In Your 30s
Thirty may be the new 20, but you’re going to have to do a little more work to look that way. This is the decade when the bad habits of our youth start to catch up with us — it’s time to start thinking about how to fight off the initial signs of aging.
Lines around the eyes, changes in skin texture and uneven pigment are the first signs of aging that appear in our 30s. This is the time to start working with a dermatologist to formulate an antiaging strategy,” says dermatologist Dr. Beer.
What to do: Hopefully you’re already committed to a good skincare regimen, but once you hit 30 it’s time to start thinking beyond prevention. Dr. Beer believes this is the decade to start repairing any skin damage in earnest, and if you haven’t started using a prescription cream containing tretinoin such as Retin-A, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist pronto.
Age-specific issue: The skin begins to lose moisture as we progress through our 30s, and some moisturizing ingredients work better than others. Look for products rich in hyaluronic acid, which holds more than 100 times its own weight in water. Another ingredient to look for is squalane, which helps draw moisture into the skin.
Once you hit your 30s, a good concealer can be your new best friend. Makeup artist Kimara Ahnert recommends “a little more coverage that can conceal fine lines or dark circles.” Next, swap out your cream blush for a powder version for more staying power.
In Your 40s
By the time we reach our 40s, we’re usually more comfortable in the skin we’re in, but what if you want that skin to look a little younger? Now’s the time to start thinking about stronger products and in-office procedures that can help turn back the clock.
At this age, you want to step up your skincare regimen. Dermatologist Dr. Beer sees the 40s as the decade to start renovating your skin. “This typically involves products and procedures that complement each other,” he explains.
What to do: There’s a wide array of in-office procedures that deliver results with little to no downtime. Dr. Beer suggests Fraxel laser treatments, chemical peels and Intense Pulsed Light along with products that help keep the skin optimally hydrated and protected.
What to use: If you’ve been using Retin-A or a similar product for some time, Dr. Beer recommends starting a stronger concentration for this decade. “Eye creams and repair serums are essential as well, and I advise using them at night to help your natural repair cycle,” he says.
Age-specific issue: To give your skin repair a jump-start, try a kit that takes the guesswork out of creating a rejuvenating skincare routine by including your cleanser, day cream and night cream.
Since older skin loses elasticity and moisture, makeup artist Kimara Ahnert recommends finding a good foundation that provides good coverage and hydration. To set foundation, use a large fluffy brush for a dusting of translucent powder.
Must-know info: Ahnert says it’s time to leave the dark lipstick colors behing. “Instead, find a nicely pigmented moisturizing lip color, or opt for a sheerer formulation.
Tips by- Paige Herman-Axel, BettyConfidential.com
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