Skin care from your 20s to your 70s & beyond
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, the team of experts at Water’s Edge Dermatology wants to help you look your best on Valentine’s Day and every day. But did you know your skincare regimen needs to evolve depending on your age and adapting skincare for your age bracket can help you look and feel better? Find your age bracket below and check out our tips for your best skincare routine based on your stage in life.
Your 20s should be all about preventing sun damage, and that means using sunscreen and/or sunblock. It takes about 15 to 20 years for the sun’s damage to appear on your skin, so protecting the skin is critical early on. Products containing titanium or zinc dioxide physically prevent the sun’s rays from reaching the skin, while sunscreen works with the top layer of your skin to absorb UVA and UVB rays before they damage the skin. Sunscreen does not provide as much protection as sunblock. For extra protection, wear a hat when out outdoors.
Regular cleansing and moisturizing with gentle products are also important. Make sure your moisturizer has SPF 15 or 20 and provides both UVA and UVB protection. If you have any skin issues, such as adult acne, find a dermatologist who can design a regular maintenance routine just right for you and treat skin problems early on.
Your body’s ability to renew damaged skin cells begins to decline in your late 20s and early 30s. Skin becomes thinner and finer. As natural cell turnover slows, your skin may also begin to look dull. Your 30s is a good time to begin adding a physical or chemical exfoliant to your routine to help smooth the skin and stimulate cell renewal. Look for moisturizers with Vitamin C plus antioxidants and a night cream with retinol or glycolic acid to stimulate exfoliation and renewal. As fine lines begin to appear, some consider treatment with Botox to prevent those encroaching lines from becoming deeper.
The effects of gravity and sun damage begin to show up in your 40s. Lines become deeper and sun damage may be more apparent as dark blotches, hyperpigmentation, or melasma. To help reduce the impact of these changes, consider laser resurfacing to reduce the appearance of sun damage and stimulate collagen production. A prescription retinoid can help reduce brown spots, increase exfoliation and collagen production, and thicken the epidermis. Some may want to begin incorporating dermal fillers to help diminish fine lines and plump areas of the face that are less supple due to volume loss.
In your 50s, hormonal changes can pile on. Skin begins to lose elasticity and may appear dull. Hyperpigmentation, deep lines, and sagging neck begin to appear. Fortunately, there are many options for restoring skin in your 50s so you look and feel your best. Advanced laser resurfacing or Radio Frequency procedures, chemical peels, Botox and fillers can treat a number of issues that are common in your 50s. You’ll want a complete skincare regimen that helps rejuvenate the skin’s appearance on a daily basis. A trusted team of aestheticians and dermatologist can design the skincare plan that’s just right for you.
Your 60s & Beyond
By the time you reach your 60s, ideally, you’ve been taking good care of your skin throughout your adult life (and don’t worry – even if you haven’t it’s never too late to start). At this stage in life, it is not unusual to begin seeing a variety of age-related skin issues, including precancerous spots from sun damage, spider veins, or more dramatic hyperpigmentation. Menopause can cause a multitude of skin problems including extreme dryness, acne, and rosacea. Your Water’s Edge dermatologist can help with these issues and create a custom plan to care for your skin.
No matter what your age, the Water’s Edge Dermatology team can help restore your skin so you look and feel your best. Request an appointment for a skin evaluation so we can help you achieve your best skin health. Request an Appointment.