Beauty for a Lifetime

How to look your best during each decade of your life

By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

Whether you're 25 and still using the same products you did in high school, or 45 and caring for your skin the same way you did on your wedding day, chances are you're in need of a skin-care and cosmetics makeover.

Experts say that plenty of women are stuck in a beauty time warp. They may be trying to re-create the look they had during a time when they were happiest, or simply unaware of what's new in skin care and makeup.

To help you get up to speed, WebMD asked some experts to clue you in on how skin ages and what you need to look your best during each decade of life.

Your 20s and 30s

For many, this is a time to say goodbye to teen acne angst and hello to a brighter, more radiant complexion. Unfortunately, experts say, this is also the time when many women make the biggest all-time skin care mistake: They don't use sunscreen.

"Women think that because their skin looks great, they don't need to do anything to protect it, and that is a big mistake," says New York plastic surgeon Darrick Antell, MD.

The younger you are when you commit to wearing sunscreen every day, the more you cut your risk of skin cancer -- and the more years you'll stay wrinkle-free, Antell says.