Skin Care is Important at any age
In my opinion, skincare is important at every age. Practicing at an early age will lead you to follow a simple skincare regimen every woman over 50 should follow.
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Following a simple skincare routine in your early twenties or even in your late teens will become a habit that you should follow for the rest of your life. It will become second nature, like brushing your teeth.
You might be feeling lazy or tired at night to take off your makeup. This is the worst thing you could do to your skin.
You could start your lifelong skincare regimen by doing something so simple as to remove all traces of makeup. If you don’t do anything else to your skin, just remove your makeup with wipes or other makeup removal products, like a skin lotion.
In Your Teens
In your teens, unfortunately, you develop acne. Some cases are worse than others. But pimples are our life in our teens.
I’m sure we have all dealt with it. I have had many dealings with the odd awful looking and embarrassing pimple or blackhead. I have bought and used so many products to try to get rid of them.
Just washing your face on a regular basis, in the morning and in the evening is a start. In my early teens to late teens, I never wore makeup. Yup a shocker . . . lol!
But my daughter does. She is seventeen and wears light makeup when she goes out with friends or has some important functions.
Times are different these days. A lot of young girls start wearing makeup at a younger age then when I was a teen. And there is nothing wrong with that. You should just take care of your skin if you start.
In your twenties
In your twenties, hopefully you have overcome the signs of acne. The pimples might come and go but it is time to start taking care of your skin. You are most likely into makeup more (as I was) and you have to wash your face well.
This is the time to develop good habits to preserve your youthful appearance. One major thing to remember and start doing is using a lot of sunscreen.
In my twenties, I loved to sit in the sun. I wore sunscreen but back then it was not used religiously as it is today. Although sunbathing is not healthy for your skin, twenty-year-olds are still going to do it.
So if you are one of them, just apply plenty amount of sunscreen and limit your stay in the sun if possible. Also, keep your skin moisturized.
If you are using an acne formulated skincare line, your skin might appear on the dry side. Use a creamy-based moisturizer after cleansing and toning your skin.
In Your Thirties
In your thirties, after combating acne and any sun damage, we are in need of a little more help with skincare.
While our hormone levels start to decrease, we tend to slowly lose a little bit of that skin glow and our skin doesn’t bounce back as it once did. To help combat this age processing we need to exfoliate our skin more often.
In Your Forties
In your forties, there are still signs of sun damage. You also have to deal with hormone-related issues such as acne and perimenopause. All these things cause your skin to become more susceptible to dryness.
To protect your skin against dryness, you should use a creamy-based cleanser and start using a serum to repair the eye area. You should start using a night-time regimen.
50 and over
You see how important it is to take care of your skin in every decade. There are so many products out there. Please do consider using the ones I have listed or all for your daily routine in skincare.
With every age but especially now, it is not only the products you use on your skin that make you more youthful-looking. It is the attitude you take towards life.
Are you feeling happy with yourself? Are you taking care of yourself? Are you exercising – walking, etc.? Are you eating properly? Are you sleeping properly – going to bed at a decent time?
Skin Care Routine in Your 50’s
Here is a little sample of the way I take care of my skin every day. It is my skincare regimen that I encourage everyone to follow no matter what age.
- Cleanser or Toner – refresh your face from a long-night sleep
- DayTime Cream/Moisturizer – choose the proper cream that will keep your skin properly hydrated
- Foundation Primer
- Hydrating Facial Mist
- Cleanser – all you need is a small dab and lather up to wash away all the makeup
- Toner – with a cotton pad, wipe all the leftover dirt from your makeup. Cleansers might not always totally clean your face so it’s a good idea to use a toner.
- Eye Serum – dab a little in the eye area, which is a delicate part of our face. A very important addition to your evening skincare routine, especially for us mature women, who want to keep those wrinkles away.
- Night-time Cream – apply a cream that will keep your face moisturized throughout the night.
It doesn’t take too much out of your day to commit to a skincare routine. You just need to be faithful to this regimen on a daily basis. The most important thing you should take away from this routine is to never go to bed without washing your face.
If you feel you don’t have time to do this whole routine, just promise yourself to ALWAYS wash your face before you go to sleep. That is something that has always been most important to me.
Now that I am in my mid 50’s, I am happy with my complexion. Call it genes or having taken great initiative in taking care of my skin throughout my adult life.
I just wish the rest of my body could catch up with my skincare.
Work in progress . . . lol!!