Your skin isn’t a static organ. It spends lot of your life going through as many changes as the rest of your over the course of your life. A lot of these changes we don’t notice, but the ones in our skin tend to be relatively obvious as they tend to define our skincare issues for a given section of our lives. Each new decade of our life seems to bring with it its own challenges and sometimes things that we’ll later miss. The trick to proper skincare is learning what to expect, anticipating it, and getting ahead of any problems that might turn up. This will help minimize any issues that might cause active damage while keeping your skin ready for the particular challenges that it is going to be facing in the future. Your 20s, for instance, are fairly good years for your skin even though your skin will be gradually losing some of its abilities as it approaches your 30s. That’s where you generally need to start actively paying attention if you haven’t already started by then.
Your Skin In Your 30s
This decade is an interesting time for your skin. In many women, estrogen levels begin to slightly decline over the course of the decade and introduce some of the complications of dealing with higher testosterone into their skin. This really won’t really reach fruition until around your 40s and 50s though. For now, the changes are comparatively small and easier to control. You can expect to favor the beginnings of anti-aging products in your 30s as your skin stops being able to keep up with your skin. Skin begins to thin and dry in your 30s despite this though. Years of continual damage to the skin through facial expressions begins to manifest in fine lines in the expected places. Forehead lines and fine lines around your eyes and mouth become relatively common. These are ease enough to control with the right amount of focus on moisturizing and nourishing your skin to help maintain your skin’s ability to repair itself.
Your Skin In Your 40s
Your skin really begins to change this decade as most of us will be experiencing drastic shifts in hormone levels. This can be a problem given how fast it can actually end up appearing. Skin tends to dull a lot in one’s 40s in addition to overall feeling drier and looking less firm. This is because your skin’s ability to produce collagen and elastin, two major structural proteins, decreases dramatically during this part of your life. Collagen is actually what makes your skin so firm when you’re younger. It is able to bounce back specifically because your skin can repair its loss easily. Additionally, your skin’s ability to actually maintain a healthy ability to spring back into place depends on elastin. Your skin’s decreasing ability to keep up with the demand for these proteins in your 40s is why wrinkles deepen and your skin begins to have an overall slight sag to it. It becomes difficult for your skin to fill itself out, seal in moisture, and overall just keep itself looking like it once do.
Your Skin In Your 50s & Beyond
Menopause isn’t kind to anyone’s skin. Estrogen drops to low levels, testosterone begins to affect the skin more, and collagen and elastin levels drop off further. The end result is that your 50s are when you’ll generally see your skin undergo drastic changes and find new issues that you’re going to have to work against. One of the more pronounced issues is that more testosterone will lead your pores to constrict less and secrete more natural oils. This will lead the skin to dull even more and become less easy to manage even though you’ll likely experience fewer issues overall beyond appearance. Less collagen means sagging will become much more evident. Eyes and cheeks are particularly prone to sagging at this point. Additionally, you can expect an increasing number of veins to begin to appear as well as the skin thin even more as the years pass. You’ll want to focus heavily on anti-aging products and making sure to protect your skin to help minimize the signs of aging for as long as possible.
Just like you, your skin never really stops changing. You learn lessons about life at the same time that your skin is adjusting how it behaves to one degree or another. Doing a little research and staying ahead of the common changes will let you blunt the edge of the worst of the effects. In the end, that’s all we can do to help ensure we age gracefully.