Tata just returned from a trip to the West Coast, where she visited stores, chatted with clients, and gave mini facials and skincare recommendations to women of all ages. One question that came up often was: What’s the best skincare routine for women of my age? Other versions of this question included, What ingredients should I be looking for? and How often should I be getting facials?
Since the answer to these questions vary across age ranges, we thought we’d put together a rough set of guidelines for skincare at each age, to ensure that skin is getting what it needs to be balanced, glowing, and youthful. Of course, these recommendations may not be for everyone, as they may not apply for certain skin conditions, but broadly, it’s helpful to look at what is happening internally in the skin’s structure at different ages, as those processes are fairly universal. So let’s get started with…
Skincare in Your 20’s
If I’m in my 20’s, what are my aging concerns?
Since most skin types start to show signs of aging in the early to middle 30’s, your 20’s are really the prime years to begin action to prevent those signs of aging from appearing. In your 20’s, the skin is still resilient, youthful, supple, with a strong collagen network and balanced hydration. The most important thing is to preserve all of these aspects first by avoiding sun damage with SPF – this will keep fine lines and subtle spots at bay for longer.
Another element to pay attention to in your 20’s is deep moisture: while at this age, your skin may feel plump and moisturized all day after just one application in the morning, as we age, our skin’s ability to retain hydration and produce it in the deeper layers of our skin starts to disappear, even as early as in your 30’s, leading to lines and loss of volume. Starting early with supporting the skin’s natural hydration process with natural Hyaluronic Acid is a great idea, like our Hydrating Floral Essence. HA penetrates to deliver moisture, plus it helps the skin retain 4x as much hydration as without it.
What if I’m still battling breakouts?
We recommend natural salicylic acid to help control outbreaks, which can be found in Willow Bark – an active ingredient in our Resurfacing Mask. Also, regular exfoliation helps keep the skin clear by removing dead skin buildup; plus, try using a face oil (like our Replenishing Nutrient Complex); not only will this help balance excess oil production, but its super-nourishing formula helps soothe and reduce lasting irritation, redness and spots left from previous problems.
At this age, the key is to manage your breakouts without keeping the skin stripped and dry with soaps or detergents, which are often in found in daily cleansers for oily or combination skin types. When used long-term, these stripping ingredients can disrupt the moisture barrier while weakening the skin and overall contributing to signs of aging!
How often should I be getting facials?
As a rule of thumb, we believe that monthly facials are a good idea at any age. In your 20’s, cleansing facials are best, to keep skin clean, decongested and balanced. At this age, moisture and oil imbalances are common, so giving the skin a fresh start once a month is a good idea.
How about supplements?
We recommend Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, and antioxidants like Tumeric, at this age, to generally support skin health from the inside out.
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.