7 rules for skincare at any age
You probably know these basic rules. Let’s list them for completeness.
- Wash your face twice a day with a gel or foam with a pH of about 5–5.5. This product preserves the skin’s protective barrier.
- Be sure to remove your makeup before bed.
- Use cosmetics that are suitable for your skin type.
- Use two different day and night care products. Moisturizing is better during the day, nourishing at night.
- Deeply cleanse your skin once or twice a week with scrubs or peels.
- Pay special attention to the area around the eyes: use special creams and serums marked “for eyelids”.
- Give preference to sunscreen cosmetics. In summer or at ski resorts, it is important to use special products with an SPF of at least 30.
It should be borne in mind that the skin changes with age. What you could do without at 30 becomes an urgent need at 40. And moments that are not critical for 20 will be extremely important at 50.
Facial care for 20-30 years
Between the ages of 20 and 30, the body and skin experience a real heyday. Teenage pimples are most often a thing of the past, wrinkles seem like a far-fetched horror story from the distant future, and the goal of care is mainly about prevention. However, not everything is as smooth as it might seem at first glance. These four rules must be followed in order to enjoy clean and youthful skin for as long as possible.
- Do not forget to wash your face thoroughly in the evenings
Dry skin at a young age is rare, but normal skin with a tendency to be oily is in a wide range. This is due to high levels of sex hormones, a side effect of which is increased sebum production. With age, the level of hormones, and with it the skin, normalize. But while you’re young and hot, fat can be a problem: it’s a great breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria that cause inflammation and irritation.
In order to prevent the infection from multiplying and spoil your appearance, do not forget to wash off the grease, dust, and dirt accumulated on your face during the day. Of course, using products for your skin type.
- Unclog pores
Blackheads – clogged pores with grease and dirt – are another common youth problem. If you neglect cleaning, over time, the pores will stretch, and the skin becomes like an orange peel.
Deep cleaning of pores at home should be done at least once a week. This will be helped by special cleansing masks, which you can buy or make yourself.
If the skin is prone to acne, it is worth doing manual or ultrasonic cleaning once a month or two by a beautician.
- Protect yourself from ultraviolet radiation
Tanning can look beautiful. But if it’s natural, it’s probably dangerous. The sun’s rays dry out, and ultraviolet light damages the collagen and elastin proteins, which are responsible for skin firmness and elasticity. The result is accelerated fading (photoaging) of the face.
To prolong youth, get used to using SPF products even at such a tender age. And if the chocolate shade is important to you, use self-tanners.
- Take care of the skin under the eyes
The skin around the eyes is very thin and has almost no fatty layer under it. This is why she is aging in the first place. It is a common mistake to start looking after these areas in adulthood. Experts recommend taking care of the skin around the eyes from the age of 18.
Use special moisturizers and nourishing patches. Wet compresses based on green tea and mint also preserve youth well. The recipe for compresses is simple: 1–2 teaspoons of tea or mint, pour 0.5 liters of boiling water and let cool. Dip cotton pads or cheesecloth folded in several layers into the infusion, squeeze lightly, and place under your eyes for 10-15 minutes.
Facial care at 30-40 years old
By this age, you have already experienced a lot of stress and hormonal explosions (pregnancy, childbirth, taking contraceptives, and so on), and this is reflected in the skin. Even if the changes are not very noticeable, they are. And for obvious reasons, they will grow. Therefore, do not lose sight of the following important points.
- Pay attention to pigmentation
Uneven color is a bright age sign that can add at least a few years. With age, pigmentation becomes more pronounced, so it is important to maintain an even skin tone. This can be achieved by using whitening creams, masks or using soft (no large abrasive particles) home scrubs.
But the ideal option is to consult a beautician. He will not only offer you whitening products tailored specifically for your skin but may also recommend a series of professional peels.
Yes! The use of SPF cosmetics is of particular importance. Ultraviolet light triggers the production of melanin and thus aggravates the pigmentation problem.
- Try not to use products with ethyl alcohol
Alcohol dissolves and washes away sebum. When there is a lot of fat, as is often the case in adolescence, rubbing alcohol can be helpful. They help to eliminate excess sebum with accumulated bacteria in it and thereby prevent the occurrence of acne.
