Your skin in your 20s isn’t the same as your skin back in your teen days. At the same time, your skin once you hit the big 3-0 isn’t the same as when you’re in your 20s. When it comes to your skin, the past is always better than the present. Does it all depend on how you take care of it? Barely. Our skin loses elasticity the more we age. That’s why you might have noticed that your skin is looking a bit dull in your 30s.
Back in the day, you can stay up until 3 in the morning and wake up for a class at 8. Today, you can barely push yourself up to make a cup of coffee if you stayed up late watching a series on Netflix. Drinking hard liquor and getting a hangover is a no-no, too. Your skin will look all puffy and not ready for Zoom meetings when you do that.
The solution is to take care of your skin better, whether you’re in your teens now or your mid-30s. The solution is to learn how to change your skin-care routine when it doesn’t fix your skin problems anymore. And if treatments and procedures are what you need, then be open to the idea as well. If your skin is sagging a bit, you can talk to a dermatologist about a non-invasive facelift treatment. There’s nothing to be ashamed about having imperfect skin. Everyone, at some point in their lives, has gone through that.
When Your Skin Looks Dull
Children have new skin cells every 14 days or less. As you grow older, this period stretches until cell renewal only happens every 28 to 35 days. This means that dead cells are accumulating on the surface of your skin. That produces a lot of skin problems such as redness, irritation, and general dullness.
What can you do about it? Exfoliate at least twice a week. You can get rid of these dead skin cells with an exfoliating cream. The brighter and renewed cells are underneath. This does not only make your skin glow more, but it also ensures that the creams and lotions you put on your skin are absorbed effectively. Do not over-exfoliate, though, because that can irritate your skin.
WhenYour Skin Looks Dry
Your skin will lack moisture as you grow old. You need to slather moisturizer on your skin or else. It will look dry. It takes a longer time for the top layer of your skin to slough off. What you need are hydrating factors such as hyaluronic acid. The problem is that as you age, your body will produce less and less of this, making your skin look dry and opening it up to irritants.
You need to look for an exfoliating cream withalpha-hydroxyacids (glycolic, lactic, and citric, among others). You also need to use a moisturizing cream on your face. If you have oily skin, look for products that are made for your skin type. You still need moisturizing cream, although not as regularly as when you have dry skin.
When the Skin on Your Face Starts to Sag
Your skin should be naturally plump when you’re younger. But as you grow older, the skin loses its elasticity and collagen. They break down faster than your body can reproduce them. You will start to notice the skin on your face sagging. You’ll have wrinkles and lines, too, as well as bags under the eyes. Did your cheeks use to be fuller? Now, you might notice that your facial bones are beginning to protrude.
These are all signs of aging, yes. That doesn’t mean you should just let nature have its way with you. The most important thing to remember is to start using sunscreen. You need to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. In addition to slathering on sunscreen with SPF 30+, you also have to think about retinol. It will increase collagen and normalize skin cell turnover. You don’t have to look too far. There are plenty of drug store options for your retinol, moisturizer, and skin exfoliating products.
Do not forget that one of the routines you have to start when you begin to age is your skin-care regimen. Taking care of your skin has tons of benefits in the long run. You won’t have as many problems with your skin sagging if you’re going to take care of it starting now. You can still have that glowing and youthful skin in your old age, which most people strive and work hard to have.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.