Skincare to suit your age


In the minefield of skincare products, it can be tricky to decide what’s best for you. Putting aside particular skin issues, a great starting point for a lot of us can be our age.

You may have great skin (lucky thing), but – problem skin aside – still want a tailored regime that suits your needs, and products that work best for your age. So we’ve collected an edit of the best products, ranges and brands for your age, ranging from lightweight creams for younger skin and gentle exfoliators, to rich eye creams and high-performance anti-ageing moisturisers.

Under 21s

For most under 21s, a very simple routine works best. Gentle formulas, natural ingredients and lightweight textures are key, so as not to clog the skin and just give it a little extra care.

Why not try: Bareminerals, Benefit, and Tarte

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21 plus

Skincare for ages 21 plus is essentially a step up – keep the natural ingredients, but add in a little more. A refreshing eye cream is a good shout, as is the occasional hydrating mask and exfoliator. Products that will keep the skin looking youthful but give a brightening boost when needed.

Why not try: Pixi, Caudalie and Erborian

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Your 30s is when you can begin to introduce more science-led, powerful ingredients. It also becomes more important to pay attention to certain areas – you could add in a neck and décolletage cream, and consider a richer night cream.

Why not try: Liz EarleGatineau’s Melotagine rangeSarah Chapman, and Elemis’ Pro-Collagen range



You’ve probably got your skincare routine down, and are familiar with the textures and formulas you prefer. As with your 30s, it’s important to focus on areas that people often forget, such as your neck and hands, and even making sure when applying your moisturisers and serums that you take them right up to the skin behind your ears. Use peels and masks a little more regularly – depending on your skin type, once or twice a week should be ample.

Why not try: Codage, NIOD, and Alpha-H



Now is when you may look to more scientific products, with stronger formulas and high-powered ingredients, specifically designed to anti-ageing. Introduce richer creams, and experiment with ‘cocktailing’; mixing products together to get all your benefits in one.

Why not try: Lulu’s Time Bomb, Radical Skincare, and Algenist


60s plus

So you’ve got your stronger, high-performance products, your targeted area treatments and you’re using a peel or mask a couple of times a week – perfect. Rich, luxurious creams are ideal for adding moisture, and regular application is needed to keep seeing a reduction in the look of lines and wrinkles. Brightening treatments are another great addition to bring into your regime, lifting the look of your skin and revitalizing your complexion.

Why not try:

Dr Dennis GrossPerricone, and Fillerina


Visit our beauty department for more tips and inspiration


  1. Shanti Rajan August 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Alison for this article. I’m 63 and have used Gatineau and Decleor for 25 yrs with other brands slotted in now and then. Recently I felt my skin pigmentation has not improved and is looking more patchy and freckled this summer. Read this and tried Alpha H liquid gold mask and found improvement right away. After the second use after 4 days I’m delighted to see a more clearer and brighter skin. Ordered Lulu TSV with the Overexposed and cannot wait to start using it right away. Also slotted in Perricone eye serum which is amazing. Awaiting a TSV from Perricone with anti ageing products. Thank you very much Alison Young for these priceless advice and articles.

  2. Pat Nichols August 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Am interested in the new Eborian range but am concerned about animal testing. Can you confirm it is cruelty free please ?

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