Throughout Our Lives, Our Skin Evolves
Understanding Aging Skin: In Our 20's
Combat Aging Skin: In Our 20's
1. It doesn’t get any better than sun protection / broad spectrum sunscreen. Dermatologists agree that “what you do in your 20s will reflect how you look in your 40s, 50s, and beyond — and wearing sunscreen is key.”
2. Begin to incorporate Vitamin C creams or serums into your skincare routine.
4. Begin to moisturize regularly.
5. Develop lifestyle habits that will support healthy skin into your future. For more information, check out our article on Swedish lifestyle habits that promote healthy skin.
Understanding Aging Skin: In Our 30's
Combat Aging Skin: In Our 30's
1. This is a good time to start using retinol products, a couple times per week. They can be a bit harsh but you can use milder forms of retinol such as retinyl palmitate and hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR). You can learn more about retinol in our article on the various forms of retinoids.
2. Now, it is really important to moisturize. If the moisturizer you used previously was oil free, begin to introduce some oil because it helps skin retain moisture and radiance.
3. Continue to use sunscreen to protect your skin from damage when outside.
5. Start using products that stimulate collagen production.
6. Use products with hyaluronic acid to retain moisture and fight drying skin.
Important Notes for 40's and beyond: Changes to Skin Structure
Less cells for the epidermis are formed. Existing cells shrink in size. Top layers become thinner. Overall, this leads to a disorganized and more fragile state for the epidermis over time.
In the middle layer of skin, there is a gradual decrease in micro-circulation causing nutrients to not be transported to the epidermis. This leads to a lack of nourishment for both the dermis and epidermis and the eventual thinning and flattening of both of these layers of skin. These connective tissues also lose their fibrous structure and water-binding ability and start to degenerate.
There is a gradual reduction of fatty tissue in this lower layer of skin and it also becomes less resilient to pressure.
Understanding Aging Skin: In Our 40's
Combat Aging Skin: In Our 40's
1. Now, you need to get more serious about using retinoids. Continue using retinol-based creams, but increase the frequency. Learn more about retinoids and how we use gentle, yet potent forms in Stråla One in our article on Anti-Aging with Retinoids.
2. Continue to use hyaluronic acid to retain skin moisture.
3. You need more heavy-duty moisturizers – richer and thicker.
4. If you are not already, definitely add a night cream into your anti-aging skincare regimen.
5. This is also the decade when you may benefit most from using an antioxidant skin care product.
6. There are professional treatments that you can begin to implement, such as chemical peels, laser treatments, or even LED light therapy.
7. Don’t forget to continue applying sunscreen when exposed to UV rays.
Understanding Aging Skin: In Our 50's, 60's, and Beyond
Combat Aging Skin: In Our 50's, 60's, and Beyond
1. Continue utilizing retinol regularly to fight deep wrinkles and lines.
2. Continue using hyaluronic acid to retain moisture and make up for the loss of natural hyaluronic acid production in the skin.
3. Continue utilizing a rich, thick moisturizer to combat dry and rough skin.
4. If you’re not using peptides in your anti-aging skincare routine, add them now to increase the production of collagen in your skin.
5. If you’ve been using soap-and-water to wash your face, stop immediately and start using a gentle non-drying cleanser.
6. Continue using antioxidants to fend off wrinkles and loose skin.
7. Continue using a night cream.
8. Continue to apply sunscreen when exposed to UV rays as skin is now more sensitive to sunlight and skin is prone to develop age spots.