Prevention is easier than repair!
So here’s another post to give you some basic info so you know where your skincare should be at different ages…
In your 20’s: You want to keep it basic, but also be starting to think about age prevention, and by that I mean SUNSCREEN!!!! If the only thing you put on your skin is sunscreen in your 20’s, I’m happy… there is no other better way to prevent lines, pigmentation, and overall signs of aging than SPF. But too many products at this age can be too much for your skin. I don’t recommend retinols at this age, they can thin the skin too much, or start getting too aggressive with anti-oxidants, which can be too stimulating and cause breakouts. Your skin at this age is still making collagen and elastin (which keep the skin youthful) so you don’t need to be overdoing it with too many crazy products, they can cause inflammation. So an ideal routine for a woman in their 20’s would be:
- Exfoliating toner (meaning Pixi glow tonic, or one with glycolic to help turnover cells)
- Eye cream(if your eye area is dry and you feel like you need one, otherwise its not totally necessary)
- Scrub or exfoliating mask once or twice a week
Also, this is a great time to start getting facials every season or so. It helps to check in seasonally with an esthetician, because your skin changes throughout the year, so products sometimes need to be adjusted. This will give you a head start as far the aging process is concerned, and will get you in the habit of good skincare for life.
In your 30’s: This is when you want to start getting more serious about the aging process. So the addition of an anti-oxidant serum, or an exfoliating serum to help those cells turn over faster is a good idea (you don’t need to be on both, one or the other is fine). This is the beginning of your skin starting to age, your skin is no longer making collagen, and you want to help your skin a bit more. So an ideal routine for a someone in their 30’s would be:
- Toner/essence (not totally necessary, but can help deliver antioxidants/moisture to the skin, so if you like this step, go for it… if you don’t, no worries)
- Eye Cream
- Antioxidant or hyaluronic serum or a facial oil
- Glycolic/Retinol serum (PM)
- Once or twice a week a mask is a good idea. Using one that is either anti-aging, hydrating or exfoliating would be a great addition to your routine
If you haven’t started getting facials, this age is a good time to start. Glycolic peels, microdermabrasion, and regular facials (every 6-8 weeks ideally) will really help to keep your skin looking its best.
In your 40’s: This is when you can start getting more aggressive with your skincare routine. Your skin has usually balanced out, meaning acne under control, oil production has slowed down, and your skin is starting to show signs of aging. At this age I like to see my clients on a potent anti-oxidant, an exfoliating serum, and a heavier moisturizer. An ideal routine would be:
- Eye cream
- Anti-oxidant serum, like a vitamin C (AM)
- Retinol/exfoliating serum (PM)
- Anti-aging serum, like a peptide or hyaluronic acid serum or facial oil (PM)
- Anti-oxidant moisturizer
- Sheet masks, moisturizing masks, and exfoliating masks would all be great at this age as well, about 2-3 times a week
More aggressive treatments are great at this age. Things like derma-needling (helps build collagen), derma-planing (great exfoliation) or microdermabrasion (sand-blasting) would be a nice boost. A few downtime peels would be a good idea as well (meaning you’d deeply peel or shed your skin for a few days), to do a nice clean-sweep of the surface of your skin and help build collagen.
Your 50’s and beyond: Menopause can sometimes wreak havoc on your skin at this age. Skin can become dryer, more pigment can surface, and you will notice your lines a bit more (I’m making this sound horrible!! That’s not my intention!! It’s just the facts…sorry!). So being consistent with hydration and good anti-agers is really important. This age can follow the same steps as someone in their 40’s. But you can bump up your anti-ager, or if you haven’t been using a facial oil like Argan, Rosehip or an oil blend, you could definitely add one in for more hydration. Look for serums with peptides or plant stem cells which will help reprogram your skin to look younger and smoother. And at this age I like regular facials, gentle peels or retinol resurfacers, nothing too aggressive which can thin the skin too much.
Now these are all just basic routines, this doesn’t include anything extra, like from a Dermatologist, so keep that in mind. And if you have a good esthetician, do what she says since she knows your skin better than me. These are just suggestions that will hopefully be helpful to clear up some confusion. There’s a LOT of info out there and I know it can be hard to know what is really necessary for your skin at different times in your life. Hope this helps!
Thanks for reading! XO~Jennifer