Skincare isn’t the same across all boards. Your skin changes as you get older. If you want to maintain beautiful, healthy looking skin at 59, it’s important to have a strong skincare routine in place now. Read on to discover the best skincare secrets and tips.

20s

Protect your skin

Starting applying sunscreen on a daily basis. You don’t have to be lying on the beach under the direct sun to experience sun damage. Daily sun exposure regardless of season can seriously damage your skin and is the number one cause of premature skin aging. You may not notice it over night, but the brown spots, fine lines and uneven skin tone that may appear over time are the result of daily sun exposure. Spare yourself the grief and starting applying a moisturizer with SPF 30 in it year round

Recommendation: Elta MD Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+

Find the right cleanser

Your skin’s needs have changed since your adolescent years. While harsh exfoliants and astringents may have worked for you in your teens, your skin’s oil glands have started to slow down in your twenties; the need for strong products aren’t as necessary anymore. Figure out your skin type and find a cleanser best suited for that specific skin type. Remember: no matter if you have dry or oily skin, it’s important you cleanse your face of makeup every night.

Recommendation: Jane Iredale Beauty Prep Face Cleanser

Prevent adult acne

Acne can continue on well into our twenties but that doesn’t mean we have to let it control our lives or self-confidence. Invest in a good spot treatment that will heal and treat breakouts as they happen or consider a prescription treatment like Aczone 7.5%.

Recommendation: Murad Acne Spot Treatment

Acne scars and stretch marks

Our bodies go through a lot of changes in our teens; stretch marks are the result of growth spurts and scarring is due to acne breakouts we had when we were younger. If you’ve tried several products to help diminish these ailments to no success, consider Dermapen.

This non invasive treatment uses a micro-needling pen to create tiny punctures in the skin. Don’t be alarmed; these punctures stimulate a natural healing response in the body, resulting in collagen growth and production. Over time, this new collagen thickens the skin to smooth and fill in scars. While most visible results are usually seen 6-8 weeks post-treatment, many patients notice an improvement in their skin after only one treatment.

30s

Invest in a good eye cream

The skin area underneath the eyes is much thinner than the rest of the face and is the first place to give way to fine lines and crow’s feet. Which is why it’s important to start tending to this delicate area early on with a quality eye cream. For dark shadows, invest in an eye cream that contains hyaluronic acid and peptides. If you experience puffiness underneath the eyes, a caffeine eye cream is your best friend.

Recommendation: Joanna Vargas Revitalizing Eye Cream

Use a skin brightener

According to dermatologists, the number one issue plaguing thirty something women is pigment. This can be anything from melasma to sun spots. Plant-based brighteners that contain vitamin C, licorice or kojic acid, for example, are great options for balancing out these skin ailments. Try a brightener in serum form in order to get these ingredients in a higher concentration.

Recommendation: Vivier Skin C + E Serum

How to treat these common skin ailments

Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes abnormalities in the facial blood vessels, resulting in redness and flushing of the face. Laser Genesis is a great treatment for reducing the signs of rosacea as it repairs the skin from the inside out.

The laser treatment stimulates collagen production and a healing response, which in turn makes way for a new skin layer that is smooth, clear and soft.

Under eye hollows

If eye cream doesn’t help reduce the look of fine lines and crepiness underneath your eyes, a hyaluronic acid filler injection like Juvederm is your best option. The filler floods the skin with hydration and helps restore volume and elasticity lost in the eye area.

40s

Hyaluronic acid is your best friend

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring sugar in the body that helps seal in moisture; without it, your skin will suffer from dehydration and facial volume loss. Your skin experiences a significant drop in hyaluronic acid in your forties which is why investing in a quality hyaluronic acid-rich hydrator is crucial. A product like Skin Medica’s Rejuvenating Hydrator contains not one but five forms of hyaluronic acid and aids in hydration, increasing skin smoothness.

Recommendation: Skin Medica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

Don’t forget  your neck

While everyone pays attention to their face, the neck is often overlooked or forgotten altogether. Ironically enough, your neck is an area that experiences premature aging first. Just like with your face, it’s important to hydrate and exfoliate your neck.  Apply sunscreen in the morning, dab on a retinol-rich serum in the evening and exfoliate the area at least once a week.

Recommendation: Skin Medica Retinol Complex

Fine lines and wrinkles

A good skincare routine can be very effective in preventing aging but when laugh lines remain regardless of your current facial expression, it might be time to consider an injectable like Botox or a dermal filler.

Botox and dermal fillers have become the go-to treatment for diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. While Botox uses a purified protein to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid to restore lost volume and fight fine lines. Both have been approved for wrinkle therapy and provide the highest quality results for women looking to soften fine lines and wrinkles.

50s

Slow skin aging with lipid-rich creams

Your estrogen levels take a nosedive in your fifties, which results in a serious lack in hydration, protection and collagen production in your skin. Your lipid, fatty acids and cholesterol levels also suffer. It’s for this reason fine lines and wrinkles become more prominent. To help replenish your skin with the nutrients it needs, apply a lipid-rich moisturizer twice a day- doing so will help repair a depleted skin barrier and fight dryness and inflammation.

Recommendation: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore, $125

Stubborn fat

Sometimes despite regular exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle, stubborn fat remains. Think love handles and stomach pouches. For a while, liposuction was the only solution for permanent fat reduction. Now, we have CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a patented cooling technology that freezes and removes fat cells naturally in the body-without surgery or extensive recovery time. It is the number rated fat reduction treatment in the world and can help target stubborn fat on the chin, back, inner thighs, arms, abdominals and love handles.