Caring for Your Skin through the Decades

You’ve seen people in their 60s look like they are in their late 40s, and unfortunately, the opposite too. Are they genetic lottery winners? Evidence seems to suggest that while genetics certainly play a role, the vast majority of aging symptoms are a result of life choices—lifestyle and habits, with the majority of the damage coming from the sun.

We put together a general outline of suggestions based on the decade for you. Remember that these are in general terms. We all have differing lineages and backgrounds playing roles in our skin’s aging. One thing we know for sure, sunscreen is vital at any age. Each decade shown below offers additional lifestyle choices and non-surgical services you may want to add to your routine to continue with your glowing, youthful look throughout your life.

*IN YOUR 20S *


Your skin, like your parents, highly disapproves of your rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle: smoking, skimping on sleep, and years of unprotected relations…with the sun. Use a noncomedogenic broad spectrum sunscreen every day at this age and all ages.  We love Obagi matte sunscreens, both the natural and tinted versions which provide coverage for both UVA, UVB and Infrared rays without an oily residue.


Your skin may be shifting from teenage acne to the adult variety, which means breakouts migrating to your chin and jawline or, for an unlucky few, occurring in both former (forehead, nose) and newer areas simultaneously. Try regularly using a facial wash with salicylic acid to help clear up acne blemishes. And be sure to follow up with a daily moisturizer that has at least an SPF 15 in the morning, and your skin will say thank you when you hit your 30s.


Shaving may last a day, waxing a couple of weeks, but for long-lasting hair removal there is laser hair removal.

*IN YOUR 30S *


This is the decade when you begin to notice things you haven’t seen before on your skin. Sunspots, broken blood vessels and fine lines replace acne for some and accompany it for others. Your complexion may begin to dull, since cell turnover is slowing down. Refresh your complexion by adding in some facials to your routine. Since hydration is the foundation of healthy, radiant skin, make sure you are drinking plenty of water and try a hydra facial. Monthly HydraFacials can bring back that radiant skin tone. And try out a peel. Your skin will glow after a gentle Reveal Peel or retinol peel by Synergy MD.


By your 30s, you’ve accumulated some telltale aging signs: sun damage, post-baby stretch marks and a varicose vein or two. If you’re not seeing satisfying results from topicals, you may wish to add laser treatments to help reverse some of these effects.  Aerolase LightPod Neo reduces the effects of sun damage, can fade spider veins and freckles and helps stimulate collagen growth – giving you a more revitalized appearance. Synergy Med Spa also offers the non-ablative skin rejuvenation of the LightPod Neo. It’s not just for the face!  It can be performed on the neck and hands as well. It’s a painless and precise way to remove aged or sun-damaged tissue and to stimulate skin cell turnover.


It’s usually in the 30s and 40s when people start to notice crow’s feet, frown lines and the loss of volume, especially around the mouth and lips and in the cheeks. Furthermore, the production of collagen slows down in the skin, causing a loss of elasticity and resulting in the beginning of wrinkles and sagging skin. Most often, people begin to treat their forehead wrinkles somewhere in the 30s and 40s with a regular schedule of Botox to minimize these lines.


Unfortunately, thinning eyelashes are part of the aging process. So, if your lashes don’t seem to have the same length and fullness they once did, don’t worry, there’s Latisse.

*IN YOUR 40S *


The roller coaster of fluctuating hormones can lead to breakouts and then, when estrogen levels begin to drop, dryness. Fine lines begin to deepen, hyper-pigmentation increases, and your skin is getting noticeably thinner and less even in texture. You might see some sagging along your jawline—the result of the loss of elasticity and of some underlying fat. For treating moderate fat below the chin (submental fat), Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable to remove chin fat. Fillers are a modified form of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the skin. When injected, soft-tissue fillers smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, acne scars or other skin contour deficiencies. Fillers like Juvederm Volbella XC and Vollure are often used for lip enhancement in order to replace lost volume. While the smile lines, or nasolabial folds, are treated with Juvederm Vollure and lost cheek volume with Volume.


Exfoliation is still key to maintaining clean, fresh, glowing skin. We offer peels in three strengths to suit your skin’s condition and needs.


While aging is inevitable, looking old does not have to be an option. Our skin is one of the largest organs of our body and provides a natural defensive barrier to the outside world. Improving skin tone with micro-needling (collagen induction therapy) to build up the dermal thickness with collagen can improve your skin’s appearance. Beginning in your 40s and continuing with this rejuvenating procedure, will make a difference in how your aging process appears on your skin.


The thinning skin around your eyes may begin to become  more sensitive and irritated by your regular moisturizer. We have tried many, and found what we believe to be the best eye creams –Obagi Elastiderm Eye serum to treat your delicate eye area.


A diet high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can do a lot to help maintain radiance. The omega-3 fatty acids found in wild Alaskan salmon, avocado, flaxseeds, and spinach reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds.


Take up yoga, meditation, or another form of effective, daily stress relief. “As we age, our bodies become less efficient at fighting the stress hormones that age us prematurely,” says dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD. “If you stress a 20-year-old and a 50-year-old, the younger woman’s cortisol level returns to normal more quickly than that of the older woman.” In other words, the cumulative effects of daily living, gravity and UV damage could be offset by a regular dose of relaxation in a quiet room. At least that’s what your skin would tell you.

* IN YOUR 50S *


Sebum (natural oil) production decreases yearly. In your 50s you start to see significant changes in the deeper facial structure. Some collagen and even bone loss occurs during this decade. This translates into looser skin and decreased volume, especially in the mid and lower sections of the face. Decreased oil production also means that skin is more sensitive to changes in climate or season. Be certain to drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrating your skin and wear sunscreen for protection.


In addition to fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, several new skin challeng­es arise during this time, especially those associ­ated with a decrease in estrogen associated with menopause. Skin may begin to thin, and sagging may be more pronounced on the face, décolleté and body. Also, hormonal changes may increase surface shine and lead to more blemish-prone skin. Step up your regimen, including the staples from previous decades at a more frequent pace in this decade.


Boost your circulation by staying active. Daily exercise increases blood flow to the skin and has multiple heath benefits including the color and appearance of the skin.


  1. We have heard it over and over but number one, hands down, is sun protection – using a sunscreen of at least every day, wearing a hat, choosing to stay in the shade. We all love the so-called “healthy” glow of a tan, but today there are terrific self-tanner products easily selected by reading product reviews and recommendations.

  2. Stop smoking. It is estimated that a 40-year- old lifetime smoker’s skin may look similar to a 70-year- old non-smoker. Smokers will prematurely develop more significant facial wrinkles and furrows, crows’ feet, vertical ear creases, smoker’s lines around the lips, baggy eyelids and slack jawline as well as dry, coarse skin.

  3. Drink water, drink more water, then drink some more. Establish the habit of always sipping, including during the night.

  4. Exfoliate your skin using a product suited for your skin type to remove dead cells, refresh your skin surface and maintain a smoother appearance.

  5. Don’t wear your makeup to bed, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and remove eye makeup with a product that isn’t harsh on the delicate eye area.

  6. Use a moisturizer with sunscreen in the morning and moisturize again at night.

  7. Be disciplined to get consistent, adequate sleep. The older we get the more we wear our sleep loss.

  8. Regularly visit your friends at Synergy Med Spa and we’ll keep you shining your freshest face throughout your life!