When should I start an anti-aging regime?

  • Our skin's anti-aging mechanisms start to decline in our mid-twenties.
  • Sunscreen is the best and simplest way to prevent early cutaneous aging.
  • Retinol is recommended for those with more developed signs of aging.
When should I start an anti-aging regime?

A question that beauty and healthcare professionals are commonly asked, the ideal time to start an anti-aging routine depends on the individual. However, there are a few key factors that can help your decision.

Support your skin before signs of aging show

Did you know that the body's production of hyaluronic acid (HA) and collagen starts to deteriorate in our mid-twenties? This has consequences on our skin, which uses HA to keep cells plump and hydrated, and collagen to keep the skin firm as well as to ensure the regular replacement of dead cells. With decreasing levels of Hyaluronic Acid and collagen, the skin starts to show the first signs of aging, which is why we recommend introducing anti-aging skincare into your beauty routine from 25 and over.

If you don't want to change your tried-and-trusted skincare routine, there is one simple way you can help prevent the early signs of cutaneous aging: sunscreen. By introducing SPF into your daily routine, studies have shown that the premature development of skin aging can be slowed.

Other ingredients to look for when it comes to beginning your anti-aging skincare are vitamin C – an antioxidant which protects from the free radicals and urban pollution that can age the skin – and Retinol. This latter ingredient is recommended for those who are concerned about deeper wrinkles, sun damage and an uneven complexion. Retinol should be introduced gradually, as it can be irritant for some skin types. Try a one-night-on, one-night-off routine.

La Roche-Posay would recommend...

If you haven't noticed any signs of aging (and you don't want to!) try using the Anthelios Ultralight Fluid SPF 50+. It’s so light and invisible that it makes an ideal primer to apply make-up on top of. Whenever it comes to sunscreen, check that the label includes "broad spectrum" protection, which means you're protected against UVA and UVB rays, both of which can cause skin damage.

To energise your skin and increase its natural radiance, a daily serum like the Redermic C10 Vitamin C Serum is easy to include in your everyday beauty routine. Apply a few drops using fingertips in small circular motions and leave to absorb for a few minutes before applying your day cream.

For topping up levels of Hyaluronic Acid, the Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid serum helps keep the epidermis moisturised, which in turn leaves it looking and feeling plump and healthy. Then, at night, the Redermic R Retinol Anti-Aging Night Cream (suitable even for sensitive skin) works to smooth out stubborn wrinkles, such as around the lips and forehead.

By knowing the right ingredients and products, you can prevent the signs of aging before they even have the chance to show!