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Skincare In Each Decade of Your Life

Tips for a Lifetime of #Beauty

Great skincare is a lifelong journey. While some people are just born with great skin, most of us really have to work at it to achieve healthy skin. Living in Arizona without an abundance of sunshine and low humidity, we’re especially susceptible to sun damage, burns, and of course, dryness. To help your skin remain healthy throughout your lifetime, I’d like to explore age-specific skincare advice, addressing the unique needs of teenagers, young adults, and mature individuals. Let's dive in!


Ages 13-19

During your teenage years, your skin undergoes numerous changes due to hormonal fluctuations. This is the time in your life when establishing a proper skincare routine is crucial for maintaining healthy skin and preventing future skin concerns. To maintain a clear and healthy complexion:

  • Consistent Cleansing: Cleanse your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, excess oil, and impurities. Cleansing in the morning and evening helps keep your skin fresh and unclogs pores, reducing the likelihood of acne breakouts.

  • Sun Protection: Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is essential even at a young age. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to shield your skin from harmful UV rays before heading outdoors. Regular sunscreen use helps prevent sunburns, premature aging and reduces the risk of skin cancer.

  • Say No to Picking: It can be tempting, but picking or popping pimples can lead to scarring and further inflammation. Instead, treat acne with targeted spot treatments. If acne develops, it may be time to seek a consultation with a licensed esthetician for appropriate care.

  • Hydration: Use an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer to maintain proper hydration without clogging pores. Proper hydration helps maintain a balanced complexion and supports overall skin health.

  • Practice a healthy lifestyle: Skincare is not just about external care but is also influenced by your overall lifestyle. Maintain a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and manage stress levels. These factors contribute to healthy skin and can help reduce the occurrence of breakouts.


Ages 20 - 29

In your 20s, establishing good skincare habits lays the foundation for healthy and radiant skin in the years to come. Decisions and actions made in your 20s really do affect the health and appearance of your skin for years to come.


  • Protect your skin from the sun: Sun protection is crucial in your 20s to prevent premature aging and protect against harmful UV rays. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, even on cloudy days. Remember to reapply every two hours and wear protective clothing and accessories like hats and sunglasses when exposed to the sun for extended periods.

  • Cleanse and moisturize daily: Maintain a consistent skincare routine by cleansing your face twice a day to remove dirt, sweat, and impurities. Choose a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type. Follow up with a lightweight moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and balanced. Moisturizing is important, even if you have oily skin, as it helps maintain a healthy moisture barrier.

  • Exfoliate regularly: Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and promotes a more radiant complexion. Incorporate a gentle exfoliant into your skincare routine once or twice a week. Choose chemical exfoliants like AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) for gentle and effective exfoliation.

  • Start using eye cream: The delicate skin around the eyes is prone to early signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Incorporate an eye cream into your routine to hydrate and protect this area. Look for products containing ingredients like peptides, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants to address specific concerns like dark circles or puffiness.


During Pregnancy

Hormonal changes can have a significant impact on the skin during pregnancy and beyond. Below are some skincare tips that can help pregnant women accommodate these changes with a focus on prioritizing the safety of the baby. When in doubt, consult with your healthcare provider for guidance based on individual circumstances and specific concerns.


  • Use pregnancy-safe skincare products: Opt for skincare products that are labeled as pregnancy-safe or specifically formulated for expectant mothers. Avoid ingredients such as retinoids, salicylic acid, hydroquinone, and high concentrations of essential oils, as they may have potential risks during pregnancy. Instead, look for gentle and natural alternatives.

  • Maintain a gentle cleansing routine: Stick to a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, excess oil, and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Avoid harsh scrubs or exfoliants that can irritate the skin. Cleanse your face and body with lukewarm water to prevent excessive drying.

  • Moisturize: Pregnancy hormones can sometimes lead to dehydrated skin. Keep your skin moisturized and hydrated with gentle, pregnancy-safe moisturizers. Look for ingredients like shea butter, and natural oils. Apply moisturizer after bathing or washing your face to lock in moisture.

  • Protect your skin from the sun: Pregnancy can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it's crucial to protect it from harmful UV rays. Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and seek shade whenever possible.

  • Be cautious with acne treatments: Acne breakouts can occur during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Avoid using over-the-counter acne treatments containing ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Instead, consult with your healthcare provider, esthetician, or dermatologist for pregnancy-safe acne treatment options.

  • Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated from within. Maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and nutrients to support overall skin health. Get enough sleep and manage stress levels as they can impact your skin's appearance.

Remember that each pregnancy is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's essential to listen to your body and pay attention to any changes or reactions your skin may have. If you have any concerns or questions, reach out to your healthcare provider for guidance.


Ages 30 – 39

During your 30s, it's crucial to establish a skincare routine that focuses on prevention and maintenance. Now is the time to become more focused on addressing the early signs of aging.


  • Use antioxidants: Antioxidants play a crucial role in protecting your skin from environmental damage and repairing cellular damage. Incorporate products containing antioxidants like vitamin C, resveratrol, or green tea extract into your skincare routine. These ingredients help combat free radicals and promote a youthful complexion.

  • Invest in a quality eye cream: The skin around the eyes is now more delicate and prone to fine lines, wrinkles, and crow's feet. Use a nourishing eye cream specifically formulated for the eye area. Look for ingredients such as peptides, retinol, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, firm, and minimize signs of aging.

