Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it deserves some serious love. Whether you’re in your teens of your 50s, following a routine for healthy skin will help minimize environmental damage, and keep you looking and feeling your best.

But, as with most things, what works when you’re 15 just doesn’t cut it when you’re 45. You skin’s needs change throughout the years – and your routine should change to meet those needs.

Don’t wait until troubles pop up to start thinking about skin care! Use these top skin-care tips for every age to create a great skin care routine that works for you.

Skin Care in Your Teens

As if you don’t have enough going on with schoolwork, hormones, and that whole discovering your identity thing, your teen years are also — unfortunately — when you might have to deal with acneand eczema.

  • Wash your skin daily to remove excess oil — but resist the temptation to cleanse too often, which can overdry skin and aggravate breakouts.
  • Look for cleansers containing salicylic acid to control oil production and increase hydration.
  • Cleansers with glycolic acid can help get rid of dead skin cells that build up and contribute to acne.
  • Creams, gels or lotions with Vitamin A or benzoyl peroxide can also help unblock pores.
  • And don’t skip the sunscreen when hanging out outdoors! Sun damage not only causes premature aging — reason enough to use all the SPF — but also increases your risk of melanoma.

Skin Care in your 20s

Your 20s are a time of firsts. First apartment. First friend’s wedding. First real job. But they’re also the right time to start preventing those first signs of aging. A good start: avoid the two biggest skin-aging culprits, tanning and smoking.