Skincare for the Ages: 30-40’s Complexion

COSMEDIX is back with skincare for the ages—this time highlighting the skincare products and benefits you should focus on in your 30’s-40’s. Let’s dive in!

What Should Skincare Focus on in Your 30-40’s?

Up the Prevention: Your 20’s skincare routine should have introduced subtle, preventative measures, but now that you’ve hit the next decade, it time to amp it up. Prevention is my favorite key to skincare in your 30/40’s because it helps keep dark spots, wrinkles and uneven skin tone at bay. After all, it is a lot easier to help prevent skincare concerns than try to hit “reverse”. So, if you have been using a gentle Retinol in your skincare routine, now is the time to take it up a notch.

Get to Know Your “Actives”: Vitamin C. Retinol. Niacinamide. BHA’s. These are all considered active ingredients in skincare. Simply put, this means that this specific ingredient is meant to help address a specific skincare concern. There is a long list of active ingredients you can study, but knowing these basics is a good place to start for 30-40’sskincare.

Introduce an Eye Cream: Did you know the skin around your eyes is the most delicate part of the face? Incorporating an eye cream into your skincare routine at this age (at any age, really) is super important, as it helps hydrate and plump the look of the under eye area. Eye creams come in a variety of forms, including a serum, cream, or gel, so you are sure to find one that fits your needs.

What Does a 30-40’s Skincare Routine Look Like?

Cleanser: Creamy Cleanser

Washing away dirt, oil and makeup without stripping the skin of natural oils is a huge focus when it comes to skincare in 30’s and 40’s. Overtime, the skin loses its ability to hold onto moisture, so it is important to use a cleanser that also helps maintain hydration. A creamy cleanser that is formulated with quenching hydrators, like Liquid Crystal Technology, will help lather away impurities but keep moisture intact.

Try: Crystal Cleanse Hydrating Liquid Crystal Cleansing Cream

AM Serum: Vitamin C and Niacinamide Duo

If dark spots and uneven texture have started making their way onto you list of skincare concerns, then a Vitamin C and Niacinamide serum needs to find its way into your skincare collection. This dynamic duo is a great combo to help brighten the look of skin while improving the look of fine lines and sunspots. Use a serum that is formulated with these two skin-loving ingredients for an easy application or create a serum cocktail with two separate serum products.

Try: Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum

PM Serum: Retinol Boost

It’s time to turn the volume up on low percentage Retinol. The best thing about Vitamin A (Retinol) is that it can be adjusted to your skincare needs. Starting off small in your 20’s is the best way to help in prevention and prep your skin to amp up the percentage in your 30’s, 40’s and beyond. If you’re on the market for a higher dose, try the COSMEDIX Define Age-Defying Treatment—formulated with Hydroxy Acid and 0.5% AGP Retinol Complex—or the COSMEDIX Refine Refinishing Treatment—formulated with 2% AGP Retinol Complex.

Try: Define Age-Defying Treatment or Refine Refinishing Treatment

Moisturizer: Hydrator + Eye Cream

Complete your new skincare routine with ultimate hydration. Try a lightweight moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF during the day to help protect the complexion from environmental stressors while maintaining moisture. At night, level up to a Revitalizing Night Cream that will help restore softness and radiance while you sleep. And don’t forget to pair it with an undereye treatment that is formulated with Spin Trap and Liquid Crystal Technology to improve the look of fine lines and quench the skin for eyes that shine!

Try: NEW! Resync Revitalizing Night Cream and best-selling Opti Crystal Liquid Crystal Eye Serum

Skincare for the Ages: All About the 20’s

Welcome to the roaring 20’s. Whether you’ve just entered the decade or are about to pass through, it’s clear that our twenties are a time for new beginnings, self-discovery and… youthful-looking skin.

Sure, adolescent acne might get traded in for career goals and relationships during this eventful decade, but that doesn’t mean you get to skimp on your complexion. In fact, your 20’s are some of the most impactful years when it comes to the future health of skin—even if you can’t see it quite yet.

So, if you’re feeling a little lost in the 20’s skin department, we want to help! Follow along to learn all you need to know about a foolproof young adult skincare routine, plus the products we recommend:

What to Focus on in Your 20’s?

Gentle Prevention: Did you know collagen production starts to decrease as early as 27? Yikes. That’s why prevention is THE key when talking about skincare in your 20s. You don’t want to overwhelm the skin with intense ingredients (we aren’t there yet), but you do want to start incorporating key ingredients that will help keep skin looking firm, even and plump. Think: low-dose retinol, hydrating eye cream and always, always an SPF.

Protection: Prevention and protection often go hand-in-hand. Environmental stressors are one of the top culprits when it comes to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. By helping to protect the complexion from these stressors using antioxidant-rich formulas and daily sun protection, you can help stop them before they begin.

