As our bodies age, our skin requires different kinds of attention to deal with issues that arise, and to avoid and prevent damage before it happens. Let’s break down our skin’s needs by decade.
When we’re young, our skin is especially vulnerable as it develops. It’s more sensitive, but it is also getting exposure to the environment, building immunity and resilience to be an effective barrier throughout our lives. Getting kids outside while they’re young is important, but young skin should be taken especially good care of.
Moving into our teens, puberty hits: acne, hair, moodiness, and growth spurts result from the flood of hormones our bodies release. Drinking lots of water, maintaining a good diet low in sugar, exercising to keep our immune systems active, and exfoliating properly, will help avoid buildup in our skin and allow our bodies to settle into healthy adulthood. We tend to spend a lot of time outside in our adolescence, so being aware of the sun’s dangers and benefits can help us avoid some of the more serious issues that can occur.
Moving through our 20s, wrinkles will start developing from buildup if the skin isn’t being cared for well enough. Stressors become more prevalent and can take a toll on our skin, as well as our overall health and energy. Work obligations often leave us unmotivated to do self-care and skincare routines. In our late 20s, some of us begin considering regular health evaluations, preventative care, and some light corrective treatments.
Signs of aging are beginning to show and settle in unless attentively and proactively cared for. In their 30s, people start looking into corrective treatments, rather than only preventative care: wrinkle reduction, spot removal, dermal fillers, and hair loss concerns. As we move through our 30s into our 40s, we are still quite active outside, so we should still be paying attention to our exposure to the sun. Prevention is important at all ages, and as we get older, correction is increasingly difficult.
Signs of aging continue to show in our 40s, and corrective treatments are becoming more interesting for superficial and deeper concerns. Although anyone can get skin cancer at any age, many longer-term conditions may start becoming more prevalent. Regular doctor and dermatologist evaluations will be increasingly important as we mature.
In our 50s, wrinkles are almost a certainty, although those who continue to proactively care for their skin, especially with good exfoliation, hydration, and dietary habits, can maintain healthy skin. Taking care of our bodies and skin at advanced ages is about more than health and longevity since our care routines begin to really affect our ability to maintain an active lifestyle.
People of mature ages can keep their skin and bodies healthy while remaining realistic about the body’s vulnerabilities and limitations. When our immune systems are slowing down, our bodies will each need different support based on our health history. Skincare continues to be important in advanced age since the skin is the barrier between our bodies and the external environment.
Attentive skincare is imperative at all ages, not just when problems arise. Preventative care is often the most effective way to deal with issues by avoiding them altogether. This can’t be done for everything, though, so awareness of your body and your habits will keep you healthy throughout your life. Schedule an evaluation with one of our dermatologists today to ensure you know your skin’s health status.