Are you looking for the best moisturizer for aging skin, or do you need information on what teenage skin care should include? In this article, we gathered a lot of tips and ready-made skin care routines for caring skin of different ages.
When caring for skin of all ages, the first thing to consider is your own skin type and skin concerns. Only after you have identified your skin type you can begin choosing products to treat for example signs of aging.
Skin care for children, youngsters and early teenagers
Sunscreen is the only thing that children, youngsters and early teenagers (around 10-13 years old) need for their skin care, and a routine of properly washing their face. Koreans learn already in childhood that sunscreen is part of their daily routine just like brushing their teeth, and that's why they use sunscreen very conscientiously and thus avoid many skin concerns later on.
Teenage skin care
Skin care for teenagers can be tricky, as hormones greatly affect the condition of the skin. Everyone's skin and hormonal changes are individual, but on average you should start paying attention to skin care around the age of 12-13, when hormonal changes start to appear. It is important paying attention to clean and appropriately moisturizing the skin, without forgetting sun protection.
A teenager's skin care routine should be kept as simple as possible, and the selected products should also be as gentle as possible. Below is a simple routine with product suggestions:
- Make-up remover if necessary
- Skin cleansing product
- Anua Heartleaf Quercetinol Pore Deep Cleansing Foam for acne-prone skin
- Round Lab 1025 Dokdo Cleanser for all skin types
- If necessary, a specific product for treating acne, eczema, etc.
If hormonal changes make your teen's skin oily and prone to acne, certain products and ingredients are especially helpful to add to your skin care routine. When it comes to cleansing products, favour oil-free compositions, specific treatment products for acne and non-clogging skin face creams. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can help control and prevent acne.
Skincare for a 25-year-old
The aging process of the skin starts around the age of 25, due to the beginning of the decrease in the amount of certain proteins in our body. You can probably guess that one of these is collagen, which is primarily responsible for the support structure and strength of our skin, and its amount begins to drop by an average of 1% per year from the middle of our twenties. Other important proteins also begin to decrease in our body, such as hyaluronic acid.
Many people suffer from acne even after their teenage years, because even in their twenties there are many changes in the hormonal balance. The production of a hormone called prostaglandin is at its peak then, and it can cause an increase in sebum production, which leads to clogged pores and then to acne. One of the best ingredients for treating acne is salicylic acid, as it cleans pores of impurities, sebum and removes dead skin cells. Another good addition to your skin care routine is retinol, which enhances skin regeneration.
If until now you haven't paied much attention to caring for your skin, now is a good time to start a routine that will support your skin's condition for decades to come. Sunscreen is a must if you want to be quite wrinkle-free in the future - although each of us ages, according to research, about 50% of the signs of aging are caused by external factors, and one of the biggest of which is the sun's UV radiation.
So invest in at least these:
- Make-up remover
- Heimish All Clean Balm cleansing balm is suitable for all skin types.
- Water-based skin cleanser
- SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Ampoule Foam is perfect to use both alone and as the second step of a double cleanse routine.
- If necessary, a specific product for the treatment of acne etc
- SKIN1004 Centella Poremizing Fresh Ampoule balances sebum production and soothes the skin.
- Frudia Citrus Brightening Cream light and fresh composition.
- SKIN1004 Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum the composition of the sunscreen is very pleasant and it has many ingredients that care for the skin.
Skin care in your thirties
Keratin is the main protein in the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin) of our skin and it prevents our skin from sagging. But in our thirties, as collagen and elastane decrease even more in our bodies, keratin loses its structure and becomes more elastic. As a result, for example when you wake up in the morning, the lines are more visible and the image of the pillow is imprinted on your skin much longer than before. Another common burden is skin pigmentation changes, which are mainly caused by acne marks and excessive sun exposure.
Now at the latest is the time to add retinol including products as part of the skin care routine. Retinol's effectiveness is the best when its use is started early on; even before lines have even appeared on the face. Retinol not only enhances skin regeneration, but also smoothes skin texture, fades enlarged pores and evens out skin tone. Read more about the benefits of retinol in skin care from our article.
If excessive pigmentation is bothering you, it's time to add vitamin C to your skin care routine. It not only protects the skin from damaging free radicals, but it also helps with dark spots, acne scars and other pigmentation changes. Try the cult classic Goodal Green Tangerine Vita C Dark Spot Serum or Ariul 7days Glow Brightening Serum.
