As you age, your skincare needs are going to change. That means the cosmetic dermatology services you're using now might need to change in a few years. Want to know how you can take care of your skin every decade? Here's what you need to do.
Prevention is the name of the game when caring for your skin. During your 20s, you might be enjoying the best skin you've ever had. That said, your skin is also undergoing small changes -- your cells aren't regenerating as quickly, your collagen production is slowing, and your skin won't repair quite as well as it used to. That's why adopting good skincare habits during this decade of your life is so important. How you take care of your skin now will follow you throughout the rest of your life. That means you need to invest in preventive skincare as soon as possible. And the first product in your toolkit should be sunscreen. Sun damaged skin not only ages more quickly, but it puts you at risk of developing skin cancer. Another important skincare tool you'll need to make use of is retinol. When added to your skincare routine, retinol can help increase cell turnover and stimulate collagen production. As a result, you'll be looking at smoother, brighter, and more supple skin during your 20s and even into your 30s. Just be careful to introduce this product into your routine a little bit at a time -- too much retinol too quickly can result in skin irritation.
Your 30s will require you to make even more changes to your skincare routine. While applying sunscreen and using retinol are still important components of protecting your skin, you'll need to add a few more treatments in there for maximum impact. Past bad behavior, sun damage, and other signs of aging will first start to show during your 30s. The first thing you'll need to do is get comfortable with chemical peels. Not only are these treatments an excellent way to combat wrinkles, but they can also help brighten your skin and reduce the appearance of age spots. Topical vitamin treatments are also an excellent idea for skincare in your 30s. Vitamin C and vitamin E, in particular, are great options to consider adding to your skincare routine during this stage of your life.
If you've been consistent about good skincare during your 20s and 30s, then it's safe to say that you'll be reaping those benefits during your 40s and beyond. During this stage in your life, your biggest concerns will likely be dry skin and the formation of wrinkles. One of the best things you can do for your skin during your 40s is create a skincare routine full of hydrating and collagen-boosting treatments. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides should be your top priority. Thick, rich creams are also an essential part of caring for your skin during your 40s. It's also a good idea to consider more intensive cosmetic dermatology treatments. Botox injections, light therapy, and microneedling are all excellent options for anti-aging treatments during your 40s and beyond.
If you're unsure what your skin needs at this stage in your life, it's time to talk to a dermatologist. Don't hesitate to set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today.