Skin Aging Timeline: Your Skin Through the Years

Sebameducation May 13

Our genes play a key role in how we age. While we can’t control how genes, there are things we can do to take care of our skin’s health during the aging process.  Here we take a look at how our skin changes throughout the years and how we can nourish it during each stage.

Teens to Early 20s

During your teen years, hormone levels begin to rise and the skin produces more sebum or oil. Our hair follicles naturally wick the oil out to our skin surface to keep us moisturized and protected, however dead skin cells, bacteria or excess sebum can get trapped in the pore, causing breakouts.

Some teens get severe acne while some only get a few pimples. Teenage acne can last for up to four years and will typically clear up by the early 20s.

Skincare Tips:

Control Oil. The Clear Face Cleansing Foam deeps cleans pores and helps prevent acne breakouts.

Spot Treat Pimples. The Sebamed Clear Face Spot Gel clears pimples without overdrying.

Mid 20s

Believe it or not, this is when the skin begins to show signs of aging. You’ll probably notice an onset of lines and wrinkles, especially on your forehead. While this change is minimal, things like smoking, excessive sun exposure, and poor diet could accelerate the skin’s aging process. 

Some adults in their mid-20s may still experience acne, this is considered adult acne. Hormone fluctuations are usually the culprit. 

Skincare Tips:

Up your antioxidants. Superfoods rich in antioxidants help fight the free radicals that cause premature aging. 

Double cleanse. Especially if you wear makeup. This helps remove the impurities that clog pores and give you a dull complexion. Micellar water gently removes dirt and oils that cleansers may have left behind.   

Late 20s to 30s 

In your late 20s, you’ll probably start to notice that your skin is drier and more prone to irritation. This is because your skin’s cell turnover rate is beginning to slow down and dead skin cells accumulate on the skin’s surface. Without exfoliation and moisturizing, you’ll notice that your skin looks dull. 

Skincare Tips:

Exfoliate. Remove dead skin cells with a physical or chemical exfoliant. Remember that exfoliating should be done one to three times a week.

Moisturize. Increased hydration helps keeps your skin supple and prevents damage. Now is also a great time to add an healthy-aging moisturizer to your regimen.


During your 40s, the skin begins to lose collagen, so you’ll probably notice a loss of volume around your cheekbones and jawline. Discoloration and age spots begin to appear, and skin wrinkles may also become more prominent during this time.

Skincare Tips:

Use a Brightening Serum. A brightening serum helps to lighten skin discoloration and gives you a vibrant complexion.

Use Olive Oil. Olive oil contains lipids that moisturize the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. The Sebamed Olive Face & Body Wash helps your skin retain its natural moisture and suppleness. 


As a result of hormone changes during your 50s and 60s, you’ll probably notice more significant signs of skin aging. Your skin will also feel more fragile and thinner. 

Skincare Tips:

Use a Firming Cream. A cream containing the powerful ingredient co-enzyme Q10 activates collagen production and tightens loose skin. The Age Defense Q10 Protection Cream helps restore your natural radiance.

60s +

During this time, estrogen is no longer produced. So you’ll probably notice a loss of moisture in your skin, especially around your eyes.

Skincare Tips:

Use Hyaluronic Acid. Products with hyaluronic acid help your skin retain moisture. The Visio Active Hydro Gel deeply hydrates your skin and improves elasticity.

Use an Eye Cream. It’s never too late to use an eye cream. The Age Defense Lifting Eye Cream stimulates natural skin cell growth, which helps reveal vibrant and supple skin.

Healthy Aging is Beautiful

We want to remind you to not fear aging skin but to take the necessary actions to nourish it at any stage. Regardless of age, healthy skin is beautiful skin.

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