Despite the many anti-ageing remedies available, it’s safe to say there’s no escaping ageing. Whilst carefully selected, natural skincare solutions can be used to slow down the process and make the effects on your skin less noticeable, each decade brings a flurry of age-specific hurdles to overcome.
With this in mind, your skincare routine has to change with the times to continue giving your skin what it needs to look and feel amazing. Before you hit the shops (or the web) in search of your next skincare saviours, it’s important to understand what you’ll be up against.
We take a closer look at the skin changes to expect in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, so you can purchase products that work wonders for you and your skin at every age.
Your skin at 20
You may have left those teenage years behind not all that long ago, but the skin is still the sensitive organ that it was back then.
Continual hormonal changes mean you may experience skin conditions like acne. Even if you suffered from this condition as a teenager, acne in your 20s is very unlikely to be related.
In your 20s, your skin is at its softest and most supple. That’s down to the good reserves of subcutaneous fat and collagen within the skin. Thanks to this, your skin can be correctly supported. Radiance is also at its peak during this period, which means most will enjoy a healthy glow from season to season.
During your late 20s, you may notice that fine lines and wrinkles begin to make an appearance. This is due to the start of collagen and elastin breakdown. Skin damage caused by excessive sun exposure can also become apparent in your 20s.
The lifestyle you lead can have a major impact on the appearance and condition of your skin, even at this young age. Sun exposure, sleep deprivation and stress can all leave your skin looking dull and fatigued.
Your skin at 30
As we age, the production of collagen will continue to decline, and for most people, this natural process begins in their 30s. The diminishment of collagen will lead to subcutaneous fat loss, leaving the face, in particular, less plump and more angular.
Blood vessels also start to break and with this, your tone could become increasingly uneven. Melasma and other skin pigmentation conditions are common between the ages of 30 and 40, with the issue particularly widespread in pregnant women in this age bracket.
Fine lines and wrinkles – especially expression lines – become more pronounced during your 30s too.
Your skin at 40
Skin dehydration tends to hit home in a big way during your 40s, and this moisture loss makes fine lines and wrinkles appear more visible. The loss of subcutaneous fat continues, leaving the skin thinner and looser, and the face increasingly angular.
During this decade, cell production slows, increasing the need for exfoliation. Sebum production will also decrease from 40 onwards, which may be good news if you usually suffer from oily skin. On the whole, skin is less firm as elastin levels drop.
Your skin at 50
The thinning, dryness and sagging of the skin continues into your 50s and it’s likely to leave you looking less radiant than in previous years.
These changes aren’t just down to the slow production of collagen and elastin, and reduced cell regeneration. We’ll let Dr David Greuner M.D explain more:
“In your early 50s, you most likely will experience menopause, when estrogen halts and testosterone takes over. During the first few years of menopause, your skin will lose a significant amount of its collagen and moisture, and as a result, your ‘glow’ will vanish as well.”
A final word from us…
With age comes experience, which means the skin condition of most individuals has improved dramatically in recent years across all age brackets. With an increased focus on self-care and more money to invest in skin health, 30 is already the new 20!
The nation’s shift towards pro-ageing is also giving those with maturing skin a better understanding of what their skin needs as well as more skincare options.
Explore the skincare solutions that will serve you well at any age right here at Organic Apoteke.
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