Without a doubt, there are the absolute skin care commandments: always use sunscreen and moisturizer; eat leafy greens; drink lots of water. These are universal.
However, as we get older, there are some elements we should prioritize over others based on what our bodies need as they age. Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are close generationally, but they have distinct priorities when it comes to skin care. Put simply, Gen Xers should focus on preventative measures, while Baby Boomers should focus on maintenance. Ahead, we break down this key difference.
Gen X Skin Priorities
Gen Xers are still in the preventative age group. The skin care products and treatments that a Gen Xer chooses should be able to benefit the future version of themselves in 10 to 20 years. So, for instance, if a Gen Xer is starting to see their skin droop, they should consider options such as microneedling and Ultherapy. These treatments can help tighten and tone the skin. Botox is another popular treatment that helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. If you’re thinking about going the Botox route, it’s best to start as early in the aging process as possible. As soon as those wrinkles and fine lines begin to appear (or even before), that’s when you’ll want to go in for your first treatment.
It’s also beneficial for Gen Xers to invest in regular monthly services. One of our go-to favorites is the HydraFacial, which actively works to continually replenish hydration in the skin. Because elasticity decreases with age, getting treatments that help replenish it now will give your skin more lasting power in the years to come. Another highly recommended treatment is CoolSculpting, which helps to target any stubborn fat cells in the body via freezing them and eliminating them naturally.
Generally, Gen Xers should watch out for the areas that may be extra vulnerable to aging, such as our neck, hands, and chest. Part of the way we age is based on what was—or wasn’t—a part of our self-maintenance routine. Another factor in this equation is based on our body’s natural changes as we age over time. Skin damage from UV exposure can be prevented by using sun protection. And while our body losing elasticity cannot be stopped entirely, we can use products and schedule treatments to slow the process down. That’s a win in and of itself!
Baby Boomer Skin Priorities
For Baby Boomers, we have moved out of that preventative decision-making stage and have entered the stage where it’s time to take care of and maintain what we have. In contrast to the Gen X crowd, we may have to address wrinkles and fine lines that are deeper set, for which we recommend Alastin Skincare Transition Duo + Restorative Neck Complex. It’s a great product that focuses more on replenishing things like peptides, collagen, and keratin, all of which the body slows in or stops producing as it ages.
At this point in the aging process, if you’re a Boomer and have deep-set fine lines and wrinkles you’d like to eliminate or soften, fillers would be the best option. They replace the lost volume rather than relying on your body to self-replenish.
Our Boomer friends should also take stock of their skin care routines. Make sure there’s nothing expired on your shelf. Out-of-date sunscreen, makeup, and moisturizers—among other products—can be ineffective and can even exacerbate some of the damage already done to the skin or cause irritation.
Another crucial part of being in the Baby Boomer category is joining the trend of aging gratefully. Accepting and appreciating our bodies—and what they have done for us—as we age is the new standard, replacing the frantic race to turn back the clock. Aging gratefully to you could mean adding some extra pampering into your routine by booking a quick facial. It could also mean maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet. Getting to this stage in life is about feeling empowered to decide what’s going to make our bodies feel the best.
The biggest takeaway here is that whether you’re a Gen Xer or a Baby Boomer, you should look at where your skin is right now, appreciate it and take care of it. Your skin will usher you through life gracefully and gratefully. Our bodies are going to change naturally, and if we are practicing awareness, then we will know what’s happening and address each change as it comes. Always prioritize sun protection. Always ensure that your diet gives you the nutrients to power and protect you the most effective. And of course, don’t forget to treat yourself and schedule a treatment when you can!