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There’s a few things in life that are certain: death, taxes and aging. While you can’t avoid the first two (arguably), you can manage how well the third one occurs. With aging comes wrinkles and coupled with genetics, sun exposure, lifestyle habits like smoking and heightened stress, these wrinkles can often be deeper in some people’s skin that it is in others.

Regardless of how deep your wrinkles are,  there are different ways to manage them, especially per age group.

Managing Wrinkles By Age Group

Wrinkles in your 20s

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While you may think that anti-aging is the last thing that someone in the 20s should be concerned about, the reality is that your 20’s is exactly the time when you should adopting an anti-aging skincare routine.

This is the decade when your collagen levels begin to decline and when you add in excessive blue light exposure and higher levels of pollution, you’re definitely aging fast in your 20s, even if you can’t see it – yet.

To combat this, we suggest a decent skincare routine that includes a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF50 as well as topical retinol that can help target any dullness and encourage gentle exfoliation. 

Wrinkles in your 30s

Unlike in your 20s, this is when signs of premature aging start to become a little more obvious with dullness and uneven skin tone. If you were lenient with your skincare routine in your 20s, then now is the time to become more diligent about it, especially if you want to manage signs of premature aging.

As you adopt a much stricter anti-aging regime, now is the best time to start, including sunscreen, antioxidants, and actives like retinol. You should also manage the hydration levels in your skin with hyaluronic acid.

Wrinkles in your 40s

If you think that signs of aging are obvious in your 30s, then they’re clear as day in your 40s. Not only are signs of sun exposure more prominent, but thanks to changing hormones, your skin begins to lose elasticity and experience dryness, leading to wrinkles and sagging.

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In addition to investing in aesthetic treatments, now is when you start to include more serums in your skincare routine, with these serums targeting specific skin concerns like sun spots and crow’s feet. It’s also essential to use products that contain hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides. Doing so will help with moisture retention, which is a big issue during this decade. Furthermore, we recommend doing a vacuum face lift treatment (also called face cupping) which will stimulate collagen and make the skin firmer. The treatment is painless and safe.

Additionally, we can’t leave out retinol and sunscreen – with the former encouraging collagen production and treating existing wrinkles.

Wrinkles in your 50s

As your estrogen levels continue to shift, you’re going to experience a significant drop in collagen production, as well as drops in hyaluronic acid, elastin, and ceramide production. These changes lead to sagging and drier skin as well as increased sensitivities. They also cause more pronounced wrinkles, volume loss, and excess pigmentation as a result of sun damage.

The best way to address these changes is by maintaining the levels of moisture in your skin. You can do this by using products that contain hyaluronic acid and ceramides.

This is also a great time to try anti-aging aesthetic treatments like vampire facials, micro-needling, and laser treatments as they will help encourage cell turnover and leave your skin with a refreshed and youthful glow.

Wrinkles in your 60s and beyond

Your skin is much thinner, and thirstier, in your 60s and beyond, which makes signs of aging much more pronounced. Your skin is also much more irritable, and it also bruises easier than it did in earlier years.

During this period of time, it’s important to keep your skin as hydrated as possible. You should also ensure that your skincare products are gentle on your skin. Also, this is not the time to take a pause from your sun protection habits. So, make sure that you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen and wear clothing that protects your skin from the sun.

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Anti-aging is essential at any age

Regardless of which decade of life you’re currently living, an anti-aging skincare regime will always be important. 

However, if you’re unsure of which habits you should adopt and which ones you can let slide for a bit, then here’s an easy way to remember: sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. You can never go wrong with sunscreen. Trust us, in a decade or so, your skin will thank you.

Pie Mulumba

Pie Mulumba

Pie Mulumba is a beauty and wellness writer who has a passion for poetry, equality, natural hair, and skin-care. With a journalism degree from Pearson's Institute of Higher Education, and identifiable by either her large afro or colorful locks, Pie aspires to continuously provide the latest information, be it beauty or wellness, on how one can adopt a healthy lifestyle on a day-to-day basis.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.

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