The Best Skin Care Routine for Ageing Skin

As the popular saying goes, “with age comes wisdom”, but along side that wisdom comes the signs of time that begin to appear on our face. However, that doesn’t necessarily there’s nothing you can do. See, most people get caught up in thinking that once your skin starts to age, you can’t keep visible wrinkles and noticeable dryness at bay—but that isn’t the case. The key to reinvigorating mature skin for a more youthful and radiant appearance is curating a dedicated skin care routine that caters to the specific needs that come with ageing skin. And this is where we come in! There are some easy ways to help care for mature skin when you’re in your 40s and 50s—and we’re not just talking about the basics like facial moisturiser and eye cream. For a hydrated and even complexion, ensure the following anti-ageing steps are part of your skin care routine ASAP!

Step 1: Wash with a cream cleanser

Regardless of your skin type or specific skin care concerns, daily cleansing is always a must. But you probably already know that. What you may not be aware of however, is that the type of cleanser you use should be reconsidered as your skin ages. If your cleanser leaves your skin feeling particularly tight and dry it may be a sign that the formula is too harsh and is stripping the moisture and natural oils from your skin contributing to dehydration. As natural oils deplete with age, it is time to move away from the foaming cleansers and hydrating alternatives that will care for skin and help replenish moisture. A cream cleanser will instead gently cleanse skin while maintaining the balance of natural skin nutrients and infuse your skin with the hydration it needs. The Age Perfect Classic Facial Cleansing Milk is formulated with replenishing oils and effective magnesium and vitamin C to improve the look of dull skin while nourishing and gently removing all traces of makeup. Cleanse without over-drying for softer, smoother, more supple skin. Every morning and evening lather the cleanser with wet hands before gently massaging it onto skin. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and gently pat dry.

Step 2: Exfoliate, but not too much

When it comes to exfoliation, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Everyone’s skin will be able to tolerate different levels of exfoliation, based on your skins sensitivity, and whether you have used exfoliants previously. While some may be able to handle daily exfoliation (with the correct products), others may only need to exfoliate weekly. Pay attention to how your skin responds to exfoliating products to determine what works for you. For those with visible signs of ageing, exfoliation should become a core part of your skin care regimen, as the natural process of cell turnover to shed dead skin cells slows as we age.

Reach for a chemical exfoliator that will brighten and gently get rid of dead skin, without a physical grit. The Revitalift Laser X3 Glycolic Pads are quick and easy to apply, and can be used as often as needed. The Glycolic Acid will even skin tone and gently slough away dead skin cells, with two different textures for a gentler, or firmer exfoliation depending on the needs of your skin.

Physical exfoliators, like the Pure Clay Red Algae Exfoliating Face Scrub, use textured formulas to gently buff away dead skin cells for a similar result. Some physical exfoliants, such as the Sugar Scrubs Glow Face Scrub, can also be used on your lips. Aim to use a lip scrub once or twice a week, to refresh your lips and ensure a smooth application of lipstick.

Step 3: Serums are your new best friend

Once skin is cleansed, and exfoliated, you’re ready to move on to the next essential layer in your routine – a serum. Serums are designed to deliver highly concentrated ingredients to your skin, so are a key step in any anti-ageing routine to target concerns. While the choice of serums may seem overwhelming, finding the right one for your ageing skin concerns can be easy if you know which anti-ageing ingredients to look out for.

For skin that lacks radiance and has lost it’s natural, youthful glow, opt for the Age Perfect Cell Renewal Regenerating Face Serum. For a serum that uses powerful hydrating ingredients to help replenish the skin’s protective moisture barrier and works to make skin look visibly more radiant, choose Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid 1.5% HA Serum. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, which helps to replenish moisture for a softer, more supple complexion, and plumps the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines. 

Ensure to apply your chosen facial serum on freshly cleansed skin before your moisturiser, morning and night, and use regularly to ensure visible results. If more than one serum sounds like it will address your skincare needs, you can incorporate a few into your routine and alternate applications.
Revitalift Filler Serum
Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid 1.5% HA Serum

Step 4: Moisturise — and don’t forget your neck and décolletage

Mature skin is often prone to dryness and needs extra protection from additional causes of ageing – namely the sun. Choose a rich moisturiser that incorporates SPF within the formula for added protection. Opt for the Age Perfect Cell Renewal Revitalising Day Cream SPF 15 and apply each morning after your serum. When applying your moisturiser, both morning and evening, always spread upwards and remember to include your neck and décolletage as well. The delicate skin in these areas are just as prone to becoming dry and showing signs of ageing, so it is important to protect and prevent.

