Skin is like everything else in life: look after it well and it will look good for many, many years. There are lots of things you can do to help keep your skin in the best-possible condition, despite the inevitable passage of time. Here are just three for each of he important milestones in your life:
In your 20s…
This is typically the decade in which to enjoy the best skin ever! It’s regenerating every fortnight and your collagen is providing amazing support, making your skin lovely and supple.
It’s easy to take this lovely, springy, 20-something skin for granted, but now is the time to lay the foundations for looking younger than your years when you hit middle age. You know the old saying: there’s no point in closing the gate after the horse has bolted. It’s time to get serious about your skincare. Here are three things you need to be doing to encourage and maintain radiant skin.
- Too much sun exposure will catch up on you, trust us! It will be 15 to 20 years before you’ll see environmental exposure damage on your skin, by which time it’ll be too late to do anything about it. So make sure your moisturiser has a minimum SPF of 15 to protect your skin from the harsh wrinkle-inducing, brown spot-creating effects of the sun.
- Replace any bargain-shop cleansers and moisturisers with a dermatologist-recommended skincare routine that matches your skin type. Many discount skincare ranges actually dehydrate your skin, stripping it of its natural oils and causing your oil glands to work overtime. The result? Spots! Invest in gentle, quality skincare with natural ingredients.
- If you were plagued with acne breakouts in your teens and early twenties which have left you with scarring and bumpy, uneven skin tone, a course of Dermatude skin-needling treatments can dramatically improve the texture of your skin, reducing the scarring and making it much smoother.
In your 40s…
By the time you’ve reached your 40s, you’ve laughed, you’ve cried, and you’ve puckered up for more kisses than you can remember. None of this seemed to make a jot of difference to your skin until recently. Where did those laugh lines and that deep furrow between your brows come from all of a sudden?
Sadly, it’s because your body’s ability to renew skin cells began to decrease rapidly during your 30s. Your skin regeneration cycle slowed down to between 28 and 32 days, so your priority now is to do everything you can to stimulate the collagen and elastin in your skin while reducing any dullness. Here are three things to get working on…
- Adjust your skincare regime. As we age, skin starts to lose its moisture, becoming drier. Your trusty lotions and potions that served you so well throughout your 20s and 30s may no longer be ideal, so switch to more appropriate products of the same high quality. You might need to switch to a heavier moisturiser with ceramides or fatty acids.
As well as your regular skincare routine, now’s the time to add a more powerful dermatologist-grade serum containing vitamins A (aka retinol), C, E and CoQ10 to energise your fibroblasts (the cells that make collagen).
- Your skin may lose its glow and start to look a bit dull, so regular exfoliation will brighten up your complexion. Choose a product with natural, biodegradable exfoliants.
- Have a course of microneedling treatments to tighten the skin and rejuvenate it. You’ll need a course of at least three treatments to induce collagen production, with a gap of four to six weeks in between treatments.
In your 60s and beyond…
After the menopause, hormonal changes have a big effect on your skin. Your skin starts thinning, it loses its elasticity and all sorts of unwelcome gravity-related effects come into play. Wrinkles deepen and eyelids, cheeks and chins start to bag and sag. It’s also when all that sunbathing we did in our youth comes back to haunt us – in the form of patchy sun spots.
The big question is, are you going to choose to age gracefully or embrace invasive anti-aging measures like fat transfer and plastic surgery? Is there anything at all we can do to stay looking our best without going under the knife? Here are three things you can do…
- If you have puffiness under your eyes, it could be caused by lymph or fluid retention. Try giving yourself a lymphatic drainage massage every morning. What’s that, you say? Here’s a lovely American lady demonstrating it for you: https://youtu.be/7H9YrjCv8BI
- Start using skin serums and eye creams containing hyaluronic acid. The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatologyreported that, in a 2014 double-blind clinical trial, products containing hyaluronic acid decreased the appearance of wrinkles and reduced skin sagging with 30 days of consistent use. That’s got to be worth a try, right?
- Soften your deep lines and wrinkles, and reduce crepey-textured skin with regular Dermatude treatments. Dermatude’s microneedles will improve your circulation and stimulate the production of collagen and the effect is cumulative, with your skin continuing to improve with every treatment.
Don’t forget that, no matter what age you are, the absolute essentials for good skin start within. If you’re having skin troubles, look at what you’re fueling your body with. Are you eating too many processed foods? Are you still smoking? How much alcohol are you consuming? You’ll need to eliminate or minimise all of these skin-damaging habits and also get plenty of sleep if you want to be a fresh-faced octogenarian. Here’s to your long, happy life with glowing skin all the way!
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