  • Introduce retinol or retinoids: Retinol is a powerhouse ingredient that helps boost collagen production, improve skin texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Consider adding a retinol or retinoid product to your nighttime skincare routine. Start with a low concentration to avoid potential irritation.

  • Hydrate effectively: As your skin ages, it tends to lose moisture more easily – especially in the Valley of the Sun. Opt for hydrating serums, moisturizers, and facial oils to maintain a healthy moisture barrier. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and glycerin that attract and retain moisture in the skin.

  • Prioritize sun protection: Sun protection is crucial at every age, and in your 30s, it becomes even more important to prevent further skin damage and premature aging. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, even when indoors or during colder months. Don't forget to protect other exposed areas, such as your neck, hands, and chest.


Ages 40 – 49

In your 40s, the skin undergoes significant changes, including a decrease in collagen production and a slowdown in cell turnover. To address these changes and maintain a youthful complexion, maintaining moisture and firmness becomes essential.


  • Hydration is key: As the skin tends to become drier with age, it's crucial to prioritize hydration. Use a rich moisturizer that contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and natural oils to nourish and hydrate the skin. Consider layering a hydrating serum or facial oil underneath your moisturizer for added moisture retention.

  • Focus on anti-aging ingredients: Incorporate skincare products that contain anti-aging ingredients like retinol and peptides. Retinol stimulates collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Peptides help improve skin elasticity and firmness. Introduce these ingredients gradually to minimize potential irritation.

  • Don't forget your neck and décolletage: Often, the neck and décolletage area show signs of aging before the face. Extend your skincare routine to include these areas by applying moisturizer, sunscreen, and anti-aging products. Gently massage the products in an upward motion to promote circulation and improve skin texture.

  • Broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must: Sun protection remains crucial in your 40s to prevent further damage and protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, regardless of the weather or season. Apply sunscreen generously on your face, neck, and any exposed skin and reapply as needed, especially when spending prolonged periods outdoors.

  • Exfoliate regularly but gently: Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and promotes cell turnover, revealing a more radiant complexion. However, in your 40s, it's important to choose gentle exfoliation methods to avoid over-exfoliating and potentially damaging the skin. Opt for chemical exfoliants like AHAs or BHAs, which are milder on the skin. Exfoliate 1-2 times a week to maintain a healthy glow and improve the absorption of other skincare products.

Consider professional treatments: In addition to a consistent at-home skincare routine, professional treatments like facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion can provide a deeper level of rejuvenation and address specific skin concerns. Consult with a licensed esthetician or dermatologist to determine which treatments are suitable for your skin type and concerns.

Ages 50 – 59

In your 50s, it's important to continue caring for your skin to maintain its health and vitality. A healthy lifestyle and healthy habits will be reflected in your skin’s appearance.


  • Hydrate and nourish: Focus on deep hydration and nourishment for your skin. Use a rich moisturizer that contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and natural oils to replenish moisture and support the skin's barrier function.

  • Boost collagen and elasticity: Collagen production decreases with age, leading to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Look for skincare products that contain ingredients like retinol, peptides, and growth factors to help stimulate collagen synthesis and improve skin elasticity. Regular use of these ingredients can help minimize the signs of aging.

  • Protect from sun damage: Sun protection remains crucial in your 50s to prevent further sun damage and protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Continue using broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, and reapply as needed, especially when spending extended periods outdoors.

  • Emphasize eye and lip care: The delicate skin around the eyes and lips tends to show signs of aging more prominently. Use targeted products like eye creams or serums that contain ingredients like peptides, retinol, and hyaluronic acid to address fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness in these areas. Also, remember to protect your lips with a moisturizing lip balm that contains SPF.


Ages 60+

In your 60s and beyond, skincare becomes even more important as the skin undergoes significant changes due to aging. Hormonal shifts, reduced collagen production, and decreased elasticity can affect the skin, so be sure to maintain your skincare routine.




  • Eye and lip care: The delicate skin around the eyes and lips requires special attention. Use targeted products like eye creams or serums that contain ingredients such as peptides, retinol, and hyaluronic acid to address concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness in these areas. Apply a moisturizing lip balm to keep your lips hydrated and protected.

  • Hydration: Hydration is crucial for mature skin, which tends to be drier. Use a rich and hydrating moisturizer that contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and natural oils. Apply moisturizer to damp skin to lock in moisture and promote better absorption. Consider using a hydrating facial mist throughout the day to refresh and hydrate your skin.

  • Protect from sun damage: Sun protection remains crucial to prevent further sun damage and protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF (30 or higher) every day, and reapply as needed, especially when spending prolonged periods outdoors. Opt for protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses to shield your skin from direct sun exposure.

  • Focus on firming and lifting: Look for skincare products that specifically target firming and lifting the skin. Ingredients like peptides and retinol can help stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity.

Practice self-care and healthy lifestyle habits: In addition to a consistent skincare routine, prioritize self-care and healthy lifestyle habits. Get enough sleep, manage stress levels, eat a balanced diet rich in antioxidants and nutrients, and exercise regularly. These habits contribute to overall well-being, which can reflect positively on your skin.

Remember, consistency is key when it comes to skincare. It may take time to see results, so be patient and stick to your routine. If you have specific skin concerns or questions, consult with a licensed esthetician or dermatologist for personalized advice.


As a licensed esthetician and owner of a laser and med spa business, I'm dedicated to helping clients of all ages achieve and maintain healthy, radiant skin.



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