Style & Beauty
Your Ultimate Skincare Routine at Any Age
10/2/2017 10:38:21 PM

If you’ve perused the skincare aisle of a drugstore recently, you’ve probably noticed the classic skincare routine –soap and water with just a touch of moisturizer -- has been completely up-ended by a seemingly endless array of serums, masks, creams, and oils that can easily become completely overwhelming. The truth is, all skin needs different care, and our skincare needs change over time, so what worked at age  25 probably needs reconsidering at 35. Here are a few professional tips for taking great care of your skin at any age.  

The biggest skincare challenge twenty-year-olds face is probably adopting healthy habits, according to Jennifer Lemons, licensed aesthetician and co-owner of DermaLogix Salon and Day Spa in Lake Charles. Late-night study sessions, high-stress first jobs, and even a quest to get the perfect summer tan can all have long-lasting effects on skin.  

"The aging process usually begins in our twenties,” Lemons says. "Our diets, stress levels, sun exposure, and unbalanced sleep patterns can really take a toll. Starting a healthy skin care routine and being consistent with it is the key to healthy skin.” 

For twenty-somethings who want to develop a consistent skincare regimen, Lemons recommends a balancing cleanser, toner, daily moisturizer, and plenty of sunscreen. Preventing future damage is the best goal for a beginner’s routine. 

Lemons says fine lines and early wrinkles are the most common complaints from clients in their thirties, but there are ways to delay these common skin woes. Adding more exfoliation and introducing retinol into your skin care regimen can help repair skin that’s lost a bit of its elasticity. 

"Adding products that contain retinol and vitamin C can greatly enhance the benefits of any skincare regimen,” Lemons says. "Treatments like mild to moderate peels or even microdermabrasion are also available to help strengthen and maintain the overall condition and appearance of skin.”

Clients in their forties often see sun damage from their twenties and thirties start to catch up with them, and hyperpigmentation (or sunspots) is one of the biggest complaints Lemons sees from clients in their forties, along with fine lines and enlarged pores. 

To help correct these problems, she recommends switching to prescription- strength products. Ask your dermatologist about prescribing products with hydroquinone, which decreases the formation of melanin to dissolve the appearance of dark spots, and retinoid creams that boost collagen and reduce the appearance of fine lines. 

As skin ages, it becomes more delicate and prone to dryness. Lemons often recommends that clients in their fifties switch to gentler cleansers and more hydrating moisturizers. She also suggests that they significantly reduce the amount of time they spend exfoliating. 

"For women 50 and above, I recommend products that target hydration, such as those that contain hyaluronic acid, which binds one thousand times its own weight in moisture,” Lemons says. "Also, creamy cleansers as opposed to harsh gel-based washes help maintain supple skin.  Be careful not to over-process the skin as with too much exfoliation from facial scrubs. This can impair the skin’s moisture barrier and cause more harm than good.”

60s and beyond!
Sunscreen is important at any age! Look for creamy daily moisturizers that also contain SPF 30 and above, and be sure to reapply throughout the day. Another common problem for sixty-and-above skin is irritation: tried and true products that once worked wonders now cause rash or even acne. As the moisture barrier breaks down, it becomes much easier for skin to become irritated. Prescription-strength products can be mixed with moisturizer to make them less abrasive. 

If you haven’t been overly diligent about skincare in the past, there’s no better time than the present to adopt a healthy skin routine. 

"The most important piece of advice I can give is to start taking care of your skin today,” Lemons says. "It is never too late. Always cleanse your face morning and night and follow with the proper am/pm skincare regimen, wear sunblock every day, drink plenty of water, eat a well-balanced diet, and get an adequate amount of rest. These habits can be adapted at any age, but the sooner you start, the better!”
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