How To Adapt Your Beauty Routine To Your Age

For timeless, ageless skin


As we age, our skin undergoes a multitude of changes. The type, tone and texture of our skin is different when we’re in our 20s, 30s or 40s. Just like the way we change our style and fashion preferences as we age, it’s important to switch things up in terms of skincare, to ensure our skin gets exactly what it needs at that particular stage of our lives. 

While everyone’s skin is different, there are still some basic rules to help guide us through our beauty routines — here’s what you should do for beautiful skin at every decade.


Acne is a common problem for people in their twenties. To battle breakouts, use a light, oil-free cleanser that contains salicylic acid to keep sebum-production levels balanced. Also, if you’ve haven’t already been using sunscreen, this is the time to start sun protection — our skin starts losing collagen as early as our early 20s, so keeping your skin protected from harmful UV rays helps to prevent even more rapid ageing.

Use these: Vichy Normaderm Cleansing Mattifying foam, price unavailable and Ettusais UV Block Spray SPF50+ PA++++, $23.


Once you hit your thirties, you might notice a few dark spots and wrinkles appearing on your skin. To slow down the effects of sun damage and ageing, use an antioxidant-rich moisturiser and products containing retinol. Your skin also exfoliates naturally at a slower rate now, so be sure to use a gentle scrub or exfoliant regularly.

Use these: Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Ageing Retinoid Solution and Pads, $115, and Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel, $76. 


As estrogen levels dip in our forties, skin tends to become drier, more discoloured and wrinkled. Give your skin the moisture it needs while boosting collagen production and skin texture with a peptide and/or retinol-packed moisturiser or serum. Use a gentle face cleansing brush to help remove dead skin cells so products are more efficiently absorbed.

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