No matter your age, the ingredients for radiant and glowing skin always remain the same: eat a nutritious diet, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. Once these basics are put into place, the next step is to evaluate your skincare regimen to be sure you are doing what is appropriate for your skin type and age. Here are some tips from skincare experts that will help you maintain healthy, great-looking skin at any age.
In your 20’s:
At this age, it is important to concentrate on maintaining clean, moisturizing skin and preventing sun damage. Twenty-somethings don’t often think about their skin, but this is the time when it is much easier to slow down signs of aging. According to dermatologist Mindy Terry, the key daily products you want to include in your skincare routine are a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. She also says that you should be using a sunscreen with an SPF of 20-30 that has a zinc or titanium dioxide. As another preventative measure, she suggests incorporating a product with antioxidants like green tea to further protect the skin and keep it looking fresh and youthful.
In your 30’s:
At this stage of your life you want to start integrating anti-aging products such as eye creams and deep exfoliators into your daily routine. Mindy Terry makes the important note to, “Always remember that the skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate, so you don’t want to use your regular daily moisturizer in this area.” That translucent, youthful look starts to fade in your 30’s due to layers of dead skin cells that gather on your face. “Because of sun damage, the skin’s surface cells begin to die and don’t renew as quickly as before. That way, by the time you are 30 years old, you have about 30 layers of dead cells on the surface of your skin.” To counteract this, Dr. Rusca of The Spa Institute for Aesthetic Surgery recommends applying a type of topical acid such as lactic, glycolic or alpha-hydroxy to slough off dead cells and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
In your 40’s, 50’s and 60’s:
This is the time of your life when you want to begin targeting unavoidable sunspots, sagging skin and growing wrinkles. If you have been skin and sun-savvy throughout the previous decades of your life, it will show the most now. At this stage, dermatologists recommend using a prescription product that contains a vitamin A derivative like Retin-A, or, opting for periodic in-office vitamin A treatments. Vitamin A boosts collagen levels under your skin and exfoliates the surface to lighten sunspots and diminish the look of wrinkles. However, be sure you are applying plenty of sunscreen, as it can make your skin extra sensitive to the sun.
Unfortunately, as we age, so does our skin. This means that whatever worked for you in your twenties may no longer work when you’re in your fifties. When it comes to skincare, many people never change their routine and continue using the same cleanser and moisturizer that they did as a teenager. In order to maintain glowing, radiant skin and natural beauty at any age, it’s time to rethink your skincare ritual. Follow our decade-by-decade guide to prepare yourself for the years to come.