SKINCARE ACCORDING TO YOUR AGE


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The needs of skin change over the years. In adolescence, the fluctuation of hormones is usually the most problematic, but at the same time the skin is most forgiving then. Prevention is paramount then. But spending money on expensive serums in your teenage years doesn't make much sense. On the other hand, good quality serums are a great option for women in their forties. So what makes sense and what doesn't? What is it worth wasting your money on? Check out our cheat sheet below.

 

TEENAGE YEARS TO 20

1. CLEANSING
The most important step. No matter the age. If you wear makeup, you will need to cleanse your skin twice. There are more options. Check out this article. Poorly cleansed skin is one of the reasons for acne, pimples and blackheads. But that doesn't mean you have to rub your skin the way you pull mud off your boots. In the first step, remove the makeup. The micellar water or an oil based cleanser will do that nicely. In the second step, focus on actual skin cleansing with a cleansing lotion, gel or foam. Instead of one rough cleanser, use two gentle ones and give it a bit of time to really remove everything. If the skin feels tight or dry after cleansing, the cleanser is too rough for you. Do not dry out your skin!

2. TONERS AND ESSENCE
Oily and/or acne skin requires an AHA/BHA acid. Glycolic and/or salicylic acid will be great at this task. Avoid excessive alcohol content as it dries the skin. If your skin is normal, dry or mixed, go for moisturizing and soothing toner options. Proper cleansing, toning and moisturizing is all that young skin really needs.

3. SERUMS
They are not necessary at this stage of life. Unless your skin is wild. Retinol, for example, is great at fighting acne. But good quality and effective serums are not cheap. They are on the other hand definitely worth the money.

4. CREAMS
Nothing too complicated here. Buy yourself a quaity moisturizer especially if your routine consists only of cleansing and moisturizing. You should at least opt for one that costs more than a couple of bucks. Steer clear of drugstore brands that fill their products with unnecessary and irritating ingredients like pefrume and alcohol. Take a walk to the nearest pharmacy, talk to the lady at the counter and she'll help you find something suitable. A solid cream will cost you around 10-20 euros and you will have it for up to half a year. Friday night partying costs you a lot more. Don't forget about SPF! Prevention is better than curative!

5. OILS
As long as they are not mineral, they are great. They can be used for cleansing or as an addition at the end of your skincare routine. This also applies to oily and acne prone skin. It is often the case that acneic skin is excessively dry, which is even worse. Dry and irritated skin will become even more sensitive and produce more sebum to protect itself. Avoid paraffin products if it's clogging your pores.

6. MASKS
Spend your money on anything other than masks. A mixture of betonite clay, water and apple cider vinegar will solve many teenage skin problems for a small amount.

7. EXFOLIATION
Don’t be rough. Don't treat your skin like she murdered your mother and you want revenge. Your skin is like silk. Soft, gentle, delicate. If you want to scrub your face, use a wet cloth or but an enzyme peeling. Scrubs with coarse, sharp parts can be to harsh and even scratch your skin to the point where there's micro tearing.

  

20 to 30

1. CLEANSING
The most important step. No matter the age. If you wear makeup, you will need to cleanse your skin twice. There are more options. Check out this article. Poorly cleansed skin is one of the reasons for acne, pimples and blackheads. But that doesn't mean you have to rub your skin the way you pull mud off your boots. In the first step, remove the makeup. The micellar water or an oil based cleanser will do that nicely. In the second step, focus on actual skin cleansing with a cleansing lotion, gel or foam. Instead of one rough cleanser, use two gentle ones and give it a bit of time to really remove everything. If the skin feels tight or dry after cleansing, the cleanser is too rough for you. Do not dry out your skin!

2. TONERS AND ESSENCE
Great time to introduce toners with added acids into your routine. Even if this is the only step where you intend to use acids. Tonics are generally gentler than acid "masks" and have this fine property of being diluted with water in case of initial sensitization. Just drip a little more water onto your cotton pad with an acid toner, pat it to your skin and you're good to go.

3. SERUMS
Maybe some hyaluronic acid, or a mild retinol... Think of prevention. Experiment! Aside from a face cleanser and good moisturizers, this is the most sensible investment of your money. Quality serums are not cheap. But luckily for all of us there's The Ordinary.

4. CREAMS
Similar to the above. Moisturizing, perhaps with the addition of prevention. And SPF of course. It is also time to start thinking about night and eye cream. If you are on a tight buget buy a good serum and apply it around the eyes as well. At night you can also use...

5. OILS
Unlimited options here. There are so many variations that you'll surely find one that suits the needs of your skin. Good oils are generally more expensive, but you'll have them for quite some time as you only need a few drops. You can mix them up and create a customized super oil. 

6. MASKS
For the most part, these are just more concentrated face creams. Great for pampering but mostly but usually not worth your money. Unless you're really high maintinance and you're commited to use it two times a week. Buy youself a quality serum and face cream instead. You will benefit much more.

7. EXFOLIATION
This becomes more and more important as we age. Especially acid peels. Spend a bit more money on a good product that contains AHA and/or BHA acids because you won't regret it. The results are really worth it. As for physical exfoliation, the same as above. Streer clear or use a wet towel. After all, the purpose of mechanical exfoliation is only to take away a bit of dead skin. 

 

30 to 40 (and beyond)

1. CLEANSING
The most important step. No matter the age. If you wear makeup, you will need to cleanse your skin twice. There are more options. Check out this article. Poorly cleansed skin is one of the reasons for acne, pimples and blackheads. But that doesn't mean you have to rub your skin the way you pull mud off your boots. In the first step, remove the makeup. The micellar water or an oil based cleanser will do that nicely. In the second step, focus on actual skin cleansing with a cleansing lotion, gel or foam. Instead of one rough cleanser, use two gentle ones and give it a bit of time to really remove everything. If the skin feels tight or dry after cleansing, the cleanser is too rough for you. Do not dry out your skin! 

2. TONERS AND ESSENCE
If you want serious results, then opt for acid toners. Similar to what's written above, with the difference that you can go into more hardcore versions like Biologique Recherche P50. In the case of sensitive skin, opt for moisturizing toners that are also soothing. 

3. SERUMS
At this stage bring on the heavy machinery. Retinol, peptides, hyaluronic, vitamin C and so on. The more you invest, the more you'll get from it.

4. CREAMS
Similar to the above. Humidity, prevention, quality. Don't complicate it. Do not search for products with hundreds of active ingredients. You will get this in your serums already. Also include a night cream and eye cream. AND DONT FORGET YOUR SPF!

5. OILS
Unlimited options here. There are so many variations that you'll surely find one that suits the needs of your skin. Good oils are generally more expensive, but you'll have them for quite some time as you only need a few drops. You can mix them up and create a customized super oil. A great thing for for mature skin skin that tends to be dry.

6. MASKS
For the most part, these are just more concentrated face creams. Great for pampering but mostly but usually not worth your money. Unless you're really high maintinance and you're commited to use it two times a week. Buy youself a quality serum and face cream instead. You will benefit much more. 

7. EXFOLIATION
This becomes more and more important as we age. Especially acid peels. Spend a bit more money on a good product that contains AHA and/or BHA acids because you won't regret it. The results are really worth it. As for physical exfoliation, the same as above. Streer clear or use a wet towel. After all, the purpose of mechanical exfoliation is only to take away a bit of dead skin.

 


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