However, sebum production decreases with age. Meanwhile, it is necessary because it moisturizes the skin and protects it from the external environment: high and low temperatures, wind, and so on. Alcohol-based products damage this thinning and time-consuming barrier. And thus deprive the skin of the necessary moisture and protection.
After 30, it is advisable to choose tonics not with alcohol, but, for example, with green tea.
- Start using anti-aging products
For example, creams and serums with retinol (vitamin A). It has been proven that retinol improves cell metabolism, stimulates collagen synthesis, and even helps to reduce existing wrinkles.
However, this remedy also has side effects. For example, vitamin A can irritate the skin and increase photosensitivity. Therefore, such creams can be used only at night.
Considering the side effects, it makes sense to consult a beautician. A specialist will help you choose the right retinol concentration for your skin. And also, perhaps, he will advise on other anti-aging remedies and techniques, including salon lifting procedures: massage, microcurrent and mesotherapy, and so on.
Creams and masks with collagen and hyaluronic acid will fit well with home care. By the way, facial massage can also be performed independently.
Facial care at 40-50 years old
They say that the modern 40 years are the new 20. And this is really so. Medicine, cosmetology, a healthy lifestyle allow many women to look at this age as attractive as between 20 and 30. To help the skin to keep youthful and fresh longer, it is important to observe the following recommendations.
- Intensively moisturize the skin
We already mentioned that over the years the skin becomes less oily. As the protective barrier of sebum becomes thinner, it becomes more difficult for the skin to retain moisture. And where there is not enough moisture, there comes drought with its characteristic cracks, wrinkles, creases … Skin moisturizing should be a priority in your care.
Avoid washing with soap and other drying agents. Switch to creamy nourishing foams or no-rinse micellar water. When choosing day and night cream, also focus on maximum hydration.
- Include salon treatments
Even if you used to do just fine on your own. With age, the skin requires more and more attention and care: the volume of the lips decreases, the nasolabial folds appear, the oval of the face floats slightly.
Modern cosmetology offers a wide range of anti-aging treatments and works wonders. Correctly selected peels, massage techniques, as well as all kinds of beauty injections that moisturize the deep layers of the skin, fill in wrinkles, and restore volume to the lips, make it possible even at 49 to look as amazing as at 25.
Consult a beautician for professional advice. It is important that your specialist has a medical degree and appropriate training. In this case, the therapy will be as safe and effective as possible.
- Pay maximum attention to the skin under the eyes
With age, the thin skin in these areas requires more and more nutrition and increasingly dense, antioxidant, and vitamin-rich creams and serums. It is advisable to select them together with a beautician who will give recommendations, focusing on the characteristics and condition of your specific skin.
Please note: you cannot forget about leaving! Even if it seems that you are really lucky and mimic wrinkles with dark circles safely bypass you. Time is relentless, and if you do not help the skin under the eyes to recover, unpleasant changes can one day overtake you in just a few days.
Facial care after 50 years
The legendary Coco Chanel once said: “Your face at 20 is given to you by nature; how it will be at 50 depends on you. ” We hope you did not leave your skin alone with stress, and it continues to delight you with health and a well-groomed look. You are probably already a master in facial care, so here are just three key points.
- Use retinol
If you have not used vitamin A products before, you should not postpone: they really help the skin to stay young longer. If retinol is already found in your favorite creams and serums, consider increasing the concentration.
- Add hyaluronic acid serum to the treatment
This substance is present in the skin and is also involved in maintaining moisture in the tissues. With age, natural hyaluronic acid is less and less, and the skin becomes drier, slowly turning into parchment.
But it’s not just moisture loss. Hyaluronic acid is actively involved in the processes of cell regeneration. With its deficiency, the skin simply loses the ability to effectively recover. And this accelerates aging.
Therefore, after 50, it is extremely important to additionally nourish the skin with hyaluronic acid using specialized anti-aging serums or even injections.
- Do masks with a lifting effect every three to four days.
In terms of rejuvenation, alginate masks have proven themselves well. However, cosmetic brands offer many other options for masks with a lifting effect based on “branded” active ingredients. And you will probably be able to pick up something of your own – exactly the remedy that will restore elasticity to your specific skin.