In your 20’s
Your skincare mantra in your 20’s should be ‘prevention is key’. Take care of your skin now and your future face will face far fewer problems.
Stock up and slather your skin in SPF. I can’t say it enough, daily use of a broad spectrum protection SPF really is the best thing you can do for your skin.
The skin ‘big bad’ in your twenties is often acne and blemishes.
Make sure you thoroughly cleanse your face morning and evening, don’t fall into the habit of falling asleep with your makeup on. If you suffer from oily skin use my Sebum Control Cleanser on a cotton pad and wipe over any areas of excess oil. Moisturize your skin with my best-selling Super Charged SPF15 Day Cream, an intensive age-fighting day cream, formulated with the Anti-Age Cranley Complex to deliver ultimate protection and help prevent the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. These two creams can be layered on top of each other for the ultimate anti-blemish, anti-aging boost.
A handbag essential throughout your twenties has to be my Spot Gel. It is the perfect anti-bacterial formula to keep blemishes under control. It can be used 3-4 times a day and dabbed directly onto spots; it will even penetrate through makeup.
As you move towards your late 20’s you should book in for a consultation with the Cranley Clinic. If you start to face the facts of your face now and plan for the future, you won’t be overwhelmed by them later in life. You could try chemical peels to help brighten the skin, improve pigmentation and treat acne. At the end of your 20s you may start to notice early wrinkling, if you’ve been considering Botox now may be the time to take the plunge, as it can help to prevent the deepening of worry lines and wrinkles.
Focus on wearing your sunscreen and not destroying your skin with too much sun, alcohol or bad diets. You only have one face, treat it well.
In your 30’s and 40’s
Pregnancy is an exciting time for women, but it comes with many health-related changes. Raging hormones can wreak havoc with your skin.
You’ll need a maternity wardrobe just for your skin!
It is estimated that at least 50% of pregnant women experience melasma to some degree, which is why it’s often referred to as the ‘mask of pregnancy’. Melasma is the formation of irregular pigmented patches on sun-exposed areas. Not to worry, the Cranley Clinic has a pigment programme including peels, lasers and targeted products.
Make sure to continue to apply your SPF day cream daily. For superior moisturisation try our sumptuously rich Secret is Out Lifting Day Cream SPF15. You can also use my Super Light Skin Tone Perfector Cream morning and evening before your usual cream. It combines potent lightening extracts and vitamins with anti-oxidants and radiance booster to reduce pigment production and reveal a more even, luminous complexion.
Pregnancy aside, looking after a young child is a huge stress on your body. Too much stress releases the hormone cortisol into the body, weakening the skin and causing issues, such as loss of radiance and dryness.
Your eyes are the first place to show the effects of dehydration and late nights. The skin here is very thin, so any changes in your routine can send the aging process into overdrive. Try our Dark Circles Correcting Cream, it harnesses powerful skin lighteners and tighteners, next generation peptides and illuminating light reflecting particles, leaving eyes looking brighter and more youthful.
When pregnancy hormones disappear your face can suddenly go from glow to dull. Most people experience sallow skin when they have a young baby, due to stress and tiredness. Introduce an exfoliator to the mix to help remove dead skin cells. My Cooling Menthol Facial Scrub uses gentle spherical micro beads to smooth the skin, purify pores and help stimulate cell renewal. It’ll leave your skin feeling as soft as a baby’s bottom.
Hormones affect collagen in the skin, this combined with exhaustion can reduce the release of the human growth hormone, which is very important for skin thickness and cell turnover. The collagen peptide, Hexapeptide-9, found in my Secret is Out Lift and Repair Night Cream, is proven to help the repair and regeneration of skin cells. With regular use, fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced the skin looks more youthful, fresher and more radiant.
Lasers are a new mother’s best friend. Our Clinic is recognised internationally in the field of laser and light surgery and has the most advanced technology for a variety of skin problems. We use the latest intense pulse light and visible light treatments to rejuvenate, improve skin colour, texture, Rosacea, acne, and melasma, the so called ‘mask of pregnancy’. Our radiofrequency treatments can also help reduce stretch marks, but wait for three months to see if they improve by themselves.
Mum’s no longer the word on how mum’s can achieve good skin.
In your 50’s and 60’s
This is the age where gravity finally catches up with you. Skin elasticity and collagen continues to degrade, leading to jowls, loose skin, ‘turkey neck’, and smile lines. If you were diligent with that sunscreen, this might not be quite so advanced, and you may have less wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
These decades are less about saving face, and more about saving neck (it’s more likely to give your age away than your face). The skin covering the neck and décolletage area is the second thinnest area of skin on the body, second only to the eye area. Treat your neck with a firm hand, and you’ll notice firming results. Our Secret is Out Neck and Decollete Firming Cream is a luxurious yet easily absorbed cream. It offers concentrated care for this area with an instant lifting effect, and is designed to firm, sculpt and even skin tone irregularities whilst providing protection from the sun and other factors implicated in skin ageing.
Turn back the hands of time and you can turn back the clock. Hands can make you look older and age you in the eyes of others (even if your own eyes are wrinkle free). Forget if you are a washer or a walker, the real question here is are you a soap washer? Frequent washing of your hands with soap will lead to chronically dry hands. So wash your hands of soap cleansers, not with them! Use a pH balanced moisturising cleanser and remember to regularly apply hand cream with broad spectrum protection, such as our Double Duty Hand Cream for prolonged protection and moisture. Our lasers and pulsed light can help to restore your hands to their former glory. Give your hands the same TLC you give your face and you’ll be waving goodbye to aged hands in no time.
Volume loss is a big concern at this age, which is where dermal fillers come in. Here at the Cranley Clinic we use them to fill out hollows and add lost vitality back into your skin. If you’re worried about deep set lines or severe sun damage, rejuvenating laser treatments like Fraxel can help.
My number one tip, no matter your age, is to practice safe skincare, with daily use of a broad spectrum protection day cream.