How to have flawless skin at every age: Skincare tips in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s

From using a multi-B serum in your 20s to retinol in your 30s and eye creams in your 40s, as we age our skincare routine needs to adapt.  

Dr Josh Wall, Cosmetic Doctor and the Medical Director of Contour Clinics in Sydney, told FEMAIL it’s essential to understand your skin type based on your age to determine the exact products you need.

‘It’s never too late to start or change your skincare routine, but it’s also important to receive advice from a professional about your concerns rather than choosing blindly from shelves,’ he said. 

It’s important to use the right products in your skincare routine in accordance to your age – for instance SPF moisturiser in your 20s, retinol in your 30s and hyaluronic acid serums in your 40s (stock image)

Dr Josh Wall, Cosmetic Doctor and the Medical Director of Contour Clinics, (picture) told FEMAIL it's essential to understand your skin type based on your age to determine the products needed from your 20s right through to 50s and beyond.

Dr Josh Wall, Cosmetic Doctor and the Medical Director of Contour Clinics, (picture) told FEMAIL it’s essential to understand your skin type based on your age to determine the products needed from your 20s right through to 50s and beyond.

What should you do in your 20s?

* Daily cleansing

* Daily moisturising

* Daily SPF

* Twice weekly exfoliation

* Facials at the change of each season 

Source: Beauty therapist Adie Robertson

Skincare in your 20s 

During your 20s, the three most effective products you can use to protect your youth is a SPF moisturiser, toner and a multi-B serum. 

Multi-B or vitamin B serums are a powerful skincare product formulated with a complex blend of extracts and can be used to improve the look of discolouration and balance oils.

Popular brands known for this product include Aspect, The Ordinary and La Roche-Posay.  

SPF moisturisers are lightweight and ideal to apply in the morning prior to makeup, while toner will fight unwanted acne breakouts. 

Varying brands of SPF and toners can be picked up from Priceline and Chemist Warehouse.  

Dr Wall said multi-B serum is a ‘hero’ product that can be used to ‘help with rejuvenation and rebuild the skin’s natural barrier’. 

‘The skin is a complicated organ, so a product like multi-B helps keep the skin at homeostasis, or an optimum function level,’ he said. 

‘People in their 20s usually are concerned with beautification and their appearance – things like anti-wrinkle, frown lines or how to enhance natural features are at the forefront of their concerns.’

In your 20s it’s important to include SPF moisturiser, toner and multi-B serum in your skincare routine (pictured before and after pigmentation: woman in her 20s)

In your 20s it’s important to include SPF moisturiser, toner and multi-B serum in your skincare routine (pictured before and after pigmentation: woman in her 20s)

Skincare products to use based on your age: 

In your 20s 

SPF Moisturiser – A lightweight moisturiser that has an SPF is perfect for this age 

Toner and Multi-B – A suitable toner to help fight those nasty acne breakouts and multi b to help rebuild the skin’s natural barrier

In your 30s 

Retinol  for collagen stimulation

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) – Helps even skin tone and prevent dullness

Antioxidant Serum – These are great for helping reverse any sun damage or problems caused to your skin in your youth.

Vitamin C and E for pigmentation 

In your 40s and 50s

Stronger Retinol Creams – To ramp up collagen production

Eye Cream – Once we start hitting our 40s the eyes are one of the first areas of the face that show ageing.

Peptide Creams – Peptides are great for helping treat fine lines and are amazing for skin renewal.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum – Hyaluronic Acid is all about replacing moisture. As we age our skin loses more and more moisture and starts to dry out.

A Gentle Cleanser – It is very important at this age to make sure we do not strip ay more moisture out of the skin. Therefore, using a cleanser that is gentle and will remove dirt and dead skin cells but will not remove moisture

Skincare in your 30s

What should you do in your 30s?

* Daily cleansing

* Daily moisturising

* Daily SPF

* Daily eye cream

* Daily serums (hyaluronic acid) 

* Twice weekly exfoliation 

* Regular facials 

Source: Adie Robertson 

Premature ageing prevention is key, and using products with retinol, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), antioxidants as well as vitamin C and E creams. 

‘By your early 30s you may begin to see some visible signs of ageing, such as fine lines, wrinkles and volume in the face,’ Dr Wall said.  

‘This is when we want to look at stimulating collagen and evening skin tone. We also need to start taking care of the deeper layers underneath the skin as this is when the lower layers lose support and structure.’ 

