We ladies go through so many hormonal changes across our life span, and we all know that hormonal changes lead to shifts in the skin too.
So, what can we expect from our skin at different stages of our lives? Here’s a short guide on how to take care of your skin through milestones.
Teen Skin (age 8-16)
You will begin to see changes in your skin from the age of 8, up into teenage years. This is because of hormones that produce more oil, which results in acne.
The good thing is, during your teenage years your skin is super resilient! It is likely to return back to being healthy and plump if you focus on building a consistent routine with the right products for your skin type. Here’s some products that will help you with your skin through puberty.
During your cycle, your skin goes through changes - It can be dry, and sometimes it can be oily; this is all caused by hormones.
Your hormones can also change your skin’s texture, affect your skin's hydration, cause it to be ultra sensitive and cause you to break out. This is a good time for self-care; use gentle products on the skin and moisturisers to rehydrate. Read more on 'Period and Skincare':
At this age, you can expect sun damage from your childhood to start to show, dark circles to produce under your eyes and spots to leave behind dark marks. Cell turnover starts to slow down, which could leave your skin feeling dry too.
If you haven’t already been in your teens, this is the perfect time to build a consistent routine for your skin type.. You know they say, 'prevention is better than cure' so create for yourself a good routine that protects and replenishes.
Important Tip! You should also take into consideration that your lifestyle has a huge impact on your skin; so things like smoking, alcohol, unhealthy foods and drinks will all contribute to skin quality.
Products you should be using in your 20s/30s are:
You may have heard the term “pregnancy glow” a few times, but we’re afraid to say the “pregnancy glow” is not apparent for everyone and lots of women, especially black and brown women, experience different issues with their skin during pregnancy. A big one is darkening of the skin, particularly the face. This often fades after pregnancy, but for some, discolouration can last for a long time. Other changes can be flare up with lots of acne, redness and melasma.
To help you rebalance your skin during pregnancy, you should use skincare with ingredients such as shea butter, rosehip oil, jojoba, ceramides, glycerin and vitamin E & C, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, peptides and mineral sunscreen only!
40s - 50s Skincare
When you are in your 40s and 50s, the collagen and elastin in your skin break down faster. You might find that your skin feels more dry and textured. Lines and dark circles may become more prominent as the skin starts to thin. This is the time where you are most prone to hyperpigmentation - But don’t stress; if you haven’t already, it can never be too late to start your skincare journey. Use these products:
Treatments such as chemical peels, micro needling, laser and LED light could be a good choice to rejuvenate your skin. Email us for recommendations for the best esthetician for melanin rich skin.
50+ and Menopause Skincare
The average age for menopause is 51, so during your 50s your skin will experience hormonal changes, that will impact the skin’s ability to retain moisture. The turnover of skin cells would have slowed down even more, increasing the build up of old cells on the skin’s surface. This is where an exfoliator will come in handy. We would recommend this exfoliator:
You will also need some skin care products to help hydrate your skin and balance your complexion and wellbeing. Try these:
So that's it, you know what your skin will go through over some decades.
The first step to taking care of your skin and yourself as a whole, is understanding that changes in your skin as you age are inevitable.
No matter what age you are when you come across this article, follow the guidance and give your skin what it truly needs and desires.