Beauty through the Decades: How to Care for Your Skin at Every Age
7/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

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The skincare section of any store with a beauty aisle is a labyrinth of oils, creams, and potions, each claiming borderline magical properties. But how do you know if you need a toner or an antioxidant cream? The answer could depend on your birth year. We need different beauty products at different ages. Here’s a handy guide to great skin at ever age: 


20s


Your twenties are all about playing the prevention game, but all too often, we’re not thinking about what our skin will look like at 45 when we’re barely out of high school. Getting that perfect golden tan is of more concern than preventing dark spots later on. 


However, most dermatologists agree that using a daily sunscreen for face and body is the most important measure people can take, not only for avoiding wrinkles and dark spots down the road, but to help prevent skin cancer, as well. Protecting skin from the sun doesn’t need to be super time consuming. Simply opt for a facial moisturizer that has SPF 30 or above and keep a bottle of spray sunscreen by the door or in the car. 


30s


Many of the skin woes that plagued us in our twenties—acne, oiliness—clear up in our 30s. And while clear skin is great, the reason it’s clearing up is because skin is starting to dry out. So you might notices fewer blemishes and smaller pores alongside dark spots (hyperpigmentation) and the appearance of fine lines. Washing your face twice a day and following up with a skin firming toner, as well as an SPF moisturizer in the morning and a night cream in the evening is an excellent way to give skin the moisture it needs to stay looking bright and fresh. Also, make hydration a priority; drinking enough water is an important part of keeping skin supple. 


40s


For many, this decade brings a host of often contradictory skin issues. Dryness and loss of elasticity can be an issue, but menopause also wreaks havoc on hormones and causes a second coming of acne called perioral dermatitis. Finding a dermatologist you trust, if you haven’t already, takes on extra importance in your forties. For many, a prescription Retin-A cream can help with both acne and wrinkles, but only a dermatologist can say if it’s right for you. 


There are also plenty of over-the-counter remedies for skin problems that show up in your forties. Switching to oil-based cleansers can help retain moisture without clogging pores and serums containing aloe and chamomile can help reduce redness and irritation. Night cream is more important than ever before, and if you haven’t found a brand you love, now’s the time. 


50s


As skin gets more mature, production of collagen slows, which causes the sagging that many dread. In order to combat the loss of elasticity, oil, retinoids, and anti-oxidants are key. An ideal nighttime skin ritual for a person in their fifties is a moisturizing face wash, followed by prescription Retin-A, a facial oil, and a night cream. For daytime, look for a moisturizer rich in antioxidants that also contains the highest SPF you can find. 


Great skin isn’t something that some of us were born with and some were born without. Everyone can benefit from a skincare routine that protects, hydrates, and heals—at any age.

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