Can you guess the largest organ in your body? Believe it or not, the answer is your skin. That means it needs some serious attention and TLC over the years. Keep in mind though, different ages means different stages. Unfortunately, there’s no magical solution to stop your skin from changing as you get older (seriously, we wish), so you’ll want to switch your routine up every few years to make sure you’re catering to specific areas.

No matter how old you are, there are two essentials when it comes to skincare: water and sunscreen. A skin care routine is extremely important, but it won’t go very far if you’re dehydrated or damaging your skin with UV rays. It’s a common misconception that your skin needs more protection in the summer, but don’t forget about it during the winter either. Just because your skin isn’t as exposed during the colder months doesn’t mean it requires any less care. Keep yourself hydrated and keep your skin protected from the sun all year round!

So while one step of your skincare routine should always include sunscreen, let’s break it down and see what’s most important at all ages…

Twenties

When it comes to developing a skincare routine or regime, it’s safe to say the earlier, the better. Your twenties are the perfect time for you to start thinking about preserving and protecting your skin. It’s also a time that your skin might feel a bit neglected. While it might not be for everyone, drinking alcohol, partying into the wee hours of the night, forgetting to take off your makeup every now and then, etc. aren’t exactly an uncommon lifestyle in one’s early twenties. However, those habits have the tendency to do a bit more harm than good to your skin. Makeup, sweat, oil and more can clog your pores, which in turn might make your skin look not so fresh or bright.

One of the most important parts of your routine, which will continue throughout the rest of your life, is washing your face. You should aim to do so twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. It’s actually recommended to double cleanse your face at night because just one wash might not be enough. At first, you’ll be able to remove the make-up, sunscreen or dirt from throughout the day, but a second cleanse will give you more of a deep clean, especially in your pores. Above everything else, you should have a basic skin routine down around the age of 25. Once you figure out what works best for your skin and as you get older, you can simply add products as you go (i.e. serums, under eye creams, spot treatments, and so on).

Thirties

While your skin might not be showing signs of aging juuust yet, your thirties are the perfect time to throw some anti-aging products into the routine. We know, we know. Fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, basically any sign of aging was NOT something Jenna Rink discussed in 13 Going 30. In her defense, she did have a lot going on. But anyway, adding in a retinoid and some eye cream to your nightly skincare is a simple change that will go a long way. And hey, while we’re talking about adding items- you should definitely considering taking a collagen supplement as well if you haven’t already.

Exfoliation is especially important in this stage as well, because your skin only exfoliates naturally every 35 days as opposed to every 14 days like it does in your twenties. Word to the wise- avoid any harsh scrubs. You’ll thank us later. Lastly, don’t forget about your neck! Your neck shows aging relatively earlier compared to other parts of your body, so make sure to apply cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreen to your neck as well. Pro tip: you’ll want to apply them in an upward motion… we don’t need to do gravity’s work for it!

Forties

You might notice in your forties that your skin has started to lose elasticity or some of its texture. Your wrinkles have started to form and settle in, smile/ expression lines are more visible, your skin seems a bit more dry. Remember when you were a teenager and it felt like hormones were wreaking havoc on your body? Well this isn’t as bad as it was (or seemed) 20 some years ago, but hormones are definitely to blame for what we just mentioned. As you get older and approach menopause, your estrogen production decreases, making dry skin and loss of collagen extremely prevalent.

You can still use the same products you’ve been using and follow the same routine, but adding some more moisture will definitely help your dry skin. Check the ingredients of your current products and see if they include antioxidants such as lycopene, green tea or soy. If not, grab a heavier moisturizer with those antioxidants and/ or some collagen-building ingredients (peptides, Retin-A, etc.).

Fifties + Beyond

Signs of aging will definitely appear in your fifties and beyond, no matter how diligently you’ve followed your skin care routine over the years. It’s inevitable. So, what should your main focus be? Moisture! Keep your skin moisturized as often as you can.

If possible, you should get your skin checked regularly throughout all ages and stages of life, but definitely more frequently as you get older. Your skin becomes more and more sensitive over time, especially with sun exposure, so make sure you’re treating it right. Like we said earlier, it’s the largest organ in your body, so give it some much-needed TLC!

If you’re ever looking to take your skin care up a notch, you should consider visiting a skin care spa or center near you. Located in Camp Hill, PA and serving clients throughout the greater Harrisburg area, Premier Medical Esthetics has a wide array of spa services that can treat and improve the appearance of many skin concerns, including wrinkles, rosacea, sun damage, and more!

Give us a call at (717) 769-1937 and DARE TO BE YOU!