Wrap Up 2013 with the Best Skin Care Regimen for Your Age

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As we grow older, our skin undergoes a variety of changes, ranging from texture shifts to pigmentation issues. To help understand your skin better, take a look at these ideal skin routines to keep you feeling beautiful at every age.

Twenties

Your 20’s are an important time to provide your skin with the necessary care and products to optimize it’s health and to sustain its beauty for years to come.

-   Tip #1:

The most beneficial step you can take in protecting your skin, avoiding unnecessary skin damage, and preventing signs of aging is to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. It may sound a little extreme, but your skin will thank you in the future!

-   Tip #2:

The next step is to look for a gentle cleanser for your face. Avoid using anything harsh as this may leave your skin feeling tight and dry.

It is recommended to wash your face twice a day. However, If you are prone to dry skin, this may not be necessary. Instead, stick to cleansing before bed and after activities that produce grease and/or sweat, such as exercising.

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Include a lightweight moisturizer in your skincare routine, even if you have oily skin.

It is best to find an occlusive moisturizer, which blocks water loss from the skin. Since these types of moisturizers prevent evaporation, they are most effective when applied to damp skin.

Humectant moisturizers can also be very beneficial. These types of products pull water into the top layer of the skin from the lower layers.

-   Tip #4:

For those struggling with acne prone skin, using treatments containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are very effective!

The key to using these products is consistency. However, make sure to avoid overusing them, as they can cause irritation.

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Lastly, your 20’s can be a time of living carefree and wild. Introducing a 5% concentration Vitamin C serum, can help fight free radical damage that might occur due to drinking or smoking, while helping to even skin tone and texture.

Thirties

The most common skin care challenge to be dealt with in your 30’s is discoloration due to sun damage or melasma. Keeping this in mind, here are the best things you can do for your skin during this time.

-   Tip #1:

Just like in your twenties, reducing exposure to UV rays, especially on your face, neck, and back of hands, is a critical step in taking care of your skin’s health and beauty.

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It is time to exfoliate regularly! In your thirties, skin will not naturally exfoliate as frequently as in your twenties. Exfoliating 2-3 times a week should do the job, but any more could end up irritating or damaging your skin.

-   Tip #3:

Ensure you’re using a good moisturizer. When skin becomes dehydrated, fine lines and wrinkles become more apparent and your skin may start overproducing oil.

Emollients are a great type of moisturizer to use in addressing this issue. They fill in the crevices between corneocytes, an essential part of your skin barrier, and improve texture and appearance.

-   Tip #4:

Another important ingredient to include in your nighttime routine are retinoids. They are one of the few ingredients that have been widely researched and effective in terms of reducing photo-aging and wrinkles. While using retinoids it is critical to use sunscreen, as they increase your risk of sun damage by thinning the upper layers of the skin.

Fourties

As your estrogen level begins to taper off in your 40’s, your skin will become dryer and the lines between your eyebrows and around your eyes and mouth will become more prominent. Use these tips to best minimize these unwanted changes.

-   Tip #1:

As always, continue using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to prevent any further damage you may already have.

-   Tip #2:

As your estrogen level lowers and skin becomes dryer, continue to use a good moisturizer with high levels of glycerin and hyaluronic acid to maintain moisture. Rejuvenators, which are intended to replenish proteins like collagen, keratin and elastin, can also be very helpful.

-   Tip #3:

If hyperpigmentation has become an issue, linoleic acid is a great aid. The best results are seen when applied at levels of 1%.

There are other ingredients to look for as well, such as vitamin A acids, n-acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide, which can help fight signs of aging. However, stay away from ingredients that are known photosensitizers and irritants, like lavender and citrus oils.

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Vitamin C serums and retinoids should also be added into your routine, if they haven’t been already. Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection and fights free radicals while reversing signs of aging. Retinoids help speed up exfoliation and improve collagen production.

Fifties

Loss of tone and sagging may become the biggest struggles in your 50’s and above. So the key is: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

-   Tip #1:

Moisturizers will become your best friend, preferably ones with SPF! Pay attention to ingredients and look for humectants, such as glycerin, squalene and hyaluronic acid, which help skin retain water.

-   Tip #2:

Use a cream based face wash that will hydrate as it softens and cleanses. Additionally, if using a toner, try one that is glycerin based, hydrating, non-fragranced and not oil based.

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Lastly, apply a retinol under your moisturizer. This is one of the only proven and effective compounds to increase cell turnover and collagen. Use it at night so it doesn’t lose it’s potency when exposed to UV rays, or wear sunscreen over it during the day.

With these guides, you can ensure that you are providing your skin with the best care possible at every age!

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  • http://www.dermology.us/ Terrie Dawson

    Wonderful!! This is gonna be a
    best and useful gift for this year. Its time to say good bye to skin problems. I
    really loved this article. Thanks!!