Want Beautiful Skin? Start young.
Younger women often think their only skincare concerns are avoiding acne and covering it up during a breakout. But the reality is that beautiful skin when you’re older starts when you’re younger.
In your 20s
The first step to getting beautiful skin is the regular application of a quality sunscreen. Sure, there’s probably SPF in your makeup, but that’s hardly enough to provide all day protection. To get the best protection against skin cancer, as well as wrinkles and dark spots, layer your protection throughout the day. Start with an SPF moisturizer and layer your SPF makeup on top of it. For midday touch-ups, dust on a loose powder with SPF to stay picture-perfect and sun-protected.
Wrinkles take years to develop, so it stands to reason that you should start preventing them early, like in your 20s. Retinol, the secret ingredient in many anti-aging creams and serums, works by encouraging cell turnover. Add a retinol-based product to your nightly skincare routine now and you’ll have soft, healthy looking, mostly wrinkle-free skin well into your 40s.
Our skin gets drier as we age, which thankfully helps end the nightmare of teenage acne. But drier skin presents a problem for dealing with the occasional pimple that pops up in our 20s and 30s. We can’t treat them with the same topical ointments we used at 16 because they’re too drying for our already dry skin. Consult with a dermatologist about the best acne treatment for your skin type to beat the big girl breakouts.
In your 30s
In our 30s, our skin begins to change due to hormonal fluctuations and environmental changes, so the products you used in your 20s probably aren’t getting the job done anymore. Switch them up to something better suited for older skin to encourage collagen production and cell turnover.
Don’t pop it. Pimples are the worst, and while the urge to pop them is strong, you have to fight it. Popping a pimple, in addition to letting more bacteria into the pore, can lead to scarring or dark marks. If you have a baddy that’s red and sore, calm the area with an astringent containing tea tree oil and apply an ice cube to the spot for a minute or two. Then apply a sulfur-based topical treatment to dry it out. It will take a couple of days, but your skin will be better for it.
Don’t skip your skincare routine, especially the older you get. Apply your sunscreen in the morning and throughout the day, then wash your face and apply your night cream before bed.
Don’t get carried away with the scrubber. Over-exfoliating your skin in your 30s will just increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Limit yourself to one good scrub a week, and instead of using a brush or facial loofah, try a gentle peel product instead. It will remove the dead skin cells from the skin surface without causing further damage. Be sure to follow the peel with a night-time moisturizing cream.
Don’t skip the skin checks. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends performing a monthly skin check at home and an annual skin check with your dermatologist.
In your 40s
As previously mentioned, our skin gets drier as we age, making the persistent use of moisturizer very important. Ask your dermatologist for help choosing one that’s best for your age, skin condition and skin type.
One of the biggest skin care mistakes we make as we get older is using too many products. If you’re using multiple products, apply them in the correct order and wait for a minute before applying the next to avoid any interactions that can cause inflammation. That said, the average person needs only four products- a cleanser, a moisturizer, a blemish treatment and a night cream.
Lastly, don’t forget about your eyes. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your face, so it requires more gentle care. Choose products that are specifically formulated for the eye area to prevent further thinning or sagging.
In your 60s
No matter how regimented you are about your skin care routine in your younger years, you’ll probably be dealing with laugh lines around your mouth and eyes in your 60s. There are dozens of treatments that will restore volume and “fill in” those lines, but at this age you don’t want to try too hard to look younger. Laser skin resurfacing can help minimize fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improve skin tone and texture, without looking phony.
Another skin care concern at this age is sun damage. In addition to your regular SPF makeup and added sunblock, don a hat if you’re going to be outside. Too much sun exposure can lead to dark spots and more wrinkles.
In your 80s
Thinning skin is a primary concern for older women. Thin skin is mostly due to sun exposure, but can also be attributed to the loss of the protective subcutaneous fat layer, which occurs as we age. A skin-firming lotion with COQ10, copper peptides and Vitamin A will help restore the collagen in your skin. Foods high in vitamin c will also help your body produce more collagen.
Products can do a world of good to prevent and treat most skin problems, but they’re not the be-all-end-all. If you’ve got dark spots or wrinkles you’d rather not have, a skin laser rejuvenation treatment can help. Call (540) 283-6015 to make an appointment for a consultation today.