We’ve become a society obsessed with our looks. It’s been noted that we spend more on beauty products in the West than we do on education. Why are we so obsessed? Because it’s easier and less expensive than ever before. Anti-aging skincare technology has improved leaps and bounds. We know more about the skin now than we did. There are innovative skincare products that can erase years, and needless to say, the plastic surgeon has perfected his trade that processes are simpler and more affordable than ever before.

Are we justified in our obsession?

It is said that beauty is only skin deep, and while I believe this to be true it is also important to do what feels best for you. If keeping up appearances gets you through the day then, by all means, that is what you will need to do, however I must add that I’m not fond of going under the knife. With the enormous advances made in skincare products now, I’d much prefer taking the less invasive route.

Here’s a few age related strategies and remedies that will help increase your skin’s appearance at any age without knives and needles.

20 Plus

Your skin is in its peak of beauty in your twenties, however nurture its attractiveness and always use at least an SPF 30 sunscreen. Obviously this should continue at any given age.

Avoid oily makeup and cover ups. Use an oil free moisturizer daily. This is also a good time to start using an eye cream under the eye area at night.

Try using products that contain green tea that have shown to help decrease the chance of skin cancer.

30 Plus

Your 30’s is when your skin is starting to be a bit dryer and sun damage may start to appear. It’s time to begin using thicker moisturizing creams in order to lock in significant contents of moisture. Continue with eye creams at night and use your sunscreen . Also, skin bleaching products might need to get employed to reduce dark spots from sun damage.

Hint: Put your moisturizer on over moist skin. This helps lock in more moisture.

40 Plus

It’s time to kick it up another notch. Your forties is if your skin loses a lot of it tightness. It may start to look dull and your pores may become bigger. Blotches, freckles, age spots, discoloration, and changes in skin color may become far more visible. Retinoids, anti-oxidants and alpha hydroxy acids may enhance the appearance of your skin and your 40’s are a great time to start using them. Of course it’s crucial that you keep on having a thick moisturizer and eye serums on a daily basis.

Home microdermabrasion kits are also an option that may create a smoother more even seeming skin tone and texture while rejuvenating your skin’s texture and colour.

50 Plus

Changes in skin have attained high gear. Menopause has helped in the reduction of Estrogen which is what’s given your skin its elasticity and retained it hydrated, however because those estrogen levels have diminished, you will start seeing wrinkles form around your eyes, drooping eyelids and expression lines around the forehead and mouth.

Begin with lotions or wrinkle reducing formulas like vitamin A. Post menopausal women may also use a lotion containing progesterone that mayimprove skin elasticity and stability.

60 Plus

By age 60 all types of collagen are significantly under their youthful levels. There are, however wonderful hydrating lotions which contain Alpha Hydroxy acids (Glycolic acids), soy, green tea andretinol (vitamin A) that your skin is going to need now that it’s drier and showing major signs of age. The alpha Hydroxy acids can decrease droopy skin and the retinol will lower your fine lines.

70 Plus

Your skin’s texture will become visibly less smooth and you will probably start to see age spots. You’ll appreciate the early care you have given to your skin since the symptoms of aging will be minimal, but if you have not started early you will clearly observe the consequences of neglect.

While it’s never too late to look after your skin the damage you have will be tough to reduce without particular medical treatments. All of the above should continue to be implemented but it’s sensible to consult your doctor on advanced treatments.

If you haven’t yet reached 60, the best skincare advice would be to follow a good skin care regimen from an early age. It’s a simple habit to get into and on top of that, you will thank yourself in the future.