There’s More to Great Skin Than Your Age

Want radiant, healthy skin? According to the skincare experts, it’s time to stop thinking about your age.

Investing in a new skincare routine can be tricky business thanks to the sheer number of skincare options available these days. Picking out a range that’s marketed at your age group might seem like the obvious approach, but if you want to target specific skin concerns, buying skincare that caters for a certain age group isn’t going to guarantee results.

Yesteryear’s one-size-fits-all approach to skincare has well and truly made way for a bespoke approach to skincare explains skin expert Tracy May-Harriott. “Our ‘skin’ age is no longer our ‘chronological’ age,” she explains. Best-selling author and beauty myth-buster Paula Begoun agrees and says that while you can buy effective skincare at any age, age has nothing to do with what products you buy. “That’s because age is not a skin type,” she explains. “The truth is in beauty, is that someone at age 50 or 60 can have the same complexion as someone in their 20s.”

Begoun uses herself as a classic example: at the age of 65, beauty industry standards would traditionally sell her skincare products based on anti-ageing. “But I still struggle with oily skin, clogged pores and the occasional breakouts, plus signs of ageing,” she explains. “Creams and lotions just make it worse,” she says.

Age Really is Just a Number

Thanks to our modern lifestyles, age has just become a number where skincare is concerned. Begoun explains that there’s a whole host of factors that contribute to how healthy and resilient skin is. “Heredity, skin disorders like acne and rosacea, oily skin, dry skin; lifestyle choices such as smoking, eating healthy; how much sun damage someone has accumulated and how someone takes care of their skin, in general, all add up to your skin type and the problems you’ll see (or not),” she says.

Instead of worrying about which products you should be using at a certain age, May-Harriott says the way to go is investing in skincare for your skin type that targets your concerns regardless of your age. If you’re unsure of your skin type or what products to use for certain concerns, May-Harriott suggests visiting a professional for the correct guidance. “They are trained to ask the correct questions during a skin analysis to help you on your way to an ideal routine based upon your individual needs and requirements,” she says.

“Always start slow, go slow with a new skincare routine and don’t do too much too soon to really find products suitable for you,” May-Harriott adds that prevention is always better than treating problems as they arise. “You need to take into consideration that regardless of age the sooner you start to protect and prevent problems, the better,” she says. “Often, we wait until we see problems before we take more care of it. Have a good basic, protective skincare routine from an early age and you will age more gracefully for your years.

Take a look at some of our favourite must-have skincare for all ages in the gallery below. 

5 Minutes with Natalie Procter from Mina

STYLE sat down with Natalie Procter, founder and designer of Mina, to find out what makes her tick.

When did your love of fashion begin?
I don’t really have a moment I can pinpoint. My mum has been sewing since I was a baby. Growing up we had a ‘craft room’ downstairs (which funnily enough is now our Mina sewing studio) and down there we did all sorts; scrapbooking, ceramics, paper mache, knitting and making clothes.

Mum sewed a lot of my clothes and also taught me the very basics. I’m actually not that great of a sewer, I’m a little impatient. What I loved was going to Spotlight in the weekend with mum and flicking through all the pattern books and picking out a dress design and then spending hours walking through Spotlight looking for fabric to make it in.

What’s the last item of clothing or accessory that you bought?
The last item of clothing I brought was in December last year. I did a weekend sample sale with a few New Zealand designers, and I managed to snatch myself a cream 100% merino cable knit by Wynn Hamlyn. I practice what I preach, buy less but buy well.

Natalie backstage at New Zealand Fashion Week

What’s on your winter wardrobe wish list?
Our Coffee Stone coat is high on my wish list this season. Full length, 100% wool with a cashmere finish and large front pockets.

Georgia Jay’s Lady Ida bag in Black Pebble. My only handbag bag I own is a Georgia Jay biscuit coloured crossbody handbag and it lives on me.

The ATP Atelier Vernazza ankle boots. I am quite a casual dresser so find it a real struggle to find a casual boot without a heel. ATP is a Swedish brand with all their shoes being made in Tuscany. Really beautiful clean timeless design.

What are you reading at the moment?
I never really have the time to read, I prefer to listen to podcasts as I’m in the car often visiting suppliers. A friend has just introduced me to the ‘Innovator’ series hosted by Liz Bacelar & Rachel Arthur. The episodes are conversations with fashion leaders talking about challenges and opportunities within innovation.

The Mina autumn/winter collection

What’s the most cherished piece of clothing that you own?
I have a camel 100% cashmere full-length coat that my mum brought in NY when she was in her 30’s. It’s over 30 years old and it looks almost brand new. Every time I wear it, it’s a reminder that classic design paired with high-quality fabrics really do stand the test of time.

Favourite pick-me-up? A walk on the beach.

What song do you have on repeat at the moment? All the debts I owe – Caamp

Where’s the first place you dined post lockdown?  Gemayze Street – K Road

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in the last few weeks? I’ve learnt how important it is to share and open up to my community. The last few weeks have been about supporting one another. I have learnt that there is strength in community.

The Mina autumn/winter collection

What’s the one thing that you will hope will change in the fashion industry in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis?
I think there is an opportunity to recalibrate the fashion calendar. Each season the demand for newness increases and puts pressure on designers to drop their collections earlier and earlier in order to get to the front of the pack. The flow-on effect of this is that by the time the garment is relevant (i.e. by the time it’s actually cold enough for coats) the product is going on sale, in preparation for the next seasons’ drop. It’s disorientating and inefficient. Dropping later gives our retailers more time to sell, make more money and drop seasons at a more appropriate time of year.