Aging is inevitable — But we don’t have to dread it. We all want to look and feel beautiful, and there’s a way to age gracefully while enjoying life’s lessons. There is so much information out there that it may become overwhelming and confusing on which steps, tips, treatments, and products to use. But there are small yet essential ways to improve your health and beauty both inside and out through every decade. So here are some tips to beautifully get you through each era to get you looking and feeling great with that radiant glow.
In Your 20’s:
Signs of aging usually begin to creep up during our late twenties, but there are healthy ways to prevent them. This is usually a time where we don’t have to worry too much about our diet and skincare regimen, but it’s important to start early. Here are some tips for when you’re in your 20’s:
Wear Sunscreen, always!
This doesn’t matter where you live or what type of skin you have, you should always protect your skin with sunscreen. It’s responsible for most of our environmental skin damage and one of the biggest contributors to premature aging. So put your sunscreen next to your bathroom sink and make it a daily ritual.
Sleep, sleep, and more sleep!
It’s so important to get your “beauty” rest to prevent dark, puffy, circles under the eyes and feel energized throughout the day. If you’re getting six or fewer hours a sleep a night then your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol, which contributes to your collagen breakdown. It’s also the time for your skin to rejuvenate and build back all of it’s lost resources from the day. It’s a time for repair and for your body to rest. If you’re getting plenty of sleep and still waking up with tired eyes, try putting your eye cream in the fridge and putting it on before applying your sunscreen. The cold will give your eyes an extra boost to wake up and start the day.
Take Vitamin C
This vitamin is essential to start taking internally as well as applying externally to the face. Vitamin C is found at the outer layer of our skin as well as inner layer and helps keep skin healthy by producing collagen, which in turn helps reduce sun damaged skin. It’s also important to take regularly as it’s a strong antioxidant that helps strengthen your body’s immune system and protects your body from free radicals. Add this to your daily routine at a supplement and a serum and your skin and your body will thank you.
Drink Lots of Water!
We know it’s not always the drink of choice, sometimes it’s other fruit juices, teas, or alcohol, but drinking plenty of water on the daily is so important for our overall health. It helps with digestion, circulation, and absorption. All of our skin cells and body cells are made up of water and without it we would not be able to function. Not only does it help us from the inside, but the more water we drink the more moisture we maintain, and this includes your skin. The more elastic your skin becomes from all the hydration, the fewer wrinkles we see!
Cleanse and Moisturize!
This includes taking off your makeup! Along with drinking water and taking your vitamins, it’s essential to cleanse the face to rid all the extra dirt and makeup–don’t ever sleep with it on! It can really clog up the pores and keep oil trapped within the skin, which leads up to bacteria and breakouts. Add a daily cleanser, toner, and moisturizer to your daily routine to keep your healthy glow into your 30’s!
In Your 30s & 40’s:
We know in your 30’s and 40’s we see some major changes and therefore can add additional ways to continue our glow. These are decades when the signs of aging become a bit more obvious because of the skin and body’s ability to repair itself is starting to decrease. So persevere through all the 20’s tips, but add these additional items to your list as your dive into your 30’s and 40’s.
We know that exfoliating seems like a luxury, but at this age, it’s time to make it into a practice. Our skin cell turnover is slowing down and dead skin cells are accumulating on the surface. When skin cells are not turned over, we often see a loss of a glow. We can start to rid these dead skin cells by exfoliating to not only ensure the glow, but help products absorb deeper on the top layer of the skin. Start slowly by doing it once a week and work your way up to a few times as your skin tolerates it.
Add a Night Cream
Don’t stop with adding a daily moisturizer in your 20’s because as we creep into our 30’s our skin tends to dry up. Our skin naturally becomes drier, so to keep your skin looking young, plump, and healthy it ‘s best to stay hydrated by using a daily moisturizer with a daily night cream, especially in the cooler months. As we mentioned earlier that getting sleep is a key time for rejuvenation, adding a night cream with powerful ingredients is just another way to give your skin a healthy boost.
Add Hyaluronic Acid
This ingredient is a glycosaminoglycan that occurs naturally in the skin. It’s a humectant, meaning that it helps the skin hold water. It’s known to improve skin’s hydration and help plump up the skin, which makes those lines on the face look smoother, especially around the eyes. We often have tired, crinkly looking skin due to dehydration and HA is an ingredient to help boost it. In turn, your skin will start looking smoother and dewier, and who doesn’t want that?
Use a Retinol Product
This vitamin A compound is important in helping with collagen production and cell turnover, which evens out those wrinkles. This is the first thing to do in stepping up your anti-aging game. Start off with a low dose to first see how your skin reacts, and always use sunscreen as retinoids increase your photosensitivity. Once you start using a retinol cream or serum, you’ll start to reap the benefits of your smooth, glowing skin!
In Your 50’s & Beyond:
These are the decades of sagging skin, so it’s important to continue the recommendations above and then some. Many of you at this age are reaching Menopause, which causes a heavy decline in collagen production and in turn our skin becomes dryer. So let’s bump up some of our routines and add these additional serums to our daily regimens.
If your haven’t already incorporated an eye cream, which you can throughout any decade, it’s a time to really manage those dark circles and crow’s feet around the eyes. The lines start to look creepy thanks to all the collagen loss during this time. Try choosing products that have collagen boosters like peptides or glycolic acid. This will really help put an additional glow to your face when our eyes don’t look as tired because of the additional hydration and pump.
Treat Hormonal Acne
A lot of times we start to see acne return at this age because of the big hormonal changes. If you’re seeing your skin flare up when you would normally have a cycle, then this could be due to Menopause. Beauty comes from within, so when we start to see our hormones go crazy, look into changing your diet. A lot of times cutting out sugar or dairy helps, but it’s best to speak with your doctor about what’s best for you. There are also topical treatments like anti-inflammatories that may help or hormonal treatments. Whatever works for you, talk to a specialist to help you keep it under control so you don’t get scarring on your glowing face.
As we mentioned before, our skin is starting to sag at this age due to a loss of hydration, but it’s becoming thinner and dryer. It’s not only important to keep up with the sunscreen at every age, but boosting your hydration will help. A face cream or hydrating sunscreen can really help protect the skin’s barrier with their emollient and humectant properties. The thicker the cream, the better, so adding a heavier cream to your regimen is the way to go.
So regardless of your age, you can certainly create a look where you’re glowing and gorgeous. There are some adjustments to be made as you make your way through each decade because as we age our skin and body need different things, but we recommend using these tips to keep your skin youthful and keep yourself healthy throughout your life.