According to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and up to 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to ageing caused by the sun.
In our 20s, we do not yet see the effects of UV exposure on our skin because our cells turnover at a relatively quick rate.
The best strategy in our 20s is to wear sunscreen, avoid long term sun exposure and start a solid cleansing routine.
In our 30s, fine lines, wrinkles and sunspots start to surface, causing many of us to run to our dermatologist in search of a solution. We can’t turn back time, but exfoliating will help. This is one of the best tools to help promote faster cell turnover, smooth skin texture and even out skin tone. Now is the time to start using a richly moisturising eye cream.
The 40s is the time to bring out the big guns. If you overlooked skin care in your 20s and 30s, you will really start seeing the results in your 40s. Cell turnover and collagen production have significantly slowed down at this point in your life, making continued exfoliation and moisturising even more important. Look for skin care products that contain peptides to help increase skin firmness and reduce the look of wrinkles.
Skin in your 50s tends to be dry and thin, mainly because of fluctuating hormones due to menopause. Reduced estrogen results in dryness and a loss of collagen and elastin causes crepey skin. Keep exfoliating (either mechanically with microdermabrasion or chemically with peels) and use products containing retinoids, hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Choose creams over lotions because they provide a more intense level of moisturising.