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Beat the effects of ageing with expert advice and a range of bargain products

THEY say good things come to those who wait – but that’s not the case when it comes to skincare.

Experts say our skin starts to age when we’re about 20 – so we should start a good skincare routine in our teens. But knowing which products to use, and when, can be a minefield.

Ex-beauty editor Ingeborg van Lotringen says: “I’ve worked in the industry for 30 years and I’ve learnt lessons that have had a dramatic effect in stopping my face ageing.”

Ingeborg, 50, shares her secrets in her new tell-all book, Great Skin.

Today, the former Cosmo beauty director offers her top skincare tips for every decade of your life, plus a hero product under £10.


Social media may declare you need a ­Kardashian skincare routine, but you don’t.

If you want clear skin like Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown, 16, never go to bed with your make-up on as it can lead to acne and you will age faster.

Double-cleanse at night to get rid of super-stay foundation and avoid using bar soap or any face cleansers with sulphates as they will ­damage your skin over time.

Spots need products with salicylic acid to purify and heal pores. Do not use alcohol or a face scrub.

Hydration is essential, but that doesn’t mean heavy creams.

Choose the ­lightest formula that keeps your skin supple all day.

This can be as lightweight as an oil-free hyaluronic acid serum or gel.

Light oils or lotions are fine as well, but don’t clog your pores with lashings of mineral or coconut oils, or shea butter – check your ingredients.

Adopt the great habits of a lifetime – get as much fresh air and exercise as you can and eat fresh food. Your skin will adore you for it.


Luckily, I learnt early on that stress undermines the skin’s protective barrier, leading to redness, irritation and acne.

Be gentle and cleanse consistently with mild facial cleansers or cleansing oils, and avoid ­alcohol and fragrances.

Nourish your skin’s protective barrier with humectants such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid along with replenishing lipids such as ceramides, squalane and jojoba oil.

Any mention of ­probiotics is a good thing for reinforcing your skin, as are anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Most importantly of all, introduce a daily facial sunscreen with a minimum of SPF30.

Radio ­presenter Maya Jama, 26, incorporates ­sunscreen into her daily skincare routine.

The visible sun damage I have now I ­contracted in my sunbathing teens and most of my SPF-free 20s.

The earlier you start covering up, the slower you will age.


You don’t start seriously losing collagen levels until your mid-30s, so don’t waste money on the “big gun” anti-ageing ingredients until you are nearer your 40s, like Kate Middleton.

Vitamins A and C are the best-proven age-maintenance ingredients, but you don’t need their strongest forms (retinol and ascorbic acid) yet.

Go for products that mention vitamin A and/or C as part of a cocktail of antioxidants that will help shield the skin from environmental damage.

Adding a serum under your moisturiser or SPF is an effective way to top up your skincare routine.

It will also help you build up ­tolerance to the more potent versions of these vitamins, which you will need later in life.

If your skin is oily, use vitamin B3. It will regulate oil production and minimise pores.

As the skin’s ability to renew is slowing down, introduce exfoliating acids to your regime.

Two or three times a week is enough, and it’s best to favour gentler acids such as PHA, lactic acid and malic acid over the fast but aggressive glycolic acid, or any product that boasts of its super-high (“ten per cent!”) acid percentage.


If you are in your forties like Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, 42, your “youth proteins” – collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid – will need boosting as your body’s ability to churn them out is diminishing fast.

A product with potent vitamin C (look for a water-free formula with 5-10 per cent l-ascorbic acid, or for 10-20 per cent THD ascorbate) by day is your best plumping bet.

By night, a retinol cream or serum will make a visible difference over time.

But start slowly with levels of as little as 0.1 or 0.2 per cent retinol and build up, or irritation is likely.

Alternatively, consider the potent but less irritating retinoid retinaldehyde.

Always team with an SPF50 for daytime wear or you’ll be zapping your freshly created collagen to death instantly.

Also look to brightening niacinamide and azelaic acid, and “pigment suppressors” such as liquorice, arbutin and tranexamic acid. A blend of these in a specialised serum is best.


Sadly, very few women in the world will look as fresh-faced at 51 as superstar Jennifer Lopez.

But there are a few things you can do to aid your skin.

When menopause arrives, oestrogen in the body and therefore collagen production, which is linked, drops off a cliff.

Continue with your regime of cell- regenerating actives and don’t fall for inferior alternatives condescendingly aimed at “older” ladies!

One good addition is phyto-oestrogens in ­skincare (bakuchiol is one top ingredient to look for), which can help replenish oestrogen ­levels.

As for hydration, skin will get drier – but rich, heavy butters are not a must.

If your skin is oily yet feels tight and dry, you don’t need oils but humectants – which are ingredients that hydrate the skin by attracting water molecules like a magnet – such as glycerin, sorbitol and algae extracts.

Overall, a blend of lipids and humectants is best – pay close attention to how your skin feels to ­determine how rich you want this concoction to be.


Yes, lines will get deeper and skin slacker, but the hero ingredients you now know and love will keep your skin radiant and vital, and right up with age-defying movie star Susan Sarandon, 74.

According to Susan, the key to her glowing complexion, is to be ‘awake’ in life and ‘being confident’.

She keeps her makeup minimal, and also uses sun cream, eats well, avoids smoking, and filters toxins from water.

She also once said the key to having good skin was none other than sex!

Adjust the richness of your moisturiser any time you feel the need; this can be simply done with a few drops of face oil.

If you experience redness, turn down the levels of retinol, ascorbic acid or exfoliating acids you might use. With age, skin gets more delicate and deserves to be treated with respect more than ever.

Victoria Beckham shares her £320 skincare routine from her £6million Cotswolds estate

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