Having really good and healthy skin is what plenty of girls wish for. And you all know that it’s not easy to get beautiful skin. That’s why you need to know your own skin maintenance down pat. You have to be sure that it works for you and that it’s healthy and safe for your skin.
However, there are a lot of factors that play a part in making sure you have proper skin maintenance to maintain that youthful glow. For one, genetics plays a part. For some, their ribonucleic acid (RNA) works better as they age. They are responsible for natural antioxidant production, skin barrier formation, or cell energy metabolism.
For others, genetics has negative effects. Take acne, for example. Studies show that getting acne-prone skin is due to genetics.
Another key factor in having beautiful skin is doing proper skin maintenance that works for you. Proper skin care is very important. The skin is your body’s largest organ. That’s right, bet you didn’t know that, did you? It is a protective barrier between your insides and the outside world. It helps regulate temperature and also acts as a filter. That means the more you take better care of your skin, the healthier and happier you’ll be.
Basic Skin Maintenance for All Ages
No matter how old you are, the following tips will ensure healthy and happy skin.
- Always use sunscreen that protects you against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
- Avoid direct sunlight. Always wear a hat and glasses.
- Smoking is a no-no.
- Keep yourself hydrated. This being said, make water your best friend.
- Don’t forget to remove your makeup before going to bed.
- Go natural and organic. There are many brands popping up nowadays that feature cruelty-free and vegan makeup.
- Make sure to wash your face gently but thoroughly every single day.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Skin Maintenance in Your Teens
Now that you’ve hit puberty, expect a whole new world of problems. Your skin will be one of them. Hormonal surges lead to the enlargement of oil glands. This makes teen skin oily and creates large pores and blackheads. These will then lead to acne.
One of the most important things to remember to have healthy skin is to cleanse. This removes dirt, oil, and dead skin flakes. Washing the skin thoroughly also gets rid of excess oil and prevents acne from blooming.
Another important thing to remember in teen skin maintenance is to hydrate and moisturize. Drink plenty of water as it helps in skin health. Pick a good moisturizer that works for your skin type, one that does not aggravate your skin. It’s advisable to moisturize twice a day, during morning and evening.
Also, try as much as possible not to wear too much makeup. Or if possible, don’t wear makeup at all. You have your whole life ahead of you to try all these wonderful creations for your face. While you’re still a teen, make that fresh face and inner beauty glow.
Also, make sure to always keep your hands clean before touching your face. This early in your life, it’s also a good idea to start wearing sunscreen. Your skin will thank you the younger you start protecting it from harmful rays.
Skin Maintenance in Your 20s
When you hit your twenties, it’s the time for self-discovery and exploring new things. It’s the time when you try to make it out on your own and try to do things at least once. It’s the time when you start to live out your dreams.
With all this going on, don’t forget about taking good care of your skin. First off, make sure to exfoliate. This ensures continued daily collagen renewal. Skin products with salicylic acid, alpha, or beta hydroxy acid exfoliates dead skin cells and dirt off the skin’s surface. It also unclogs pores, prevents possible breakouts, smooths texture, and boosts cell renewal.
Continue with using sunblock every single day. The sun is the number one cause of external skin aging. Make sure to protect your skin at all times.
Once you hit your twenties, your skin starts to lose the ability to repair itself. Go ahead and start an anti-aging regimen. Look for products that list retinol as one of its ingredients. Retinol slows down the aging process and blocks out the possibilities of acne.
Never, ever sleep with your makeup on. No matter how tired you are, take some time to wipe it all off. Leaving it on your face blocks pores and leaves oil trapped inside. This means a buildup in bacteria and can cause zits. Also, it stretches out pores.
Skin Maintenance in Your 30s
The thirties is when many women settle down, get married, and have kids. This is also the decade when the skin starts to look dull because of slower cell turnover. Crow’s feet, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and loss of elasticity also start rearing their ugly heads during this time.
Try using gentler cleansers in the mornings and evenings. Cleansers with hydroxy acids are a good idea as they increase cell renewal.
Also, find an anti-aging serum that not only protects and strengthens the skin, but also addresses visible damages. It’s also a good idea to move a step higher with your sunscreen of choice. Sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are good to add to your skin maintenance. They are less likely to irritate delicate skin, and they do a better job at keeping harmful bacteria out.
Another good idea is to boost collagen production. Peptides are a great choice as they are always safe and doesn’t irritate the skin. They also stimulate an immune response to rebuild and improve collagen over time.
And finally, the need for eye cream has arrived. This is the area with thin skin and will be the first to show lines. It’s a good idea to start applying a dose of eye cream two times a day. Creams with caffeine in them tighten these areas, making skin look firmer.
Skin Maintenance in Your 40s
In this decade, your likely skin problems are dryness, dullness, and those lines and wrinkles. Exfoliating more often will help a lot. Dead skin cells at this time in your life are slower to slough off. The pileup contributes to dryness and a dull skin tone. This then highlights existing age spots and wrinkles. Physical exfoliation every other day is a good idea.
Skin at this decade also has a higher risk of becoming more dehydrated. Adding a hydrating serum to your skin maintenance will do the trick. For sunscreen and antioxidants, switch to thicker and creamier versions of your favorite brand. Remember that your skin in your forties is dryer than the previous years.
It’s also a good idea to soothe and hydrate your dry skin with a night mask or a night cream. Make sure they possess moisturizing ingredients, natural oils, antioxidants, and healing ceramides.
Skin Maintenance in Your 50s
Menopause kicks in during this time. This is one of the reasons for collagen loss and saggy and dry skin. Applying a daily antioxidant cream or serum ensures slowing down inflammation in aging. Also, look for products that add estrogen to your body. It supports healthy skin cell functions and helps slow down skin aging. Older skin suffers from a decrease of natural lipids. Some examples are ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterols.
Hand in hand with this, the skin’s pH level begins to climb. The skin’s outermost layer becomes more alkaline, thus further weakening the moisture barrier. Time to call in the probiotics. You can take them orally or apply them topically. They produce acidic molecules that restore the pH level of the skin and retain moisture, making the skin supple and glowing. Eating probiotic food also helps hydrate the skin from within.
Also, oil-based anything is a must for this decade.This is because natural oils don’t sting dry and delicate skin. Finally, I’m sure you’re seeing those brown age spots starting to pop up. They tend to show up along the hairline, across the chest, and on top of the hands. Find creams with brightening complexes and fruit enzymes that can get rid of those nasty age spots. And remember, your daily mantra should be “Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.”
Skin Maintenance in Your 60s and Beyond
This is the time of your life where you deserve a break and just enjoy the company of your grandkids. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore skin maintenance. You should still keep track of your skin care regimen and ensure you are aging gracefully and beautifully.
At this time, deeper lines show up on your face, giving you an unhappy appearance (even when you’re not). Skin at this age are at their most delicate, so continue with your daily regimen of moisturizers, cleansers, exfoliators, and sunscreen. Don’t forget to load up with water too. Also, regular checkups with your trusted dermatologist is a good idea as well.