As we age a number of changes take place within our body that can affect our skin and, even if you’re still in your 20s, it never hurts to look ahead! In fact, most experts seem to agree that we should be thinking about our anti-ageing routines as early as our mid-20s! So, with this in mind, I’m going to take a look at what you can expect from sensitive skin as you age and how you can change your skincare routine to keep your skin young and healthy!
What happens to sensitive skin as you get older?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but, from the age of 25 onwards, you experience a 1% drop in collagen production, which only increases once you reach your 40s and 50s. An essential structural protein and a key building block of your skin, collagen helps to keep your epidermal (outer) layer of skin strong and healthy.
If your production of collagen is poor, it can compromise this pivotal layer of skin and your skin barrier function, meaning that your skin will become more prone to irritation and more vulnerable to invasive pathogens. You also have to consider that, as you age, your skin will struggle to retain moisture and your production of sebum oil will decrease which can make it drier and more sensitive.
When you add this to a sluggish lymphatic system and poor elasticity, things look a little less than ideal for sensitive skin, because you become more susceptible to the effects of toxins and deprived of critical nutrients and antioxidants that can help to prevent oxidative stress and free-radical damage.
It’s not all doom and gloom though…
Ageing can be a sensitive topic for many and some of the changes that I’ve pointed out aren’t going to excite you about the experience. Positivity is everything though and, if you’re well prepared, getting older doesn’t have to be a constant battle against your own body.
Let’s start by taking a look at what you can incorporate into your skincare routine to protect against premature ageing and keep your complexion looking young and luscious.
1 - Nourish your eyes
When you think of ageing, the first thing that springs to mind might be those dreaded crowsfeet, the fine lines that can start to appear around the corners of your eyes. The skin is so delicate here that it can be more susceptible to signs of ageing which is why I’d always recommend introducing a nourishing eye serum into your routine.
PHB’s Anti-Aging Eye Gel with Organic Argan and Rock Rose is my favourite recommendation to help protect your eyes from the signs of premature ageing.
PHB’s Anti-Aging Eye Gel is loaded with ingredients such as Argan Oil, Seaweed, Rock Rose and Lavender to provide you with a deep, nourishing hydration around the eyes. The powerful plant bio-actives help to target signs of aging and stimulates a healthy production of elastin to help keep skin feeing rejuvenated.
How to use it: You can easily incorporate this eye serum into your morning and evening skincare routine by using it directly after you’ve cleansed! Simply work inwards around the eye area with a dabbing motion!
2 - Switch up your moisturiser
Ageing skin often requires a little bit of extra TLC, which is why it might be worthwhile investing in a moisturiser that’s specifically aimed at more mature skin. PHB’s Anti-Aging Moisturiser with Monoi Oil and Gardenia is an excellent alternative to your regular moisturiser as it handcrafted with the purest natural ingredients to keep skin beautifully supple.
The blend of natural oils replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier helping to improve texture. Great for locking in moisture and crammed full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids, it’s ideal for protecting your skin against premature ageing and should leave your skin feeling soft and nourished, combatting fine lines and wrinkles.
How to use: You can switch out your usual moisturiser with this one specially tailored to supporting your skin as you age. Gently massage into your face, neck and décolletage for best results!
3 – Protect against UV radiation
UV radiation should always be top of mind when summer comes around, especially if you’ve got sensitive skin. It’s extremely important that you make sure you always have some sun cream on standby, however, you can take this protection even further by considering your make-up too.
We’ve already highlighted the benefits using natural, organic make-up and our stance definitely hasn’t shifted. PHB Ethical Beauty are still our top pick, not only because they provide gentle products that are full of goodness, but also because all of their liquid foundations are imbued with SPF 30, offering your skin some extra protection from the ageing effects of UV radiation.
How to use: Apply at the end of your AM routine.