Our skin also gets older as we age. As this happens, our holy grail skincare products might not make the cut anymore, especially since the skin’s need changes overtime due to the different processes it goes through.
It’s better to start taking care of our skin from the get-go, even when you’re probably thinking that your skin can handle all the makeup you don’t take off before sleeping, especially when you’re in your 20s. And honestly, why wouldn’t you want to take care of your body’s largest organ?
Here are the basics: cleansers, moisturizers, serums, eye creams, and exfoliators. If you want to throw it in the pile, add the toner and masks as well.
Cleanser: The number one rule to follow in your 20s is probably never to sleep in your makeup, and to make sure you’re cleansing it properly at night. If you like the feeling of your face being squeaky clean before bed, take caution, because this could mean you’re stripping it of all the essential oils it needs. Over time, your skin will become dry, itchy, and taut. When it comes to cleansers, make sure you use one that’s appropriate for your skin type - creamy cleansers for combination to dry skin, and a gel-based face wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide if you have oily skin (you can also follow this with an alcohol-free toner).
Moisturizer: Since your 20s are the ideal age to start applying sunscreen, try looking for moisturizers with broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection and an SPF of at least 30.
Serums: This is the age where it’s best to tackle your skin problems so they don’t carry over into your 30s. If you’re still struggling with acne scars or starting to develop dark spots, serums are the way to go. They’re more concentrated and potent than moisturizers and are usually formulated to address specific skin problems, whether they’re for hydration, brightening, or firming. Apply this to your face before moisturizer, while your face is still a clean slate, so your skin can absorb as much of the serum’s nutrients without the mix of any other compound yet.
Eye Creams: You’re probably spending long nights at work, or partying late into the wee hours of the morning in your 20s, so to get rid of those tired bags under your eyes, invest in some good eye cream! For oily skin, dot on some gel-based eye cream, and for dry skin, use products with a more balmy feel. And it’s not just for your eye bags - remember to apply some on the outer edges of your eyes to prevent wrinkles and crow's feet.
Exfoliators: Exfoliators and peels give you the boost you need for that healthy glow. They’re not something that you need to do everyday, and they help unclog your pores and slough away the dead skin cells.
Here’s a tip from makeup artist Fiona Stiles: "Don't stop at your jawline, and don't stop at your neck. Keep. On. Going. Down. You'll be grateful you did when your neck and decolletage age as gracefully as your face."
This step become more important as you age, and even when you start to feel lazy about putting on so much product at night when you just want to crash into your bed, don’t. It’s important at this stage to take care of your skin tone and complexion. Our skin generally starts to look a duller and more tired in our thirties, so apart from the skincare regimen you’ve mastered in your 20s, it might help to add a few more ingredients.
Take retinol, for example. It might be a little pricey, but it’s a powerful addition to your skincare since it’s potent properties help reverse the damage your skin endured during the daytime. If you could afford to be a little slack about moisturizers and eye cream in your 20s, this is the stage where you should try your hardest to protect your skin.
Try adding products with ingredients like niacinamide to battle redness and caffeine to fight off inflammation.
There’s nothing shameful about your laugh lines at all, but if you’re someone who thinks of this more as a sign that you’re old instead of a testament to your humor, then you can invest in eye creams that work harder than the ones you’ve used the past two decades. Products with active antioxidant ingredients will be your best friend.
Your 40s also bring with it the signs of onset menopause. You might also notice your skin start to look different under your eyes, cheeks and mouth area. You might notice more prominent skin discoloration caused by sun damage (especially if you weren’t big on sunscreen when you were in yours 20s or 30s.
This is the time you can add beauty oils to your regimen. They’re high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants that give your skin a boost. Specific oils target specific problems, but for starters, try chia seed oil, rosehip oil or argan oil.
In Your 50s
Your face might be starting to lose even more volume, so it might help to use products that boost collagen production, or serums and creams enriched with Vitamins C or E, as well as resveratrol.
While skincare is definitely a huge help as we age, it’s important to remember that our lifestyle habits, stress management, and several other factors come to play when maintaining to look our best at every age.