Your Skin Care Must Act According To Your Age
Act your age… even when it comes to skin care.
If you are still using that same oil-free cleanser your mom gave you when you were 13, drop it off! Change your routine! To achieve a fabulous, flawless skin, you have to buy the right product for your skin type. But it won’t end there… To have a fabulous, flawless skin no matter how old you are, then you have to also consider your age in finding the right skin care.
Check out these guidelines for the ideal care for your age.
Your goal is to PRESERVE AND PROTECT.
- It is never too late start sunscreening your face, neck, chest and hands every morning.
- Stick on using a light moisturizer that contains sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. You CANNOT skip this routine – EVER. Look for a product that contains either zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone or Mexoryl.
- If you are battling against breakouts, opt for an oil-free, gel-based cleanser with salicylic acid.
- If you are a party goer, use an antioxidant to counteract the damage from your partying ways– drinking and smoking. Apply a serum at night that contains pomegranate extract (ellagic acid), vitamin C or grape seed extract.
- Using eye creams and other anti-aging products is not really recommended, but it is fine as long as the product does not contain too harsh chemicals.
Fine lines and wrinkles are now starting to show up.
- If you actually have these problems, This is the good time to start treatments with small doses of Botox/Dysport 2-3 times a year. Again, ONLY if signs of frown lines are starting to show up.
- Stick to a gentle cleanser to offset any irritating effects from the anti-agers you may be using.
- Before applying sunscreen, use an antioxidant-rich moisturizer, serum or lotion.
- If you were using a quality moisturizer product in your 20s, keep on using it, but if you need an upgrade choose a product that contains a potent form of reservatatrol from grape vines, plus peptides and hyaluronic acid to boost moisture.
- Add a retinoid to your regimen to help improve the overall texture and tone of your skin.
Wrinkles and age spots have likely set, they don’t disappear like they did in your 30s.
- Add peptide-packed moisturizers to your routine.
- Your skin will start to lose some of its tone and texture, so Dr. O’Brien suggests using cleansers with low concentrations of exfoliating alpha or beta hydroxy acids.
- Use SPF daily to prevent further damage and choose a product that contains antioxidants to fight free radicals and help reverse some of the damage you already have.
- Laser treatments need to be customized at this age. It really varies by the individual, so you will need a consult.
Dehydrated skin is your number one challenge.
- Use a glycolic acid if your have a dehydrated skin; it revs up cell turnover, so skin stays smooth.
- Use a cream cleanser that will hydrate skin while it cleanses.
- Choose a moisturizing cream that contains SPF to keep skin hydrated and protected. Because ingredients like retinoids can make skin more sensitive to the sun, daily use of sunscreen is a must.
- At night, apply a retinoid before your moisturizer. Your moisturizer should contain phytoestrogens to help with hormonal aging.
- A simple petroleum jelly is a great way to lock in the moisture from your moisturizer, which is more important now than ever.