Tips for great skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond

Most of us weren't born with flawless skin, but that doesn't mean we should give up on it entirely as we age. You can enjoy the best skin at any age by following a few timeless tips.

Tips for great skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond

20-somethings

This is a dangerous age for your skin because it's so easy to take it for granted.

The way you treat it now will reveal itself as early as in your thirties, so no matter what skin type you have, there are a couple of things that should be universal to every skin routine. To maintain healthy skin throughout your life, make sure to do the following:

  • Work with your dermatologist to find the right products for cleansing and moisturizing your skin, and then stick to a twice-daily regimen. Try not to skip, even after a late night out.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. Dermatologists recommend an SPF of at least 15, but 30 provides maximum protection for all skin types.

Mile-marker 30

Reaching a new decade may make you reflect on where you are in life, but hopefully you won't be regretting the state of your skin.

  • No matter how well you have cared for your skin, you may begin to notice fine lines, skin discolourations and a slightly duller complexion.
  • Adjusting your beauty products to better suit your changing skin may help.

Your cleanser

  • When you cleanse in the morning, try using an exfoliating cleanser to gently slough off dull skin and bring out a youthful glow.
  • For sun-damaged skin, use a morning cleanser with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to help reduce the effects and improve your appearance. In the evening, use a milder, creamy cleanser.

40s, 50s and beyond

Maturing skin requires greater attention and maybe even some extra help.

  • In addition to wrinkles, sun damage and age spots, skin also begins to lose elasticity. Don't stop your regular beauty regimen, but do discuss other options with your dermatologist.
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