‘Aging gracefully’. Whoever said that probably didn’t factor in the arduous efforts required to keep the healthy glow intact! Well everybody wants to look flawless at every age, no doubt. But then it’s time to rethink the skincare routine as skin too evolves with age.
Women, your work is never done, is it? Juggling the balls of a house-maker, career woman and an efficient mother only means ignorance towards your lifestyle and well-being. Skincare is probably last on the agenda and it always takes the beating of this procrastination. Remember, great skin a resultant effect of the years you have put into taking care of it. Therefore what you do to your skin in your 20’s shows up in your 30’s and so on.
Here is a core regimen designed for each decade that you can follow as a guiding light to glowing, healthy skin lifelong.
SKINCARE IN 20’S
This is the best time to develop good skincare habits and preserve your internal skin health for the years to come. This is the age when there is occasional/regular acne, breakouts on the jawline and dryness. While you may be seeing a dermat to combat acne, the best way to take care is regular application of sunscreen, a good moisturizer and non-chemical products. Hunt for a broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF-30 sunscreen. A peptide serum is also a great keeper for nighttime routine. Those 20-something hormones will keep raging, but shun them out with a good diet and regular skincare. Don’t ever use toothpaste to kill the acne. Consult a dermat for good skincare habits.
SKINCARE IN 30’S
It’s never too late to start with sun protection program. Honestly, this decade might be rough on you. Loss of elasticity, dark circles and dry patches on the skin are quite common. These signs indicate a slower cell turnover resulting into duller looking skin. No need to panic though. A gentle face wash or cleanser with hydroxy acids can restore the glow with cell renewal. Start with under-eye care before bedtime. Use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 hydrator and invest in a vitamin C serum with at least 15-20% L-ascorbic acid as it helps in pluming up the skin. Also, hydrate; keep drinking water. Keep the 3 steps routine close to your heart – cleansing, moisturizing and toning is the optimum solution for keeping the skin supple, fighting dryness.
SKINCARE IN 40’S
As you enter your 40’s, you start seeing those fine lines appearing, wrinkles coagulating and patches of hyper pigmentation. One may also experience pre-menopausal skin dryness, irritation and acne. The cure for your concerns of dryness, pigmentation and wrinkles is hidden in simple solutions. Use of Hyaluronic Acid in serums is highly recommended as it helps combat crow’s feet and wrinkle problems. Vitamin C and E are great epidermal growth boosters. Use a milky cream or cleanser. Avoid chemical treatments such as exfoliators or chemical peels.
Overall, it’s possible to look young at every age. However, it is important to choose the right products and start using them at the right age for best results. Don’t get overwhelmed by the seemingly infinite array of lotions and serums on shopping websites and supermarkets. Consult a good dermat and get your skincare routine set for the decade you are in!