Beauty for the Ages

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. As you age and change, so does your skin, and it needs different things at every stage of your life. Here’s how to love your skin at every age.

In Your 20s
In your 20s, you may still be fighting the last remnants of adolescent skin problems. You may be prone to breakouts, especially at certain times of the month when hormones surge. At this stage, you should focus on keeping your skin free of bacteria. Avoid touching your face with your hands. Keep hair off your face, especially around the forehead. If you are on the phone frequently, be sure to avoid contact with the receiver and your chin, where breakouts are common. For better skincare, use toners and astringents as needed. Spot treat blemishes with products that contain benzoyl peroxide. Avoid excess sun exposure and wear sunscreen.

In Your 30s
30s skin is typically made up of frustrating “zones” of dry skin and oily skin. This is a time of life when one product isn’t going to work on every part of your face. You’ll need to figure out where your oily and dry areas are and treat them accordingly. One trick to know is that the key to banishing oily skin isn’t to dry it out. This will only lead to excess sebum production. Instead, keep oily areas moisturized with a water-based moisturizer. Oil-based moisturizers are better for the dry zones of your face.

In Your 40s
Have you found your first wrinkle? Don’t despair. Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you have to look old before your time. Now is the best time to really commit to a natural and healthy diet regimen. The healthier you eat, the better your skin will look. Drop the cravings for junk food by cutting sugar from your diet. In as little as two weeks, your skin will start to look like it did in your 30s. By now you shouldn’t be using any of the same products as you did in your 20s. Instead, opt for a skincare brand that is specially targeted to women of a certain age. Look for oil-based products that lock in moisture and help you keep that dewy youthful look all day long.

In Your 50s and Beyond
Now is the time to cut back on your makeup use. In an effort to look younger, some women tend to pile on more layers of makeup when they should be doing the opposite. At this age, you may find that your skin looks better without foundation and heavy face powders. You can probably comfortably go out with just a hint of blusher and a light coat of mascara. Just don’t forget to moisturize in the morning and at night before you go to bed.

It’s important to love the skin you have at every age. No one escapes Father Time. As time goes on, you’ll have more spots and wrinkles. But, if you follow these tips over the years, your skin will look healthy and cared for at every stage of your life!

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