Skin Care Tips for Every Age
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it deserves some serious love. Whether you’re in your teens of your 50s, following a routine for healthy skin will help minimize environmental damage, and keep you looking and feeling your best.
But, as with most things, what works when you’re 15 just doesn’t cut it when you’re 45. Your skin’s needs change throughout the years – and your routine should change to meet those needs.
Don’t wait until troubles pop up to start thinking about skin care! Use these top skin-care tips for every age to create a great skin care routine that works for you.
Skin Care in Your Teens
As if you don’t have enough going on with schoolwork, hormones, and that whole discovering your identity thing, your teen years are also — unfortunately — when you might have to deal with acne and eczema.
- Wash your skin daily to remove excess oil — but resist the temptation to cleanse too often, which can overdry skin and aggravate breakouts.
- 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 that build up and contribute to acne.
- Creams, gels or lotions with Vitamin A or benzoyl peroxide can also help unblock pores.
- And don’t skip the sunscreen when hanging out outdoors! Sun damage not only causes premature aging — reason enough to use all the SPF — but also increases your risk of melanoma.
Skin Care in your 20s
Your 20s are a time of firsts. First apartment. First friend’s wedding. First real job. But they’re also the right time to start preventing those first signs of aging. A good start: avoid the two biggest skin-aging culprits, tanning and smoking.
- First things first: you’ll definitely want to use a daily facial moisturizer with a broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA and UVB protection) coverage and an SPF of at least 30.
- Twentysomethings can still get acne, often from using dehydrating products that strip skin of its natural oils.
- To keep your skin hydrated, cleanse your face before bed with a mild product and follow up with an oil-free moisturizer.
Skin Care in Your 30s
Moisturizer is your BFF in your 30s. From crow’s feet to fine lines and frown lines — and every line in between — this is when your many facial expressions will start to leave lasting impressions on your skin.
Dry skin turns plump skin cells into shriveled ones, causing fine lines and wrinkles. Moisturizing traps water in the skin, which can help reduce those wrinkles.
- Exfoliate, but avoid harsh scrubs and use a retinoid at night.
- Try moisturizers with antioxidants like green or white tea, pomegranate, or vitamin C — and wear eye cream daily.
Skin Care When You're Expecting
Pregnancy doesn’t always come with a glow — it can trigger changes in your skin’s texture and pigmentation, increased sun sensitivity, and even skin conditions like acne and eczema. During pregnancy, increase your SPF and use a fragrance-free moisturizer for dry, sensitive skin.
Skin Care in Your 40s
Hormones: Not just for teens! As your estrogen and androgen production decreases, you can start to experience dry skin and a loss of collagen — the protein that keeps your skin plump and soft. Oh, and as an added bonus, you might also start seeing blotchiness, ruddiness and red spots due to years of sun damage.
- Rich moisturizers are your go-to staple in your 40s. Wash your face with warm water and a mild cleanser morning and night, and follow with moisturizer and shea butter or oils.
- Try creams, lotions or serums with antioxidants like lycopene, green tea or soy.
- Products that tackle wrinkles, like eye serum or anti-wrinkle firming cream, are great staples to keep around.
Skin Care in Your 50s+
In your 50s and onward, life has generally found its groove. Unfortunately, the same isn’t true for your skin’s collagen supply, which will start a rapid decline. It’s time to focus on deep hydration and repair. Age spots, spider veins, lost elasticity and enlarged pores can start to be noticeable beginning in your 50s, too.
- Clean your skin and hydrate often, using 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 extract.
No matter your age or life stage, remember that healthy skin is more than skin deep: to support your healthy skin care routine, make sure to always get plenty of sleep and exercise, include healthy foods in your diet, and drink plenty of water.
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