Updated: 2022, Jan 17

How and Why to Change Your Skincare Routine Over Time

Having a reliable skincare routine can be comforting and beneficial in many ways, but you shouldn't use the same routine indefinitely.

When you think about how skin changes over time, you might remember noticing the wrinkles on your beloved grandma’s pretty face when you helped her make apple pie in her kitchen.

How and Why to Change Your Skincare Routine Over Time
Adjusting to a new regimen - switching your skincare routine. Image/Shutterstock

While it is certainly correct that wrinkles and fine lines are a sign of aging skin for many, there are other ways that your skin will change over the years.

All of these natural shifts in your epidermis signal more than the passage of time—they also indicate the importance of changing your skincare routine along the way.

Let’s start by looking at other ways your skin will change as you age, as well as how you can adapt your skincare habits—and what might stay the same:

How Skin Will Change

Some signs of aging skin are due to genetics—for instance, you may see some of the same wrinkles forming that your dear grandma had on her face. But in general, most age-related skin changes occur no matter what our DNA may say. For instance, the skin on your face will lose some of the underlying fat over time, so your cheeks may seem looser and your eyes may look like they have sunk into your face a bit.

In addition, the top layer of your skin and the second layer can become thin, causing blood vessels to be more noticeable.

As people age, their skin often becomes drier and may start to itch more often. It will also lose its natural levels of hyaluronic acid, a substance that loves water and causes the skin to look thin when it is in short supply.

How to Care for Aging Skin

To properly take care of your aging skin requires a combination of the regular care you’ve given it for years along with the addition of some new products. Continue to cleanse your skin twice a day with a gentle soap and use sunscreen before going outside. But as wrinkles begin to form and the skin gets thinner, adding in additional products to your skincare arsenal may help—for instance, a serum with peptides to plump and firm up the thin areas around your eyes, and an extra-rich night cream that may reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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The Return of… Acne?

One not-so-great way your skin may change over time is the appearance of adult acne. If you already battled acne as a teen and thought you were done with it forever, or if this is your first experience with it, please know that it is not an uncommon issue.

Acne may take the form of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, nodules, and/or cysts and can lead to breakouts that are also uncomfortable. For teens who are dealing with acne, they can usually blame their surging hormones; in adults, it is usually due to excessive production of skin oil.

Going back to genetics for a moment, if your mom or dad had adult acne, chances are good you will be purchasing adult acne products at some time. Speaking of which, because adult acne is different in many ways than the type teens deal with, it is important to choose adult acne skin care products like an acne face wash that is designed specifically for aging skin.

Use these products as instructed and do not pick at your face or scrub it clean with strong soaps; this will help your skin to heal and look its best.

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A New Decade Means a New Skincare Routine

Your skin may be showing some signs of aging, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a natural part of getting older and is totally normal. However, to make sure your skin looks as great as possible for as long as possible, it is important to know how to care for it and nip any issues like adult acne in the bud. Your skin will thank you by looking more healthy and youthful.


Jason Vredenburg, RD

Jason Vredenburg is a nutrition writer with over twenty years of experience as a Registered Dietitian. He has researched and written nu

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