Beautiful skin is often characterized as youthful, fresh and healthy in appearance. Beautiful skin captures the eye because of it’s radiance and the way it captures the light. When the skin is healthy, dense and firm it has a youthful appearance transparency and elasticity. Age is not often a factor in beautiful skin since even in young skin it can appear unhealthy, dull and tired looking. I often get asked when should someone start a regimented skin care program that will maintain beautiful skin while heading off the tell tale signs of aging in later years.
Here are some recommendations for maintaining beautiful skin throughout the ages:
Tween – Even at puberty a skin care regimen is very beneficial. Establishing a routine at this young age will support a lifelong understanding and practice of nurturing the skin. Sadly more and more children at this age are already experiencing some acne and skin problems. Really a regimen can be really simple and focused on cleansing and nourishing the skin. A simple noncomedogenic (a product that is less likely to cause acne) cleanser and and moisturizer used in the morning and at night before bedtime is a really good start. Encouraging your tween to shower after sports activities will also keep the skin properly nourished. If showers are not an option facial wipes can be a good alternative to remove any sweat or grime left on the skin from activity. Sunscreen is also critically important and easily forgotten at this age.
Teen – The same recommendations are relevant for teens as tweens however, for some teens this is the age of battling acne and other skin problems. For further tips on dealing with acne please refer to the blog post, 5 Tips for Dealing with Acne Prone Skin Naturally.
Twenties – As someone moves into their twenties nourishing natural cleansers and a light moisturizer is all that is necessary to maintain skin flexibility and a youthful glow. Exfoliating on an ongoing basis with a mask will get rid of dead skin cells and will keep the skin looking fresh and its best. Always remember to apply any treatment for the face to your neck as well. Use of a daily sunscreen is extremely important at this age. The affects of sun damage in your twenties increases your risk of skin cancer and will be noticeable (brown spots, texture etc.) in your thirties, and beyond so prevention goes a long way. There are wonderful sunscreens that can be applied under make-up that really protect your skin throughout your day.
Thirties and beyond – After the age of 30 this is the time when you really want to complement a cleaning program with the use of some anti- aging products. Products that contain significant amounts of anti-oxidants (vitamin C) and moisturizers are particularly beneficial when it comes to maintaining firmness, elasticity and preventing dullness. One key molecule involved in skin moisture is hyaluronic acid (HA) that has unique capacity for retaining water. This molecule is one our skin makes on its own but once we reach our late teens and twenties hyaluronic acid starts to decline. Preserving or regaining hyaluronic acid is a an important element in anti-aging products to maintain supple skin and a youthful appearance. So make sure your anti-aging formula has some hyaluronic acid included unless you are sensitive.
Using an exfoliating mask with high levels of antioxidants will make your skin feel soft and supple but it will also help your skin absorb the anti-aging products you are using such as serums or other creams and moisturizers. Toners are also a great tool and a second step in the cleansing process. Toners are especially useful to remove excess oils and dead skin cells that cleansing may leave behind. To some extent a toner can help other skin applications penetrate more rapidly and many on the market today are full of healthful anti-oxidants and some even have hyaluronic acid.
Not everyone ages equally. Your skin type can also play a role in how your skin ages. People with round faces and oily complexions will wrinkle more slowly but will possibly see more volume loss as aging progresses. Someone with thinner skin that is more on the dry side will likely show more fine lines. The most important thing to remember is that from time to time you may need to adjust your skin care regimen depending on how your skin is at the moment and most importantly protect it from the two most significant factors in aging the skin, the sun and smoking.
Overall, a skin care regimen is appropriate at nearly any age. Having one will help you maintain your beauty throughout your ages.