Skincare Tips for Every Stage of Your Life
Your skin can reveal your age—or not—depending on how you care for it. Here’s how to flaunt healthy, beautiful skin, in any decade of life.
Skincare in your teens
As if life wasn’t awkward enough—at this stage you may have to worry about acne and eczema. Wash your skin daily to remove excess oil. Look for cleansers containing salicylic acid to control oil production and increase hydration. Cleansers with glycolic acid can help get rid of dead skin cells. Use creams, gels or lotions with Vitamin A or benzoyl peroxide to help unblock pores. Protect yourself by wearing sunscreen outside and remember to never tan indoors—it’s been linked to premature aging and worse, melanoma.
Skincare in your 20s
You’ve got youth on your side but it’s time to start thinking about anti-aging—prevention is key. Skip the sunbathing and don’t smoke. Use a facial moisturizer with a broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA and UVB protection) coverage and an SPF of at least 30. Some twentysomethings get acne and it’s often because they use dehydrating products that strip their skin of natural oils. To care for your skin, wash your face before bed with a mild cleanser and use an oil-free moisturizer.
Skincare in your 30s
You may start to notice horizontal lines across your forehead and small, curved lines around your mouth. Moisturizer is your new best friend. Dry skin turns plump skin cells into shriveled ones, causing fine lines and wrinkles. Moisturizing traps the water in the skin which can help reduce the look of fine lines, giving you a brighter and more youthful complexion. Go for products that combat the effects of environmental damage and pollution. Exfoliate, but avoid harsh scrubs and use a retinoid at night. Wear eye cream daily. Try moisturizers with antioxidants like green or white tea, pomegranate, or vitamin C.
Skincare in your baby-making stage
For some women, pregnancy can bring healthy, glowing skin while others develop skin issues. Melasma, dark patches on the face (also known as the mask of pregnancy) affects some women due to the combination of hormones and sun exposure. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF higher than 30, can help prevent further skin darkening. Your skin may be drier than usual, so try a mild moisturizer. Fragrance-free cleansers and moisturizers are a safe bet since pregnant skin can be more sensitive.
Skincare in your 40s
You may start seeing blotchiness, ruddiness and red spots due to past sun damage. If menopause is on the horizon you may lack the hormones estrogen and androgen which can cause dry skin. Your skin is also losing collagen, a protein that helps make tissue strong and elastic. You may also start to see lines around your lips, nose and mouth, and frown lines between your eyebrows so look for products to repair environmental damage. Wash your face with warm water and a mild cleanser morning and night. Use a rich moisturizer cream with shea butter or oils. Try creams, lotions or serums with antioxidants like lycopene, green tea or soy. Look for: wrinkle cream, eye serum or anti-wrinkle firming cream.
Skincare in your 50s +
Reduced levels of estrogen lead to the decline of skin collagen and thickness and it happens at a more rapid pace in the years after menopause. Moisture is a major concern at this stage. You may notice hooded and wrinkled eyelids due to the breakdown of the skin’s elasticity. Age spots, spider veins and larger pores are visible. Clean your skin and hydrate—you can use a cream or serum to seal in moisture. Look for wrinkle cream, eye serum, night cream, lifting serum or eye lift cream. Ingredients that may improve the appearance of wrinkles include vitamin C, hydroxy acids, retinol, coenzyme Q10, tea extracts and grape seed No matter what your age, a healthy routine is key. Get 7–8 hours of sleep a night, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water.extract.