We love our laugh lines and know that it’s possible to look amazing at any age — witness the gorgeous Helen Mirren. But – as with everything in life! – you have to work for it and perhaps start thinking about it sooner rather than later. Keep skin healthy and youthful by strategically incorporating anti-ageing products into your regimen. Here, we run down the best bets for every age.

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At 25…

Start thinking about anti-ageing products around 25, because that’s when your skin starts to change. In addition to your regular routine (cleanse, tone, moisturise daily and exfoliate twice a week), add in an eye cream at night. Your skin is extremely thin in the eye area, so adding moisture will help to prevent fine lines and dark circles. Vasanti’s Eye Wonder Triple Action Eye Treatment Cream helps treat all the above, plus late night-induced puffiness – hey, this is your twenties, after all!

At 35…

When you enter your 30s, your skin begins to lose elasticity and moisture. To maintain hydration, add omega 3 fatty acids to your diet (yes, that’s why salmon is such a great beauty food) or take a daily fish oil supplement. Add a light night cream to keep your skin moisturised during the time that it works the hardest. Coryse Salome’s Restorative Night Cream contains ingredients like glyceryl and soy protein – renowned for their hydrating abilities – that work with citric acid to repair and restore the skin’s epidermis for a smoother, softer texture when you wake. Additionally, start using a collagen-boosting serum once a day to help plump up skin and use an enzyme-or acid-based peel once a week to keep your skin turning over new cells.

At 45…

At this age, you’re probably noticing a lack of firmness in your skin, as well as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Trade up to a heavier eye cream and wear it day and night to keep that area well hydrated. Introduce a serum and or a moisturiser with vitamin A and C, which will help fight free radicals. Dr. Brandt’s Time Arrest  Crème penetrates beneath the skin surface to prevent sagging and give a more lifted appearance.

At 55…

Think about getting professional microdermabrasion, which gives you immediate results and allows your products to work better. Or, use in addition to your eye cream, use a serum with peptides, like Matriskin’s Collagen Serum, which increases collagen production, minimises the appearance of wrinkles and will also make the skin thicker.

All ages…

Drink tons of water, wear SPF daily and don’t even think about smoking!

– Grace & Mollie

Find out what skin type you have – and the products you should be looking out for – in our Back To Basics Skincare series