Skin is the largest organ of your body and is always changing. Dry or oily, clear or acne-prone, your skin is undergoing a constant change as you age and so should your skincare routine. We all want beautiful skin irrespective of our age. It might seem that we are racing against time to keep our skin healthy-looking with the added damage from pollution, stress, lack of sleep etc., however it better to start late than never.
THE PERFECT SKINCARE GUIDE FOR YOUR AGE
To address your skincare issues, you should first understand the underlying causes. The following tips will come in handy to identify your skin according to age and issue and the needed steps to revamp your skincare routine.
Skincare tips in your 20s
Contrary to the popular belief, eating pizza or any other oily food doesn’t cause break outs. Acne is caused due to changes in hormonal levels causing an overproduction of the oil sebum which clogs the pores causing it to swell, thus resulting in acne. The most important skincare tip for you in your twenties is to wear sunscreen everyday. Those who are acne-prone can choose a spray sunblock instead.
Clean your face at least twice a day with acne face wash containing salicylic acid. Post cleansing, apply benzoyl peroxide which is easily available in over-the counter products, helps in unclogging pores and kills acne-causing bacteria. If acne continues, consult a dermatologist who can suggest some oral antibiotics for a stronger treatment.
Skincare tips in your 30s
Despite you still feeling young, your skin has started showing signs of aging during your 30s. Years of accumulated sun damage coupled with decreased cell repair can cause your complexion to appear dull. Also watch out for the first signs of wrinkles that have started appearing around your eyes and mouth.
Its time to kick start your DNA repair system by addressing the aging issue at the cellular level. Invest in moisturizers with retinol (active vitamin A) and vitamin C to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Include these in your night-time skincare routine. Also use a sunscreen daily with high SPF to prevent further skin damage.
Skincare tips in your 40s
This is the age when all the damage that you have done to your skin by over exposing in the sun, smoking etc becomes evident. No matter how cautious you were, hormonal changes and sun exposure can cause age spots on your face, leaving your skin dry.
Those who look younger in their 40s have definitely been exfoliating in their 30s. However exfoliating now can be very drying and irritating for your skin. Instead of using physical exfoliants, try using a chemical exfoliant containing alpha-hydroxy or poly-hydroxy acid to lessen wrinkles and increase the production of collagen which gives firmness to your skin. Follow with an antioxidant rich moisturizer with a high SPF sunscreen to keep your skin properly hydrated.
Skincare tips in your 50s
With the onset of menopause, your face might start appearing hollow with sagging skin around your cheeks and eyes.
To combat the problem of volume loss in the mid-face, use an injectable hyaluronic acid which plumps up the areas which have lost volume. These “dermal fillers” aids in filling wrinkles, support sagging skin and helps in re-building collagen. Their results can last up to a year, however choose an experienced plastic surgeon for your procedure.
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