How Your Skin Changes Through Your 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, And Above
It is estimated that the skincare industry is worth nearly $190 billion dollars globally. It’s no surprise. We all want to glow and put forward the smoothest, most youthful complexion we can.
Part of the reason the skincare industry is worth so much is because every age group has its own set of specific skincare issues. Sure, there are skin problems that unite us all, whatever our age. But every decade comes with quite a specific set of issues, challenges and problems when it comes to the skin.
Particularly, over 40’s experience a lot of skin changes. This is because the body is going through a huge change and of course, that change will reflect in the skin. To help you know what to expect from your skin as you turn 40 and beyond, we’ve got an overview of common changes that occur each decade. The best thing is, regardless of what your skin does, you can look and feel fabulous, whichever decade you’re in.
Here’s how your skin changes decade to decade:
Lets just fill in that little gap we call youth, for the sake of providing a ‘pre’ section to being 40:
As you get over your teenage years any extra layers of fat will naturally drop away and you’ll instead ‘take your shape’. Your face looks more womanly and defined, ready for your 20’s.
The fat loss means you look less like a little cute cherub and it also means you are now susceptible for wrinkles for the first time.
The closer to 30 you get, the more likely you are to see some fine lines and wrinkles on your face.
The good news is that during your 20’s any acne you had as a teenager should start to reduce. In fact you may leave so much oil behind you actually suffer from dry skin instead.
Once you hit 30 you start to see quite a few more changes in your skin. Collagen and elastin production go down, which means skin firmness, smoothness and general youthful fullness will simply go downhill from here.
If you have not protected your skin from the sun then you’ll likely see the effects of that take their toll during this decade. Sun spots and hyperpigmentation will begin to show and they are likely to get worse as you get older.
When you go through your 40’s your lifestyle habits start to really show on your skin. A bad diet, smoking, drinking and stress all start to show up on your face. These signs of ageing don’t go away because your skin cell renewal has slowed down. Your cell turnover is where old cells are replaced by lovely new ones. Sadly, this process is going to really, really slow down in this decade.
This process can cause signs of ageing to become ingrained, and it can also cause your skin to look dull and lacklustre.
As if that all wasn’t enough of a treat, you’ll also be going through some major hormonal changes too.
This can cause all kinds of skin issues including dry, thin skin, and acne on the chin, and around the mouth.
In your 50’s your estrogen levels basically fall through the floor. This is because you likely go through the menopause and that will show on your skin.
You can expect oily skin and more acne, as well as some unwanted facial hair and sagging facial skin. Your skin may also become thinner, more prone to sun damage. It may also become dry.
Hormones have a huge relationship with skin health which is why your 50’s see such a profound change in your complexion.
In your 60’s your skin loses a lot of its structure as the elastin and collagen production have slowed right down. Sunspots and hyperpigmentation will also show themselves even more if you haven’t been protecting yourself from the sun.
Whereas everything has been so changeable over the last few decades, now things really calm down. Your skin is settling into its new normal, so you shouldn’t see so many huge changes. Yes things are ageing but, your hormones have settled now which means the rollercoaster of changes for your skin at least, is over.
In your 70’s estrogen production has stopped, which means that the volume in your skin continues to decrease, as does the elasticity in it. Wrinkles continue to deepen naturally, and you may find your skin lacks moisture.
How You Can Help Keep Your Skin In Great Condition
Although your skin is going through huge changes from your 40’s and beyond, you can continue to look absolutely incredible. You can do a lot to help keep your skin in the best possible condition including:
- Quitting smoking
- Cutting down on alcohol
- Using sun protection
- Eating a healthy diet
- Keeping stress to a minimum
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Getting a good skincare routine in place
- Visiting the doctor about potential medical issues or medication that could be affecting your skin
- Drinking lots of water
- Taking supplements
All of these actions will pay off as you age, preventing and slowing down all those pesky signs of ageing, like wrinkles and sun spots.
“Your face is marked with lines of life, put there by love and laughter, suffering and tears. It’s beautiful.” - Lynsay Sands
Your skin is going through a lifelong journey with you, and everything you go through shows all over it.
The best thing is that all the great things you can do to protect your skin, also boost your overall health, giving you a better overall quality of life. Even better, there is always something you can do to improve how your skin looks and feels, whatever your age.
Regardless, when you’re 40, 50, 60, 70 - you’re still going to be you, and that’s pretty amazing.