If you want to keep the skin of your neck in as good condition as your face, you should consider applying your face care products to your neck as well or get a special product for the neck and décolleté area. As we have learned from Korean women, it is easier to slow down the signs of aging than it is trying to reverse them. And most of us certainly hope that the skin on our neck will be in as good condition as the skin on our face later in life. Ondo Beauty 36.5 Peptides & Ginseng Neck Treatment Tok-Tok moisturizes and enhances skin regeneration.
Skincare in your forties
By the time you reach forty, you have lost about 60% of the skin's natural ceramides. Ceramides work in the same way as grout between tiles; they bind the gaps between skin cells together and prevent moisture from escaping. In addition, ceramides keep your skin cells in the right order, which helps water to stay inside the skin and prevents pollution, bacteria and free radicals from entering.
Around forty, the reduction of collagen and elastane in the body probably starts to show on the outside as well. This causes a reversing triangle effect on your face; when you are in your twenties the face is like a triangle standing on its tip - the facial features are pronounced and sort of directed upwards. The cheekbones are full and there are hardly any lines on the face. But in the forties, the triangle turns the other way around, and everything starts to slowly distil downwards.
So what's the help? Add ceramides to your skincare routine. Skin care products containing ceramides help supplement the skin's ceramide deficiency, so the skin starts to look and behave like a younger version of itself, so the skin stays better moisturized, firm and plump. Ceramides can be identified in the list of ingredients by terms i.e. Ceramide AP, EOP, NG, NP, NS and as ceramide precursors Hytosphingosine and Sphingosine, which stimulate the skin to produce more ceramides. Like most active ingredients, ceramides also work best in a good team. Ceramides should be combined with products containing, for example, amino acids, glycerin, antioxidants, retinol, niacinamide or peptides.
- For example, start with Ma:nyo Factory Galac Niacin 2.0 Essence
- Then continue with Tocobo Multi Ceramide Cream.
Another good addition to your skin care routine around the age of 40 is collagen boosting and production-enhancing ingredients such as retinol, bakuchiol (a vegan version of retinol), and products containing collagen itself. Test Goodal Apricot Collagen Youth Firming Cream, which firms the skin and helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
If you start to suffer from age-related skin dryness, you should also add hyaluronic acid to your skin care routine to help maintain moisture balance. SKIN1004 Centella Hyalu-Cica Blue Serum is suitable for all skin types
How to treat aging skin
Koreans are masters at preventing and reducing the signs of aging. And even though their skin is different from, for example, Nordic skin, Korean well-age skin care is definitely worth getting to know. From a Western perspective, Korean well-age skin care starts really early, around the age of 25. This is because the Korean approach to skin care is very long-term, and results are not expected to be seen immediately. And it's no coincidence that the aging process of the skin (as we stated earlier) starts around the age of 25.
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and the visible signs of aging begin to creep up little by little. One day you will notice the first lines on the forehead or in the corners of the eyes, and as summer turns to autumn, dark spots have appeared on the face that were not there before. Although we cannot prevent the aging of our skin (at least not yet), we can reduce its visible changes in many different ways.
As we age, our skin begins to lose more collagen, than what our body produces. The collagen fibers under the skin become fragile, which leads to a decrease in skin elasticity, lines and wrinkles, and sagging of the skin. Collagen works well together with retinoids, retinol, peptides and Vitamin C.
Collagen has many benefits in treating the signs of skin aging. It not only moisturizes, but also helps to maintain the moisture balance of the skin, which in turn makes the skin look more elastic. Collagen peptides, i.e. the building blocks of collagen proteins broken down into smaller pieces, are also absorbed into the dermis of the skin, where the actual collagen is located, and can thus help reduce the signs of aging caused by the decrease in the amount of collagen.
To most of us, when our skin ages, its type also becomes drier. There hyaluronic acid enters the picture, as its ability to bind 1000 times its own weight in moisture, helps to bind moisture from the air to the skin and keep it there. Hyaluronic acid not only moisturizes and helps the skin stay hydrated, it also helps fade lines and wrinkles by making the skin look fuller.
Antioxidants not only help to prevent the signs of aging by fighting free radicals that damage the skin, but also repair the damage that has already occurred. Regular use of vitamin C helps to strengthen the skin barrier, stimulate collagen production and help fight the repeated effects of external harmful factors such as sun rays and temperature changes. It also brightens skin tone and fades wrinkles and dark spots.
