When it comes to protecting your skin, you likely know that you need daily sun protection, but beyond that, it gets confusing given all the moisturizers with anti-aging promises.
Which ones are really necessary, and why? We break it down by age, with the help of Celeste Hilling, CEO and founder of Skin Authority:
In your 20s: Exfoliate
While you want to keep your skin care routine simple at this age (a basic wash and protect), you should also start exfoliating, says Hilling.
“As we age, the production of skin cells slows down dramatically. Kids produce a new sheath of skin every 5-7 days. In your 20s, it’s once a month; each decade after that takes an additional month.” Try Pond’s Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser. It’s priced at an affordable $6.49.
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In your 30s: Start managing your fine lines
These are the multi-tasking years, and that means just one thing: stress.
“Marriage, kids, career changes--that becomes a factor for the skin,” says Hilling. She suggests practicing pro-active stress reduction techniques like yoga or pilates, and stepping up the skin routine by using a product with Vitamin A and Retinol. This combination encourages cell renewal and reduces the appearance of fine lines. An effective product that has both active ingredients can be found at Walgreen’s for $10.99.
In your 40s: Use antioxidants
“I like to call this the ‘Decade of Defense,’” says Hilling. “As you age, your body is losing its ability to repair itself as we lose estrogen, the body’s hydrator.” Switch your moisturizer to a product with more antioxidants and Vitamin D. Origins makes one that has both - for $39.50.
In your 50s: Get your Vitamin D
At this age, you’re up against a dry complexion and loss of elasticity (After all, it’s now taking 60 days for cells to turn over.). Introduce weight-bearing exercise to build muscle mass and strengthen bones, stay hydrated, take your vitamins, and get enough dairy in your diet.
In your 60s: Tint your own favorite moisturizer
People tend to use more makeup (and hide underneath it!) as they get older . Big mistake! Layers of foundation can look cake-y and fall into the cracks of your wrinkles. Less is more--especially in your 60s.
Use a tinted moisturizer, or make your own. For the natural, subtle look, Hilling suggests adding two drops of foundation to a moisturizing sunscreen, and blending it together. For the best anti-aging makeup, click here.
Remember, Savvy Spenders, it’s never too late to have healthy skin! It’s all about adjusting your routine, practicing sun safety, staying hydrated, and managing your stress.
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