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Maintaining the health and beauty of your skin is a process that should last your whole life. Here are some tips to keep your skin looking its best at any age.
In Your 20s
What you do for your skin at this age will affect it for the rest of your life. One key priority? Sunscreen. According to dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann, “Using SPF every day in your 20s will delay skin aging.”(1)
It's also important at this age to develop a good skin care plan and make it a habit. Be sure to include washing your face every night before bed, using a good moisturizer, and exfoliating if your skin needs it.
If fighting acne is your main concern in your twenties, you might benefit from using a water-based lotion without oils, or a gel with salicylic acid.(3)
This is also the time to develop a relationship with a good dermatologist. Having regular skin checks can help spot skin cancer or other concerns early, as well as helping you get a head start on other skin problems if they show up.
In Your 30s
This is the age when any lapses in sunscreen use during your earlier years may start to show up on your skin. Sun damage to your skin in the past may now start to appear as fine lines or brown spots.
At this age, your body also does not replace cells as fast as it used to, which can leave skin looking dull. One possible solution is to add peptides such as anti-aging serums to your nightly routine.(1)
According to Health.com, peptides can increase collagen for smoothness and help even out pigment in the skin.(3)
Hormone changes, stress or pregnancy can also lead to breakouts and adult-onset acne. If this happens, adjust your skin cleaning plan to include a cleanser with salicyclic acid and be sure to wash your skin every day.
Your dermatologist may also prescribe benzoyl peroxide and retinol to limit acne breakouts.(2) Retinol, which is a form of Vitamin A, can also help combat the start of fine lines in your skin at this age and restore a more youthful look.