In your 20s:
You’re most likely struggling with acne at this time, so your best bet is to invest in products that offer good, deep pore cleansings. Trying the Clarisonic could be a great way to get a deep cleanse without paying for a facial every month.
This is also a time for you to be conscious of how much water you’re consuming and stay away from tanning (yes, Black girls tan). SPF is highly recommended, no matter how deep and dark your complexion. This will help prevent sun damage that will appear in your 30s and 40s.
The final tip is to develop a really good beauty routine. If you don’t know where to begin, ask a dermatologist for a good routine recommendation. But the basics are as follow: remove makeup, cleanse, tone and moisturize. Start there and add anything else your dermatologist or esthetician recommends.
In your 30s:
Focus on skin maintenance. Use a Retinol during this decade to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, while adding in a good eye cream and facial oil.
Don’t forget the neck, chest and hands. These areas will start to show signs of aging if you don’t carefully cater to them.
Another idea is to add nightly serums to your routine. Nothing crazy, however. Just be sure to slather on a good hydrating serum that also works to prevent wrinkles and crow’s feet.
In your 40s:
This is a time where age spots and fine lines are prevalent. You may also start to experience dullness of the skin. Keeping your skin hydrated and treated with Retinols and a good amount of sunscreen is imperative.
Also, start looking into chemical peels. They will help you revive dull skin and improve overall tone and texture.
In your 50s+:
This may be the age where you start to really notice sagging skin and deeper wrinkles. But, this apart of aging and it’s fine. Ultimately, the only sure way to remove these “imperfections” is to do so surgically. While we want women to do whatever makes them feel best, we think it’s nothing more amazing that to age gracefully.
Your best bet is to continue your beauty routine from your 30s on and if you’re going to look into surgical treatments, focus on corrective, non-surgical ones that won’t be too invasive.
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