Our experts give you the right instructions for applying an anti-aging cream.
1. Should we really start anti-aging from 25 years old?
Our answer is no. Even if some say that prevention is everything and that once the wrinkle is visible, it is too late … Better to start anti-aging when the skin really feels the need.
This does not mean that nothing should be done first. But at 25, a moisturizer should be sufficient, combined with the essential sun protection for each exposure to UV.
2. Is it good for my skin to sometimes leave it without cream?
“A small diet does not hurt because, sometimes, the skin is saturated with cosmetics! “, explains Joëlle Ciocco, epidemiologist and consultant for L’Oréal Paris. This diet allows you to reprogram the skin surface, to make a sort of point to see where the skin is.
For how long? “During a weekend, that would be very good, and ideally during a time when you are in the countryside, far from the pollution of the city. The protocol is simple: clean the skin well in the evening and refresh it in the morning, without applying any cream or makeup for 48 hours. ”
3. How much cream should I put on?
There is no standardized answer. Some skins absorb a lot of product, and others less. Some women also like to have satiny skin when others can’t stand the slightest oily effect.
“My advice, rather than recommending a specific amount, is to apply the cream in two stages,” explains Joëlle Ciocco. Apply it twice rather than once, readjusting on the second pass, only on the areas that need it. “
4. Do I double the effects if I put on my anti-aging cream twice a day?
No. In one application per day, the skin takes in nutrients, antioxidants, etc. required. But, for information, all the efficacy tests of a product are done most often with two applications per day.
5. Should the neck area be treated any differently?
“This area is complicated to treat. When a woman has significant sagging skin on the neck, it will be difficult to find a solution with a purely cosmetic answer. On the other hand, preventing this sagging by lowering your facial treatment – at the time of application – on the neck and décolleté is a recommended gesture, explains Joëlle Ciocco. PTO firms up the neck area, it is also necessary to work all the musculature in order to strengthen this skin support mattress and even to protect the back. ”
In conclusion, if a woman takes care of the skin of her neck like that of her face, it is already very good.
6. Should I change my cream regularly?
” Yes, answers Joëlle Ciocco, and not because there is a phenomenon of habituation, but quite simply because the environment is changing. The skin is an organ attacked from the outside, starting with the climate (sun, wind, cold…). You have to adapt your skin clothing. Four times a year, you have to readjust your cosmetic protocol, adjust textures, reassess your needs. ”
7. I want comfort first. What are the preferred products?
If the skin feels tight – without redness or itching – it is because it is dry and needs oil. All treatments that contain fatty substances are therefore recommended.
“When discomfort sets in, I recommend a contribution of vegetable oils, recommends Joëlle Ciocco. There is an intelligence of oils with respect to the skin. The classic evening primrose, borage, or jojoba oils, but also less well-known oils such as St. John’s Wort or hemp… all these oils heal the skin. “
8. Should we use a treating cream in the evening and a protective cream in the morning?
Yes. If you have to apply your anti-aging only once a day, put it on in the evening. Skin repair is done at night to reach a peak in the early morning. A restorative cream in the evening accompanies the process.
Alain Géloën, scientific consultant at Nivea, explains: “Cell proliferation takes place at night, so in the evening it is appropriate to put on a treating cream. In the morning, there is a stop of this cell proliferation, proof that the skin is more in defense mode. It is therefore entirely justified to have a nourishing cream at night, and another protective during the day. “