While we know that our skin changes as we age, we all want to do so gracefully, however when those changes are more evident than we like, it is not as easy to accept.

We have three choices, accept that wrinkles are part of getting old, reminisce about those days spent in the sun without sunscreen or make some adjustments to our skin care routine and make it aging prevention specific.

If you are choosing the third option like us, keep reading!

Here we spell out how dermatologists care for aging skin.

Aging skin is characterized by various features, the most common is wrinkling. However, a loss of elasticity, sagging, textured skin and pigmented skin are also common in aging skin. The aging process is also accompanied by changes in cutaneous cells, structural and functional changes with a notable reduction in two major components of the skin – collagens and elastin.

These signs of aging first begin to show in the 30’s age bracket and continue to become more evident in our 40’s, although the damage starts in our teenage years and in our 20’s.

So, when should a skin care routine catering for aging skin start? Most dermatologists will say as early as possible.

Age is not a factor in caring for aging skin, infact someone in their 20’s would be smart to start caring for their skin to prevent the onset of aging skin, even if it is as simple as using a good cleanser and a sunscreen. This is a better alternative than being in your 40’s or older and trying to care for your aged skin with invasive procedures, treatments like dermabrasions or Botox.

How quickly will the results show from an aged skin specific skin care routine? Most dermatologists will say to focus on the results.

Consistency is more important than quick results, with quick results they are also more likely to cause harm and cause setbacks. The ability of your skin care routine will depend on how long you are willing to give the products to work. Products that are safe and preventative, rich in antioxidants and protect your skin are the right choice.

And what should this aged skin specific skin care routine look like? Let’s take a look.

There are many products which can be used from as simple as a cleanser and sunscreen to toners, serums, oils, and masks, but the fundamental products which a dermatologist would recommend would be a cleanser, a moisturiser, an anti-aging solution and a sunscreen.

As skin becomes thinner and drier quicker in the 40s because of decreased estrogen levels, most women in this age bracket need to pay closer attention to hydrating and moisturising products. A simple, fragrance-free moisturiser is an ideal place to start. Neutriderm Moisturising Lotion is enriched with a unique form of Vitamin E and moisturising properties that protect the skin and work to reduce the visible signs of ageing.  

Also, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is a key product to use every day. Although highly recommended by dermatologists to use daily, this is the most underused and underrated product. It is important to protect your skin against ultraviolet rays that cause sun damage, aged skin, and skin cancer.

So, what ingredients should we be on the lookout for in an anti-aging product?

The best topical ingredients are the ones that aim to repair the damage to the skin at a cellular level. They will increase collagen production, fade pigmentation, smoothen and firm the skin.


Retinol is widely and favourably recommended and used by dermatologists. Its function is to increase collagen synthesis which will improve the skin’s elasticity and decrease fine lines. Retinol also exfoliates on a cellular level which brightens dull skin. It is also designed to even out your complexion, fading dark sports, sunspots, hyperpigmentation and scars. The Neutriderm Brightening Range is formulated with retinol and is designed to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion by lightening areas of pigmentation, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and nourishing the skin.    

Vitamin C

All Vitamin Cs are not the same, this is because Vitamin C has a high propensity to oxidize (when in contact with oxygen), so a high-quality Vitamin C means a Vitamin C that is stabilized. Vitamin C will reduce the visibility of pigmented skin. Vitamin C is also very hydrating and works to brighten the skin, along with promoting collagen production. On top of these amazing benefits, Vitamin C is a hydrating and brightening ingredient, making it a must have in your skincare routine!  


This is another highly recommended ingredient and used extensively by dermatologists. It has many functions including being an anti-inflammatory, helps reduce the visibility of pigmented skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also regulates the oil the sebaceous glands produce and minimizes the appearance of pores.

The one thing all dermatologists can agree on is that you should never stop the pursuit of your best skin.

By Jayde Taylor, Skin Clinician for Neutriderm

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