As you age, your skin care routine should be adjusted to accommodate the ever changing terrain that is your face. Since the concerns you have about your skin change over time (generally from acne to wrinkles), don’t you think your skin care regimen should too?
IN YOUR 20s
Best case scenario, your skin care routine isn’t your top priority; what’s even more likely is that it isn’t on your mind at all. Which makes sense, since 20 somethings aren’t known for their forward thinking. Now is the time, however, to start taking preventative measures against skin damage to keep you looking young for as long as possible. Making sure you’re using an SPF of at least 15 every day, 30 if you spend more time in the sun. Pay attention to the ingredients in your skin care products, avoiding irritants like unnecessary dyes or fragrances. Also avoid aggressive anti-aging formulas, since it’s too early to start messing with your skin’s chemistry. Cleanse, tone and moisturize regularly, and your skin will thank you later!
IN YOUR 30s
Typically, your 30s is when you have your mini skin-related freak out. Wrinkles become a thing you have to deal with (or at the very least start thinking about) - along with the repercussions of not wearing enough sun screen in your teens and twenties, fine lines, and other signs of aging. Never fear! Your 30s is your second chance to turn your skin care routine around. If you haven’t been wearing SPF, now’s the time to start. Buy skin care products that are made for your skin type to ensure you aren’t over drying or over moisturizing (both are bad). Customizing your routine to your specific skin issues is essential - the standard cleanse, tone, moisturize that was acceptable in your twenties no longer applies. Anti-aging products are more appropriate at this stage, as are vitamins and a balanced lifestyle.
IN YOUR 40s AND BEYOND
This is when all of the hard work you’ve put into your skin up to this point will pay off. If you’ve been taking preventative measures, they’ll now become apparent; or conversely, if you haven’t, you’ll need to start repairing damage as opposed to preventing it. Invest in an eye cream, since the skin around your eyes is substantially more delicate than the rest of your face, and this is where your first signs of aging begin to show. Getting products specifically tailored to your skin concerns becomes crucial, and you should become acquainted with products containing ingredients such as Q10, copper peptides, DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, caffeine and retinol. Obviously you’ll want to determine what works for your skin and what doesn’t (i.e.- if you have an adverse reaction to a product, immediately stop using it). Listen to your skin!
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