6 Incredibly Ageing Skincare Mistakes You're Probably (Definitely) Making
The world of anti-ageing is a confusing one, even for skin experts and beauty editors. One day, a certain ingredient or product is touted as the ultimate in line-reducing magic, the next it's tossed aside for a newer, better discovery. To make things even more confusing, experts often disagree on what exacerbates ageing. For instance, Paula Begoun of Paula's Choice believes certain essential oils, including citrus and lavender, can cause irritation (which then leads to ageing). Conversely skincare brands like Simple see both cirtus and lavender oils as beneficial ingredients. Thankfully the experts do agree on some things, and their recommendations aren't as common as you might think.
Keep scrolling for 6 anti-ageing skincare mistakes you're probably definitely making.
Galderma Actinica SPF 50+ ($49)
In news that will surprise no-one, most skin experts agree that daily sun protection is a crucial step in your anti-ageing routine. What you may not know, however, is that how you apply your sunscreen can be the difference between whether or not it's able to do its job. (Protect you from sun damage and future wrinkles.) We subscribe to Begoun's application technique—a liberal dose (a 10 to 20 cent piece-sized amount each for your face and neck) applied as the last step in your skincare routine.
Mirenesse Eclipse Age Defence Daily Face & Neck Balm SPF 15 ($80)
Hands up if your skincare finds its way down your neck and onto your chest 100% of the time? Got your hand up? Keep scrolling. If not, keep reading. When neglected the neck and decolletage can show ageing before your face, so it makes sense to include them in your daily routine. You don't necessarily need a targeted product for your neck and chest (unless you're treating a skin issue that only affects this area), but if it'll help you remember to share the anti-ageing love, go right ahead. We love this nourishing balm with SPF—a few quick swipes and you're covered for both skincare and sunscreen.
Paula's Choice Calm Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant ($33)
Over-exfoliating the skin is a mistake that can cause irritation and sensitivity—two huge skin agers—amongst myriad other problems. "All that inflammation can increase acne, worsen rosacea and accelerate the ageing process. Stop the madness! Be gentle with your skin," Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi told us. Stick with a gentle chemical exfoliant (manual scrubs encourage tugging of the skin) like this one, and use only as directed.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($163)
Active skincare ingredients like retinol are often thought of as too potent to use in treating the early signs of ageing, but they can be useful at any age. Retinol can do wonders for everything from wrinkles to blemishes (as well as photo ageing and rough skin), making it a one-stop shop for anyone with adult acne. Used at the wrong strength retinol can cause irritation, but don't let that put you off the ingredient overall. Start with a low concentration formula until your skin acclimatises. Oil formulations like this one from Sunday Riley can also help minimise potential irritation.
Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser ($29)
Even if falling asleep in your makeup is something you would never, ever do, you might be surprised to learn that simply using a cleanser is sometimes not enough to get your skin properly clean. For one thing sunscreen is difficult to get off (not to mention a full face of makeup), and your cleanser may not be up to the job. Look for a gentle, water-soluble formula that is able to remove emollients and impurities left on the skin. If these remain after cleansing they can lead to breakouts, and prevent the skincare that follows from working as best it could. We subscribe to the double-cleansing method, which ensures skin is clean but not stripped of essential moisture or natural oils.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum ($214)
One of the biggest causes of skin ageing is free radical damage. Since we can't escape the factors that cause free radical damage (just being exposed to oxygen can prompt it), it's important we add antioxidants to the skin daily to prevent it. Antioxidants can also boost the effectiveness of sunscreen, making it a non-negotiable in every anti-ageing routine. We love SkinCeuticals' cult serum but there are supermarket options available, too. Try Olay's Regenerist Fragrance Free Serum ($32).