The Best Skin Care Routine for Every Age

July 14, 2016 • Look Good / Skincare

Learn what products you should pick up or swap out as you get older.

Our skin is always changing, so your skin care routine should too. Instead of just using whatever’s lying around, you should always pick products that target your ever-changing skin concerns. So if you’re still slathering on the same moisturizer from three years ago, you need to update your stash stat. We’ve got you covered: From your teens through your 60s and beyond, here’s how to get beautiful skin at every age.

In Your Teens

The main concern: acne

It seems so unfair, just when you’ve figured out high school, you find yourself entrenched in a major battle with acne. An increase in hormones spurs breakouts, so teens are often concerned with how to get rid of acne. Luckily, good hygiene, like washing your face twice a day, plus the right products can go a long way towards having clear skin.

 

What to use:

A healthy glow comes from nourishing your skin, not stripping it. Swap out that harsh anti-acne face wash for a gentle cleanser. Next, unclog your pores. Use a chemical exfoliator, like salicylic acid, which gets rid of dead skin cells on the surface and kills bacteria at the core of a pimple, and consider using a sonic facial brush, like the LUNA™ play to wash away oil and impurities. If you’re on the go, keep blotting paper handy to soak up excess oil throughout the day. If your pimples still won’t go away, spot-treat them with benzoyl peroxide to stop acne-causing bacteria in it’s tracks. To keep your face hydrated and wrinkle-free, always apply lightweight moisturizer and sunscreen to protect from the sun’s harmful rays and prevent premature aging. With these products, your pimples don’t stand a chance.

 

The best acne treatment for teens

  • Gentle cleanser (use twice a day)
  • Salicylic acid or exfoliating facial brush
  • Benzoyl peroxide spot treatment
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Blotting paper

 

In Your 20s

The main concern: age prevention

Your 20s should be all about protecting your skin. But poor lifestyle choices, like partying too hard, skipping sunscreen, or forgetting to wash off makeup before bed, can lead to premature aging, so it’s important to step up your skin care products and not skimp on your daily beauty rituals..

 

What to use:

Much of your acne subsides by your late 20s, so put the benzoyl peroxide and blotting paper away and begin stocking up on anti-aging products. Start using protective serums filled antioxidants (like Vitamin C and E) that defend against sun damage, boost collagen, and reduce dark spots. Finally, refresh your face with a relaxing sheet mask (it’s like rehab for your skin) once or twice week to keep your skin moisturized and your stress at bay.

 

Skin care in your 20s

  • Gentle cleanser (use twice a day)
  • Salicylic acid or exfoliating facial brush
  • Antioxidant serum
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Facial sheet mask (one to two times a week)

 

In Your 30s

The main concern: fine lines and sunspots

You may notice more fine lines and dark spots, since natural skin exfoliation slows down in your 30s. You’ll need to help out your skin exfoliate regularly and promote healthy cell regeneration. Now is also the time to introduce wrinkle-treating retinoids and eye cream into your routine to fight the first signs of aging.

 

What to use:

Swap your face wash from your 20s for a lightly exfoliating cleanser and invest in a LUNA™ 2 facial-cleansing brush to remove dead skin cells. In addition to moisturizer, begin using eye cream to smooth lines under the eyes and at night, use a product with retinol (a potent form of Vitamin A) to improve skin texture and tone. Pro tip: Products with retinol increase sun sensitivity and make you more susceptible to burns, so only apply these treatments at night when you won’t be in the sun During the day, always use sunscreen.

 

Best skin care routine in your 30s

  • Lightly exfoliating cleanser (use twice a day)
  • Facial brush
  • Antioxidant serum
  • Retinol treatment (at night)
  • Moisturizer
  • Eye cream
  • Sunscreen

In Your 40s

The main concern: dry skin

In your 40s, hormone fluctuations can create noticeable changes in your skin. A decrease in estrogen impacts key skin cells: fibroblasts (which produce collagen, elastin, and keratinocytes that protect your skin) and melanocytes (which keep your skin firm and evenly toned). Your skin also becomes drier in your 40s, so now is the time to seriously up your moisturizer game and ensure that your products contain antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients.

 

What to use:

Continue to use an antioxidant serum and retinol treatment (our anti-aging heroes), which will both plump skin, promote collagen, and add firmness. Begin using a product with peptides. This miracle ingredient is a helpful protein that retains water and keeps skin from drying out. Don’t forget to extend your anti-aging regimen to other parts of the body that can wrinkle, such as your neck and hands. Add a neck cream to keep skin smooth and tight, and get into a habit of using the LUNA 2 anti-aging mode, which helps massage anti-wrinkle products into the skin. It increases product absorption, making your serums and treatments work even better.

 

Skin care regimen in your 40s

  • Creamy, non-drying cleanser (use twice a day)
  • Facial-cleansing brush
  • Antioxidant serum
  • Retinol treatment (at night)
  • Peptide treatment
  • Eye cream
  • Neck cream
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen

 

In Your 50s, 60s, and Beyond

The main concern: wrinkles

In these years, menopause and a steady decline in estrogen cause collagen loss and dry skin, so you should continue to focus on boosting hydration and collagen production. As you get older and move through your 50s and 60s, your skin may become more sensitive, so you’ll have to reduce or get rid of your exfoliating products all together. Also, try to use mild, unscented products, since these tend to be gentler to your skin.

 

What to use:

Continue to add moisture and use quality products that have phytoestrogen, a plant-derived ingredient that brightens skin and reduces sunspots. You can even stop washing your face in the morning and opt for a splash of water instead. Use an under-eye massager like the IRIS™ to help combat crow’s feet, eye bags, and dark circles, and add a rich night cream to your arsenal for additional hydration. Remember: with a smile on your face (and a little moisturizer) you’ll be glowing no matter what your age.

 

Skin care for women over 50

  • Creamy, non-drying cleanser (use once a day)
  • Antioxidant serum
  • Retinol treatment
  • Peptide treatment
  • Eye cream
  • Under-eye massager
  • Neck cream
  • Moisturizer with phytoestrogen
  • Sunscreen
  • Rich night cream

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