It is never too late to start taking care of your skin – even if you have neglected it in the past. So, if you are in your 50s and 60s and feel anti-ageing treatments won’t work, think again. You may be surprised to learn that price has absolutely no bearing on how well a product is likely to perform. Yes, Ladies, you can put your credit cards away because this feature is all about inexpensive essentials that really can help you turn back the clock.
Improving the tone, texture and firmness of the face starts with a skin care routine that fits in with your lifestyle. This is crucial because the most important aspect of achieving a younger look is sticking to a regime. It is all about consistency. The moral here is not to go for a complex routine that involves multiple steps. Stick to a simple three-point plan with a monthly booster treatment to get you started.
The ‘secret’ to younger looking skin is virtually free and you already have it on tap – literally! Water, while not the most exciting drink in the world, it is certainly the best when it comes to improving your appearance. Upping your daily intake will help to detoxify and purify the skin, keeping it hydrated and blemish-free. This natural product helps to control oil production and can even prevent pores from clogging.
Of course, water alone will not sort out parched, sun-damaged skin that has been ignored for years. Consider it the foundation stone of your skin care routine. If you are confused by mixed messages from the beauty industry and don’t know where to start when it comes to products, Regime Skin Care has cut through the never-ending sales bumf to bring you back to the basics. So there’s no need to be bamboozled by science or marketing hype.
Where To Start With An Anti-Ageing Routine
While ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’ is the right message for younger women in their 20s and 30s, in your 50s and 60s you really do need to add a serum into the bedtime mix. However, effective serums don’t have to come with a hefty price tag or in a fancy bottle. And a serum should always be used after cleansing the face and before applying moisturiser.
Because a good anti-ageing skincare routine starts with cleansing, we will take a look at some of the inexpensive products you can use that will not just remove baked on make-up and impurities but will leave your skin ‘polished’ and glowing.
For a quick cleanse that will dissolve just about anything that should not be on your face, a good cleansing balm is a great option. We recommend Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm – available for under a tenner in this handy size – because it ‘treats’ the skin while ridding it of pore-clogging grime. At the time of writing, this balm is on offer for £7.13 but usually retails for around £9.99. Click image for more information.
If a straight balm does not appeal to you, a hot cloth cleanser is a good alternative. While brands like Liz Earle are revered by skin care devotees, there are cheaper options out there. This Lionsleaf set has everything you need to get started and is currently a steal at £12.99. Click image for further product details.
Not a fan of balms and creams? Take a look at the Neutrogena Hydro Boost® Water Gel Cleanser. It uses a unique matrix system that leaves your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. This cleanser usually retails for around £7.99 but is currently on offer for £5.95. Click image to see offer and read more about its benefits.
Serum Safe Bets
Ceramide capsules containing potent ingredients like retinol and hyaluronic acid are good, but expensive. There are cheaper ways to get a great serum into your skin. We recommend a combination serum that will deliver more than one of the following:
- Vitamin C
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Vitamin E
Here are some inexpensive ideas, all of which are available for home delivery.
This Vitamin C serum has been designed with anti-ageing in mind. As well as including a decent strength of Vitamin C (20%), which will brighten the skin and even the skin tone, it includes plumping hyaluronic acid. The product is currently priced at £14.97. Click image for the latest deal.
With 2.5% retinol, this high-strength serum is infused with hyaluronic acid as well as vitamins C and E. Used regularly, it will help to reduce the appearance of age spots and wrinkles. What’s really great about this best-selling product is its price – currently £9.95. We consider this an excellent all-rounder. Click image for the latest price.
Dermaworks’ popular range of serums includes this high-strength retinol offering with hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E and aloe vera. It retails at around £14.95. Click the image for the current price.
Magnificent – And Cheap – Moisturisers
The last step of your anti-ageing routine should be the moisturiser. What you should be looking for is a face cream that will lock in the serum so that it can do its magic overnight. A good night cream will deliver its own benefits, too. Go for something that offers more than a simple barrier on the skin.
Take a look at these hydrating options.
We love the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Golden Age night cream. It is cooling and specifically designed for mature skin. As well as stimulating a rosy glow, it targets sagging skin. Ingredients include peony extract and calcium B5. We recommend this product if your skin is dull-looking and generally in poor condition. At the time of writing, the night cream was retailing at £9.99. Click image for the latest price.
Neutralise toxins and give your skin a real burst of goodness with Dr Botanicals’ Cranberry Superfood Night Moisturiser. Designed to promote healthy skin, it aims to target pollutants to promote a clearer complexion. Packed with antioxidants that brighten the skin, it is infused with rich cranberry seed oil and juniper oil. Available for £10.99, it is attracting a cult following. For latest price and more product information click image.
Garnier has struck gold with this 100 per cent organic night cream. Soothing, it is formulated with natural argan and jojoba oils that deliver nourishment to the skin while you sleep. With a calming floral fragrance, we think this Organic Lavandin Anti-Age Sleeping Cream is a complete bargain at £7.29. Click image to check latest price.
Anti-Ageing Skincare In 3 Steps
For younger-looking, clearer skin, a three-step routine is all you need on a daily basis. To see results, you should to stick to the regime and make adjustments if a product does not suit you. For an extra boost, you may want to consider a weekly face mask and a monthly skin peel.
For more information about gentle skin peels, see our article – Best Skin Peels – Our Picks Will Surprise You – Regime Skin Care
*All prices correct at the time of publishing.
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We are currently testing the following products for future reviews:
- Prai 24k Wrinkle Repair Serum
- Prai 24k Night Cream
- Phoera full-coverage foundation
- Phoera mineral powder
- Phoera pore minimising primer
If you are participating in our lockdown challenge – Look 5 Years Younger in 7 Days – don’t forget to take before and after pictures! More information is available here – Mature Skin: How To Look 5 Years Younger In A Week – Regime Skin Care