Life is full of “age-appropriate” designations for both the young and the old— from movies, to driver’s licenses, to the legal drinking age, to AARP membership! Did you know that your skin care regimen should also be age-appropriate? As you get older, your body (and your skin!) changes, and so should your skin care regimen.

But with all the different and constantly changing skin care trends, how can you know what types of treatments and regimens are appropriate for YOUR age? In short, your skin is your body’s largest and most exposed organ. Your skin provides a barrier between the outside world and your internal infrastructure. Over time, exposure to harsh environmental factors, as well as the internal process of aging, can cause your skin to look dull, thin, and wrinkly. These things will happen, but there are ways to slow down and even prevent some of the damage—no matter your age. So let’s take a look at skin care concerns and remedies that come with each decade of your adulthood, so that you are armed with the info to age gracefully.

Your 20s

They say old habits die hard, so why not start GOOD skin care habits early in life? In your 20s, skin is still young and elastic (hello, collagen!). But to keep that youthful glow into your 30s and 40s, it’s important to keep your skin healthy and protected from damaging factors that can cause premature aging and reduce collagen production. Sun exposure is one of the biggest things to avoid at this (and every!) age. Wearing mineral-based sunscreen can help protect your skin from UV rays and harmful chemicals found in traditional sunscreens. You may still be suffering from acne in this decade. Finding a good acne treatment will keep your skin smooth and prevent permanent scarring.

One solution? At Elizabeth Adam’s MD, we offer LED light treatments, which kill the acne-causing bacteria before it has a chance to irritate your skin. And, bonus! LED also reduces current acne scars. You can also try acne-fighting products from our favorite Eminence Organics line.

Your 30s

By the time you hit 30, your skin has already suffered damage from sun exposure and environmental factors, and this has begun to break down the collagen fibers in your skin. Preventative Botox and injectables can reduce the appearance of the fine lines and wrinkles that are starting to form. You can also benefit from our LED light treatments, to boost collagen production in your skin. Your 30s are the perfect time to focus on maximizing the use of micronutrients to help maintain youthful skin. Our IV infusions with Vitamin C, as well as our Beauty Chef and Vital Proteins product lines, will nourish your skin and even help repair damage from the inside out.

Your 40s

At 40, your skin has been through a lot. You will begin to notice bone erosion in your facial structure and the appearance of more defined lines and wrinkles. Our fillers and injectables are some of the best forms of treatment to help plump, lift, and fill these hollowing areas of your face. You can also benefit from adding a retinol product to your skin care regimen. Retinol reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and helps to decrease the loss of collagen by encouraging the production of new skin cells.

Your 50s & Beyond

From your 50s and beyond, your skin has endured years of damage and is most likely feeling the effects of menopause. With this stage comes a natural loss of collagen that results in saggy and hollowed-looking skin. Through our fillers and injectables, we can reduce these signs of aging! Hydration also plays a big role in keeping your skin healthy. The less hydrated your skin, the more severe the appearance of wrinkles. With the help of our hydrating facials, we can add moisture, for a firmer, more elastic texture..

No matter what your age, taking care of your skin never goes out of style. So we leave you with these words from Hollywood stylist Linden Tyler Glavich: “Be good to your skin, it is going to represent you for a very long time.”