Retinol, aka Vitamin A, is perfect for this as it speeds up the skin rejuvenation process and brings healthier cells up to the surface faster.  

Dr Walls said AHA creams help even skin tone and prevent dullness and antioxidant serum help reverse any sun damage or problems caused to your skin in your youth.

Vitamin C and E creams can also assist with pigmentation – colouring on the skin. 

 

In your 30s to prevent fine lines and wrinkles you should use retinol, AHA serum, antioxidant serums, vitamin C and E creams (pictured: woman in her 30s before and after pigmentation treatment)

In your 30s to prevent fine lines and wrinkles you should use retinol, AHA serum, antioxidant serums, vitamin C and E creams (pictured: woman in her 30s before and after pigmentation treatment)

Skincare in your 40s  

What should you do in your 40s?

* Daily cleansing

* Daily moisturising

* Daily SPF

* Daily eye cream

* Daily serums (hyaluronic acid) 

* Twice weekly exfoliation 

* Address and re-consider diet and exercise 

*  Regular facial lymphatic massage

* LED light therapy

* Laser

* Filler 

By the time you’ve reached your 40s, you’ve most likely developed a thorough morning and evening skincare routine – but Dr Wall ensured it’s never too late to start. 

‘Once we start hitting our 40s the eyes are one of the first areas of the face that show ageing – so eye creams are great to use,’ Dr Wall said. 

He also recommended using peptides, a type of amino acid protein, used to treat fine lines and skin renewal.  

As we age the skin loses more moisture leading to dryness, and so to replenish this lost moisture Dr Wall suggested using hyaluronic acid serum. 

Those in their 40s should also clean their face daily using a gently cleanser. 

‘It is very important at this age to make sure we do not strip ay more moisture out of the skin,’ he added. 

‘Therefore, using a cleanser that is gentle and will remove dirt and dead skin cells but will not remove moisture.’ 

In your 40s, start to use stronger retinol, eye creams and gentle cleansers (pictured: woman in her 40s before and after fine lines treatment)

In your 40s, start to use stronger retinol, eye creams and gentle cleansers (pictured: woman in her 40s before and after fine lines treatment)

In your 50s, you may choose to add a salon or home facial to your routine or laser on mature aged skin (pictured: woman in her 50s before and after wrinkle treatment)

In your 50s, you may choose to add a salon or home facial to your routine or laser on mature aged skin (pictured: woman in her 50s before and after wrinkle treatment)

What should you do in your 50s?

* Daily cleansing

* Daily moisturising

* Daily SPF

* Daily eye cream

* Daily powerful serums targeted towards anti-ageing 

* Twice weekly exfoliation 

* Regular treatments to lift and tone your muscles 

* Face gym at home to exercise your muscles from home

* Less makeup so it doesn’t get stuck in lines and crevices 

Source: beauty therapist Adie Robertson 

Skincare in your 50s and beyond 

Much like your 40s, hyaluronic acid serum and gentle cleansers should be used from 50 and beyond to ensure the skin doesn’t become dry or dehydrated. 

Dr Wall said a common issue among those with mature aged skin is dryness and thin skin, which can be reversed with a precise skincare routine and beauty treatments. 

He added how laser is the ‘real secret weapon’ to a great regime.  

‘Laser (a cosmetic treatment) can really help remove sun damage and help reduce our risk of skin cancer by removing any irregular cells. Lasers are also great for pigmentation, tone, and redness,’ he said. 

While Dr Wall is based in Sydney, Contour Clinics boutiques are also located across Queensland and New South Wales – offering a range of treatments by cosmetic doctors. 

In your 60s, 70s or 80s? Consider these extra tips to maintain your glowing skin  

Soak up Vitamin D 

This promotes calcium absorption, boosts the immune system and contributes to skin cell growth and repair. Just 10 minutes a day of early morning sunlight is sufficient to prevent Vitamin D deficiency. 

Incorporate pre and probiotics into your daily regime

Beneficial bacteria in the gut is key to good health and skin. 70 per cent of your immune system lies in your gut. 

Don’t be shy about tweakments

If you are looking to explore cosmetic treatments but not sure what you want, speak to a qualified dermatologist or cosmetic professional about specific non-invasive treatments for your personal concerns.

Source: Davissa Skin