Trying to get your head around the various types of skincare available can feel overwhelming. But taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be complicated, says dermatologist Dr Natasha Cook. In fact, the easier your routine, she says, the more likely you are to stick to it.
Step one involves cleansing. It’s not just about washing your skin, it’s also about getting rid of dead skin cells. That’s important, Cook says, because as we age, skin cell turnover slows down. In our mid-20s, it happens every 30 days. By the time we reach our 40s, it slows to every 60 days. Skin cells then accumulate, making skin look duller and more prone to congestion.
After cleansing, pamper your skin with a vitamin-enriched serum. The most important vitamin to include is niacinamide (B3), Cook says, because it works on all key skin concerns. “So it’s going to benefit everybody.”
Consider including the antioxidant vitamin C, and anti-ageing vitamin A products, which include retinoids such as retinol. If you are going to use vitamin A products, Cook advises doing so at night. Start by only using them a few times a week, as skin can become red and flaky with overuse. You can then build up to nightly.