Why an anti-ageing skin care routine?
We get it, age can be a sensitive topic, and many don’t like to talk about it, particularly women. The saying may go, “a true lady never reveals her age”, but we believe that you should be proud of your age and feel confident in your skin.
Wanting to stay young is a tale as old as time–legend has it even Cleopatra bathed in fermented donkey milk when she discovered this beauty ritual seemed to prevent and reduce the appearance of wrinkles on her skin. Fortunately, science has come far in the last 2,000 years, so you don’t have to go anywhere near donkey milk. At Olay, we believe in the power of science, which is why we’ve prepared a few tips and tricks that can help you maintain a younger-looking appearance.
When should you start an anti-ageing skin care routine?
When it comes to taking good care of your skin, the earlier you start, the better. They say prevention is better than a cure, which is why taking preventive measures and using effective skin care products in your 20s before your skin shows the first signs of ageing is a step definitely worth taking.
However, many only start paying attention to their skin care routine in their 30s, when the first signs of ageing begin to appear. There is a common myth going around that it’s too late for your skin to regain its youthful radiance, and while you cannot stop or turn back the clock, you can still do a lot to pep up your skin. Using the right skin care products in the right order can work wonders and can leave you with softer, younger-looking skin. Read on to discover how you can enjoy fresh, healthy-looking skin with the right anti-ageing skin care routine.
Anti-ageing skin care routine steps
Your skin care routine may change depending on your age. Although the skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s or even in your 50s will have different needs, there a few beauty steps you can take to bring the best out in your skin. For beautiful skin at any age, add these steps to your routine:
Cleanse. Cleansing gets rid of all the dirt, make-up or grime, which is why it should always be the first step in your morning and evening routine. We recommend Olay Cleanse Micellar Water with Hungarian Water Essence, as it melts and removes oils, impurities, pollution, and even waterproof make-up from your face with a simple cotton pad. Learn more about how to cleanse your face in a few simple steps .
Exfoliate. Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin cells on your skin surface, revealing your skin’s natural glow while also maximising the effect of all the products you’ll apply afterwards in your regimen by increasing the penetration of anti-ageing ingredients. Try Olay Cleanse Detox & Glow Daily Polish with touch-activated exfoliating particles for brighter skin and a beautifully glowing complexion.
Use a serum. When your skin is low on moisture and it needs an extra hydration kick, serums can help give your skin what it needs. For the evening, we recommend Olay Retinol24 Night Serum that combines the power of our Retinoid Complex and Vitamin B3 for visible improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, and dark spots. In the morning try Olay Regenerist 3Point Lightweight Firming Serum for superior firmness and hydration.
Moisturise. Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your skin looking young. Your body produces less natural oils (sebum) as you age, and that can result in fine lines and wrinkles forming. Replenishing lost moisture is key to fighting these skin concerns and it can either prevent wrinkles or make them less visible. Look out for the following ingredients in a moisturiser:
Peptides. A molecule made up of specific amino acids. Olay’s peptides have been proven to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Try Olay Regenerist 3Point Firming Anti-Ageing Night Cream Moisturiser with its luxurious, skin-plumping formula that helps renew your skin’s natural glow. Learn more about how to prevent or reduce the appearance of wrinkles with Peptides.
Retinol. When it comes to anti-ageing, retinol is one of the most powerful ingredients you have in your beauty arsenal as it helps surface skin-cell turnover. Try a deep moisturiser with retinol, such as Olay Retinol24 Night Face Moisturiser with a powerful formula combining Retinoid Complex and Vitamin B3. Apply it in the evening, and notice the reduced appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots in the morning. Learn more about retinol or its advantages when you add it to your anti-ageing skin care routine.
Niacinamide. This form of Vitamin B3 helps lock in moisture in your skin. Discover why Niacinamide is a great addition to your skin care routine.
Hyaluronic Acid. This ingredient acts like a sponge that sucks up an incredible amount of water and then traps it in the skin. It helps moisturise your skin and helps fill in those fine lines for younger-looking, plump skin.
SPF. While this may be the last step in your regimen, it’s fair to say that this is the most important one. The sun’s UV rays are responsible for up to 80% of the signs of premature skin ageing. These rays can even penetrate clouds and glass windows, and they can get deep into the surface of your skin, causing visible skin ageing, such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Say yes to SPF and protect your skin with Olay Regenerist Whip SPF 30, which contains broad-spectrum SPF 30 to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while firming your skin.
Smooths and Hydrates
Other great-to-haves in your routine
We know, some of us like to have a more luxurious and pampering skin care routine, so here are some extra steps you can take to further pamper, protect and renew your skin:
Face mask. When you feel that you’re in need of a moisture boost, a face mask is always a great choice. Try Olay Regenerist Overnight Miracle Firming Mask with our Amino-Peptide Complex that’s designed to revive your skin’s youthful elasticity.
Eye cream. Target your eye area with an eye cream that is specifically developed for the delicate skin around your eyes. Visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles with Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Ageing Eye Lifting Serum with its Amino-Peptide Complex formula to reveal younger-looking skin.
General anti-wrinkle tips
Are you interested in more skin care tips for ageing skin to help get rid of wrinkles? Then Olay has you covered. Here are some tips and tricks to maximise the effectiveness of your anti-ageing skin care routine:
Beauty sleep. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. Getting enough sleep at night—for at least 7 hours—is essential to prevent wrinkles from forming, since during the night your skin’s ability to repair itself is more active compared to the day.
Say no to sugar. A high sugar intake can weaken the collagen in your skin, and that can result in wrinkles and fine lines. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and stay away from sugar when the craving for snacks comes.
Drink water. Creams and serums are not the only way to keep your skin hydrated, but the amount of water you drink also matters. Aim to drink about two litres per day for younger-looking, brighter skin.
Reduce stress. While this is easier said than done, reducing stress means reducing the chance of fine lines and wrinkles developing. Feel free to experiment with what works for you best, be it light exercise, meditation or yoga.
Cut back on alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates your body, so you may want to limit your alcohol consumption as much as possible to avoid dry and dull-looking skin.
Hydrates and Protects
The bottom line on an anti-ageing skin care routine
Now that you’ve learnt what steps you can take to renew your skin’s natural glow for visibly younger-looking skin, you can start putting them into practice to see the results for yourself. Even if you only start by using a simple moisturiser and sun protection, you’re still actively doing something to take care of your skin and prevent or reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Find the right routine for you, stick to it, and you can smile mysteriously when people don’t believe your age.