In the evening use a dedicated night cream. Moisturisers formulated for the evening are usually richer in texture than day creams, for added hydration so you can wake up with perfectly moisturised and nourished skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines. Our pick is the Age Perfect Cell Renewal Regenerating Night Cream. Infused with active ingredients including vitamin B and enriched with black truffle, for beautifully luxurious hydration.

Step 5: Use a targeted eye cream

Don’t forget to show your eye area some love, too! Skin around the eyes is thinner, and more delicate than the rest of your face, so shows signs of ageing earlier. Choose an eye cream that addresses the visible signs of skin ageing you see around your eyes, whether that’s visible dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, or under-eye bags. Try the Revitalift Classic Eye Cream to deliver immediate hydration to your skin and help tone the eye contour area, reducing the appearance of fine lines over time with the help of Advanced Pro-Retinol. Apply a small amount around your entire eye area using your fingertips and pat gently until thoroughly absorbed. Use morning and night. For the added benefit of powerful hydrating ingredients, and an easy to use cooling applicator, opt for the Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Replumping Eye Cream.
Revitalift Filler Eye Cream
Revitalift Filler Eye Cream

Step 6: Add a facial oil

As skin matures, natural oil production can decrease, resulting in dry skin that can be more prone to dehydration and flakiness. Daily exposure to harmful UV rays further compromises the skins ability to retain moisture, leaving skin looking dull and lacklustre—and that’s where a facial oil comes in. A facial oil can help replenish skin and give your complexion an extra dose of nourishment to address dryness and help improve the skin’s ability lock in and retain moisture. Find a lightweight, non-greasy facial oil that absorbs quickly to get the benefits without a residue. Facial oils will create an occlusive barrier over the skin so ensure to apply lighter ingredients first. Leave the oil to absorb for a few minutes before applying your moisturiser.

Step 7: Opt for hydrating makeup

Just because you’re working with maturing skin doesn’t mean you should avoid makeup. Rather, you’ll want to look for makeup products that cater to your specific skin care concerns, making them as essential as your skin care products. Steer clear of oil-free complexion products that may dehydrate your skin and highlight signs of ageing. Complement your anti-ageing skin care routine by following your morning regimen with a hydrating foundation like the L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Anti-Aging Foundation. This lightweight formula evens your skin tone, provides moisture to your skin throughout the day while it gives natural-looking coverage.

Step 8: Brighten up your eyes

Ageing skin can often be described as dull, but with a skin care routine curated for ageing skin and the right make up products, you can easily brighten your complexion. When pairing your foundation with a concealer, look for hydrating formulas that won’t counteract that hard work of your eye cream. Our pick is the L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Concealer. Formulated specifically with mature skin in mind, it remains hydrating and doesn’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles, instead leaving skin glowing and brightened.

Step 9: Remove makeup gently

At the end of the day it’s important to care for your skin by sticking to your routine, no matter how tired you are. Resist the urge, as sleeping in your makeup is a mistake, no matter your age. To avoid the clogged pores that snoozing in makeup can bring, reach for a makeup remover before bed. Formulated to remove makeup, dirt, and debris in an extra-gentle manner, saturate a cotton pad with the Age Perfect Gentle Eyes & Lips Make Up Remover and sweep it over your skin until completely clean. Follow up with a cleanser.

Step 10: Reach for a wrinkle cream at night

While you’re sleeping is the best time to enrich your skin with richer, more restorative skin care products. Take advantage of that time and apply a wrinkle-fighting night cream to work its magic while you sleep. Try the Wrinkle Expert Anti-Wrinkle Cream 55+ Night, which is formulated to help target the appearance of wrinkles and effectively restore your skin as you sleep. 

Each step of your skincare routine works together to target the signs of ageing and appropriately care for mature skin. Discover the L’Oreal Paris range of anti-ageing skincare, with powerful ingredients, to curate the ultimate routine to care for ageing skin.