How to Take Care of Your Skin in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and Beyond

Some of my fondest memories as a child are watching my mother take care of her skin. Now, she wasn't a huge skincare junkie, but my mom always took pride in caring for her body's largest organ. I mean, growing up in the tropical (and humid) climate of Cairns, Australia, makeup was useless (it melts off your face), so my mom embraced that fresh-faced and dewy look (something I'm still trying to replicate now). One of the most valuable and memorable lessons she taught me was to take care of my skin.

In my preteen years, she showed me the basic cleanse, tone, and moisturize routine, and I've stuck with it ever since, adding a few serums along the way. (Okay, maybe more than a few. I have a slight addiction.) But as someone who has officially moved into her late 30s, I personally prefer prevention when it comes to skincare. This is something my Australian dermal therapist (and skin whisperer), James Vivian of James Vivian Dermal Therapies, advised early on in our "skinship."

That said, there are so many amazing treatments and products out there that can help reverse any signs of damage. The key, Vivian tells me, is to "be proactive. Once you see signs of damage, then intervene. You never hear someone say, 'I wish I hadn't taken better care of my skin earlier.'" It's important to remember that we're not entirely against the aging process.

In fact, in the words of Gwyneth Paltrow, we "subscribe to the 'age gracefully' thing," and this is more about taking care of your skin's overall health.