Looking After Your Skin at Different Ages
As we age, our skin ages and changes with us. Products that may have worked in your 20s won’t be the best products for your skin in your 30s. Here are some some tips on looking after your skin that can help you in your 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond.
In Your 20s
At this age, your goal should be to protect and preserve your skin.
- Use a gentle foaming cleanser that will remove makeup and excess oil, but won’t dry out your skin.
- Use a lightweight moisturizer during the day that contains sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection.
- Use a spot treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide for those mild breakouts.
- If you like to stay up late, drinking and smoking, you should use an antioxidant serum at night to help counteract the damage from your partying ways.
- It’s okay to use eye creams and other anti-aging products as long as they aren’t too harsh.
- Wash your face every night to remove any dirt and bacteria from makeup, sweat, and hands.
- Exfoliate to remove dead skin in order to increase healthy cell turnover.
- Choosing higher quality skincare products will guarantee fewer allergic reactions and better overall results.
In Your 30s
At this age, your biggest skin challenges will most likely be discoloration from sun damage and fine lines.
- Use a cleanser that removes makeup and lightly exfoliates using PHAs (gluconolactone and malobionic acid), and reduces inflammations with a botanical complex including chamomile and aloe.
- Use an eye cream both day and night to hydrate the skin around the eyes and increase suppleness. This will also help diminish fine lines that may be appearing.
- Before applying sunscreen during the day, use an antioxidant-rich moisturizer, serum or lotion to help reduce sun damage that your skin may already have.
- Add a retinoid to your regimen to help improve the overall texture and tone of your skin. Apply retinoids at night and avoid putting them on your upper eyelids.
- Use a basic hydrating cream with your retinoid for additional moisture.
- Don’t use any harsh acne products that dry out the skin. Instead, use a spot treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
- Use serums, toners, and moisturizers rich in vitamins A, C, and E to help prevent the breakdown of collagen.
- Get a facial to keep clogged pores and blackheads at bay, and soften fine lines.
- Get a chemical peel and consider fillers like Juvederm or Botox to help keep skin smooth and youthful, and prevent breakouts.
In Your 40s
At this age, you’ll begin to notice more expression lines between your brows, and around your mouth and eyes.
- Cleanse using a basic non-foaming, non-drying cleanser in combination with a gentle face cleansing brush to help remove dead skin cells.
- Use SPF daily to prevent further sun damage, choosing a product that contains antioxidants to fight free radicals and help reverse some of the sun damage that you may already have.
- Use an anti-aging product specifically formulated for the neck that includes phytoestrogens, retinols, and licorice root to help smooth, plump, and erase discoloration.
- Use a moisturizer that has a high level of glycerin or hyaluronic acid to help skin retain the moisture it needs.
- Use a natural skin lightener with vitamin C to brighten the skin and fade brown spots. If you have sensitive skin, you should look for a product that uses a stable, non-acidic form of vitamin C. Use this product under a sunscreen that contains vitamin E for the best results.
- Continue wearing sunscreen everyday. Look for an SPF moisturizer that contains zinc oxide for a lighter product that won’t clog the pores.
- Manage your unwanted facial hair and peach fuzz with waxing, dermaplaning, or threading services. These are all considered safe methods of hair removal, and they won’t encourage increased hair growth.
- Make sure to properly look after your neck by applying a retinol serum in the evening, and by using a facial scrub a few times a week to help keep your neck looking its best.
- Schedule professional skincare treatments. Treatments such as facials, chemical peels, and dermabrasions or microdermabrasions all work to give the skin a boost of anti-aging results.
In Your 50s
- Use a cream cleanser that will hydrate your skin while it cleanses.
- Choose a moisturizer cream that contains SPF to keep skin hydrated and protected.
- Apply a peptide-rich serum under your SPF daily to help build collagen.
- Apply a retinoid before your moisturizer at night to help prevent hormonal aging.
- Consider laser treatments and other non-invasive skin rejuvenation options to help make your skin look more youthful.
- If you’re concerned about aging on or around your face, there are non-surgical options such as facial fillers or surgical options such as facelifts.
Consult with Dr. Chiu
Whether you decide to treat your skin at home or whether you decide to undergo a cosmetic procedure, you should consult with a knowledgeable doctor about what skincare products might work best for your skin type. Book an appointment with Dr. Gabriel Chiu today; he can help you decide on your best options.