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How best to look after your skin as it changes with age

We’d love it if our skin was always glowing and vibrant but as we age, our skin does too. This means that we have to adjust our skin care routines throughout our lives if we want to stay looking our best.

Teenage skin

Hormones can cause havoc on your skin during your teenage years, with many teenagers suffering from oily skin and acne breakouts as hair follicles mature, sweat glands develop and skin cells start producing sebum (oil). Thankfully, our teenage skin is strong and elastic enough to cope with this; having plenty of collagen and elastin helps it keep its shape. As we reach our late teens, our skin is thicker than ever before, offering plenty of protection.

Teenagers should start caring for their skin by washing it twice a day, using a cleanser that’s suitable for their skin type and by applying a moisturiser that’s alcohol-free. They should make sure they drink plenty of water so their skin doesn’t become dehydrated, and try to get as close to eight hours of sleep a night as they can.

Twenties skin

In your twenties your skin is still firm and looks plump. Most people who had acne in their teens will be pleased that it’s cleared up but some people may still struggle with breakouts.

It’s vital that you continue to look after your skin, protecting yourself from sun damage by wearing plenty of sun cream. If you neglect your skin in your twenties it can have a huge impact later on.

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Thirties skin

Your skin is starting to slow down its production of cells so it won’t look as plump as it did in your teens and twenties. You’ll start seeing crow’s feet develop by your eyes and the odd wrinkle and blemish elsewhere so you might want to introduce an anti-wrinkle cream to your skin care regime.

It’s important that you start eating healthier, if you don’t already. Zinc-rich foods, fresh fruits and vegetables  can help give your skin a boost as they aid blood flow and provide the vitamins it needs to stay looking youthful.

Forties skin

Wrinkles will be more prominent in your forties as your skin has less collagen than in your thirties. Your skin cells will be producing less serum too so your skin can become dry and dull.

To keep your skin as supple and hydrated as possible, make sure you moisturise, don’t wear too much makeup as it’ll block your pores, and use a serum that contains glycerin to stop it feeling dry. You might also want to try some wrinkles home remedies to see if you can reduce the prominence of your wrinkles.

Fifties skin

By the time you reach your fifties, your skin’s elasticity will have broken down considerably and you’ll likely have age spots as well as wrinkles. It will be thinner and drier, causing it to be flaky in parts.

It’s very important that you continue to moisturise and use products that will keep it hydrated. Creams and serums are a must as your skin won’t be producing the same level of natural oils as it has in the past.

Sixties and over skin

Your skin will be very similar to how it was in your fifties but it might be slightly more sensitive. This means that you have to be gentler to it and it might be a good idea to stop exfoliating. If you can, try to exercise to keep your blood pumping and make sure you continue to eat well.

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