Over the course of your full and meaningful life, your skin will experience summers under the sun with friends, running around your university campus, rushing to get a taxi for work, attending your children’s soccer games, countless rounds of golf — for work and pleasure — and then watching your grandchildren’s baseball games.
Daily life takes a toll on your skin, so it’s essential to give it what it needs at every stage of life.
Skincare & Skin Cancer Prevention in your 20s
At this stage, your teenage hormones have calmed down a bit. After all of those angsty years of experimenting to discover the right skincare products for your skin type and lifestyle, in your 20s you’re hitting your stride. Your skincare routine becomes a bit easier to follow. You definitely notice when your skin looks dull because you’re not drinking enough water and you’re a wiz with your anti-acne spot treatment.
Enjoy this decade—you’ll have fewer skin problems—but this is not the time to become too relaxed. Listen to your family members when they tell you not to skip the eye cream and sunscreen—in your 40s, you’ll understand why.
Skincare & Skin Cancer Prevention in your 30s
Once you reach your third decade, you’ll need to use heavier eye cream for the fine lines that you could have sworn were not there the last time you looked. If they haven’t appeared yet, now is an excellent time to take your skincare routine more seriously—you’ll thank yourself later.
As you move through your 30s, consider leveling up certain skincare products like your toner, serum and sunscreen. Look for products with retinol, collagen and hyaluronic acid that will help your skin rehydrate and repair any existing acne, sun or environmental damage.
Skincare & Skin Cancer Prevention in your 40s
If you started a good skincare routine as early as your teens, you’ll enjoy the benefits once you reach your 40s. But it could still be time to ask your dermatologist for a prescription-strength Retin-A or Tretinoin, which helps lessen the appearance of fine lines.
If you’ve been using a specific brand of moisturizer for years now, investigate their formulations with anti-aging properties. Apply moisturizer to your neck and cream or lotion to hands and feet before bed. Remember to keep drinking plenty of water, and never skip your sunscreen. (You’d be surprised how much incidental exposure you get through your home, office and car windows).
Skincare & Skin Cancer Prevention in your 50s and 60s
At this stage of life, hormonal changes will come into play again. You can expect your skin to become more sensitive and to see changes in your complexion. Naturally drier skin needs more hydration—so drink up! Swap hot water for lukewarm when showering, bathing and washing your face.
Hand creams and foot creams are essentials. Hydrating serums can be a good idea, but never forget to drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen, which will not only help you age gracefully but may also lower your risk for skin cancer.
More than a thousand men and women diagnosed with skin cancer each year turn to our trusted team of cancer specialists. We encourage you to call us, ask us a question or consult with us to get a second opinion so you, too, can experience the difference.