The sun is one of the most common causes of premature ageing – inducing sun lesions, uneven, pigmentation and wrinkles. The damage can take years to show – meaning bands of pigmentation can develop years after those days of baking at the beach. Experts offer advice on how to slow down an ageing complexion. Photo-aging – or the changes induced by chronic UVA and UVB exposure – is responsible for accelerating the skin’s ageing process. Daily incidental sun exposures – running out the car, going to the mailbox and exercising – add up and result in wrinkles, sun spots and potentially cancerous lesions. The number one way people can prevent photo- aging is by wearing a 30+ SPF sunscreen, containing zinc oxide, every day. The right formula of sunscreen, suited to your skin type, can be vital in achieving adequate protection and anti-ageing benefit, you can’t necessarily use the same sunscreen at 40 as you did in your 20s.
Sunscreen for your 20s
During our 20s, oil production is still in full swing and may be breakout prone. Look for a daily SPF formula that doesn’t clog follicles. This means that fragrance, colour, lanolin and mineral oil should all be avoided.
Sunscreen for your 30s
Multi benefit products with a wash of colour, hydration and built-in broad spectrum SPF are ideal. Look for the a product that acts as an emulsifier and allows for a higher concentration of sunscreen ingredients without the irritation.
Sunscreen for your 40s
Signs of ageing and hyper pigmentation become more apparent in your 40s. Opt for a SPF 30 or higher as this will best address firmness, elasticity and age-related triggers such as reactive oxygen species.
Sunscreen for your 50s and beyond
In your 50s, skin becomes significantly drier and more sensitive, so a chemical SPF might not be an option. Ultra-sensitive SPF30 or higher that has physical sunscreen ingredients like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, as well as built-in calming complexes to smooth skin are great options.
If the sun has already done its damage, there are steps that help reduce the appearance of ageing. Using Salon Products, which are vitamin A derivative, can decrease the risk of skin cancer and improve skin pigmentation and abnormalities, as well as increase collagen content to help with lines and wrinkles.
If that doesn’t do the trick, effective non-invasive options can reduce photo aging with little downtime. “Micro Skin Needling is an excellent way to improve wrinkles, pigmentation and abnormalities. There are also skin-tightening devices that improve skin laxity, as well as injections that will replace lost volume that occurs with ageing to lift the face non-surgically and reduce lines and wrinkles.