Our skin is unique and it constantly changes and adapts. So it is very important to know when to switch up your skincare not only for the seasons. Well, here in Qatar we have 2 seasons summer and hell. But also according to your age.
It is all about having happy, healthy skin.
Skincare Rules for all Ages
- Get to know your skin type.
Understanding your skin type means you can choose formulas that will feed your skin with ingredients for your skin needs. Ingredients are important when it comes to buying 1. Cleaner 2. Toner 3. Moisturizer. These 3 are the fundamentals that you should use morning and night regardless of your age.
- Learn how to layer.
Knowing how to layer it is a complete game-changer. Not applying the products in the correct way leads to not properly absorbed by the skin. In general, you should apply the lightest formulas first gradually getting thicker.
- Wear SPF.
90% of how skin ages are directly related to sun exposure. Here in Doha, we have summer all year long. So I use an SPF 50. If you are lucky and leave somewhere that has winter, you can use BB cream or SPF 20 for the cool months.
Being a teenager means that your body is going through some major changes. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing products that are created to your skin type is crucial. You should also introduce exfoliate 2 or 3 times a week in order to keep the blackheads at bay. Furthermore, you should use clay masks for the excess oil that your skin is producing. Protecting your skin with SPF is essential, because often when a pimple is healing and it’s exposed to the sun it will leave hyperpigmentation.
In your 20’s
In your 20’s it is very important to establish a consistent regime, creating good habits that will set you up for better skin for the rest of your time. Even though your skin still produces collagen (keep in mind that it decreases each year) you should start including an eye cream to your regime start becoming friends with retinol.
Retinol is believed that should be used when you have wrinkles. But once you use retinol as a night cream on your 20’s you can prevent wrinkles before they form. Retinol is a part of vitamin A when you apply it to your skin it converts to retinoic acid which boosts skin all renewal. Retinol thickens the deeper layer of your skin smooth out wrinkles by increasing collagen production and helps decrease oil production, which helps tighten pores and improve acne. Overusing products and overcomplicating your routine should be avoided.
In your 30’s
When you become 30 it is a perfect age, to start using high-quality products with plenty of active ingredients. The collagen in your skin has begun to break down and your skin is producing less oil, so what you are looking for is rich formulas that use hydrating. It is a good time to introduce vitamin C to your morning routine which is arguably one of the most protein brighteners and antioxidants.
- Invest in serum
They have the concentration of active ingredients because serums are made up of smaller molecules they can be absorbed at a much deeper level.
It is time to start using cosmeceutical retinol as it is stronger than the retinol you can buy over the counter. You should start applying it around your neck and collarbone too as the skin is sensitive to collagen loss so you can avoid skin sagging.
You need to be extra gentle when you apply products. Your skin is becoming more fragile. You can use the patting products into your skin. Also, remember that when applying serum or face oil give yourself a face massage that can help stimulate collagen and the soft fluid movements can boost lymphatic drainage.
Avoid to sleep late at night your skin needs more time to recover and repair.
In your 40’s
At this point, your skin will begin to change as you enter pre-menopause (the phase before menopause). Your hormones are beginning to shift quite dramatically affecting both your mood and your skin. The skin starts to get thinner from the loss of collagen, leading to fine lines and wrinkles. Pigmentation is also starting to show applying SPF daily will be the best defense for treating it.
- Start hydrating: The molecules in your skin that retain moisture are breaking down, and that makes your skin dehydrated. You can use a hydrating mask once or twice a week for extra moisture. You can look for products that have aloe, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin. These ingredients’ will help pump your skin and will also deliver nutrients and moisture deep, in the dermal layers. Also, you need to change your face cleaners to richer creams and cleansing oils.
- Use an eye cream: You need to switch to high-quality eye cream every morning and every evening. Look for an eye cream that contains anti-aging ingredients like retinol, hydrolyzed collagen as they will help strengthen and smooth the skin around the eye. Another good ingredient peptides, as they boost collagen production helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Eat Protein: Yes! Eating plenty of protein will help your body build collagen and elastic tissue “Beauty starts from within”!
In your 50’s
By the time you reach 50 not only you have a skincare regime. Also, you have a much stronger sense of self-hood.
- Use rich formulas containing multiple hydrating products, like moisturizer serum face oil and eye cream. You need as many active ingredients as possible. Try a collagen or neck firming cream.
- Look into probiotic skincare. As your skin ages, the outer layer becomes more alkaline. Adding a probiotic will help restore the skin’s PH balance helping it to produce fatty acids so it can retain moisture. It also helps your skin maintain any remaining collagen by neutralizing free radicals that destroy those cells.
- Incorporate a facial oil, that allows your skin to retain hydration at a much deeper level. Using the right facial oil will not only repair and protect the skin’s barrier, but it’ll also nourish and plump like no other product.
In your 60’s
The main issues you will have now is dryness and sensitivity. Wrinkles become more noticeable. So you need to hydrate your skin with soothing ingredients.
Use botanical ingredients that are perfect for hydrating with soothing ingredients. You can use anti-inflammatory ingredients like chamomile, calendula, oatmeal. You should never neglect your neck area. So when you are applying the mask you can apply it all the way down your neck.
I hope all these tips helped you to get an idea of how to take care of your skin. My experience has shown me that the soonest you start having a daily routine of cleaning and hydrating your skin pays off in the future. I started at 19 and I am now 42 being happy with how my skin feels and looks.
I would love to hear your thoughts and comments!