with fortifying ingredients specially formulated for ageing skin like our Super Multi-Corrective Cream which contains our multi-patented anti-ageing molecule, Proxylane GX and helps rebuild and reinforce skin's extracellular support matrix. It offers a multi-targeted approach to diminishing 7 of the visible signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dullness and uneven tone and texture. If lack of radiance is your biggest concern, then reach for our Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment which provides continuous 24-hour hydration while visibly diminishing dark spots and skin discolouration. It also contains activated C which helps to diminish the appearance of skin irregularities and prevents the formation of new ones.
We all need sunshine in our life, but the sun's rays play a major role in prematurely ageing the skin, leading to deeper wrinkles, and contributing to irregular skin tone and pigmentation marks. The sun can also contribute to skin cancer, so it's important to wear daily sunscreen whatever your age. It's a good idea to find a formula you enjoy applying to the skin, as that way you're more likely to apply every morning. Our Ultra Light Sunscreen comes in two versions – a lightweight and quickly absorbed cream, Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++, or a non-comedogenic gel textured sunscreen ideal for oily skin, Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++. Apply after moisturiser every morning and on sunny days we also recommend protective clothing like hats and always sunglasses to protect the delicate eye area.