Your skin tells the story of your life. It talks about your stresses, your joys, whether you spent too much time in the sun, whether you smoke or drink. Our skin tells people so much about us so we should take care of it. When we are younger we tend to have great skin and we take it for granted. But as we get older we realize that our skin also gets damaged not just by the sun or the environment but by the things we feed it either internally or on the skin surface.
As you age you may experience things that you never experienced earlier. Many women develop adult acne that flares up in your 30s. Adult acne tends to cause you to get acne around your chin, mouth, and nose. This can be frustrating for those who have always had perfect skin but there are ways to take care of it. You may have to chance your cleanser and use a gentle, fragrance free cleaner but you may also have to consult your Dermatologist to prescribe for you a cleanser.
It is never too late or early to take care of your skin. You can start immediately. Here are skin tips for the different decades.
Starting with some general tips
1. Protect yourself from the sun. Keep yourself protected from the sun. This includes using sunscreen, staying under the shade, wearing hats and wearing protective clothing.
2. Smoking ages you as it make your skin look order and also contributes to wrinkles. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin. So don’t smoke and don’t hang around smokers.
3. Don’t stay in the bath for too long as hot water removes essential oils from your skin.
4. Don’t use strong soaps. These soaps or detergents strip oil from your skin.
5. Don’t rub your skin dry after bathing. Pat your skin or blot it so that moisture remains.
6. Eat healthy. Take enough vegetables, fruits, grains, and proteins. Don’t do a lot of junk food. Also eat fresh food and stay away from canned or processed food if you can.
7. Exercise is good for your skin. Exercise is good for your circulation and thus good for your skin. It also allows your skin to sweat out toxins which are just under the skin leaving your skin healthy and glowing.
8. Manage your stress. It makes your skin sensitive and it can trigger skin problems.
9. Drink a lot of water. This is good for flushing out toxins that may age your skin but it is also important for the elastic of your skin.
10. Make antioxidants and Omega 3 part of your diet. Fish oil omega 2 is good for your skin as it hydrates your skin from the inside out. Also green tea, blueberries, green vegetables are good for fighting free radicals that damage our skin.
You need to change your cleanser and moisturizer as you age because your skin gets drier, thinner, and sensitive. As your skin ages it will need a new skin regime.
In your 20s
In your 20’s your skin will still produce enough oil (serum) and you will have healthy skin cell turnover and skin cells will regenerate every 14-25 days. You may not realize it but you still need to be careful as that alcohol, smoking, late nights, staying in the sun without sunscreen or a hat will start to show up on your skin after around 10 years.
• Start using a gentle cleaner to make sure your skin is at its best.
• Rethink those products that promise a lighter complexion now. It may not seem like a big deal when you are trying to chase a yellow yellow complexion but those chemicals (many of them) are hurting your skin and you may not see the effects until later.
• Get enough sleep.
• If you are able to afford sunscreen then you should buy one. If you are unable to get one you can still get a lotion that has some sort of sunscreen protection.
• As tempting as it may be don’t go out without a hat for functions where you will be in the sun for hours.
In your 30s
According to research when you reach your 30th birthday your collagen production slows by 1% every year. Your skin regeneration slows to 30 days and this leads to dehydration and dryness. You will start to show sun damage by getting age spots or brown spots you will also start to get fine lines around your eyes.
• Feed your skin with ingredients that allow your skin to maintain its glow.
• You will also need to step up your beauty regime of exfoliation and get a richer moisturizer. Cleanse and moisturize daily.
• Start taking multivitamins to help your skin maintain its glow.
• Use an exfoliator weekly and try to look for one that has alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs). The AHAs help to keep your skin young and beautiful.
• It is recommended that you should use a night cream and eye cream every day.
• Eat fruits and vegetables that are full of vitamin C and antioxidants.
• Make sure that when you go out your skin is covered.
• Get a good sunscreen.
In your 40s
Your skin will most likely be dry and sensitive. You will now have age spots, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone as your skin will not be renewing itself rapidly.
• Switch to a dual action exfoliating cleaner
• Use a good eye cream to deal with the eye area will which by this age has wrinkles and may have dark circles.
• You will need to use a treatment serum under your moisturizer.
• Get an anti-aging moisturizer with vitamin c, retinol, and antioxidants.
• Use sunscreen every day
In your 50s
Depending on the women Menopause could start in your 40’s or 50s. When menopause starts there is a decrease in production of collagen (30%). Your skin also gets dehydrated and dry. The skin usually has prominent wrinkles, age spots and is very sensitive.
• At this age you will need to use one of those age serums. Get one which contains antioxidants, and vitamin C.
• You will also need to change your cleanser to use a super gentle cleanser.
• You will need to invest in a rich moisturizer which you will layer on top of the serum
• You need to use a rich night cream which contains peptides.
• Depending on how you feel about using stem cells, you can also use skincare products that have stem cells and growth factors these will trigger new cell growth and enhance Collagen formation.