While some basic skin care guidelines may always stay the same, the best skin care routine is not necessarily one-age-fits all. Some skin care products and methods are better suited for different skin stages. Here, take a look at how some skin care routine steps may stay the same as you get older, and how some other components may evolve or change throughout your journey. With each stage of life, we’re offer product recommendations from facial cleanser to moisturizer.
The Best Skin Care Routine for Your 20s
In your 20s, you’ll want to establish a basic skin care routine and protect your skin against common signs of skin aging that can be brought on and accentuated by your environment.
Encourage and maintain clean skin by cleansing in the morning and at night to clear the surface of your skin of dirt, oil, and sweat that can build up throughout your day and while you sleep. Also, at night take extra care to remove all of your makeup and consider double cleansing to better ensure a clean complexion. When selecting your ideal facial cleanser, be sure to keep your skin type in mind. If you have dull skin, try using the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser; if you have dry skin, try using the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser; and if you have oily skin, try using the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
After cleansing, you should always directly follow up with moisturizing. It’s best to apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp because this can help lock in hydration. Depending on your skin type, we recommend using the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. Whichever you choose, you can expect lightweight hydration that will nourish skin without weighing it down.
Protect Skin from the Sun
Perhaps you have yet to get in the habit of applying SPF daily. Well, now is the time. The sun’s harmful UV rays can weaken your skin’s youthful integrity and if over exposed, your skin can wrinkle, sag, and form age spots prematurely. To ensure that your skin is protected, consider wearing a broad-spectrum facial sunscreen daily, or adding a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30, to your skin care routine.
Dead skin cells can pile up on your skin’s surface and cause it to look dull and feel dry. Dead skin cells can also mix with makeup, sweat and oil, which can clog your pores and cause some breakouts. Help keep the surface of your skin clear by exfoliating regularly. If you prefer physical exfoliation, try adding a face scrub to your skin care routine. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub are all formulated with three types of sugar and a unique ingredient to take each to the next level. What’s more, they’re gentle enough that you can use them three times a week for your ideal smooth.
The Best Skin Care Routine to Have in Your 30s
How you take care of your skin in your 30s will set the tone for the years ahead. Staying true to your skin care routine from your 20s, you’ll want to bring sunscreen, a twice-daily cleanse, lots of hydration, and regular exfoliation with you into your 30s to address steps one through four of your skin care routine.
Twice-daily cleansing is still important in your 30s, but you may notice that your skin is getting drier as you age. So, reach for a gentle facial cleanser that hydrates and soothes, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin. Saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
Minimize the Look of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
You may be noticing more fine lines and wrinkles compared to years prior—these are normal signs of skin aging that are likely to develop in your 30s. To address these newer skin concerns, try moisturizing skin care products formulated with Pro-Retinol, glycolic acid, or LHA. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro-Retinol & Centella Asiatica. Designed to create a light, protective barrier to help restore your skin’s own natural barrier, this powerful wrinkle-fighting cream works to help repair the signs of damage associated with age, UV exposure, and day-to-day aggressors—addressing everything from loss of firmness, visible lines, and uneven texture. With continued use, skin will feel smoother and more hydrated, with less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles.
In your 30s, switch to a chemical exfoliation method, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peels Pads, which are gentle enough to use on a nightly basis, and can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Just make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher as directed in the morning, as these peel pads are formulated with glycolic acid, which can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity.
Give Your Eyes a Little Extra TLC
The skin surrounding your eyes is the most delicate on your entire body—hence why crow’s feet and other fine lines and wrinkles often pop up there before anywhere else. To help take care of this delicate area, be sure to add an eye cream to your routine. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream.
Continue with Sun Protection
Don’t give up on your sun protection routine in your 30s. Continue to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF daily as directed. Also take other sun protection measures, including limiting your amount of time in the sun, seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
The Best Skin Care Routine to Have in Your 40s
As skin ages you may experience more dryness than you ever have before, notice a loss of firmness, dark spots, skin discoloration and deeper-set wrinkles. That’s why it’s time to make a few key changes to your skin care routine.
Choose a Cream Facial Cleanser
Say goodbye to foaming and gel facial cleansers and choose a cream formula instead to nourish your skin while you cleanse. Try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser, which is formulated with replenishing oils.
Address the Appearance of Wrinkles
For more youthful-looking skin in your 40s, add a facial serum to your skin care routine. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum can help firm the appearance of skin for a younger look. Apply it after cleansing morning and night.
Take Hydration to the Next Level
At this point in life, hydration is key. So, choose a super-nourishing moisturizer that you can use day and night, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition – Golden Balm Face, Neck & Chest. Make sure to extend the moisturizing love to your neck and chest, since these areas can get even drier than your face. Around your eyes, look for a nourishing eye cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Eye Balm. Remember to always follow up in the morning with broad-spectrum sunscreen!
The Best Skin care Routine to Have in Your 50s
Keep these skin care tips in mind and always love the look and feel of your mature skin throughout this new stunning era of beauty.
Continue Using Cream Facial Cleanser
Use the same cream facial cleanser you did in your 40s to nourish dry skin as you age.
Bring Back That Rosy Glow
As we age, your skin can lose its elasticity, along with its natural pink tone. To help restore the look of radiance, add the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer and L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Face Mask to your daily and weekly skin care routine. Formulated for mature skin, these skin care products can help hydrate and renew your complexion while instilling a gorgeous rosy glow in its wake.
Protect with SPF
We hate to sound like a broken record, but sun protection is important no matter how old you are! Always end your morning skin care routine by applying broad-spectrum sunscreen and taking additional sun protection measures.
Add Night Cream to Your Routine
Add an additional layer of moisture to your life with a night cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Night Cream. This night cream offers deep hydration and helps improve the appearance of skin elasticity.
You’ll have skin care concerns at any age, and the key to addressing them is always the same: You have to find the best skin care routine to match your age and its new set of needs as time continues to go on. In addition to your age, your skin also has unique needs pertaining to its environment, so if you live in a city, be sure to check out our article, Your Anti-Pollution Skin Care Routine.