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How Our Skin Changes As We Get Older

How skin changes decade by decade

It's no secret our skin changes as we age. When we're young, our skin is bright, elastic, and full of life. It is able to bounce back from injury and resist the effects of the sun. However, as we get older, our skin begins to change.

Let's explore how the skin on our faces changes decade by decade and how we can keep it vibrant and more youthful looking.

20s and 30s

In our 20s and 30s, our skin is still relatively young and resilient. However, it is important to start taking care of it now to prevent premature aging.

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One of the most important things you can do for your skin is to cleanse it daily, especially at night. This will remove makeup, dirt, and oil that can clog pores and lead to breakouts.

Use a gentle cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Avoid using makeup wipes, as they can be harsh on the skin and not remove makeup effectively.

Our 20's is also the perfect decade to get serious about applying sunscreen as a morning ritual - a daytime moisturizer with at least a SPF30. There is no denying sun damage ages our skin. Most of the damage can be prevented with religious use of sunscreen.

By your 30's, you should have a good skin care routine in place.

As we age, our skin's natural ability to repair itself and stay hydrated decreases. This is due to the gradual decline in collagen and elastin production, which are the proteins that give skin its strength and elasticity. As a result, it is more important than ever to have a good skin care routine in place in our 30s.

A good skin care routine should include the following steps:

  • Cleansing: Cleansing removes dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin, which can clog pores and lead to breakouts. It is important to use a gentle cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type.
  • Moisturizing: Moisturizing helps to keep the skin hydrated and prevents it from drying out. It is important to use a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type.
  • Sun protection: Wearing sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days, is essential for protecting your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Antioxidants: Antioxidants help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage cells. Antioxidants can be found in many skin care products, such as serums and creams.

    The beautiful 40s

    It's my opinion women are at their most beautiful in their 40's. They have a confidence and life experience that radiates from within. However, this is also the decade when women start to notice the first signs of aging. Fine lines and wrinkles may begin to appear, and the skin may begin to lose its radiance.

    How to care for skin in the 40s

    There are a number of things that women in their 40s can do to care for their skin and slow down the aging process. These include:

    • Use sunscreen every day: Sunscreen is the best way to protect skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.
    • Exfoliate regularly: Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells and reveal fresh, new skin.
    • Moisturize regularly: Moisturizing helps to keep skin hydrated and prevent it from drying out.
    • Use anti-aging* products: Anti-aging products can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

     

    attractive woman in her 60's

    The Fabulous 50s

    The 50s are a time of great change and opportunity for women. They are often at the peak of their careers, their children are becoming more independent, and they have more time to focus on themselves. This can be a time of great confidence and self-assurance.

    However, it can also be a time when women start to notice the first signs of aging. Fine lines and wrinkles may start to appear, and the skin may lose its elasticity. This can be a difficult time for some women, who may feel that they are losing their beauty. This doesn't have to be the case.

    How to care for your skin in your 50s

    There are a number of things that women in their 50s can do to care for their skin and slow down the aging process. These include:

    • Use sunscreen every day: Sunscreen is the best way to protect skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.
    • Exfoliate regularly: Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and reveal fresh, new skin.
    • Moisturize regularly: Moisturize both day and night. Consider using a more hydrating moisturizer than you did in your 40's.
    • Use perfect-aging products: Perfect-aging products can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Serums are a must in your 50's. Look for ingredients such as Vitamin C, Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, and Resveratrol.
    • Get enough sleep: Sleep is when skin repairs itself.
    • Eat a healthy diet: Eating a healthy diet will give skin the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
    • Consider adding a professional treatment: There are a number of professional treatments that can help to improve the appearance of skin in your 50s. These treatments include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser treatments.

    Sensational 60s 

    I'm in this decade now, and I have to say, it's fantastic in many ways. The 60s are a time of great freedom and opportunity. We have finally reached the age where we can do what we want, when we want, and with whom we want. We are no longer bound by the expectations of others, and we can finally be ourselves.

    We have also accumulated a lifetime of experiences, both good and bad. We have learned from our mistakes (hopefully), and we have grown as individuals. We are more confident and self-assured than ever before.

    Of course, aging does come with some challenges. Our skin may not be as firm as it once was, and we may start to notice some wrinkles and age spots, and skin laxity.

    A regular routine including a cleanser, toner, perfect-aging serums, and day and night moisturizers are a must!  

    • Use sunscreen every day: Sunscreen is the best way to protect skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.
    • Exfoliate regularly: Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and reveal fresh, new skin.
    • Moisturize regularly: Moisturize both day and night. Consider using a more hydrating moisturizer than you did in your 40's.
    • Use perfect-aging products: Perfect-aging products can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Serums are a must in your 50's. Look for ingredients such as vitamin C, retinol, hyaluronic acid, and resveratrol. Products with collagen supporting ingredients like niacinamide are your friend.
    • Morning and night perfect-aging serums:  Serums pack a more powerful punch than day and night creams. While both moisturizers and serums are important, serums provide the most perfect aging benefits.

    Savvy 70s & 80s 

    The 70s are a time to enjoy the fruits of our labor. We have worked hard all our lives, and now it is time to relax and enjoy ourselves. We can travel, spend time with friends and family, and pursue our hobbies.

    Aging is a privilege, and we should celebrate it. However, that doesn't mean we can't take steps to look our best at any age. Your skincare routine should be the same as the sensational 60s. 

    Embracing our age and looking our best are not mutually exclusive.

    Today's woman is beautiful into her 80s if she has a positive attitude, a warm and friendly personality, and high self-confidence.

    If you're in your 80s, you should take pride in the fact that you've lived a long life. You've seen and experienced things that many people never will. You've learned and grown, and you've accumulated a lifetime of wisdom. 

    Let's own being beautiful at all ages. We can do this by taking care of ourselves and looking our best. No matter how old we are, we can still be beautiful, confident, and vibrant.

     

     

     

    *The word"anti-aging" suggests that we are trying to fight against the natural process of aging. However, we believe that aging is a natural part of life, and that we should embrace it. Instead of trying to fight against aging, we should focus on"perfect-aging", which means  aging in a healthy and beautiful way, taking care of ourselves along the way.

     

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