With Korean cosmetics you often come across to snail mucin as one ingredient, and for a good reason, because its properties in skin care are very diverse. Although snail mucin is only known as one substance in the ingredient list, it actually contains several different ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, zinc and copper peptides, which boost collagen production and reduce wrinkles.
Snail mucin is absorbed deep into the skin and moisturizes effectively. The natural glycolic acids it contains enhance collagen production, and snail mucin also helps to keep bacteria under control and reduces skin inflammation.
Skin care routine for a 50-year-old
The first signs of aging, which are likely to be noticed in your forties (dry skin, thinning of the skin), only intensify with age. During the first three years into menopause, the skin undergoes its most radical changes; the skin loses 25% of the remaining collagen, 30% of skin lipids, and skin regeneration drops by 36%. The amount of peptides in the skin also plummets. Peptides are protein parts made up of amino acids that give the skin its strength and elasticity. They act as messengers between cells, stimulating them to produce more collagen and elastane.
It's still not too late to start using retinol, which has been scientifically proven to thicken the skin by boosting collagen production and skin renewal. Read more about the many benefits of retinol from our article.
Skin care routine for a 60-year-old
As we age, the skin becomes drier, less elastic, lines and deep wrinkles appear, and even acne and dark spots. Everyone's skin ages in different ways, but fortunately, every skin benefits from a suitable skin care routine.
Many ingredients that are useful for 40-50-year-olds are also useful for 60-year-olds and beyond, for example caring the skin of 70-year-olds. Many skin problems that begin to appear at the age of 60 are caused by hormonal changes after menopause. The decrease in estrogen in the body affects the skin's ability to retain moisture, so dry skin may be your new skin concern, even if you previously dealt with oily skin. Hyaluronic acid and especially its low-molecule versions are an excellent addition to a dry skin routine.
In the sixties, the skin's sebum production decreases, so the skin needs an extra dose of moisturizing skin care products. So add ceramides to your routine, which help the skin to stay more hydrated and make it look more youthful. A moisturizer containing ceramides in both the morning and evening routine helps to balance the function of the skin barrier and to keep skin looking plumper.
Peeling contributes to keeping the skin looking young and fresh, but when choosing an exfoliating product, different things should be emphasized as the skin ages than before. When sebum production in the skin decreases, the exfoliating product no longer needs to contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, which help reduce excessive sebum. Instead, you should prefer exfoliating products that contain, for example, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), which bring glow to the skin.
Although retinol's benefits are best if you start using it in your thirties, it is an absolute must in the skin care routine of a 60-year-old if you want to maintain the skin's youthfulness. Retinol increases skin regeneration, fades wrinkles and uneven skin tone and helps maintain moisture balance.
As you age, the skin also becomes thinner and more sensitive, making it more prone to irritation, bruises and scratches. The skin barrier weakens when lipid production decreases, so external damage factors, microbes and bacteria get into the skin more easily.
Also, one change that many wake up to in their sixties is the changes in the skin of the neck. You may notice that the skin on your neck loses its elasticity, becomes drier and less plump. So now is the time to create a skin care routine for your neck, if you hadn't before. You can either get products specifically intended for the neck and décolleté area, which are a better option than those intended for the body, but you can also use the same products for the neck and décolleté as for your face. The skin of the neck and décolleté is thinner and very different from the skin of the rest of the body, so the same cream you apply to your legs is not optimal for your neck. CKD Guaranteed Retino Collagen Small Molecule 300 Guasha Neck Cream is an effective moisturizing and smoothing cream that makes the neck skin look younger.
A skin care routine for aging skin
How on earth can all these active ingredients for treating aging skin be included in one skin care routine? Of course, you don't have to use all the ingredients and you can alternate products with different active ingredients. However, we built one example where you can really use all the mentioned ingredients in one routine:
- Peeling product (1-2 times a week in the evenings) with AHA acids Purito AHA BHA Refreshing Solution
- Collagen Etude Moistfull Collagen Facial Toner
- Vitamin C (in the morning before the serum) LaLaRecipe Yuzu Vita C Ampoule
- Hyaluronic acid (in the morning) Torriden Dive-In Low Molecule Hyaluronic Acid Serum
- Retinol (in the evenings 3-7 nights a week) It's Skin Power 10 Formula Q10 Effector "Wrinkle Witch"
- Peptides (for nights when you don't use retinol) Coxir Intensive EGF Peptide Serum
- Snail mucin Some By Mi Snail TrueCICA Miracle Repair Cream