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How young, is too young? The age we should really start thinking about anti-ageing

Published: Thu May 25, 2017
Categories: The Myth Minx

It’s like that lecture you get from your parents about that superannuation fund you’re not looking after. Retirement? That’s years away, we’re focused on the now.  We know we should be forward planning with our finances and investments but should we be doing the same with our skin?

How young is too young to think about anti-ageing? What age should we be seriously considering an anti-ageing approach to skin health? 

Myth Minx wants to give you the lowdown on when you should start incorporating anti-ageing elements into your regime, with a quick and easy guide.

In your 20’s – Protect and prevent

This is the age your skin simply glows. The skin tone naturally possesses luminosity, reflecting light with ease, so radiance is almost a given. But let’s be real, many women in their 20s are fighting the monthly or occasional hormonal breakout, so surely anti-ageing products would be way too rich and inappropriate for skin at this age?

That being said, the major focus of anti-ageing skincare in your 20’s should consist of protection and prevention, this being broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Many studies have found the link between repeated small doses of sun exposure and its contribution to ageing, even if you are not burning. The sun is the most detrimental factor for premature ageing so a proactive protective approach is needed.

Our solution, Age Defence SPF 50+, it’s your daily must have. Working as a daytime moisturiser, make-up primer and advanced SPF this is easiest thing to you can do to safeguard your skin and kick start your anti-ageing regime in your 20’s.

In your 30’s – Support collagen production

The effects of ageing haven’t really started to take hold (visibly) yet. You may relish the occasional situation where you get asked for ID at the bottle shop, that’s right, why should we think about anti-ageing now? We are clearly looking as fresh faced as ever, right? On a side note, did that cashier need an eye test?

The fact is, in our 30’s collagen and elastin production starts to slow, this means skin may appear a little less plump. We may also notice expression lines becoming a little more prominent now, such as smile lines and frown lines.

Taking our homecare regime up a notch will be advantageous throughout this decade. The use of Vitamin A correcting serums is your next go to. Vitamin A is one of our biggest weapons against ageing (alongside peptides and growth factors) and is preferable for skin lacking density.

MM’s solution, Retinol Serum. This high intensity correcting serum helps normalise cell function by reversing, preventing and repairing the appearance of skin damage. Retinol is a form of vitamin A that promotes cell renewal by increasing collagen and elastin production. This helps your skin to appear smoother with a clearer, lifted and more even tone. 

In your 40’s – Step it up a notch

The signs of ageing are probably no secret to you now, however it’s important to remember that a combination of both internal and external lifestyle factors can be exacerbating the process (think free radical damage). Additionally, cell function and communication starts to slow down.

To counter your exposure to damaging free radicals that contribute to premature ageing additional antioxidants and peptides should be added into the skincare regime. Of most interest are peptides, as these help facilitate communication within the deeper parts of the skin, which are starting to go through structural changes (eg. collagen degradation). Peptides send messages to particular skin cells, telling them to behave like more youthful skin cells again. 

A MM favourite for your 40’s Moisture Defence Ultra Dry. It’s a great source of antioxidants with green tea and olive oil extracts, plus it boasts the clinically trialled (jawline lifting) peptide, ProgelineTM. This amazing peptide behaves like a growth factor facilitating collagen and elastin production while also helping to improve the appearance of firmness, density and viscoelasticity in the skin. What a skin saver!

In your 50’s – Increase nourishment

It is common throughout this decade for skin to take on a dry and lacklustre appearance. This is a combination of factors from declining hormones and also the slowing down of cell function. Here we see a need to shift to richer, more nourishing products and our requirement for rejuvenation support increases.

For skin that is quite dry, MM recommends Repair Balm. It’s a great addition to the evening regime and can be mixed into any moisturiser to bump up the lipid profile. Possessing natural sources of vitamins A & C plus copper, these work to assist your skin with its collagen production. 

For skin that appears lacklustre (but isn’t quite dry) instead opt for rejuvenation support from Rejuvenate 15 serum. With powerful nutrients like Vitamin A, Resveratrol, Copper and Plant Stem cells all of which boost skin regeneration and assist with diminished cell function. 

To these additions, we should also maintain all the earlier anti-ageing habits and steps to our regimes that were incorporated in previous years (such as sun protection, vitamin A, antioxidants, peptides and more). 

So yes, we can start thinking about our tomorrow, today, when it comes to skincare. It’s certainly easier than rolling those 5 different superannuation accounts into one, isn’t it. 


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