Get gorgeous at every age

Real beauty is timeless, and knowing how to age gracefully is an art. While you can't control the number of candles on your birthday cake, taking good care of your skin ensures that you will never have to go under the knife. But how do you chart out the perfect skin care itinerary?

Experts Simal Soin, Chytra Anand and Rashmi Shetty suggest skin care products that you should include in your daily care regime, starting as early as your 20s.

"Skin starts ageing at 25, as hormone development ceases at this stage and the skin cycle starts to slow down with decreased cell turnover," says Anand. "You may think that all you need to do in your 20s is wash your face and that too once in a while. But you must remember what you subject your skin to now in terms of skincare, lifestyle and nutrition will dictate what will become of your skin and what it looks like at 40 and 50," adds Shetty.

As you age, the demands of your skin change accordingly. "You change your diet as you age, so why should your skin care routine be any different? What works for your skin at 20 just won?t do at 40 and by the time you hit 60, almost every woman needs a richer, more hydrating regime to combat the dryness that comes with ageing," says Soin.

Looking good doesn't always have to mean botox and fillers. Follow our guide to essential products that correspond with your age and meet most of your skin requirements. Reorganise your beauty shelf every decade and look your best at every stage.

20-30 Years


Skin at this age looks radiant, youthful and supple but you do need to take care.

Cleanser: Although your skin requires minimal care at this stage, it is essential to cleanse it thoroughly. Try a PH balanced, soap-free face wash.

Sunscreen: Exposure to the sun ages the skin quicker than anything else. Don?t leave home without some sunscreen. Use SPF 26 or higher for best results.

Moisturiser: Skin cells start losing their elasticity and moisture at this age. Use a moisturiser that suits your skin to minimise these effects.

Night Cream: Start using night creams with Alpha Hydroxy acid (AHA) and peptides. These ingredients boost your hydration and cell turnover.

30-40 Years

These are the make-or-break years for your skin. Take the best care you can.

Exfoliant: Dead skin and clumped melanin make skin look dull. Exfoliate every night with a very gentle scrub. This will help slough away most dead skin cells.

Hydrant: Some unwanted expression lines will now start to show on your face. Intense hydration will plump up your skin, making these lines appear less visible.

Undereye Cream: The structural fat underneath the skin starts to shift or regress now. An under eye cream with Q10 will also be beneficial to fight under-eye hollows.

Retinol Creams: Use at night to fight fine lines and wrinkles, and increase cell turnover. Or try night creams with a de-pigmenting agent like arbutane, kojic acid and licorice.

Oral Supplement: By now, hormones are also starting to play a part in the ageing process. Taking oral antioxidant supplements like Vitamin A, C and E is advisable.

40-50 Years


Estrogen levels fall in these years, so ensure you follow a strict skincare regime.

Anti Ageing Serum: Use serums with skin proteins and nutrients, or creams that contain hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidants, copper peptides, kinetin, coenzyme.

undefinedRetin-A Creams: At this stage one should start the use of Retin A .05% at least twice a week. This provides hydration and increases cell turnover.

Vitamin K creams: The structural fat underneath the skin will shift and regress now. Use under eye creams with Vitamin K which stabilizes the capillary walls.

Intense Moisturisers: As you near menopause your skin becomes dry and dehydrated. Use a heavy moisturizer that contains glycerol and ceramics.

Estrogen Creams: Diminish collagen breakdown, reduce wrinkles and tearing and bruising of skin. But ensure you consult a doctor before use.

Special Products: Use skin products containing ingredients like hydroxy acids and Vitamin B3 to enhance skin tone and texture as much as possible.

With inputs from Dr. Chytra V Anand, Cosmetic Dermatologist, Kosmoderma Skin & Laser Clinic, Bangalore, Dr. Rashmi Shetty, Cosmetic Physician, Dr. Rashmi Shetty, Non Surgical Cosmetic, Mumbai, and Dr. Simal Soin, Dermatologist & Cosmo Physician, Delhi.

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