in Face & Body
It is not pointless to think of anti-aging when you are still in your twenties. In fact, the key to retaining youthful skin well into fifties is to start early when your cheeks still glow with youth. Already in your late twenties you can use some treatments to combat some early signs of aging. As you grow older you will be simply gradually adding more treatments to treat more advanced signs of aging. Here is an action plan by decade:
In Your 20s
In your twenties you are still enjoying probably the most beautiful skin you will ever have and although you might not concern yourself much with long-term skin care, this is the time when first cosmetic flaws appear. This includes freckles, enlarged pores and tiny wrinkles. Besides good daily skin regimen, you can enhance your skin by doing regular light chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
Just like at any age, it is important to get an adequate sun protection for your skin. The results of sun damage you get in your twenties won’t show up until your late thirties or forties (also see The Factors of Skin Aging). So even if you don’t see any visible harm to your skin now, it will show up later. Preventing it now is much easier than combating it later.
In Your 30s
In your 30s you begin to really realize that you too are going to age. Your skin doesn’t repair as fast as before. This leads to decreased collagen and accumulation of damaged connective tissue. You get more fine lines and your very first wrinkles. You might notice a significant drop in skin hydration, as well as early signs of sagging near eyes. Other common problems of this age include crow’s feet around the eyes, furrows in the forehead and first signs of lines around the mouth. You might also have brown spots and generally mottled pigmentation.
If the signs of aging are not too dramatic, you can use soft non-ablative resurfacing techniques. You might also find useful tretinoin-based creams, such as Renova and Retin-A.
In your 40s
In your 40s dermal degradation continues. Skin tends to be dry. You typically get even more wrinkles around your eyes, forehead and around your mouth. Your skin gets even rougher texture than before. Pores and age spots enlarge and define. The skin near your eyes begins to sag, as well as your cheeks. You might develop baggy eyelids.
Additionally to treatments you have been using before you may consider adding laser resurfacing, lasers for brown spot removal and medium strength chemical peels.
In your 50s and Beyond
Unless you were taking a good care of your skin in your previous decades, you are likely to experience uneven color, pigmentation, worsened sagging, dark circles under your eyes and abundance of wrinkles and lines. The best way to confront this is to combine a number of different treatments. You will need to consult an experienced dermatologist to help you develop an effective plan customized for your individual needs.