Skin Maintenance Through The Decades
Think about the regular maintenance you do for you car: washing it, changing the oil, rotating the tires, repairing broken parts and on and on. You do this because you want your car to run well. I bet you also want to look good. Yet, we are all so busy taking care of our cars, homes, families, etc. that too often we end up neglecting ourselves. Skin is one of the first things we notice in others, and it is also a place where neglect shows.
Skin reflects what is happening inside our bodies. As we age, we have different needs in terms of skin care. In order to make things a little easier, I have outlined the basics of skin care by age, but before getting down to it, I want to debunk a myth.
We tend to think people have beautiful skin because of genetics, but studies of identical twins indicate this is not necessarily true. Differences in the way twins appear with age can be attributed to lifestyle and environmental factors. Factors such as smoking and exposure to the sun affect the way genes express themselves and how our bodies age. This is why doctors recommend preventative measures like good diet and regular exercise. Whether you are 22 or 52, there are things you can do to maintain your body and your skin.
Protect that beautiful young skin! Taking a preventative approach means fewer and less invasive treatments later on. Your skin is renewing itself every four weeks, and collagen production is high, which makes skin supple. Your morning regime should consist of cleansing, moisturizing and protecting from the sun by applying a daily sunscreen. A moisturizer containing vitamin C such as our C-Illumination Moisturizer can give an extra layer of protection and prevent brown spots and fine lines.
Unfortunately, acne plagues many people beyond the teen years. Acne is the cause of overproduction of oil (sebum); irregular shedding of dead skin, which irritates the hair follicle; and buildup of bacteria. Depending on the severity of the acne, prescription drugs may be necessary. Our slightly acidic cleanser, Sunny Disposition, can help wash away bacterial buildup and regular clinical facials can help remove dead skin.
Skin renews itself more slowly after the age of 25. Sun damage and fine lines may begin appearing. Introduce a gentle exfoliator such as our 15% Medical Grade Glycolic Pro 15 cleanser to slough off dead skin. Keep protecting your skin from the sun as prolonged exposure results in brown spots. I recommend introducing a cellular rejuvenation serum like LineFactor EFG Super Serum. Much more than a wrinkle cream, this product encourages collagen production, resulting in firmer and better-textured skin.
As we age, the surface of the skin begins to break down and it is easier for our skin to become dehydrated. A good moisturizer such as our Blueberry Rejuvenation Moisturizer (coming soon to online) is key. Regular microdermabrasion treatments can help reduce fine lines, clogged pores and sun damage by gently removing the top layer of skin to stimulate collagen and cellular renewal.
50s and up
"Don't give up just because you think it's too late for great care. It will take some time but you can change your skin for the healthier," says Angela Vyskocil, LME, LT. After estrogen declines, our skin thins and looses some vitality. Maintain a youthful glow with topical treatments that mimic estrogen. Regular medispa facials can help turn over new, healthy skin. At home, keep using serum and good moisturizer with natural estrogen boosters such as our Haute As Honey Moisturizer.
We can give offer individual consultation when you visit in person. Beautiful skin is within reach. If you can maintain a car, you owe it to yourself to maintain your skin too. After all, you are a unique beauty!
Written by Journalist Annie Van Cleve based on an interview with Angela Vyskocil, LME, LT.