This is the time for repairing, rejuvenating and healing. First undo the damage done throughout the day by removing make-up with an oil-based product. Never go to bed wearing make-up, which will clog pores, causing them to enlarge.

“Double cleansing with a make-up remover and then a cleanser is ideal to get skin squeaky clean and prepare it for serums and night creams,” advises Dr Allem.

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“Skin is most active at night, correcting the day’s harm while “recharging” the skin for the next day,” says White. “However, this process slows down with age. Use a night cream, like Givenchy Radically No Surgetics Age-Defying & Unifying Nightcare, which infuses the skin with ingredients for a deep-down recovery and reversal of damage while strengthening the skin.”

Products with active ingredients, like retinol – for example, Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Anti-Wrinkle Serum – should only be used at night as sunlight can deactivate its effects.

Night creams are formulated to restore cellular function, advises Dr Nicolic. Strengthen and rejuvenate the skin’s underlying structures with the use of plant-based stem-cell extracts and growth factors, like Dermalogica AGE Smart Overnight Repair Serum.

Formulation, like Innoxa SkinEven Enlighten Night Moisturiser, target uneven skin tone and brighten complexions. Those with kojic acid, liquorice extract or vitamin C, like Skin Nutrition Complexion Revitalizing Serum with Vitamins C & E, will inhibit the enzymes responsible for melanin production, exfoliate and help smooth dark spots and uneven discoloration to brighten the skin.

Description: Description: Try these creams to restore, repair and reverse signs of ageing

Try these creams to restore, repair and reverse signs of ageing:

(10)    Eucerin Dermo Densifyer Density Regenerating Night Care

(11)    Almay Kinetin Age Regenerative Complex Restoring Night Cream

(12)    Ahava Extreme Night Treatment

(13)    Skin Doctors Skinactive Regenerating Night Cream

We also like: Perricone MD Concentrated Restorative Treatment with vitamin A Ester, which addresses loss of radiance, fine lines, wrinkles and skin discoloration as well as BEMA Bio Toning Up Bio Cream Night.

Serums to strengthen:

(14)    La Prairie Cellular Power Charge Night

(15)    REN Omega 3 Night Repair Serum; Dior Capture XP Nuit Ultimate Deep Wrinkle Correction Night Concentrate; and OptipPhi Protecting Revitalizer.

Every month

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Facials and professional exfoliation treatments

Skin-tightening and resurfacing treatments, like microdermabrasion and mesotherapy, are monthly procedures that’ll help keep your skin in top condition and slow down the ageing process. Microdermabrasion lifts dead skin from the surface, helping to increase the circulation and smoothing the skin’s texture. Mesotherapy stimulates collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity and scarring.

Have a monthly facial at a salon. The skin-regeneration process is 28 to 30 days, which means monthly facials will repair and stimulate renewal.

Deeper exfoliations with new-generation alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) used in chemical peeling systems (a technique that uses an acidic solution from a natural substance to remove the outer layers of the skin) have become a popular treatment to improve the skin’s appearance, says Dr Alek Nicolic, a Cape Town aesthetic practitioner and Health24.com anti-ageing expert.

“This helps to minimize wrinkles, lighten irregular pigmentation and improve the appearance of melasma, which is pigmentation caused by hormonal changes, like pregnancy. Peeling is suitable for the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. One peel every four to six weeks is sufficient”


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Have one skin-tightening treatment a year, and start in your 30s, says cosmetic expert Dr Maureen Allem. “Have a tightening treatment, like Alterna, to keep skin full of collagen. It’s important to start these treatments on your neck sooner rather than later, as a sagging and ageing neck is very hard to treat once the damage is done”

Re-evaluate your skincare regimen as the skin changes all the times. Your existing range may not be adequate or may even be wrong for your skin type, current condition or particular concern, advises David White, the national training manger for Givenchy.

It’s also critically important to check for skin cancer, so have your skin examined by a dermatologist at least once a year.

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