Skincare Routine By Age: In Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and over 60

Skincare is a habit, a way of life you cultivate over years of practice. But at the same time, it is very dynamic, changing every few years in your life. When you are young, you get away by using minimal products, but as age progresses, anti-aging and moisturizing products begin to pile in the vanity cupboard. So here’s a broad guide on skincare routine by age, be it in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, or over 60s.

1. Skincare in your 20s 

20s is usually the age when most women start using skincare products. They become aware of their skin’s needs, the importance of taking care, wiping off makeup every night, etc. Therefore skincare in 20s is a lot of trial and error. 

-     The products that begin to pile in your kit at this age are usually makeup removers, moisturizers, and radiance or glow-inducing serums. 

-     But along with these, your skin also needs to start a doze of anti-aging. Why? So that you get precautionary care before your 30s. 

-     The skin’s collagen and elastin may start to decline already but the effects show in your 30s. 

-     So it is recommended that you start anti-aging serums too. 

-     Another product that should become a staple in your kit is sunscreen. 

2. Skincare in your 30s

30s is that time between your youthful skin’s perfect texture and the age when fine lines and wrinkles disrupt it. It’s a transition period. So in this decade, your skincare also needs to transform. 

-     The skin needs exfoliation more often as its natural capacity to do so goes down.

-     The skin also loses water faster, so you need a moisturizer.

-     If you have been exposed to the sun more in your 20s, then you may also get hyperpigmentation or dark spots in your 30s. Use serums rich in Vitamin C, A, and E, as well as hyaluronic acid.  

-     Also, double-cleansing is a must in your 30s, so invest in a good cleanser. 

3. Skincare in your 40s 

Signs of aging may begin to appear in your 40s. This is the time when all bad skincare habits of youth may catch up, showing in hyperpigmentation, sagging skin, sunspots, etc. Your skin may also start becoming drier. So in general, the skincare in your 40s can be a mix of anti-aging and hydrating. 

-     Try and reduce the use of heavy makeup as powders, concealers, and highlighters may make you look older.

-     Pick a rich moisturizer suitable to your skin type and apply it regularly.

-     Use serums and other products rich in peptides, AHAs, antioxidants, and collagen-stimulating ingredients. 

-     Eat more nuts, berries, fish, fish oil, and leafy greens.

-     Start the use of retinol.

-4. Skincare in your 50s

50s for most women is characterized by their menopause. The hormonal changes in the body are unprecedented, and they inevitably affect your skin. Mostly the skin's ability to retain water is lost, resulting in sagging, dryness, and wrinkles. If you have been sun-exposed for long years then dark spots also usually appear by your 50s. Hence skincare at this time must focus on hydrating masks and anti-aging serums. 

-     Keep going with a rich moisturizer.

-     Use products with Vitamin A, C, and E to nourish your skin.

-     Go for hyaluronic acid-rich serums for hydration.

-     Get more facials that target anti-aging skincare. 

5. Skincare for Over-60

Many women feel like giving up on skincare by the time they cross 60. But that’s a huge mistake. Your skin may sag or have wrinkles, but it still needs tender love and care. There will be dryness, long-standing spots, marks, wounds, and fine lines — but regular care will make sure your skin looks graceful. 

-     Apply brightening and skin-firming serums.

-     Use a lot of hydrating, hyaluronic acid-rich moisturizers. 

-     Facials, peels, microdermabrasion, and rejuvenating décolleté massages are a great help.

-     Eat good natural foods to supplement any lost vitamins due to menopause. 

10 Tips for All Age Groups:

  1. Always have a skincare plan, no matter your age. Even if it is a minimal plan with only your moisturizer and cleanser.
  2. Maintain a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
  3. Drink a lot of water.
  4. Keep low on the alcohol as it is dehydrating and damaging to the skin.
  5. Sleep well, deeply, and at regular times.
  6. Exercise regularly as it helps with blood flow, and sweating helps rid toxins. 
  7. Keep your mental health in check by enjoying some downtime, socializing, and taking vacations.
  8. Avoid the sun, and use sunscreen with high SPF.
  9. Try and cut down on everyday stress by yoga, running, meditation, etc.
  10. Stop smoking.

Get your skincare plan in order and strive every day to get beautiful skin. Because that’s what they say — beautiful skin is not the end goal, it is a constant journey of self-care.