Beautiful Skin at Any Age

What’s the secret to beautiful skin at every age? I am here to tell you that there is actually nothing magical about it.  Good skincare habits and a healthy lifestyle are key, as are using pure and natural products that provide the protection and support your skin needs. 

Keeping your skin healthy, vibrant and youthful looking, no matter what your age, really just requires knowing how to properly care for it. Your skin care needs will change over the course of your lifetime. Here are my top suggestions and product choices for great skin at all ages.

 

In Your 20s

  • If you haven’t already, develop a consistent skin care regimen. This is the perfect time to get in the habit of a regular skin care routine. In your 20s, a simple regimen of cleansing, toning, exfoliation, moisturizer and sunscreen may be all you need. For a preventative step that will help ward off future free radical damage, add a Vitamin C Serum to your daily regimen.  You won’t regret it.
  • Be sun smart. Establishing a lifelong habit of daily sunscreen protection will ward off many of the signs of aging in future decades. Avoid tanning!  This may be the single most important thing you can do for the current and future health of your skin.  In addition, always wear sunglasses when you are outside. Not only will constant squinting lead to early wrinkles, but the UV rays can quickly damage the delicate skin and cause premature aging in this fragile area.
  • Find the perfect moisturizer. You might not have those first signs of aging yet, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from a light-weight moisturizer. Because 20s skin is often still prone to breakouts, avoid overly heavy or skin-clogging formulations. Moisturizing in your twenties can help prevent dryness, inflammation and keep the pH of your skin balanced for optimal health.
  • Always remove your makeup at night. This should be a no-brainer, but we all understand the temptation to crawl right into bed when you are dead-to-the-world tired. Keeping makeup on overnight is a shortcut to break-outs, puffiness and dull looking skin. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser nightly – no excuses!
  • Your diet matters. Eating certain foods can have an impact on your skin, regardless of what you have heard to the contrary. The foods themselves are not to blame, but rather your body’s response to them. Sugar, fat and processed foods often cause inflammatory reactions, which can show up on your skin as acne, redness, irritation and puffiness. Skip the processed junk, go easy on the adult beverages and eat a clean diet for a clean complexion.
  • Develop a relationship with a dermatologist. Now is the time to make an appointment with a dermatologist that you will develop a lifelong relationship with. A dermatologist can help you with your current skin concerns, offer advice on how to keep your skin healthy and, do a thorough exam of moles, beauty marks and other markings. A dermatologist can not only spot potential problems now, but also map your individual marks so that each year when you go back, any change will be able to be detected at the earliest possible point.
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In Your 30s

  • Eye treatments are essential. Your life is probably pretty hectic right now, either with work or family commitments, or maybe even both. The one spot that your fatigue and early signs of aging is going to show first is your eyes. If you haven’t already, invest in a quality, gentle eye cream or serum that treats puffiness, dark circles and those very first fine lines.
  • Exfoliate, but leave the harsh grains behind. Exfoliation should remain an important part of your skin care routine for most of your life, and you should always opt for exfoliants that are gentler and less grainy than harsh scrubs. Exfoliants remove dead skin cells and help to unclog pores, to give your skin a smooth, flawless finish. Choose gentle physical exfoliants such as rice, oats or bamboo, or enzymatic exfoliants that loosen the bond between dead skin cells and the skin surface.
  • Antioxidants in your skin care. The 30s are often when we start to see the first signs of aging in the form of fine lines and loss of “glow.” Antioxidants are the answer. Antioxidants are essential for healing damaged skin, reversing the effects of toxin exposure and encouraging cell turnover and renewal for fresh, youthful looking skin. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to add a Vitamin C serum and consider incorporating a retinol product.
  • Add a night specific treatment. If you haven’t already, add a lightweight night treatment in the form of a cream, serum or night mask to your end of day skin care routine. Your night treatment is the perfect place to add in that retinol. Nighttime products are designed to do their hard work while you are resting and recovering, allowing you to wake up fresh faced and rejuvenated.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. All the products in the world cannot replace what is lost when you don’t get adequate sleep. Your body uses this down time to repair and restore, and without it, one of the first places it will show is on your face. Lack of sleep will not only leave you feeling tired, but looking exhausted as well with dark circles under your eyes, and dull, lifeless skin. Get in the habit of a regular bed time routine and aim for 7-9 hours a night.
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In Your 40s

  • Sun protection is more important than ever. During your forties, your skin can become extra sensitive to the sun and you might notice that you are prone to hyperpigmentation, in the form of skin discolorations and age-spots. Protect your skin by using a high quality, naturally based SPF30 sunscreen daily, and don’t forget your hands, arms, neck and chest in addition to your face.
  • Embrace serums. A regimen that incorporates Vitamin C serum, Hyaluronic Acid serum and Retinol serum can address all of the common signs of aging.
  • Up your exfoliation game. A monthly glycolic acid peel can help address hyperpigmentation and build collagen. The exfoliation will make all your products more effective.
  • Take care of your neck. We spend so much time taking care of our face, that sometimes we forget about the delicate thin skin of the neck and chest area. This area is prone to early sagging, dryness and discoloration and can make you look older than what you are. Make sure to moisturize this area day and night, and treat it with the same serums you use on your face.
  • Do monthly skin checks. If you haven’t already, become very familiar with every mark on your body, and check them monthly so that you can catch any changes early. If you notice any changes or new spots, make an appointment with your dermatologist for a checkup.
  • Update your eye products. Up until now, some puffiness and dark circles may have been your only issues with your eye area, but starting in your 40s, small faint lines become more prominent. Now is the time to update your eye area treatment product and choose one that addresses early to moderate signs of aging. Not only will the right product smooth out this area, but it will also brighten this area, making you look more alert and vibrant.
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In Your 50s

  • Double layer a serum with a moisturizer. Because of hormonal changes, skin in its 50s is often lacking moisture. Hyaluronic Acid can help plump up skin and provide much needed hydration. Remember, it is all about creating a barrier and keeping in moisture by layering your moisturizing and treatment products. Just make sure that you give the first product, such as the HA serum, a chance to absorb before applying the second layer.
  • Prepare for increased sensitivity. At this point, you might not need to adjust your skin care routine too much, however hormonal fluctuations and lack of collagen can leave your skin a little more sensitive than in the past. You might notice dry patches, and red inflammation in response to mild changes in the weather or certain products. If you find that a certain product causes any issue for you, discontinue its use immediately, regardless of its reputation for restoring the fountain of youth. Choose gentle products with natural ingredients to minimize the chance of sensitivity.
  • Boost your beautiful smile. What has been your best feature up until now will continue to be your best feature for decades to come, and that is your beautiful smile. At around the age of 50, you might begin to notice that your lips are not as plump as they once were and that tiny fine, dry lines are beginning to appear in the area. Keep your lips moisturized and use an anti-aging lip balm or serum to keep your big and bright.
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In Your 60s and beyond

 

True beauty is timeless and ageless because it resides inside of you. However, you can keep that inner beauty radiating strong on the outside by taking good care of your skin, no matter which decade of life you are in. Developing healthy skin care habits now, regardless of your age, is something that will continue to pay off huge dividends for your entire lifetime.