Beautiful skin depends on you. We all inherit the skin we come into the world with, but how we take care of it and what we expose it to impacts your appearance in ways you probably don’t think about. As we age, our skin can benefit from different routines, products, and care. It is a good idea to keep the future in mind when taking care of your skin today. Here is how to best treat your skin, whether in your 20s, 40s, or 50s.
Skincare in your 20s
You look amazing! A glowing complexion with rosy cheeks (even without blush), bright eyes, with maybe a smattering of adorable freckles means that the best strategy for skincare in your 20s is prevention. Yes, a sun-kissed glow can be irresistible, but you must resist. Use globs of sunscreen at SPF 30 or above, year-round. It’s easy to find a great moisturizer with a reasonable SPF. Beautiful bronzers can add a tanned glow that even comes with sparkles. If you struggle with acne, try a gentle retinoid cream at night to resolve breakouts and prevent future blemishes.
Skincare in your 40s
By the time we are in our 40s, we know which products work for us. We can see what sun damage has done to our skin (though 80% of sun damage happens before your 18th birthday!) and have decided on a budget for products based on our priorities and financial situation. Sunscreen is still a must, and it’s not just for your face. Use the same strong stuff on your chest and the backs of your hands since they are exposed to the sun almost as often as your face.
Moisturizers with higher concentrations of retinoids work to reverse the damage to your skin cells, and products that contain alpha hydroxy acids can fade some darker spots from the sun. Hormonal changes as we enter perimenopause or menopause cause your skin to become noticeably dry. This increases the number and depth of wrinkles, loses the lifelong gravity defying plumpness in the skin, and elasticity decreases as well. You may notice bags under your eyes even when you aren’t tired, and the upper lids can begin to droop. Use a high-quality eye cream on the delicate skin under and around your eyes. Wear a hat when you go outside, if you haven’t been doing so! In your 40s, medispa treatments like photofacials or laser resurfacing are wonderful treats for your skin that can noticeably turn back time.
Skincare in your 50s
Those hormones that prepared our bodies for motherhood are no longer helping maintain a beautiful, healthy-looking complexion. This doesn’t mean you aren’t beautiful, but there is much less room for error with skincare in your 50s. Less oil and collagen in your skin means deeper wrinkles and the start of sagging at the jawline and neck. Increase the impact of your moisturizer with vitamin C and other antioxidants. Use a creamy cleanser and always be gentle with your skin. Use an exfoliator with alpha hydroxy acid once or twice a week. If you have dark spots on your face or hands, consider getting a light-based treatment or chemical peel. This can be a head start to improving your skincare and preventing any further environmental damage.
Whatever your skin needs, the experts at The Vein Institute & Medispa can help you find the best treatments and regimen to keep you looking your best. Whether you are 23 or 59, our goal is to help you love what you see when you look at your skin. In the Kingwood, Texas area call The Vein Institute & MediSpa at (281) 312-0208 or request an appointment online today.