Emma Wedgwood

How to look after your skin in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond

Oct. 13, 2022

Most people find that what kept their skin clear and happy as a teenager no longer works for them as they get older. This is because our skin changes as we mature and needs different approaches at different times of our lives. In this article, we look at the shifting demands of our skin, and how to keep it happy at every age.

How to look after your skin in your 30s

In your 30s, hormones begin to drop taking collagen and elastin with them, contributing to your first fine lines and wrinkles. To add insult to injury, cell turnover naturally starts to decrease, which can make complexions look dull and tired.

Your skin will also begin to show signs of sun damage by age 30, which can further contribute to an uneven skin tone, so don’t forget that SPF!

Skincare in your 30s

Exfoliate – Remove dead skin cells and encourage growth with regular exfoliation, and don’t forget to moisturise afterwards.

Injectables – Botox can help prevent those fine lines from becoming permanent and filler can help improve lost fullness.

See a specialist about specific concerns – Don’t let acne or rosacea go untreated. Getting professional help sooner rather than later will help prevent lasting scarring.

How to look after your skin in your 40s

Estrogen dips in our 40s, as we head towards perimenopause (the 10 years leading up to menopause), making our skin thinner and crepy with less elastic. This means that wrinkles become deeper, and pigmentation becomes more noticeable.

But using the right treatments can help reduce the effects of ageing and prevent further damage.

Skincare in your 40s

Vitamin C Serum – Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that will brighten the skin and improve the appearance of wrinkles. A good quality serum will also include ferulic acid, also a powerful antioxidant which is thought to reduce photoaging caused by the sun.

Microneedling – The main thing we are looking to do with skin in our 40s is increase collagen production. Microneedling creates hundreds of micro wounds on the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing process which stimulstes a boost of collagen.

Medical Grade Facials – Prescription strength skin care includes powerful ingredients which are designed to treat your specific skin conditions and concerns. Medi-facials are more effective than standard facials because the medical professional can use products which are not available over the counter.

How to look after your skin in your 50s

Sun damage, repeated facial expressions, reduced muscle and fat and the inevitable drop in hormones that comes with the menopause all gang up on our skin in our 50s. Thinner skin has less elasticity and areas such as the jawline and neck are often the places most affected.

Along with all the above-mentioned treatments, the following treatments might be particularly useful in your 50s.

Skincare in your 50s

Laser treatment – Again, the main cause of skin ageing is the drop in natural collagen causing laxity issues. Laser resurfacing encourages new cell renewal, bringing about thicker and stronger collagen cells. Laser treatments can help smooth out wrinkles and address pigmentation and redness.

Chemical peel – A chemical peel is a powerful exfoliant which gets rid of old skin cells. After treatment, dead layers of skin gradually come away, exposing the younger looking skin below.

Profhilo - Profhilo’s active ingredient is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance which contributes to skin plumpness. Profhilo helps the skin maintain moisture and collagen levels for enhanced firmness.

How to look after your skin in your 60s and beyond

Postmenopausal women will experience a completely different skin type than they had in earlier life. But with 60 being the new 40, our skin needs just as much care and attention as before. But a targeted approach is best, to ensure that you invest in the right treatments.

Most of the already mentioned treatments are suitable for 60s skin, talk to your skincare specialist for advice on what is right for you. In addition, I recommend the following considerations.

Hands – Often forgotten about, our hands can be a dead giveaway when it comes to ageing skin. Always protect the hands with a high strength SPF. Uneven pigmentation can be treated with laser resurfacing, and skin boosters can improve the plumpness of the hands.

Skincare consultation – Now is a great time to invest in a skincare consultation with a medical skincare specialist. Having gone through several changes, you need to be aware of the best way to care for your skin into the future. Medical grade skincare products can help address your specific skin concerns and pave the way for your best skin ever!

Consistent treatments – Consistency is key. Decide on a course of treatment that is right for you with your skincare specialist, and stick to it. Having a plan of how you’re going to manage your skin going forward puts you in the driver’s seat and helps you feel in control of your skin.

If you’d like to discuss the best treatments for your age, why not book a free consultation with me and we can come up with a plan together?

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