The Best Skin Care Routine for Your Age
Still using that oil-free cleanser your mom gave you when you were 13? Then it's time to re-think how you treat your skin
If you're in your 30s ...Discoloration caused by sun damage or melasma (aka the mask of pregnancy that can also be caused by birth control) are likely two of your biggest skin challenges. "At this point, you need to start exfoliating regularly because skin only exfoliates naturally every 35 days as opposed to every 14 in your 20s," says Lorencin.
Your ideal regimen:
Step 1: If you used a foaming cleanser in your 20s, it's time to switch to a non-foaming, non-drying cleanser.
Step 2: For day, before applying sunscreen use an antioxidant-rich moisturizer. "There is some evidence that antioxidants act synergistically with sunblock to help guard against photodamage," says Waldorf. "They can also help reduce old damage," she says.
Step 3: Add a retinoid to your regimen to help improve the overall texture and tone of your skin. The highest strengths of retinoids are prescription only, but over-the-counter retinol is a close second. Apply retinoids at night, and avoid putting them on your upper eyelids -- they'll be too irritating on your delicate eye area.
Step 4: If your skin feels like it needs additional moisture after applying a retinoid, use a basic hydrating cream that doesn't contain additional Retinol. "You want to avoid over treating your skin," says Waldorf.
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