While it’s never too early (or too late) to think about taking care of your skin, it’s also important to note that as we change and age, so should our skincare routine. What works for you in your 20s, won’t necessarily work in your 30s so it’s important to know what products and regimes you should be adapting, depending on your age. Skincare in your Teens – Your teenage years are often challenged by problematic skin. During puberty your body produces sebum, an oil that leads to blocked pores, blackheads, spots and an oily t-zone. There’s no better time than now to get your baseline simple skincare down to a fine art. A good skin care routine and the right products will repair skin damage, prevent major skin break outs and keep your skin in check. The steps you take now to understand your skin and establish a good routine will set you up for an amazing complexion decades into the future. Skincare in your 20’s – Now is a good time to set up a regular skincare regime, although it shouldn’t be taking up too much of your morning or evening. Rather than focusing on what products you should be using, focus on how you’re treating your skin. You’re often drinking alcohol frequently in your 20s, getting too little sleep and eating an unbalanced diet, all of which can wreak havoc on your skin. To combat the issues that can arise from these lifestyle choices, firstly concentrate on hydration. Remember to drink 8 glass (2 litres) of water per day, especially after a night of drinking. Try to cut back on foods high in sugar and saturated fat, and catch up on sleep when required. As for your skincare routine, keep it simple. Cleanse and moisturise morning and evening, and always apply sunscreen to your face during the day. Skincare in your 30’s – You’re often not as active in your 30’s as your 20’s – a result of long hours, families and other commitments. But research has shown that exercise is crucial to maintaining good skin. Not only does it enhance your skin’s elasticity, it also helps keep your skin brighter. As your pores dilate during exercise, sweat expels trapped dirt and oil, leaving skin feeling fresher and cleaner. It’s also really important to stay hydrated in your 30s, as your skin starts to produce less oil as a result of sebum production slowing down with age. Keep your skin hydrated and moisturised by continuing with eight glasses of water (in 250ml glasses) a day, and using a heavier moisturiser at night, and a lighter moisturiser during the day. Keep up with wearing sunscreen, and cut back on sugar as much as possible. As your metabolism starts to slow down, it’s important to really think about what goes into your body as it’s not as easy to work off the effects in your 30s. Begin to use LED based therapies such as IPL – Intended pulsed light and Laser therapies to remove capillaries that are starting to weaken and boost collagen to keep your skin stimulated, smooth and minimise the effects of ageing. Skincare in your 40’s – By this stage it’s hard to avoid the signs of ageing, so embrace it. Try to cutback on using makeup, foundation and powder can settle into fine lines making you look much older. Barefaced skin can do wonders for your pores, so try to regularly embrace makeup-free days. It’s at this stage that cell turnover starts to slow down, so to give your skin a boost, increase exfoliation and increase antioxidants in your diet. Incorporating the use of masks into your skincare regime will help accelerate cell turnover and even out skin tone. In terms of increasing antioxidants in your diet, use organic plant-based oils such as olive oil, avocado oil, and almond oil for cooking food. Red and purple grapes, blueberries, nuts and fish are also examples of antioxidants which are all loaded with vitamins and essential fatty acids, and help keep your skin looking hydrated and youthful. When it comes to taking care of your skin, some things never change. Moisturise, drink eight glasses of water (in 250ml glasses) a day and always wear sunscreen (even on a cloudy day). While other aspects of your skincare regime might change, keep the basics the same and your skin will remain hydrated and glowing, no matter your age. Skin is enhanced by light based therapies such as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and Resurfx. Collagen will respond to all clinic treatments, microdermabrasion, peels, IPL and Laser Genesis Facial, a facial designed to dramatically increase collagen production and leave your skin noticeably smooth boosted and glowing. Skincare in your 50’s – The ageing processes that have started in our 40s continues into our 50s. You may not need to completely overhaul your skincare routine if you have taken care of your skin through your 30s and 40s, however, there are things you can be doing to achieve a smoother, more glowing look in your 50s. By now menopause may increase visible signs of ageing in women as changing estrogen levels in our bodies may result in dry skin. Other hormonal changes from menopause include the skin’s ability to retain water as the oestrogen level drops. The further reduction of collagen will lead to a lack of firmness in the skin, particularly around the jawline and around the eyes. If you have exposed yourself to sun throughout the years, particularly, without sun protection, this will start to become more obvious with the result of rough skin texture and sunspots. You can treat these with our laser treatments including IPL for skin rejuvenation, Laser Genesis for collagen production and M22 ResurFX Skin for skin resurfacing. Your home skin care should include upping your moisturiser game by applying extra layers of moisturiser and incorporating a hydrating mask into your routine, and applying serums with Vitamin A and / or Vitamin C, as well as hyaluronic acid to boost moisture levels in your skin. Introducing a derma roller into your skincare routine will help soften and smooth dry, rough skin. Skincare in your 60’s and beyond – As we enter our 60s and post menopause, the big thing you will notice is the thinning of your skin. This also makes your skin more vulnerable to wounds, dryness, and fine lines. Classic signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles will increase and become deeper, as a result of a lack of estrogen in the skin. Insufficient estrogen levels also results in lower moisture retention, so if you think you have drier skin in your 60s, this is why. A slower cell turnover rate also contributes to a dead skin cell build up, resulting in dull and dry skin. Focus on increasing the skin’s elasticity with brightening and firming topical treatments, along with boosting hydration levels with a hyaluronic acid serum and monthly hydrating facial treatments. Don’t forget to apply an eye cream, and an overnight mask will add an extra level of hydration to your skincare routine. Make it a habit to book in for a regular skin cancer check and eat an antioxidant-rich diet to boost skin health, and most of all, have fun with life and your skincare routine! – If you are new to Total Body Concept then our Guide to Healthy Skin is a great place to start on your skincare journey with us! At our Christchurch-based skin care and laser clinic we offer a full range of facial treatments, from skin peels and microdermabrasion to laser facials including Laser Genesis (aka the ‘Hollywood’ Facial) and IPL for skin rejuvenation. Our highly trained skin specialists will expertly navigate your skin concerns and real results you can see. We will give you a comprehensive skin consultation at your first appointment at Total Body Concept followed by a detailed at home skincare plan.