Anti-ageing treatments: at what age should I take the plunge?

Should I apply anti-ageing treatments before I get any wrinkles? Or wait 'til the first one appears? Here's our advice on choosing the right time.

A question of age

We all age at different speeds, especially when it comes to the appearance of wrinkles. It's advisable to start applying anti-ageing treatments during your early to mid-thirties. From the age of 25, cell production slows down, skin begins to relax and you may notice a slight loss of tone. So why not bite the bullet at 25? Because at that age we may have other issues that need taking care of: acne, oily skin or enlarged pores. We don't need to overload our skin with an army of products.  

The difference between anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle treatments

Put simply, the first is preventative and the second is corrective. An anti-ageing treatment will combat general signs of ageing - pigment spots, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of density, dullness and dryness. Anti-wrinkle treatments, on the other hand, focus on wrinkles, which are just one sign of ageing skin. They are more powerful and designed for mature skin.  

Slowly but surely

 Apply anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle treatments progressively. Begin with treatments that hydrate your skin and combat sagginess or loss of tone: opt for moisturising anti-ageing products that are packed with antioxidants. Later on you can swap your usual cream for an anti-ageing formula. Over time begin to apply a global anti-ageing night cream alongside an eye contour treatment. A few years later, you can start to attack any lines with an anti-wrinkle treatment.