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SKIN CARE BY THE DECADES

SKIN CARE BY THE DECADES

It’s a universal truth that the skin you have in your twenties will look very different than the skin you have in your sixties. And while fine lines and wrinkles are a fact of life, arming yourself with the right info about what happens to your skin and when can help you take essential preventative measures. Below, here’s how to age gracefully starting in your twenties through to your sixties and beyond.

In Your 20s & 30s.
Aging isn’t as much of a concern in your twenties as adult acne. To treat breakouts, look for products with benzoyl peroxide and stick with gel-based moisturizers rather than cream formulas.

In your thirties, this is when you’ll likely first see fine lines crop up. Textural changes will start to become noticeable and after experiencing acne occurs, the skin won’t heal as fast as it once was in your 20s. If you’re not already using one, add a daily sunscreen with SPF 30 to get a jumpstart on fending off sun damage. Apply a serum with antioxidant vitamin C, along with your SPF 30, in the morning and use vitamin A/retinol at night to boost skin cell turnover to help stimulate collagen production.

In Your 40s.
Aging is more noticeable in your forties. At this point in your fabulous life, you may begin seeing pigmentation issues and a decrease in skin elasticity. Frown lines, and other more noticeable signs of aging, become more static. Along with your daily SPF, as well as vitamins C and A, you should start adding a daily alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic or lactic acid) lotion or toner to help even the skin tone.

In Your 50s & 60s+.
As skin loses its essential support proteins, collagen and elastin, you may experience skin sagging – with due time, the skin won’t bounce back as well as it used to. Wrinkles become deeper and brown spots become more obvious in your fifties and sixties, along with more skin laxity.

This is the perfect time to go for products with higher doses of vitamins A and C, as well as a stronger alpha hydroxy exfoliant and weekly facial peels (depending on your skin sensitivity). As skin loses its natural moisture, go for richer creams to boost hydration. Keep up with your sunscreen and SPF, too – if you’ve been using it diligently from a young age, your skin will thank you for it!