Skin Care Guide For Every Age Group
In the same way that your wardrobe changes as you age, so should your skin care. Hormones, lifestyle, and biological changes all affect the condition of the skin. A few small changes to your skin care routine at every stage of life can help combat the signs of aging as they arise.
In your 20s
This is the time to establish good habits that will stay with you. In your 20s, it’s all about protection and treating your skin gently. How you care for your skin at this age will set the stage for how your skin ages down the road.
The visible signs of sun damage don’t often appear until your 30s and 40s. Get into the habit of wearing a daily SPF in your 20s and you can help prevent signs of premature aging later on.Acne treatments
Hormonal breakouts are common for women in their mid to late 20s. Rather than use harsh ingredients to combat acne, which can dehydrate and damage the skin, use an anti-inflammatory oil like black cumin seed to soothe and treat breakouts.
In your 30s
At this stage, cellular turnover begins to slow down and damage from years past starts to appear.
Combat environmental stressors and past sun damage by incorporating an anti-oxidant serum like vitamin C into your morning routine to fight free radicals.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)
In your 40s
The skin’s natural moisture level declines and you might start to see more expression lines, pigmentation, and sagging skin.
Give your skin a hydrating boost by using a serum with humectant properties underneath your moisturizer, both day and night. This can help counteract dehydration and keep skin soft and smooth.
Now’s a good time to incorporate facial massage using a rich oil into your night routine. Facial massage can increase circulation (which brings oxygen and nutrients to the skin), tighten and tone, and increase products absorption.
In your 50s & beyond
Hormonal fluctuations can cause estrogen to drop, resulting in skin that is thinner and drier. Skin can also become quite reactive and inflammatory, resulting in conditions like rosacea.
Combat dry flaky skin, oxygenate, and increase blood circulation by using a physical exfoliating scrub 2-3 times per week.
To help replenish the skin’s protective barrier and maintain hydration, use a rich moisturizer with occlusive ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil both day and night.
For those with sensitive and reactive skin, use an anti-inflammatory serum with calming ingredients like chamomile to both hydrate and calm redness.
There you have it! By customizing your skin care at every age, you’re sure to tackle any skin care changes that come your way.
Seanna Cohen is a certified skin care therapist and founder of the Clean Beauty School, an online destination to learn skin care tips & tricks and get personalized advice. As a trusted skin care expert, she inspires others to take a holistic approach to beauty and find sustainable practices through her skin care coaching, webinars, and classes.