Age is just a number, but with these skincare tips from NYC’s top dermatologists, no one will be able to guess yours.
Amber Valletta shows off glowy skin at 43 as she walks the Dries Van Noten runway at Paris Fashion Week.
“It’s never too early to start taking care of your skin,” says Manhattan-based dermatologist Dr. Anne Chapas. “The better you care for it now, the healthier it will be later in life.”
Skincare routines in your 20s are all about consistency and preventative measures. Dr. Chapas recommends keeping it simple with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer with at least SPF 30. “Sun damage is cumulative, so UV exposure in your 20s could lead to wrinkles and skin cancer later in life.”
Transitioning from your 20s to 30s, it’s time to adopt a few products with active ingredients. “Your best option is a retinoid, which increases cell turnover, and improves wrinkles and acne,” says Dr. Chapas.
According to NYC-based celebrity dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades, your 30s is the key decade for skin. “You must start applying a lot of actives or you will fall behind and require procedures,” she says. “You need to include peptides, antioxidants, brighteners, collagen boosters, DNA repair ingredients, barrier repair ingredients, and so on.”
“In your 40s to 50s, this is the decade when sagging of the skin commences, and when actives of a higher quantity and different focus must be added,” says Dr. Alexiades. Dr. Chapas recommends preserving the skin’s collagen by using a daily sunscreen and a facial treatment with peptides.
From your 50s to 60s, Dr. Alexiades warns against sun damage accumulation. “In this decade, you must go full throttle and be religious about your skincare routine,” she says. “You should not waste any step.” She recommends an active cleanser and to begin applying moisturizer to neck, chest, and hands. “Do not neglect the lips,” she warns. “The signs of aging become very manifest during this decade and hard to treat with procedures.”
The Top Products for Every Decade
20s to 30s: High Performance Anti-Aging Cleanser, 37 Actives ($79). net-a-porter.com
30s to 40s: Time Retreat Face Treatment, Eve Lom ($115). Sephora, 300 Madison Ave., 212-503-0800
40s to 50s: Extra Firming Booster, Dermalogica ($50). 110 Grand St., 212-219-9800
50s to 60s: Camu Camu Power Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer, Peter Thomas Roth ($72). Sephora, 300 Madison Ave., 212-503-0800
All Decades: The Eye Concentrate, La Mer ($200). Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., 212-753-4000