Just as your demands and desires evolve as you mature, your skin’s needs also change over time. From acne in your teens to dry and flaky skin in your 40s, your skin faces specific issues for each period of your life. So, it makes perfect sense to develop a skincare routine that adapts to your skin’s changing condition.
This article discusses skin concerns and skincare essentials for your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Plus, the product recommendations here are all-natural, so you won’t have to worry about harmful chemicals.
Clean skincare routine for every age
Though there are differences in the priorities and portions of skincare products you should have for every period of your life, there is a general consensus that your skin benefits most from gentler ingredients. So, building a clean skincare routine is undeniably important.
In a nutshell, clean beauty is about avoiding controversial chemicals such as artificial fragrances, dyes, and preservatives like parabens and phthalates. Some followers of the clean beauty movement even go as far as completely switching to natural alternatives, e.g., coconut oil as moisturizer. On the other hand, there are those who avoid artificial ingredients but still use some chemical-based products because of specific needs, such as products for treating or preventing acne. For example, clean beauty followers who are prone to acne need to be careful with coconut oil because it might cause breakouts.
So, before we go into detail about the best skincare tips and products for all ages, remember that individual differences— and preferences— also play a role in what’s best for our skin.
Skincare in your teens & 20s
Stress and swinging hormones can be harsh on young skin. Take your first menstrual period for example. While you conquer growing pains and awkward phases, don’t forget to use an alcohol-free cleanser and an equally gentle moisturizer. If you are prone to breakouts, use a low pH cleanser. A Manuka honey mask is a natural alternative for dealing with acne. Also, invest in sun protection as early as possible. Apply a generous amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 on your face, neck, and other exposed areas. Failing to protect your skin from sun damage will make you more likely to develop early signs of aging.
Skincare in your 30s
The natural aging process usually begins to be noticeable in your late 20s or early 30s. The wisdom you accumulated in your early life becomes visible through your first wrinkles and fine lines. Being diligent about sun protection can help delay the onset of wrinkles, but if a couple of lines have already appeared on your face, it is vital to keep cleansing and moisturizing your skin. A layer of Vitamin C serum can provide extra protection against UV rays and pollution, so consider delivering a vitamin C boost to your skin through tools like the HYDRAPEBBLE Micro needling Serum tool.
Skincare in your 40s
Dark circles and puffiness under your eyes usually appear when you hit your 40s. The expressiveness of your eyes become evident throughout the years becomes evident through wrinkles and fine lines. The thin skin around your eyes also makes blood vessels visible especially after a tiresome day, or when you lack hydration. A major contributing factor to this is lower collagen production as we age. So, prioritizing products that stimulate collagen production and skin firmness is important in this period.
Look for products that contain circulation-boosting ingredients such as caffeine, and find a good, clean eye cream, preferably with antioxidants. Cryo-masks are also great for promoting good blood circulation, reducing puffiness and fighting wrinkles.
Skincare in your 50s & 60s
Due to menopause, there is a huge drop in your hormone levels in your 50s. Natural signs of aging become clearer than ever. And while we celebrate wrinkles as signs of a full life, continuing to moisturize and hydrate your skin should be a priority when you reach 50. Overall dullness caused by sun damage is another condition that becomes apparent during this period. Hyperpigmentation and excessive dryness can also be a challenge.
So, what can you do? Harsher treatments should be set aside in favor of moisturizing products. Vitamin C is good at improving skin brightness, so keep applying it on your skin. For maximum hydration, use your heavy night cream day and night. Last but not least, scheduling a yearly examination with your dermatologist is a good idea not only for skin cancer screening, but also for dealing with any other persistent skin issues at this point in your life.
Regardless of your age, choosing gentle and natural skincare products is a good way to nurture your skin. But taking care of your skin involves more than choosing safe, non-toxic products. It also requires a healthy lifestyle and a commitment to protecting and nourishing your skin consistently. Nonetheless, it pays to be familiar with the unique needs of your skin throughout the different stages of your life. Remember the basics: cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen. Beyond that, observe and respond to changes in your skin as you mature.