What ingredients do anti-ageing products typically contain?
There is a mix of hydrating, skin-restoring and anti-ageing ingredients such as niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, vitamins C, B and A, and antioxidants. Retinol, which contains vitamin A, protects and restores skin against photo-ageing caused by sunlight. Right now, we’re seeing big developments with CBD oils as well. This is the beauty of the skincare industry: we are here to ‘feed the skin’ and are developing new recipes every day.
At what age should you be thinking about anti-ageing skincare?
You can’t start young enough! Though it’s important to remember there’s a difference between skincare for anti-ageing and skincare to improve skin condition. If you suffer from acne or had bad skin as a young guy, then the right skincare can help with thisaking care of your skin in this way is something you can do at any age. With anti-ageing skincare, I would say to start at around the age of 25 because this is when skin stops producing collagen and starts to need a helping hand. Begin by focusing on hydrating your skin then, as you get older, shift towards anti-ageing skincare.
What sorts of anti-ageing products should men be using?
If you’re a skincare rookie, I would advise a simple routine – I could tell a guy who doesn’t regularly use skincare products to buy five different products, but then he’s guaranteed to end up using none of them. At the very least, use a good cleanser and face cream that are high in active ingredients suited for the face and eye area. If you’re more committed, add a serum containing retinol, vitamin C or hyaluronic acid to your routine. Also, if you have time, use a mask once a week. But the most important thing to remember is to wear an SPF – at least SPF 30 – every day, even when you are in the office. Look for an SPF with UVA, UVB and blue light protection. Blue light is the radiation from computer screens and mobile phones, and some research now shows it can age skin.