Let me preface this post by saying, I love beauty blogging. I love every aspect of it - skincare, make up, brushes, accessories, even bath salts - I'm on board. But there's a phrase that crops up literally everywhere that makes me a little... well, uncomfortable.

I'm 26 years old, and surrounded by peers and bloggers alike that seem to be super concerned with anti-ageing - face peels, retinols, I even had a 28 year old friend congratulate me on an upcoming relocation because '[my new home] is near to good botox salons'. Botox at 28?! This particular friend has really youhtful skin naturally, but told me she was looking at getting preventative botox done in order to catch fine lines before they appear.

The matter got pressed even further to the forefront of my mind when, upon visiting Space NK to pick up my Ncentive member birthday gift, I was told the candle they had promised was out of stock (grumble) and was offered a super-strength eye cream with retinols (Strivectin - any good?). The assistant (who can't have been older than me) said she loved it and would prefer it to a candle any day. Retinols?! It's time for me to think about retinols?! Did I miss something... when did we all decide our late 20s was the time to get into our capsules and start the reversing process?

When I look in the mirror, I don't shudder at the thought of any lines on my face. I don't spend my time poring over crows' feet. When I hear anti-ageing, I assume these products are marketing for someone who is not me - I still feel like I have a good few years to grow into who I'm going to be, you know? And yes I'm grateful for my relatively problem-free skin that looks plump and healthy, and I take good care of it, but do I want to start pumping collagen under its surface and potentially alter how my face looks going forward? Not at all. I always think about my hero, Caroline Hirons, talking about hating the words 'anti ageing', because 'ageing is a privilege not everyone is granted'. Those words resonated with me, maybe because the recent years have taken a few loved ones from me, but also because there's more to life.

That being said, I do want to learn more. Because inevitably there will be a time when I get a little paranoid about my features changing. But when that time comes, I want to be well-prepared, well-informed, and comfortable with whatever I'm being sold/advised on. I think your skin, and so your skincare, is a very intimate and personal thing, and should be as much about you responding to your body and your emotions as any other personal decision you make.

I say do what makes you happy, but make sure you have all the information. And on that note...

Do you guys have any recommended reading around skincare, or more specifically, preventative measures for ageing skin? Do you already use anti-ageing products as part of your routine? What do you feel about anti-ageing products and treatments?


  1. Loved reading this post, and definitely agree with your thoughts. I'm only in my late teens so anti-aging has definitely NOT crossed my mind, but I think it's definitely important to be wearing sunscreen everyday (also to protect your skin from other factors) and keep it hydrated. I think it's a little sad that some people are so obsessive over lines and wrinkles, I don't know about you, but I think it would be just plain creepy if you were 70 with perfectly taught, wrinkle-free skin!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    1. Thank you so much for commenting Tasha - I totally agree with you, I wouldn't want to sacrifice any of my 'character' as a 70 year old lady, if I'm lucky enough to reach that age! Yes, sun screen is super important and that's actually something I should have written into the post - do everything you can to keep your skin as best you can, I think that's the motto! T xx

  2. I haven't even hit my twenties yet so I too have not even considered anti-ageing. I do think prevention is better than cure but previous experience from using stuff targeted for "anti-ageing" just made my skin worse and broke me out so uh, no thanks. Sometimes I think stressing over future wrinkles might even CREATE wrinkles! Haha :)

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    1. Thanks for commenting Sheri! You're absolutely right, you could probably save yourself a lot of wrinkles by not staying up late at night googling Botox ;) T xx

  3. I've just found your blog because someone linked to this post and I was on it like wasps on honey. I think you have such a fab attitude towards ageing and I think the points that you & others in the comments made about protecting your skin from the sun, healthy diet, water and not smoking ( I may have added that one myself!), are vitally important in looking after your skin and preventing the signs of ageing. I also adore Caroline & her very wise words on the matter & I don't think you can beat her blog for advice on skincare.
    I'm now 45 and just a few months off of 46 so I am now using some products geared at anti-ageing as I do have fine lines and I think more importantly I want everything to 'stay up where it belongs'! But I also think that our characters show in our faces as we get older and that is just part of who we are so I would never go down the botox route or do anything super crazy in my quest to remain younger looking, I'm lucky I have great genes anyway, but I would at this point in time not like to add too many more fine lines so I go for the skincare that is aimed more at my age group.


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