Hydration: Sure, you skin might bounce back now, but over the years skin naturally loses its pep. Help lock in moisture and keep the skin barrier intact by quenching it with hydrating ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid, Coconut Oil and Ceramides will help add a daily dose of moisture to the skin, while pre and probiotics can help balance the skin’s moisture barrier.

What Does a 20’s Skincare Routine Look Like?

Cleanser: Mild Cleanser

Kick off your skincare routine with a mild cleanser to help remove dirt, makeup and impurities—without stripping the skin of natural oils. Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser is specially formulated with a blend of Sandalwood and antioxidants to help dissolve impurities and leave behind a soft, balanced complexion. You can also look for invigorating ingredients like Grapefruit and Eucalyptus to help refresh the complexion for an extra pick-me-up.

AM Serum: Antioxidant Boost

Add a dose of antioxidants to your morning skincare routine to help protect the skin from age-accelerating environmental stressors. Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum combines Spin Trap, Vitamin E and Resveratrol (all high in antioxidants) to help shield the skin and prevent the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles. Age-defying biopeptides also help to keep the complexion looking smooth and firm.

PM Serum: Low Dose Retinol

If you are looking to keep wrinkles at bay, then try your face at a low percentage Retinol. Retinol works below the surface to help prevent fine lines and uneven skin tone by promoting healthy skin renewal. The COSMEDIX Serum 16 Rapid Renewal Serum is our starter Retinol, featuring the innovative LG-Retinex to help improve the look of fine lines and texture. It’s so good, it even earned the Kim Kardashian seal of approval. Start by using it 2-3x a week to see how your skin reacts before up-ing to nightly use.

Moisturizer: SPF Hydration

Get your moisture boost AND sun protection all in one! A multi-tasking moisturizer that features SPF is the perfect last step to a 20’s skincare routine. For daily use, make sure that you apply a moisturizer that includes lightweight, hydrating ingredients and contains an SPF of 15 or higher. Hydrate + is a 2-in-1 hydrator and sunscreen that features Broad Spectrum SPF 17 to help prevent sun damage while replenishing the skin with essential moisture for dewy-looking skin that is soft and supple.

Skincare for the Ages: A Guide to Teenage Skin

Skincare is eternal, but the ingredients you use in your routine should change with time.

To cut the confusion, COSMEDIX decided to put together a little guide to help get you through your skincare routine at every age—starting with the teens.

What Should Teen Skincare Focus On?

Gentle Products: When it feels like a new blemish pops up daily, it can be tempting to run to your skincare collection and scrub away. But for the sake of your skin (and your hands), please don’t. Harsh ingredients and scrubs might make you feel “accomplished”, but in the long run, it can strip the skin of natural oils causing more confusion than clarity.

Refining Ingredients: If large pores and oil is your biggest skin blunder, then refining ingredients should be your new go-to. Potent ingredients are best used in the form of a toner, serum or treatment to help target skincare concerns that may lead to acne.

Consistency: A cliché as old as time, but true none the less. Patience and consistency is the secret sauce to any skincare routine—especially teens. With hormones and stress soaring, achieving a clearer complexion will definitely take time, so stick with it!

A Skincare Routine for Teens

Cleanser: Exfoliating Cleanser

Use a gentle daily cleanser with a chemical exfoliant to help wash away dirt, oil and pore-clogging impurities. Purity Clean is formulated with L-Lactic Acid, Tea Tree and Peppermint Oil to instantly refresh the look of skin while exfoliating for a more even tone and texture.

Toner: BHA Essence or Toner

Salicylic Acid is the most popular type of BHA for acne-prone skin. The ingredient helps dive deep into the pore to help clean out dead skin or oil that might cause congestion. Applying an essence or toner (we love Purity Balance) after you cleanse the skin is an excellent way restore balance and help refine the look of pores.

Serum: Clarifying Serum

Serums come in all shapes and sizes, but a serum with clarifying ingredients is ideal for blemishes. Keep and eye out for ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Retinol, Tea Tree Oil and Willowherb to help clarify clogged pores while soothing the look redness.

Treatments: Clay Mask and Spot Treatment

Applying a clay mask 1-2x a week is the perfect pick-me-up for skin with blemishes. Clay is known for its exfoliating properties that help trap excess oil, especially when combined with chemical exfoliants. COSMEDIX Clear Deep Cleansing Mask is formulated with these very ingredients, plus Niacinamide to help improve the look of texture and hydrate the skin. And if you are experiencing stubborn spots, apply a Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment to help target pesky pimples with Aloe Vera and Salicylic Acid.

Moisturizer: Oil-Free Moisturizer

Using a lightweight moisturizer that is formulated free of oil is your best beat when it comes to hydrating acne-prone skin. Because sebum production is a big player when it comes to teenage blemishes, applying a moisturizer that helps balance the complexion—instead of oil it up—is key. COSMEDIX uses Lilac Stem Cells in our popular Shineless Oil-Free Moisturizer to help cut shine and reduce the look of redness for healthier, clearer-looking skin.