Pregnancy in your thirties may actually help clear up your skin, thanks to the extra estrogen in your system. But it can also lead to melasma which are dark splotches on the face. The good news is that these pregnancy-related spots usually clear up after delivery.
In Your 40s
As estrogen levels start to drop, your skin may feel drier and less firm, and wrinkles may look deeper. This may be the time to move from over-the-counter treatments to stronger products such as prescription retinoids.
At prescription strength, this form of vitamin A can help brighten, soften and smooth your skin. But it can also irritate sensitive skin. So talk to your dermatologist to find the right strength that will do the most good for your skin.(1)
Years of time in the sun can come back to haunt you now in the form of skin cancer. According to Health.com, when skin cancer is caught early, it is 99 percent treatable. So get in front of the mirror and take a good look at your skin, from top to bottom. If you see anything suspicious, have your dermatologist take a look.(2)
Sun damage can also appear in the form of brown spots on your skin. Vitamin C can help — not as a drink at breakfast, but in a serum you apply to your skin.
Cleansers with low levels of alpha or beta hydroxy acids can provide good exfoliation to help improve the tone and texture of your skin.(3)
In Your 50s and Beyond
As you enter your fifties, you may notice that your skin seems thinner and starts to lose elasticity. You may also see brown spots and signs that your skin is too dry.
Try glycolic acid to ease symptoms of dehydration or dryness. Using this type of product can help speed up how fast skin cells are replaced, which can help restore a smooth, younger look.(3)
When your skin feels dry, you may be tempted to bathe more often. But bathing with hot water or too much soap can actually make your skin feel more dry rather than less.
Spider or varicose veins, which are enlarged blood vessels under the surface of the skin, may start to appear around this age.
1) The Complete Guide to Having the Best Skin of Your Life at Any Age. Refinery 29. Web. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
2) Great Skin Year after Year. Health.com. Web. Retrieved sept. 29, 2016.
3) Better Skin at Every Age. Health.com. Web. Retrieved September 29, 2016.