There’s so much information out there, it’s hard to know what skincare products and treatment to start and when. Here we go over aging skin: what’s going on with your skin in your 20s, 30, 40s, and 50s, and how to cater to our ever changing skin.
In our 20s anti-aging isn’t usually the first thing on our minds, and rightfully so. You have plenty of collagen to keep your skin plump, healthy and glowing. However, even though your skin may be at it’s best yet, its already starting to age. Beginning at age 20, your skin losses 1% of collagen per year. Crazy, I know. By your mid-twenties, your skins cell turnover starts to slow, meaning that dead skin cells build up and your skin is prone to pigmentation. By your late-twenties, you may already start to notice some fine lines and wrinkles. Our advice? Focus on keeping your skin hydrated protected, and exfoliated. Use a hydrating serum and sunscreen every single day, and use some sort of chemical or physical exfoliant 2-3 times a week. Ideally, you should also start to use a Retinol by your late-twenties.
In our 30s your skins natural cell turnover starts to slow even more. The process of desquamation, meaning it sheds dead skin cells on a regular basis, slows and our skin can start to look dull, dry, and lifeless. It is more prone to acne and enlarged pores. This is also the time that fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear more prominent. This is largely due to sun exposer, gravity and volume loss from the facial fat pads. Our advice? 100% start using a Retinol is you are not already. This will help combat the fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, and also help with tone and texture. An addition to this, eye cream and a weekly “peel” are recommended. As for the “peep”, look for products that contain AHAs. Products with Glycolic or Sulfur also help to deep clean pores, reboot cell turnover, and leave skin looking clearer and healthier.
At 40, fines lines have permanently etched themselves into the skin, sunspots will be more visible and the loss of facial volume will make the face look saggier and less youthful. At this point, you’ll need to really rev up your routine. Our advice? Definitely, use that retinol every night. You should also incorporate a Vitamin C serum if you haven’t already. This will restore that glowy and bright look to your skin. A powerful moisturizer is also needed. As we age, our skin drys out and this accentuates wrinkles like a magnifying glass. Get on a medical grade moisturizer as opposed to just an ordinary one.
At this point, you should have already been coming in for regular facials to hold all your at-home work together. However, when you hit your 40’s you should step those professional treatments up a bit. Chemical peels, microneedling, IPL photofacials, and pixel resurfacing are all amazing treatments that help to stimulate collagen (just depends on your skin concerns and how much downtime your willing to have).
At the age of 50, women’s estrogen levels drop steeply and every organ (including your skin) is affected. Elastin and collagen production slow considerably, cell turnover becomes sluggish, sebum production decreases, and facial fat is effected. Aging sounds fun, right? Our advice? Remember that no product is a miracle worker and nothing will stop the aging process. But, you can still age gracefully. Building upon your routine from your 30s and 40s will help to keep those wrinkles as softened as possible, your skin bright and exfoliated and collagen stimulated. If you haven’t already, Botox and fillers are also an amazing tool to combat facial loss and wrinkles.
Each decade presents a new skin challenge, which is why its so important to change your routine up accordingly. But we’re were every step of the way to help!