'It's crucial!' Skin care routine to look years younger in your 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s

Woman skin care in mirror

Skin care needs change depending on your age

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 03/07/2024

- 12:21

Updated: 03/07/2024

- 12:22

The best skin care routine to help you look younger changes depending on your age

The skin care products you use and the routine you follow in your 30s should vary from what you do in your 50s.

An expert has told GB News the steps you should follow in each decade for younger-looking skin.

Skin care is a powerful tool in anti-ageing and the younger you start, the better you can prevent the signs of ageing.

No matter how old you are, however, some products can help to turn back the years, medical aesthetic injector and skin specialist Emma Wedgwood explained. She shared her guide on the routine to follow at each decade.

Woman moisturising her face

Sunscreen is important at any age


In your 30s

"Individuals [in their 30s] should focus on preventative care. This includes consistent use of sunscreen, incorporating antioxidants like Vitamin C, and starting with retinoids to boost collagen production and combat early signs of ageing," Emma explained.

"Moisturising regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and adequate hydration are also essential."

In your 40s

She said: "The skin starts to show more pronounced signs of ageing. It's crucial to continue using sunscreen and antioxidants while increasing the use of retinoids.

"Incorporating products with peptides can help with skin firmness and adding hyaluronic acid can keep the skin hydrated and plump.

"Professional treatments like chemical peels or micro-needling can also be beneficial."

In your 50s

"Hormonal changes can affect the skin, leading to dryness and loss of elasticity. A richer moisturiser and products containing ceramides can help maintain the skin barrier," the expert continued.

"Continuing with retinoids, peptides, and antioxidants is important, but people may also benefit from consulting a dermatologist for personalised treatments, such as laser therapy or more intensive peels."

Skin care products

A good skin care routine can turn back the clock


For those in their 60s and beyond

Emma added: "Maintaining hydration and skin barrier integrity is paramount. Gentle cleansing, regular moisturising with products containing hyaluronic acid and ceramides, and protecting the skin with sunscreen are vital.

"Retinoids can still be used, but lower concentrations might be necessary to avoid irritation.

"Professional treatments tailored to mature skin, such as gentle laser treatments or non-invasive lifting procedures, can also be considered."

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