Skincare Essentials for Every Decade

Skincare Essentials

Skincare can be extremely overwhelming these days. As we all have heard by now, prevention is easier than treatment. But what does that mean, exactly? We’re here to tell you. Skincare essentials

In your 20’s

If we’re lucky enough to get our hands on you in your 20’s, you’re golden! This is the time when your skin is at it’s best. Hydration is good, collagen and elastin are in abundance, and most likely you aren’t showing signs of excessive sun damage. In your 20’s we will focus on prevention. Treatments such as Hydrafacial, microdermabrasion or light to medium chemical peels. The key is consistancy. With consistant treatments, the skin stays looking and feeling great without getting too aggressive.

Home Skincare Essentials for your 20’s 

Products will be minimal and basic. A medical grade antioxidant serum and SPF in the morning and a light retinol at night. These will prevent collagen loss and sundamage.If you have oily or acneic skin, we will recommend different alpha and/or beta hydroxy acids to  If you are excessively dry or your undereyes are a concern, we can recommend a product or 2 to add to your regimen. No need to go crazy and use 10 different products, your skin is able to thrive on a simple routine. You don’t need much when you have a few medical grade, super corrective products.

In your 30’s

This is the time to get serious about your skincare, if you haven’t already, seek out a professional Aesthetician to guide you. The good news is your skin is most likely experiencing less acne and oiliness but possibly showing more signs of sundamage in the form of hyperpigmentation. Melasma may be popping up as well. This is most common in women with hormonal changes such as pregnancy, breastfeeding or taking birth control. Your 30’s are also when your collagen production starts to deplete.  Consistant treatments are still the key. Medium to deep chemical peels here and there are excellent for treating multiple concerns such as hyperpigmentation, large pores, fine lines and for prevention in the form of collagen production.  Microneedling is a great way to produce collagen and treat all textural issues. Laser treatments such as AdvaTx are great for treating reds and browns in the skin and smoothing out uneven texture. This is the time to treat a concern before it gets worse.

Home Skincare Essentials for your 30’s

If you have been using basic medical grade skincare thus far,  no need to change too much. We  may need to add an extra brightening ingredient if sundamage is prevelant. Add a retinol if you haven’t already or increase the strength. Think of retinols as a 401K for your skin. They are essential for preserving the collagen  you have and producing more. They also increase cell turnover causing your skincells to act younger and allowing other ingredients to penetrate better. You may need to add a hydrating serum, especially if you live in Colorado, or add a highly moisturizing cream/mask at night to prevent water loss. Eye cream is a must in your 30’s. The skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the whole body so nuture it now, you will thank us later. And of course continuing using an SPF daily that you love. This is a good time to start using one that is a bit thicker and has more active ingredients.Think of your skincare regimen as an investment.

In your 40’s

Your 40’s can present some interesting and frustrating skin changes. Collagen and elastin production slow dramatically, making wrinkles, dullness and discoloration more noticable. Also, the 40’s can present hormonal changes causing adult acne. Good times. This is a time where you will want to find a good balance between exfoliation and hydration, especially in dryer climates. Obviously, consistant treatments are important, but this is a great time to throw in some “big gun” treatments as well. Ultherapy is #1 when it comes to collagen and elastin production, helping defy the effects of gravity. Ultherapy provides great lift and tone to skin beginning to show signs of sagging. Microneedling and Radio Frequency treatments are excellent throughout the year as well.

Home Skincare Essentials for your 40’s 

Homecare regimen will look similar to your 30″s, excellent medical grade and/or prescription correctives. You made need to use a heavier moisturizer at night as moisture production is extremely low. Eye cream is a must around eyes and lips. A product such as Revox Line Relaxer is a great addition to your regimen as it targets reduction and prevention of motion lines, the lines we treat with neuromodulators such as botox. This can really help keep the skin smooth and youthful

When should I start injectables?


We often get asked when is the “right” time to start injectables, and while there is no “right age”, there are some signs and age milestones that might signal the time is now!

Think of it this way- when you buy a new car, you don’t wait until it’s falling apart to take it to the shop. Instead, you perform regular maintenance and routine care on it so it stays in good condition as time goes on. Your skin is no different! The best way to age gracefully is to perform regular preventative maintenance and take care of any problems as they arise rather than waiting until you are “falling apart”.

What signs should I look for?

We look at our faces every day, so sometimes it is difficult for us to see small problems as they arise. A good rule of thumb is that if you notice even the faintest lines between your eyebrows, on your forehead, or around your eyes while your face is in a neutral position, it’s probably time for an injectable neuromodulator (neurotoxin) like Dysport, Botox, or Jeuveau. Neuromodulators are the definition of a preventative treatment- they relax a target muscle so as to prevent the movement causing the fine lines you see at rest.

Our bodies typically lose 1% of collagen production per year after age 20, and bone loss begins around age 25. As a result, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile with each passing year. Most people will begin to notice faint fine lines/wrinkles at rest in their mid to late 20s, so that is typically a good time to start neuromodulators if not sooner (before the lines ever even arise!).


What about biostimulating injectables such as Sculptra or Hyper-dilute Radiesse?

Biostimulating injectables like Sculptra or Hyper-dilute Radiesse (HDR) are another good preventative treatment that can be started truly at any age. These act like liquid fertilizers for your skin, increasing production of collagen and elastin to help preserve healthy skin thickness, elasticity, and volume. Remember- collagen loss starts as early as 20 years old so it is best to stay on top of that with these “pre-juvenation” procedures!

What about dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers have a broad range of use. They can be used at any age to plump up lips, help give lift by adding volume to the cheeks or temples, and can help correct volume deficits or darkness to areas such as the under eyes. Aside from spot treating at any age, the rule of thumb for fillers to combat signs of agining is around 1 syringe for every decade of life- so if you are 50 you will typically require 5 syringes, if you are 60 you will require 6, etc. Fillers vary in longevity, but most need to be re-done every ~ 9-15 months.

The bottom line is this: there’s no right age to start injectables. You should start when you’re ready, but as the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So the sooner you start, the easier it will be to maintain a youthful, radiant appearance as you grow older!