Skin Care Through the Ages
Taking care of your skin, at any age, is something we all must master. No need to panic! I’ve got you covered with the basics – cleanser and moisturizer – for your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.
Cleansing the skin is without a doubt one of the most important steps in any skin care routine – no matter what your age is.
20s: In your 20s, it is not longer acceptable to fall asleep with your makeup on, though I will argue it was never acceptable. Kick the habit and start using an oil-based cleanser at night to gently remove makeup from your complexion, and then follow up with a water-based cleanser to remove any leftover dirt and debris. Look for cleansers that complement your skin type. For example: If you have acne-prone or oily skin, choose a cleanser that can target blemishes and deep clean the skin.
30s: The theme of your 30s – and the decades to come – is hydration. To prevent early signs of aging, you want to make sure your complexion is as hydrated as possible. Check the label on your cleanser to ensure the product isn’t formulated with skin-drying ingredients like alcohol. Everyone’s skin ages differently. If you start to notice premature signs of aging – like fine lines – switch to a hydrating, anti-aging cleanser. If not, you can stick with your non-drying cleanser until further notice.
40s: When you reach your 40s, you may start to notice some changes in your skin. The skin may appear looser and fine lines and wrinkles may start to show up. Now is the time to make the switch to an anti-aging cleanser – if you haven’t already done so – that targets your specific concerns.
50s: If you start to notice some significant changes in your skin – for example, you never had acne-prone skin before, but now you experience regular breakouts – it could be linked to other aging factors like menopause. By now you should be using an anti-aging cleanser that targets your specific concerns. If your skin type appears to be changing altogether, switch to an anti-aging formula that targets your “new” skin type.
Using a moisturizer, especially in drier climates like Santa Clarita, is a necessary step in anyone’s regimen, as it can help promote hydration in the skin and restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier, in some cases.
20s: Like a cleanser, you should choose a moisturizer that is formulated for your skin type. If you have acne-prone or oily skin, choose a lightweight lotion or gel. If you have dry skin, choose a cream on the heavier side of the spectrum. Though you don’t have to worry about anti-aging products just yet, it’s never too early to start incorporating routine habits – like applying moisturizer to your neck and chest and using a hydrating eye cream.
30s: Your 30s is the time to incorporate anti-aging skin care methods into your daily routines, and the use of moisturizer may be the first step. Apply a lightweight, hydrating cream throughout the day, and wear a more heavy-duty cream to bed every night. Applying moisturizer to your neck and chest should be a mandatory part of your moisturizing process now. You may also want to switch to an anti-aging eye cream, as your eyes are one of the first areas to show early signs of aging.
40s: In your 40s, you should be applying an anti-aging moisturizer to your face at least twice a day. Anti-aging moisturizers come in all different forms, from ones that tighten and brighten to ones that reduce the appearance of fine lines.
50s: By now, you should have your moisturizing routine down to a science. If that isn’t the case, evaluate the premature signs of aging on your complexion, neck and chest, and find a cream that targets all of the above.
Finally, whether you’re caught in a rainstorm or a heat wave, make it a habit to wear sunscreen every single day, under your makeup or on its own. Like moisturizer, you should, at the very least, apply it to your face, neck and chest.
A Santa Clarita Valley native, Jessie Quinn is New York-based writer and editor with work published in NYLON Magazine, L’Oréal’s Skincare.com and Marvel.com. She credits her grandmother for teaching her the importance of taking care of her skin and protecting it from the sun by wearing SPF every day – especially on the face and hands. In her free time, she enjoys trying the latest trends in beauty and skincare and sharing her findings on her blog, Hair Skin Kale (@hairskinkale and hairskinkale.com).