Skin changes as the years go by – and your skin care routine should change with it! Here are my quick tips to help you look your best at every age.
Skincare in your 20s:
If you haven’t already started a beauty regime, now’s the time! It’s important to get into a habit of developing a good skin care routine early on because it will help you look your best for years.
You may be seeing changes to your skin since you’re coming out of your teenage years and your hormones may be changing. Your skin will continue to adjust throughout your 20s, so take some time to figure out what your skin type is and choose your beauty regime accordingly.
Some simple lifestyle changes can help, too. Late nights out and too much time in the sun can affect the appearance of your skin. Start wearing sunscreen daily if you don’t already do so, because this will help your skin remain elastic and supple. And while it’s tempting to stay out late socialising, try to limit your late nights so you can look your best during the day.
Skincare in your 30s:
This is when you may start noticing the signs of aging. Your skin starts to lose collagen and elastin and a few fine lines might make their debut on your face. You may need to change your beauty regime to include more moisturising products.
It’s common to start seeing signs of aging around your eyes, too. This is the decade when you should consider adding an extra step in your routine to focus specifically on the skin around your eyes.
Want a quick tip to avoid encroaching laughter lines? Wear big sunglasses! The bigger, the better in my book. If you choose shades with UVA and UVB protection then you’ll be keeping more of your face covered and protected from the sun. And, the best thing about shades is that they reduce the likelihood of squinting. Squinting is not a good look, so throw on some shades when you’re outdoors or driving and you could delay eye wrinkles.
Skincare in your 40s:
In your 40s, uneven skin tone is one of the most common complaints women have. This can be caused by too many hours in the sun with resulting age spots (so keep up your sunscreen routine!). It can also be a throwback to pregnancy which leaves some women with melisma (also known as the mask of pregnancy).
Other hormonal changes during this decade and the possible onset of menopause could leave you wondering where your youthful skin went. At this time, it’s best to visit your dermatologist for suggestions and possible treatments for your changing skin that will help you look and feel your best.
Many women in their forties feel confident that they have their skincare regime nailed down so it’s a pain to realise that you may have to adapt and evolve. Happily enough, small changes do add up so you may need only a few tweaks to regain control of your skin.
Skincare in your 50s – and beyond:
A crucial element to skincare as you age is moisturising! By the time you hit your 50s, skin is losing its elasticity and you may start to see sagging. Though you can’t turn back the clock, you can keep your skin (and yourself) hydrated!
It’s also worth reviewing your cosmetics. If you’ve been wearing the same makeup look for a few decades, then it’s probably time to freshen up your style. Many women complain that their eyes appear smaller, so think carefully about your eye make-up. While mascara is a brilliant tool, you may want to switch from a hard black to a softer brown and work to emphasis your eyes in a more nuanced manner. Don’t forget my love of eyelash curlers too – they can turn a beauty bad day around!
We can’t stop aging, but we can age gracefully and beautifully. If the fountain of youth existed, it would probably have something to do with attitude. If you feel beautiful, that confidence will show in your appearance – no matter what your age!
Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.