Super facialist Antonia Burrell

Super facialist Antonia Burrell

The 20s

What are the biggest misconceptions about the skin for those in their 20s?

Generally 20 something’s are blessed with skin that’s plump and youthful, so it’s likely they won’t need a full-coverage foundation. I recommend opting for a tinted moisturiser instead, a sheer coverage BB cream also works well. Most of us tend to over-powder our faces as well at this age, so try and be cautious about how much you apply.

What common skincare problems do those in their 20s face?

The number one complaint among women in their 20’s is acne. Most 20-somethings break out because they use dehydrating products that strip their skin of natural oils. This causes oil glands to overproduce, resulting in blemishes.

Could you recommend a good skin routine for those in their 20s?

Focus on cleansing thoroughly (try double-cleansing) and understanding your skin type. Consult a skin expert and invest in the knowledge you receive.

Best ingredients/products for looking after your skin in this decade?

Pick a good quality natural moisturiser and try to ensure that it contains a SPF and that it gives you both UVA and UVB protection. Apply it all over your face and on your neck. At night time, you can choose something with a vitamin A-derivative, which is good for brightening and treating acne.


The 30s

What’s the difference between the skin in your 30s compared to your 20s?

Even if you’ve taken good care of your skin, you’ll probably start noticing fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth. Dark-skinned women might notice discolouration and uneven skin tone; fair-skinned women might see some hyper pigmentation (brown/age spots) and a duller complexion.

What are the golden rules for looking after your skin in this decade?

Exfoliation and brightening products is the key here in your 30’s. Have regular facial treatments.

What products/ingredients do you recommend to those in their 30s?

* Try to use products that contain salicylic acid and avoid harsh scrubs.

* Use a good clay based mask once a week to really deep cleanse, firm and polish.

*  Hydrate with a non-alcoholic toner.

What do you suggest those in their 30s should do in order to maintain good skin?



The 40s

Could you tell us the common problems those in their 40s face in terms of skincare?

The loss of collagen and skin elasticity in your 40s mean you’ll find your skin sags a little more and seems less resilient.

Are there any products/ingredients you recommend for women in this decade?

Difficult to say…it really depends on the skin. But I generally recommend a good mask, brightening serum and suitable moisturiser for your skin-type.

What is a good skin routine for those in their 40s ?

Your skin repairs itself while you sleep, so if you don’t get enough of it, it will show – in the form of a pale, ashy skin tone and more pronounced wrinkles and under eye circles. Shoot for 7 – 8 hours a night. Tapping all over the face gently with the two middle fingers from both hands for about a minute a day will work wonders to plump and firm the skin. Focus on jaw line and under the chin.

What should those in their 40s avoid in order to maintain healthy skin?

Maintain a good antioxidant diet.


The 60s and over

Could you please tell us about what changes the skin is going through in these years?

No matter how well you care for your skin, it’s not going to be the same at age 60 as it was at age 20. There’s no getting around it. The skin has a natural aging process that involves a slowdown of cell division in the middle layer of skin, also known as the dermis. This process breaks down collagen and elastin fibers that thicken skin. Age-related changes in the hypodermis, the inner layer of skin, can also lead to thinning. The primary alteration occurring in the hypodermis is the degradation of fatty cells leading to skin thinness.

What are your golden rules of skincare for women in this age bracket?

Since dry skin is more prone to thinning, providing it with extra moisture is never a bad idea.In addition to ageing and family history, another big risk factor for thin skin is sun.


Antonia Burrell