Skincare is essential regardless of your age but can change based on the stage of life that you are in. By learning which skin condition is most common at a certain age, you can create the appropriate skincare routine to correct or prevent certain skin issues. So, depending on your age, you may need to take different approaches, from using medical-grade products to professional anti-aging treatments.

All of this may seem confusing, especially as everyone’s skin is different. Dr. Ostad can provide a series of products and treatments that can help you keep age signs at a distance. This blog will tell you the right anti-age steps you should take at each point in life.

Anti-Aging in Your 20s

During your 20s, your skin is in its best shape. Most of your acne has calmed down, and the collagen and elastin production remains strong. However, as years go by, you may notice skin texture changes. This is why your 20s should be the decade of reinforcement and prevention. 

Some strategies to prevent aging in your 20s include the following:

  • Sunblock: UV rays represent one of the main causes of premature aging, which is why it’s essential to use sunblock. You can opt for Dr. Ostad’s Sun Shade Tint if you want to protect your skin while still getting some coverage.
  • Moisturizer: Proper moisture slows oil production, which can keep acne breakouts (and acne scars) at bay.
  • Retinoids and Antioxidants: Antioxidants and retinoids can help prevent premature aging by stimulating collagen, keeping your skin youthful.
  • Injectables: Expression lines can form if you are an expressive person, which is why BOTOX® Cosmetic may be helpful in your late 20s.

During this decade, your focus should be mostly on prevention – and acne control if you are still struggling with this condition. You should also have a healthy diet and establish an exercise routine to keep your muscle density.

Anti-Aging in Your 30s

Starting with your 20s, you begin to lose 1 percent of your collagen production every year.  The most obvious will be sun damage, which can cause wrinkles, volume loss, and sunspots. Your cell turnover also begins slowing down in your 30s, which can make your skin look dull and tired. Make sure your 30s routine includes the following: 

  • Antioxidants: Look for skincare products that have vitamin E and/or C, as they can reduce the damage caused by the sun.
  • Retinoids: Products containing retinol can promote the proliferation of keratinocytes, which increase your collagen production. This can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid can boost your skin elasticity and hydrate your skin to reduce fine lines or prevent their progression.
  • Injectables: Dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet and frown lines begin to form at this point, which is why you can opt for neuromodulators like BOTOX® Cosmetic. If you notice volume loss, laugh lines, or under-eye circles, you can also introduce hyaluronic acid dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM®.
  • Laser: Lasers can be utilized to eradicate acne scarring, broken blood vessels, sun spots, and rosacea. Morpheus8™ can also help reduce the appearance of cellulite, acne scarring, and crepey skin, as the procedure mixes radiofrequency and microneedling. 

In your 30s, it is ideal to maintain the skincare routine that you established in your 20s while adding anti-aging treatments. In this regard, Dr. Ostad can help you create a good routine for your skin. 

Anti-Aging in Your 40s

Signs of aging become more noticeable in your 40s. Your oil production decreases, which reduces your acne breakouts. However, the disadvantage is that skin dryness is becoming more problematic. 

This can be further worsened by your reduced estrogen production, which causes your skin to feel brittle and dry. Collagen production is even lower, meaning you are starting to notice wrinkles and jowls. You will become aware of skin elasticity issues not only on your face, but also on your neck, jawline, and breasts. During this decade, Dr. Ostad recommends the following tips for your skincare routine:

  • Anti-Aging Serums: Hydrating moisturizers and serums containing hyaluronic acid and peptides can help you reduce the signs of aging and Dr. Ostad can recommend the best products for your skin type. 
  • Laser Treatments: To reduce age spots, you can add fractional laser into the mix. For example, treatments like Fraxel® and PicoWay® can reduce the signs of aging.    EMFACE® is also a good procedure for restoring your facial tissue and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Injectables: BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used to prevent the formation of wrinkles. For existing laugh lines and volume loss in cheeks, you can add dermal fillers in a combination treatment.
  • Hand Treatments: In your 40s, signs of aging can often be seen on your hands, including thinning skin, prominent veins, and age spots. Hyaluronic acid fillers can help rejuvenate your hands, whereas Fraxel® can reduce age spots. If you have prominent veins, you can opt for a CUTERA® laser.

Annual appointments should be considered at this stage since your skin will keep losing its laxity. Dr. Ostad can offer custom treatments based on how your skin condition evolves. 

Anti-Aging in Your 50s

In your 50s, your elastin and collagen production goes through a sharp decline. Wrinkles are unavoidable, sagging becomes more noticeable, and you become more prone to inflammation which will likely be reflected in under-eye puffiness. Some treatments to reduce signs of aging in your 50s include:

  • Peptides: Peptides can help boost your collagen production, which can reduce your fine lines. Serums containing peptides should be used together with other anti-aging treatments.
  • Collagen: Collagen is very low at this age, which is why you should consider taking collagen supplements.
  • Neck Restoration: MyEllevate® procedure can help with horizontal creases and neck banding. This procedure helps to refine the neck, lower face and jawline with natural-looking, long-lasting results with minimal downtime.
  • Laser Treatments: Sun damage is at its highest at this point, causing sunspots and wrinkles. Treatments such as PicoWay®, Fraxel® Restore, and Fraxel® CO2 laser can prove helpful.
  • Injectables: BOTOX® Cosmetic can prevent the worsening of dynamic wrinkles, but you can also benefit from dermal fillers. Volume loss is accelerated, and fillers can help replenish the loss. 

Overall, make sure to minimize stress, as this can accelerate aging. Moreover, you should make sure you schedule an annual or bi-annual consultation with Dr. Ostad to maintain your results. 

Anti-Aging in Your 60s and Up

The routine you form in your 50s should be used in your 60s and beyond. Keep using retinol as part of your treatment, while resorting to the following techniques: 

  • Gentle Cleansing: Your skin is sensitive at this point, so use a gentle cleanser to protect your skin barrier.
  • Peptides: Peptides can help boost your collagen production, which can reduce your fine lines. Serums containing peptides should be used together with other anti-aging treatments.
  • Collagen: Collagen is very low at this age, which is why you should consider taking collagen supplements.
  • Antioxidants: Look for skincare products that have vitamin E and/or C, as they can reduce the damage caused by the sun.
  • Niacinamide: Niacinamide helps the skin retain moisture, which is vital for combating dryness and maintaining a more youthful appearance.
  • Facelift: To restore your youthful look, consider getting a face or neck lift. By combining it with fillers, you can reduce jowls, cheek hollowness, and lower lid hollows. Blepharoplasty can also help if you have hooded eyes.
  • Laser Treatments: To treat wrinkles and sun damage, we recommend treatments like PicoWay®, Fraxel® Restore, and Fraxel® CO2 Laser.

Make sure that you focus on a balanced diet and drink plenty of water, as this will be reflected on your skin.

Pick the Right Products and Treatments for Your Age!

As years go by, your skin needs a different routine in every decade of your life. Make sure that you give it the products and treatments that it requires according to your age. If you find it difficult to navigate the multitude of products and procedures, then please contact Dr. Ostad for a thorough skin consultation. He will provide a custom anti-aging treatment for your needs. 

For more information about anti-aging treatments, you can contact Dr. Ostad at 212-517-7900. He can offer professional treatments at his practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. You can also use the provided online contact form, and we will get in touch shortly. 

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