Anti-Aging Skincare Tips for Every Age

Like your desire to stay in and forgo the wild parties, your skin also changes as you age.
BY Sarah Lim
| Last updated Apr, 2023
Anti-Aging Skincare Tips for Every Age

Most of us wouldn’t mind looking young forever, but our bodies’ natural aging process has other plans! While preventing aging ultimately is impossible, the good news is that YOU can age gracefully with the right anti-aging skincare tips for every age. From your 20s era to your 60s and beyond, there are universal practices as well as specific skincare steps you can take to keep your beautiful skin looking as youthful as possible!

For Your 20s

For Your 20s

While it may not feel like you need to be worried about looking older in your 20s, let the voices of countless older women assure you that the opposite is the case. Around age 20, the collagen in your skin begins decreasing by about 1% every year. This is when YOU need to be proactive about your skincare routine to prevent premature aging!

The best anti-aging skincare tips for the 20s include using sunscreen (at least 30 SPF), as sun protection can help conserve your skin’s collagen production. You should also start using eye cream in your 20s to prevent wrinkles.

Get in the habit of removing your makeup before bed, as leaving it on can clog pores and lead to higher exposure to free radicals, which accelerate the aging process. If you suffer from acne, doing your best to treat it can help prevent scarring. So follow up with your derm if necessary. And yes, YOU do still need a good moisturizer even if you have oily skin—this is one of the most important anti-aging skincare tips for every age.

Eye cream: Kate Somerville +Retinol Firming Eye Cream

Sunscreen: Color Science Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield Flex SPF 50

Makeup remover: Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm

For Your 30s

For Your 30s

If you neglected skincare in your 20s, you’d start paying attention in your 30s. YOUR 30s are when your skin can begin to show signs of aging. And while anti-aging skincare tips for the 30s are similar to your 20s, you’ll want to add a few extra steps.

You should still be religiously using sunscreen, cleansing your face, removing all your makeup before bed, and using eye cream. However, if you haven’t started paying attention to your neck yet, now’s the time to do it. Using neck cream can help improve the appearance of both texture and wrinkles, especially as you age.

It’s also time to befriend Retinol. Retinol is one kind of vitamin A that’s been shown to approve the appearance of skin aging dramatically. As retinol can react with sunlight to cause DNA damage, you should only use it at night. Start by using it every other day before working up to using it every night, and be sure to use it at least a few times a week.

YOUR 30s are also the time to prioritize your self-care, including sleep! Poor sleep often increases the signs of skin aging and disruption of the skin’s natural protective barrier. It also imparts a slower recovery from sun exposure. Regular sleep can protect your skin and keep it looking younger, making it one of the best anti-aging skincare tips for every age.

Eye cream: Kate Somerville +Retinol Firming Eye Cream

Neck cream: Renee Rouleau Intensive Firming Neck Creme

Moisturizer: Tata Harper Water Lock Moisturizer

For Your 40s

For Your 40s

By the time YOU hit 40, you must establish skincare routines for both morning and evening. Your morning skincare should be focused on protecting your skin from the sun, while your nighttime routine is all about rejuvenation with retinol and eye cream. (You can still use eye cream during the day, just be sure it doesn’t have retinol in it!).

Anti-aging skincare tips for the 40s still include best practices such as wearing sunscreen and cleaning your skin every night and continuing to use retinol. It’s also essential to have a great vitamin C serum for your morning routine, which has anti-aging and photoprotective effects. So if you haven’t started using one yet, do so now!

As always, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising can help you maintain that youthful glow through your 40s and beyond.

Vitamin C: Renee Rouleau Vitamin C&E Treatment

Serum: Renee Rouleau Advanced Resurfacing Serum

For Your 50s

For Your 50s

If menopause hasn’t made an appearance in your 40s, it may be waiting for your 50s. Both menopause and peri-menopause (the transition into menopause) can cause skin changes, including acne as well as dry and sensitive skin.

The best anti-aging skincare tips for the 50s include changing your skincare routine as necessary if you’re transitioning into menopause. You should still use eye cream, moisturizer, sunscreen, and retinol. But adjust your routine based on what your skin is currently experiencing.

For example, you may need to “scale back” on your moisturizer if your skin is suddenly super oily. Or, in case you have sensitive skin, you may need to reduce your retinol use from nightly to a few nights a week.

A good exfoliator can help keep skin clear and acne-free, and vitamin C will help you with this too. Finally, consider a soothing toner to calm your skin, get your “glow back,” and allow your skin to absorb all your wonderful products.

Look for products with hyaluronic acid if you have dull skin, as it can help with wrinkles, skin hydration, and firmness.

Exfoliator: Glo Skin Beauty HydraBright Pro 5 Liquid Exfoliant

Toner: True Botanicals Nutrient Toner

Hyaluronic acid: Glo Skin Beauty HA-Revive Hyaluronic Hydrator

For Your 60s and Beyond

For Your 60s and Beyond

For many, their 60s is when postmenopausal skin has really set in. YOU may be seeing hyperpigmentation, sagging skin, thinner skin, or uneven skin tone. Skin collagen content and skin thickness can decrease 1-2% a year after menopause. Not cool! So what are the best anti-aging skincare tips for the 60s?

Continue to gently exfoliate your skin once a week to remove dead skin cells and keep your complexion looking bright. Support that youthful glow with intensely hydrating serums, especially if your skin has been even more dry thanks to menopause—keep your hyaluronic acid close!

Continue to use vitamin C and moisturizer to fight dryness and dullness, and consider a facial oil to lock in moisture and give you that “dewy complexion.” Of course, continue to use eye cream. And consider using a weekly mask to help rehydrate skin and keep it looking its best.

Follow up with YOUR dermatologist for checkups, practice great self-care, always wear sunscreen, exercise, eat healthily, and focus on your neck and chest. Don’t focus only on your face when it comes to your skincare routine.

Facial oil: Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil

Mask: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

Serum: Glossier Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Do You Have an Anti-Aging Skincare Routine?

What are YOUR favorite ingredients or products for your anti-aging skincare routine? Do you have “any advice” to share when it comes to anti-aging skincare tips for every age? Let us know in the comments below!

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