Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Right Skin Care for Your Age


The issues you're most likely facing are acne and some discoloration from sun damage. The most important thing for you to do is to keep your skin protected with sunscreen -- everyday. And "start protecting your neck, chest and hands along with your face," says Dr. Heidi Waldorf, New York dermatologist.

Use a gentle foaming cleanser that will remove makeup and excess oil, but won't over dry your skin.

Daytime Moisturizer: Use a light moisturizer that contains sunscreen, and provides UVA and UVB protection Look for a product that contains either zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone or Mexoryl. Sunscreen is the best way to prevent premature aging, and it's even more important to use if you are taking/using acne medications that make skin more sun sensitive.

TreatmentPlan A: For acne prone skin

If you get mild breakouts use a spot treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide And whatever you do, don't pick -- it can lead to long-lasting scars.

TreatmentPlan B: For the partiers

If you are one to stay up all hours drinking, smoking, etc. you might want to kick start your anti-aging program now by applying a serum at night that contains Vitamin C, It'll help fight the free radical damage your lifestyle is causing.

Nighttime Moisturizer: Choose a basic light moisturizer (try Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion) if you need it. "You don't want to play too much or you'll over do it and your skin will get out of wack.



Discoloration caused by sun damage or melasma (aka the mask of pregnancy that can also be caused by birth control) are two of your biggest skin challenges. "At this point you need to start exfoliating regularly because skin only exfoliates naturally every 35 days as opposed to every 14 in your 20s," says Lorencin.

Cleanser: If you used a foaming cleanser in your 20s, it's time to switch over to a non-foaming, non-drying cleanser.

Daytime Moisturizer: Before applying sunscreen use an antioxidant-rich moisturizer, which contains. "There is some evidence that antioxidants act synergistically with sunblock to help guard against photodamage," says Waldorf. "They can also help reduce old damage," she says.

Treatment: Add a retinoid to your regime to help improve the overall texture and tone of your skin. The highest strengths of retinoids are prescription only, but over-the-counter retinol is a close second. Apply retinoids at night, and avoid putting them on your upper eyelids -- they'll be too irritating on your delicate area.

Nighttime Moisturizer:  If your skin feels like it needs additional moisture after applying a retinoid, use a basic hydrating cream that doesn't contain additional Retinol."You want to avoid over treating your skin," says Waldorf.


In your 40s, the lines of movement between your brows and around your eyes and mouth don't disappear like they did in your 30s. "Your estrogen level is tapering so your skin will become dryer," says Lorencin. Overall you'll need to add moisture and collagen-building ingredients like peptides.

Cleanser: Cleanse using a basic non-foaming, non-drying cleanser in combination with a gentle face cleansing brush to help remove dead skin cells. Because you'll use retinol regularly, you'll need to get rid of any flaking skin.

Daytime Moisturizer: Use SPF daily to prevent further damage and choose a product that contains antioxidants to fight free radicals and help reverse some of the damage you already have.

Treatment: Retinoids and peptides are two ingredient groups that you should add into your routine if you haven't already. Peptides can help rebuild collagen, especially when used in combination with skin texture-improving retinoids like retinol. To get both ingredients in one dose (and at one price), opt for a serum

Nighttime Moisturizer: Use a moisturizer that has a high level of glycerin or hyaluronic acid to help skin retain the moisture it needs.


Moisture, moisture, moisture," says Waldorf, should be your main concern in your 50s. Loss of tone and sagging are your biggest issues and creams and serums can only do so much. If you're looking for more dramatic results, in addition to using powerful products that contain peptides, retinoids or alpha hydroxy or amino acids, consider talking to your derm about laser treatments and other non-evasive or evasive skin rejuvenation options if you haven't already.

Cleanser: Use a cream cleanser that will hydrate skin while it cleanses

Daytime Moisturizer: Choose a moisturizing cream that contains SPF to keep skin hydrated and protected. Because ingredients like retinoids can make skin more sun sensitive, daily use of sunscreen is a must.

Treatment Day: Apply a peptide rich serum under your SPF daily to help build collagen. Look for one that also contains antioxidants to fight free radicals or hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture.This product contains all three ingredients -- bonus!

Treatment Night : Apply a retinoid like retinol before your moisturizer at night"Generally retinoids are applied at night because most lose potency with exposure to ultraviolet light," says Waldorf.

Nighttime Moisturizer: Though it sounds too simple (and inexpensive) to be true, Vaseline, $4 is tops at sealing in moisture, which is more important now more than ever. Apply it following any treatment serums.


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