We all age—it’s a fact of life. Unfortunately, our age seems to show on our faces first. No matter which decade of life, there are changes that occur in our skin which manifest on the surface, due to lifestyle, environment and heridity.
The good news is that brown skin ages differently than skin that is not as melanin-rich. Even though we do not wrinkle like our fairer counterpart, aging does occur. Most times aging manifests as uneven skintone (hyperpigmentation), melasma and loss of elasticity.
No matter what your skintone, however, the number one defense against aging is religious use of sunscreen and inclusion of antioxidants in your skincare products.
The sun’s rays are the culprit of all our aging woes—lines, wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skintone, pigmentation, sagging skin, and more. Armed with a proper defense, however, we can ward off the signs of aging and insure that our skin maintains it’s youthful appearance even though the hands of time are still ticking.
Here , Dr. Ranella Hirsch , board certified dermatologist , explains the best skincare steps you should be taking in your 20’s , 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
In your 20’s.
Rihanna must be the most popular face of the young 20’s. Even without makeup, her skin is radiant—evidence of proper skincare (or good genes).
Although skin is in its prime during your twenties , this age range begins noticing wrinkles related to facial motions and repeated exposure to the sun can start your skin on a path to eneven skintone.
Dr. Hirsch suggests taking preventative measures by judiciously applying sunscreen (yes , even during the winter). Look for skincare products containing antioxidants like Vitamin C or E to maintain a radiant complexion.
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In your 30’s
Kelly Rowland, just entering her fourth decade of life, epitomizes fresh-face thirty-something. Still as flawless as the day she debuted with Destiny’s Child, Kelly’s skin is a testament to the benefits of using proper skin care. Despite the rigors of travel, performing and having to wear makeup for every photo-op, her skin is the picture of perfection for women in thier 30’s.
During your thirties , you’re bound to experience a lot of lifestyle changes including marriage , pregnancy and even career moves. These physical and emotional life stressors can take a serious toll on your skin , causing breakouts and pigmentation changes , says Dr. Hirsch.
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In your 40’s
Taraji P. Henson, now a member of Hollywood elite, has recently become a member of the 40 club. Even though Taraji has aged chronologically her skin appears clear and even in tone, with no signs of elasticity loss.
Once you enter your forties , cumulative effects of aging become more apparent. Also , sun damage in the form of unwanted pigmentation can appear. It’s best to handle this with a combination of prevention: use a broad spectrum sunscreen and a nighttime application of active ingredients to combat the damage you already have.
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Continue to use sunscreen on a regular basis.
In your 50’s
Angela Bassett—one look at this woman, and it’s nearly impossible to believe that she is in her 50’s. Angela’s skin is nothing short of radiant, and her entire spirit embodies beauty at 50+. At this age however, brown skin that has not been protected with sunscreen may see some sagging and joweling around the jaw and neck. Additionally, melasma can rear it’s ugly head.
Throughout the fifties and beyond , the effects of menopause take a toll on your skin , resulting in drooping and sagging skin. For some , surgery may be the best option , says Dr. Hirsch.
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