Skincare ingredients to look for in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Image: Supplied.

Take charge of your ageing, in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s

While you may turn to your parents for an idea of what you might look like in a few years, the truth is that there’s no real way to know for sure. 

Genetics is just one of the factors that affect the ageing process – a stressful lifestyle and environmental damage play a big part too.

If you’re in your 20’s you might not give much thought to what your skin might look like a few decades on, but your 30 or 40-year old self will be grateful for taking a proactive stance to skincare and looking after your skin from earlier on.

But - just because you’re already in your 30’s or 40’s doesn’t mean you can’t improve the overall health and appearance of your skin.

Here’s how to proactively manage your skincare in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s while embracing the natural-ageing process:

In your 20’s

What it looks like: The first signs of ageing often start to show during your 20’s, usually in the form of soft lines around the eyes and mouth, along with dull, tired-looking skin thanks to late nights that make the best memories and diets that aren’t usually the healthiest.

What you need: Choose an affordable skincare range that offers protection against pollutants and prevent fine lines. Keeping the skin hydrated and radiant is also a key concern during your 20’s.

Ingredients to look for: Caesalpinia Spinosa and Kappaphycus Alvarezil Extracts enhance the skin’s radiance while refining pores, preventing fine lines, shielding against pollutants and reducing breakouts.

In your 30’s

What it looks like: Depending on your dedication to skincare in your 20’s, your 30’s is when those fine lines start to deepen and become wrinkles. Your skin might also start to look dry and dull, and that youthful glow slowly disappears. Gravity also starts to take a toll, causing the skin to begin sagging.

What you need: A smoother, brighter skin tone, as well as a more even skin texture is the goal for people in their 30’s. You’ll want an effective wrinkle control solution that shows instant results, hydrating and nourishing your skin in the process.

Ingredients to look for: Secale Cereale Seed Extract, or Rye Extract, is known to improve the skin’s elasticity and radiance. Shea butter is also key for this age group to address dullness and dryness too.

In your 40’s

What it looks like: Reaching your 40’s is the point when you should accept that ageing is going to happen and focus on ensuring you help it happen in the best way possible. After all, there’s no stopping the ageing process, and those wrinkles tell the story of a life well-lived!

Along with deeper lines and wrinkles, the skin may also take on a slightly ‘rougher’ texture and may also become thinner and more sensitive with the years. There are also the dreaded effects of gravity that causes sagging, and a notable loss of skin elasticity.

What you need: The goal is to revitalise and restore the skin as best you can, by softening wrinkles and firming up the skin to enhance your natural beauty.

Ingredients to look for: Use a product that contains Bulgarian Rose Extract as a key ingredient – this ground-breaking ingredient has been proven to increase hydration, improve firmness, enhance radiance and reduce wrinkles all at once.

Find the best skincare products and treatment plans for your skin, based on your unique phase of life. There are various skincare ranges, like Nimue's  AgeWell range, that are specifically formulated for the various phases of life, base on research into ingredients that are key to addressing various skin conditions through the years.