Our skin isn’t meant to remain static. While it’s important to maintain healthy skin at all points of your life, the specific skin concerns you face will differ depending on your age. For instance, most of us will experience acne during adolescence and end up with numerous wrinkles later in life -- between these stages, however, a lot can happen. And if you want to keep your skin looking its best regardless of your age, it’s important to know what you might expect in your 20s, 30s, 40s, and so on. With that in mind, here’s how to prepare your skin and address skin issues during every decade of your life.
Anyone in their 20s is still a spring chicken as far as most people are concerned. Still, this pivotal decade can present the earliest stages of aging in men and women alike. Even if you don’t see any wrinkles throughout your 20s, certain actions can determine whether or not these lines develop in your thirties and beyond. To keep your skin wrinkle-free for the foreseeable future, wear sunscreen (30+ SPF) on a daily basis, exfoliate regularly, and moisturize often.
No matter how well you care for your skin in your 20s, you’ll need to continue doing so in your 30s to mitigate those early signs of aging. During this decade, you may notice the formation of more lines and wrinkles, pigmentation changes, and loss of volume (particularly around the cheeks). These changes are caused by both environmental and intrinsic factors -- years of accumulated sun damage, for instance, can exacerbate these issues in your 30s, and the natural decrease in your body’s collagen production can result in thinner, looser skin in certain areas. Adding a topical retinol to your skincare routine along with antioxidants can rejuvenate and firm up your skin in your 30s.
Those aging signs you see in your 30s become more prominent in your 40s. And while maintaining the skincare routine you established in the previous decade will continue to keep your skin looking its best, you might require additional treatments and procedures to achieve the skin you desire. You might invest in chemical peels, fillers, dermaplaning, laser resurfacing treatments, and more. On top of that, experts suggest using products containing hyaluronic acid to help your skin retain moisture.
Both men and women experience hormonal changes around and during their 50s, which has various implications on the skin. Indeed, approximately 85% of men experience significant hair loss by the time they reach 50, and 51 is the average age women undergo menopause. In your 50s, you might experience skin dryness, a resurgence of acne, hyperpigmentation, signs of sun damage, and more. On top of all this, this is the decade where wrinkles and lines become much more noticeable, and skin becomes thinner and looser all over. While little can be done to combat this intrinsic aging, there are many ways to keep your skin healthy and youthful in your 50s. At this stage, cosmetic dermatologists often recommend procedures like microneedling and laser therapy to stimulate collagen production, chemical peels to speed up cell turnover, contouring via laser or cryolipolysis to remove stubborn fat and firm up the skin, and so on.
By the time you reach your 60s, you might not be as concerned about maintaining youthful skin, but many will still want to do whatever they can to look their best in their mature years. Either way, from your 60s onward, professionals suggest that you maintain a simple, gentle yet effective skincare routine that focuses on hydration and health (moisturize and avoid prolonged sun exposure). Occasional cosmetic procedures like laser treatments can further improve the skin’s appearance during these decades.
There’s no stopping time or its effects on your skin, but the proper skincare regimen coupled with quality cosmetic procedures can help you look your best at every stage of your life. At Premier Dermatology Partners, our team wants to help you accomplish just that. To learn more about our providers and all the services we offer, contact us today.