Skin Care for Your 20s, 30s and 40s
How to look flawless — no matter your age!
Most of us take our skin for granted. Moisturizing, facials and applying sunscreen is something that we think we don’t have to worry about when we’re in our teens and 20s. But the truth is, the earlier you start taking care of your skin, the better it’ll look in the future. And if you’re in your 30s and 40s, you can still reap the benefits of a good skin care regimen. The key is to not only start something, but to keep it up.
In Your 20s
Your skin is in its prime, and it’s unlikely to be showing signs of age, sun damage or the effects of bad habits like smoking, drinking and late nights.
If you haven’t already started taking care of your skin, there’s no better time than now. “Prevention is the key for your 20s,” says dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Beer.
What to do: Dr. Beer’s first piece of advice: If you smoke, stop now. Sun protection is imperative as well. Dr. Beer says most skin damage is done before the age of 20, but sun exposure thereafter “only adds insult to injury.”
What to use: Start using antioxidant-rich products and sunscreen every day to help stave off damage. Dr. Beer advises his patients to use prescription retinoids like Retin-A in their 20s. He says, “If I had it my way, everyone would be on it.” To round out your skincare regimen, incorporate a scrub like Scientific Skin White Bamboo Exfoliant ($68, idealskin.com) into your weekly regimen.
Age-specific issue: “Typically, hormones are quieting down and acne starts to abate, but some women have issues related to the hormones in oral contraceptives,” explains Dr. Beer. If you’re still experiencing acne flare-ups, try a daily face wash that contains salicylic acid, like Clearasil Stayclear Skin Perfecting Wash ($4.49, drugstore.com).
The look: To make the most of the radiance your skin has in your 20s, celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert advises staying fresh and natural. “Instead of foundation, opt for a sheer tinted moisturizer with an SPF, followed by a bright blush that will make your cheeks pop.” For eyes, Ahnert recommends using eyeliner on your top lids and sweeping on one to two coats of mascara. To finish the look, go with a shiny lipgloss or sheer lipstick.
Must-know info: To polish your look, Ahnert suggests you make sure your brows are groomed and filled in. And avoid sparkles or glitter, she says. “Leave that for the teenagers.”