At every age there are natural process’s which bring their own visible, physical and mental individuality. The ageing process is inevitable, the key is to get the best out of your skin whatever your age and embrace each stage for its uniqueness. 

Abigail James

Abigail James


A time in your life of change, hormones begin to play part their part both mentally and physically. Not all teens will experience skin issues, some sail through with the occasional hormonal spot or some mild sensitivity, whereas others this can be a challenging skin time. 

There is often a genetic connection to how your skin will be and we cant fight the internal hormones doing what mother nature intended.

18 – 27 

This is the time in your life when your skin is at its prime, naturally radiant, cell turnover is still optimal. Protection and prevention is your key focus to ensure good skin through the ages. From the age of 25 our collagen production begins to decline, you wont see this on your skin for a few years but its physically happening! 

In your late 20’s you may start to notice your first slgnes of ageing, usually fine lines around the eyes, the skin here is finer, more delicate than the rest of the face and expression lines crop up. If you have been a sun worshiper or a smoker these are going to hugely increase the rate of ageing. 

This is the perfect age to get some sort of skincare routine for prevention and protection. 

28 – 39 

This is the age where there may be lots of life factors at play in and around pregnancy, Usually an age where you begin to feel more confident and comfortable in your own skin. The skin with correct care can really glow in this decade, it can still look plump and fresh even with the slowing of cell turnover. You will be beginning to see the physical signs of ageing, the eye area is often the first to show fine lines under and around and also forehead lines, this area is often fully exposed to the sun and also a key expression area. Your collagen production is reducing by around 1% each year. 

40 – 50 

Now we are beginning to see the aging process, not just fine lines but more visible lines, beginning to loose firmness maybe even some sun spots (remember all that sunbathing in your early 20”s!). Oestrogen keeps us looking female, our skin hydrated, plump and cell turnover at its optimum. As levels decline, the body is more ‘open’ to the effects of testosterone. This would usually be balanced by the presence of oestrogen. Much like in your teens its not uncommon to experience some breakouts. 


The menopause may be causing some concerns, five years after the menopause there is a reduction of collagen production of around 30%. 50’s sees a major change of texture, thinner and more transparent-especially in a fairer colouring. If you hadn’t been aware of your neck and decollete aging before, you will now.

Cholesterol can start to build up in our blood vessels within the Dermis reducing the ability of the body delivering nutrition and oxygen to our skin cells. This can explain why skin can appear duller and less radiant in colour. 

Our natural “fat” cushioning under skin the subcutaneous layer is loosing its volume and we loose or plumpness as our natural padding thins. 

60’s plus 

Bone density reduces and bones begin to shrink our facial framework is changing skin can look slackened and loose its smoothness. Not forgetting the natural effect of gravity really starts to take effect too, noticing a visible drop to the face-specifically around the jaw, eyes and cheek bones is common. Pigmented patches may become more noticeable on the hands as well as the face 

On the positive side you should by now stop getting breakouts if you have done in the past. 

Love Your Skin by Abigail James is published by Kyle Books. Photography by Jenni Hare.

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Abigail James, International facialist and wellbeing expert

Abigail’s clinic is based at Hari’s Salon, 305 Brompton Road, London SW3 2DY

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