As you get older, your skin becomes drier, thinner and more sensitive. What works for you in your 20s won’t necessarily work as you age. With each new decade, your skin, hair and body start to change. Embrace these changes with the right treatments now, and you’ll be the picture of glowing youth way into your twilight years.
In your 20s
You’re setting a foundation – this is the most important decade for your skin, and what you do now will determine what it looks like for the rest of your life. Make sure you’ll be pleased with it 20 years from now! Your skin is supple and boosted with collagen, but you might still be struggling with acne, so try to choose products that are
oil free and help to battle breakouts.
A cleanser that is gel based and contains salicylic acid is a good start. From the age of 25, your body also produces less collagen. As we age, collagen is lost, giving way to older, wrinkled-looking skin. Boost your collagen levels!
Focus on damage prevention. Use a product that contains an SPF (sun protection factor), and use a mild cleanser
in the mornings.
In your 30s
With your 30s come the first appearances of fine lines, brown spots and wrinkles, and your skin tone may start to appear uneven. Your skin is losing collagen, and cell production is slowing down. You’re probably burning the candle at both ends too, leaving you with baggy eyes. This might leave your complexion dull. Increase your exfoliation, and make sure you use a cleanser, moisturiser and night cream.
You can also use a heavier eye cream and more nutritive creams at night. Exfoliate once a week and use a hydrating
face mask once a week too. As sebum production is starting to decrease on your scalp, leaving your hair fragile, it’s important to start using a mask once a week.
In your 40s
Wrinkles and age spots have appeared, and your skin is in need of peptides to even out pigment and increase collagen. Your skin starts to lose tone and texture, so it needs a cleanser with exfoliating properties. It’s losing elasticity, and retains less moisture. Opt for products that can be kind to your skin, including creamy cleansers. Don’t forget to treat your neck as you do your face: it shows age too! Don’t neglect your hands and feet either. Your hair may change texture, become coarser, or start to thin out. Use products with moisturising properties.
In your 50s
Your hormones may start to act up, which can dry out your skin. Menopause can be a game changer, and even if you’re not experiencing it, your skin may still be drying out and becoming thinner. As your oestrogen levels drop, your skin will dry out and lose elasticity.
It’s never too late to prevent sun damage and to treat what’s already happened to your skin. Your hair may start to lose density. You need to replenish your body with the things it’s no longer receiving naturally.
In your 60s and 70s
Your pores may appear larger, and age spots become more obvious. Lines around your lips may start to bother you, so keep treating those wrinkles. Avoid ageing hairdos, like stiff hair that’s tied up. Stay away from hairspray and let your hair down!
FEATURE: TARYN ARNOTT VAN JAARSVELD AND PHOTO FROM FOTOLIA.COM