What if you could avoid aging? It doesn’t matter what age you are now, you can stop the process so you have flawless, youthful, supple skin for the rest of your life.
This isn’t a dream!
You can have flawless skin. It can look youthful, even if you didn’t look after it in your teens or in your 20’s. Of course, if you are in your 20s right now, there are steps that you can take to keep your skin soft and smooth the way it is right now. You can prevent the signs of aging causing a problem later in life.
So, what are the options to make this dream a reality? This is your ultimate anti-aging timeline for absolutely every woman reading this.
From Your Teens and Right Now!
When you’re a child, you have little to worry about. It’s only when you hit puberty that your skin starts causing a problem. This is when the oil production is all over the place thanks to those pesky things called hormones.
But that doesn’t mean you have to live like this.
One of the best things you can do from being a teenager (and start right now if you’re only just taking your skin health seriously—you’re definitely not alone in this) is to start wearing sunscreen.
Yes, really! This is the one thing that you want to do consistently right now. Don’t worry about everything else for the time-being. Just get out there and find a good SPF sunscreen to wear. If you can get a good one in a moisturiser that’s even better!
Sunscreen is your skin’s best friend. While the sun makes your skin brown and offers vitamin D in abundance, it also causes some major harm. You’ll have heard that the sun can cause cancer. It also causes issues to your pigmentation. You get dark spots, while it also dries out your skin and damages your collagen.
You desperately need to get a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30. And don’t be afraid to put it on in a thick layer. If you have fair skin, consider SPF 50 or higher.
Meanwhile, make it a habit to look into any product that you consider buying. Sure, there are cheap products that will work for your student budget, but you want something that is going to nourish your skin. The cheaper products are full of toxic chemicals that dry out the skin, affect the overall health, and offer no benefits to keeping your skin looking youthful.
If you can opt for natural products, that’s great! You don’t need to make your own. There are companies out there that believe in natural is best and will even be protective of the environment.
Following a good diet is also beneficial for your skin care. A good, wholesome, nutrient-filled diet will absorb into your skin, even when you eat instead of use topically. You want to support your digestive system, which is where 80% of your immune system is housed. When you look after your digestive system, there are fewer bouts of inflammation. Your hormones aren’t affected, which means your natural oil production remains normalised.
And don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Drink it for your own health. While your skin will take some, your whole body needs it to prevent drawing out extra fluid from your skin for its own internal use.
Use a gentle cleanser on your skin. You don’t want to strip your skin of all the natural oils, even if you do have oily, acne-prone skin. It’s important to get a good balance to avoid going too far the other way in your later years. You may find that your cleanser needs to change as you get older.
Skin Care in Your 20’s and Early 30’s
During your 20’s and 30’s you’re working on prevention. You want to prevent any signs of aging happening. You likely won’t be that worried about wrinkles and fine lines just yet, but they will appear if you don’t do something about them now.
Keep drinking that water. As your skin ages, it can’t hold as much water. The collagen production decreases and the elasticity is affected. Your skin is likely to tear, causing stretch marks, scarring, and inflammation.
But drinking water isn’t enough. You want to make sure you get plenty of vitamin A into your skin. You can get this naturally or you can use products with synthetic retinol. Either way, you’re helping the production of collagen.
By the way, collagen production starts to decrease from the age of 25. This is when the cells start dying and struggle to reform and repair. You want the vitamin A to help prevent this from happening. More vitamin A means that the collagen production is supported. You’ll keep the elasticity in your skin.
As you get older, the elasticity suffers. Think of your skin like a rubber band. When you stretch it too much, it will tear and sag.
It’s also important to add more antioxidants to your skin. These are the likes of vitamins C and E and will help to support your immune system. The antioxidants will prevent free radicals from attacking your skin cells. Cells naturally die and become damaged, but free radicals will make them repair abnormally. With the antioxidant protection, you prevent many signs of aging, including dark spots and cancer.
Vitamin C also helps to brighten the skin, making your skin look lighter and younger. Vitamin E can help to add a supple look, so your skin looks firmer and plumper.
You can get the antioxidants and retinol in good moisturising creams. This will help you get the moisture need in your skin.
Now is also the time to limit your acne products. As your hormones balance out, your skin will become less oily and drier. Acne products will dry out the skin, turning them acidic and irritable. You’ll want products that add more moisture to the skin.
