Winter skin In this section Flu vaccinations Free Prescription Collection & Delivery Service Independent Living Aids Stop Smoking Service Winter skin Over time, your skin gets drier, thinner and more sensitive, so it’s important to remember that the skincare products you loved in your teens and twenties might not be the most effective as you get older. As your skin requires different levels of care at each stage of your life, it’s a good idea to get your skin checked twice a year, helping you to adapt your routine around the warmer and cooler seasons. Your skin acts as a barrier to protect your body from the environment. Check it regularly for any signs of changes such as dryness, cracking and irritation. If you notice anything different consult your local pharmacist for advice, and if needed, visit your doctor for specialist treatment. If you suffer from severely dry skin, applying moisturiser and creams in the direction of hair growth can help you avoid blocking your pores. Look for products containing Hyaluronic acid and oils such as jojoba and coconut as these are all highly nourishing. The key to glowing skin is keeping the outer layers of it well hydrated as this transmits light to the lower layers of your skin, creating a youthful and radiant appearance. ‘Non-comedogenic’ products are ideal for oily skin as they don’t block pores and can help reduce breakouts. Look for ones containing Glycolic acid and Salicylic acid as they open up clogged pores and neutralise bacteria. Combination skin can be difficult to manage. Tailor your regime to use a mix of hydrating products for dry patches, and sebum reducing products for oilier areas. If you perfect your skincare regime from your 20s and get in to the habit of looking after your skin it can help make it healthier in later life. Wash your face (with the right product for you) to remove the build-up of dirt, oil and makeup that’s accumulated throughout the day, then follow with a cleanse. Cleanse your neck first and then your face so that you don’t bring impurities from the neck on to your face. Follow with the right toner and moisturiser for your skin. In your 30s the rate at which new cells are produced becomes slower. Collagen and elastin also start to get weaker leading to fine lines and wrinkles as well as a loss in the quality of your skin tone.Products with anti-ageing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, Q10, retinol and vitamins C and E, can help you to combat this. By your 40s lines, wrinkles and age spots will appear. This is because the lymphatic system, which rids the body of unwanted toxins, is much slower, leading to puffiness in your cheeks and also around your eyes. Sebum production is also reduced meaning you’re more likely to get dry skin. Use skincare products with peptides to even out pigment and consider using products with caffeine, as they contains antioxidants and can perk up tired looking skin. Hormonal changes in your 50s can completely transform your skin causing it to become dehydrated and in need of nutrients. Elasticity and collagen is dramatically weakened meaning your pores might increase in size and look more pronounced, and you may see more defined and deeper wrinkles. Collagen infused products containing rich oils will help improve your skin’s elasticity and keep it healthy. In your 60s and beyond your skin should generally have settled down. However, skin circulation is reduced and this can lead to a dull appearance and loss of skin tone. Skin is also likely to be dehydrated, which could leave it vulnerable to environmental damage, such as pollution and even varying weather conditions. Make sure you’re using a rich moisturiser with UV protection to try and combat its effects. No matter what your age, protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays by opting for a moisturiser with SPF and UVA and UVB protection built in. Always apply eye-creams with a dotting action and from the outside in to avoid rubbing and pulling on the delicate skin in this area.Make sure you apply facial moisturisers and products in upward motions, as pulling on the skin and dragging it down can cause sagging over time. Dotting moisturiser on your forehead, cheeks and chin will help you to distribute it evenly around your face but make sure you’re using the right amount – too little and you won’t be giving your skin the care it needs.