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Here's Every Moisturizer You Need to Be Using Based on Your Age

Because your skin is never one size fits all - HALLIE GOULD

MAY 12, 2015

There are so many products out there—each one promising exciting and borderline ground-breaking results. But, it's difficult to decipher which ones are right for you. Your skin care purchases should be tailored to your skin type, your lifestyle, and your age.

As you grow up, your skin needs different things. In your twenties, your beauty concerns are very different than they are in your fifties. Think about it this way: Remember the way broccoli made you feel in elementary school? If you were anything like me, you would rather whine all night and stick out your tongue than eat vegetables. But as you grew up, your body started to crave it. The same goes for your skin. As it ages, ingredients that were once unnecessary, become vital.

To truly decipher the ins and outs of skin care, we asked master esthetician Liza Wong of Elite Skin Care Spa and Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology Group about what ailments plague each age group and which skin care products you should be focusing on through the decades.


Millennials, you should be focusing on high SPF, first and foremost. Your twenties are a a critical time for your skin—this is also usually when poor sunscreen habits are kept. Nazarian explains, "Because oil glands tend to be more active at this point in life, sunscreen should be oil-free. A good combination of the two is Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer 75+. Their ingredients keeps the sunscreen super stable, and longer lasting for when you're running around town—as most 20-somethings do."

However, this decade is about more than UV protection. Though you've finally made it out of your teenage years, you may not be done with breakouts. "It's important to maintain clean pores to keep breakouts at bay, but you should also avoid drying agents as well," says Wong. "I recommend Biologique Recherche Crème Dermopurifiante which helps to purify, regulate oil secretions, and hydrate the skin."


Now that you've graduated to your thirties, your biggest concerns are rosacea, inflammatory skin, the beginnings of fine lines. "Unfortunately your skin can still be super sensitive," adds Nazarian. "Niacinamide is a great anti-redness ingredient to look for. Elta MD UV Clear is an ideal sunscreen for this age group."

In terms of keeping wrinkles at bay, it's important to purchase products that are full of antioxidants and target the first signs of expression lines. Wong explains, "Wrinkles are directly linked to repeated facial expressions and the thinning of the epidermis. Start using anti-oxidant serums such as IS Clinical’s Super Serum Advance + in addition to your moisturizer"

40-Somethings +

Once in your forties, your metabolism starts to slow down and your skin may become a bit duller. It's important to exfoliate regularly (using a scrub or a microdermabrasion treatment) to regenerate and renew your skin—we love our trusty Clarisonic ($99-$249). This will increase brightness and add back that youthful glow. Wong explains, "During this time, the dermal-epidermal junction also flattens and the upper dermis loses density." Basically, when the ridges flatten out, you get wrinkles. She continues, "This leads to skin losing its firmness." Valmont Firming Lifting Corrector Factor II uses yeast extract to strengthen the cohesion of the dermal-epidermal junction, which will help decrease the depth of wrinkles and brighten skin."

When choosing a sunscreen, make sure it continues to be broad-spectrum, but with ingredients to soften the appearance of shallow lines and pores. Nazarian offers, "Keep your sunscreen paraben-free to avoid sensitivities and potential aging factors. Your best bet is La Roche- Posay Anthelios Daily Anti-Aging Primer."