If you still struggle with acne, then you’ll still want to use acne products. Look for those with salicylic acid to help combat the bacteria that causes acne. Make sure you use an oil-free moisturising cream afterwards with added vitamins A and C. While adding hydration to your skin, they will help to reduce inflammation and irritation.
As you get into your 30s, you’ll want to consider more facials and peels. This will help to get the moisture deeper within your layers. Your skin will change as you get older and it becomes drier each year. What worked in your 20s won’t be as effective in your 30s. Don’t be afraid to make changes.
And always combat those hormonal imbalances. As your stress levels go up, your oil production is affected. You could end up with greasier, more acne-prone skin during hormonal flare-ups. You’ll need something that helps you relax and reduce the oil production back down.
Skin Care from 35 to Your Early 40’s
As you get into your late 30’s, it’s all about action. This is when your skin will show real signs of aging. You’ll see pigmentation starting to darken and wrinkles will start to appear. You may even feel like your skin is losing its moisture through irritation and flakiness.
You still want to follow the tips above for moisturising your skin. However, don’t stick to all the same products and brands that you once used. You need to find something that works with your current skin type. Changing your products up will also prevent your skin getting used to formulas.
Look out for oil-based moisturising creams. They will help to balance out the lacking natural oils in your body, adding extra to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
Make sure you add more vitamins A and C to your diet and to your moisturising creams. If you need to, add them in naturally with lemon juice, honey, and coconut oil. You get rid of the drying, damaging toxins when you go completely naturally.
Don’t be afraid to use hydrating masks more often. Your face needs extra help in maintaining the hydration levels and you may not be too comfortable using coconut oil on your face on a daily basis.
It’s also worth adding peptides to your skin. You can do this naturally! Peptides will help to further boost the collagen production, which will really start to show problems in production levels at this point in your life.
Don’t forget to sleep as much as possible. Getting a good night’s sleep sounds cliché but it is the best for your skin. While you sleep, your skin is able to regenerate and repair. You’ll get rid of the dark circles under your eyes and puffiness in the lids instantly.
Skin Care from 45 Onwards
Once you hit your mid-40’s, you will need to maintain your skin. This is the most important time for preserving, as the cells don’t regenerate as well as they used to. Collagen production can be difficult to boost, so you want to just prevent it from dropping any further.
You’ll find it harder to absorb all the nutrients your body eats and drinks. You’ll even find it hard to get them topically through your skin. You’ll want to talk to your doctor about taking supplements to look after your skin and your overall health.
Keep on top of moisturising. This doesn’t stop, even as you hit your 50’s, 60’s, and beyond. This is something you need to do every day to help lock in moisture and protect that collagen production.
Watch out for the amount of Botox and fillers you get. While they can help to remove fine lines and wrinkles, you can damage your skin by going too far. Look out for CACI facials. They will help to work the actual facial muscles, improving the tone of them to improve the tone of your face. They actually stimulate your collagen production, lifting your face naturally for longer.
You’ve seen the celebrities who overdo their facials and Botox. By limiting yours, you will get a flawless look that appears natural to everyone else.
Try not to remove anything from your routine right now. Nor do you want to just replace items. This is the time to add more, whether on a morning or on a night. If you really want to shake things up, try the Asian skin care routine. It’s 10 steps to cleanse, nourish, and moisturize.
If you haven’t started to already, add some brightening agents to your skin care routine. This is the time that pigmentation darkens and you end up with dark blemishes across your skin. Using a product with a skin brightening agent will help you repair the pigmentation damage. If you are using these creams, avoid them on a morning. They will make your skin more sensitive to UV rays, potentially causing more damage. Use them on a night, while your skin rejuvenates, to allow more absorption time.
Of course, a good diet and exercise will continue to help improve the look of your skin. They are both also good for your overall health.
Looking After Your Skin Throughout the Ages
Whatever age you are, you can look after your skin. There’s no time too late. In fact, getting to your 60’s could still mean you have time to repair some of the damage. You get to stop further signs of aging by boosting the collagen production and looking after your skin.
However, the best time to start is right now. The younger you are, the more control you have over preventing the signs of aging taking place. Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen on a daily basis and always moisturise to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Even if you have oily skin, you want to use a moisturising cream on a daily basis.
Take care of your skin. It won’t repair and age well if you don’t. Following the age-related tips above will give you the best chance of amazing skin when you’re 100.