We all have that one friend. The one who, no matter how many years we know them, their skin seems to stay smooth and flawless. There are a number of factors that can affect how our skin ages, including weather, pollution, stress, heredity, and medications, but perhaps most important is skin type. Whether you have normal, dry, oily, or combination skin in your youth can affect how you might look in a few decades. Let’s take a look at how different skin types fare over time.
How will your skin look in thirty years?
Despite the name, normal skin is not necessarily a common trait. Few of us are lucky enough to have soft, well-balanced skin that’s neither too oily nor too dry. Normal skin also has small pores and little sensitivity, resulting in fewer unsightly rashes and breakouts. Most people with a normal skin type are young adults, though with proper care, you can keep your skin looking healthy for years to come.
As you age, normal skin can start to become more dry, leading to less elasticity and more visible lines. This is completely natural and shouldn’t be any cause for alarm, but it can be disappointing for someone who had perfect skin in their youth. As you grow older, regardless of your personal skin type, it’s important that you protect yourself with sunscreen and a good moisturizer.
Dry skin lacks the lipids that it needs to retain moisture or protect itself from outside stressors. Though pores tend to be small, complexion is often dull and skin is prone to irritation, itching, cracking, and peeling. There are a few reasons that you might suffer from dry skin, including genetics, hormones, weather, the sun, indoor heating, ingredients in cosmetics, and certain medications. Age also tends to dry out skin as you lose natural moisturizing factors and epidermal lipids. Even if you have oily or normal skin now, you can take steps to avoid dry skin in the future. You can do so by taking shorter showers, using gentle soaps and deodorants, applying a rich daily moisturizer, using a humidifier during dry months, and wearing protection when using harsh chemical cleaners.
Many of us have suffered from oily skin at some point in our lives. Puberty and hormonal change can lead to heightened sebum production, also known as seborrhea. Oily skin often causes enlarged pores, breakouts, and a shiny complexion. Much of the time, oily skin dries out as we reach our early adulthood, but not always. Fortunately for anyone with an oily complexion, their skin is likely to be thicker and less prone to dehydration and fine lines. On the flip side however, this skin type can result in deeper lines and larger pores.
To combat oily skin, make sure to wash your face once or twice each day, use a gentle cleanser, and avoid scrubbing too hard. You should also avoid picking or popping blemishes, as they’ll take longer to heal.
Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others, and ages differently between individuals. Often, the T-zone between nose, forehead, and chin is more prone to oil accumulating. This skin type is very common amongst adults. While it can lead to large pores and blackheads, it offers more hydration than dry skin and less irritation than oily skin. If you have combination skin, be sure to wash with a gentle cleanser and keep yourself moisturized to avoid your skin drying out as you age.