If you struggled with acne during your teenage years, more than likely you used products formulated with drying, anti-bacterial ingredients to control breakouts. As you progress into your late teens and early 20’s, most people will outgrow their breakouts, but in their mind, they think it’s the acne products that made their breakouts go away.
This is a common scenario. We’ll have clients well into their 20’s, and 30’s that are still using the very same products they used during their teenage years, thinking that if they go off of them, their breakouts will come back.
I’m here to tell you that for most people, breakouts are a phase, not a lifelong struggle. Although there is a very small percentage of the population whose acne will continue well into their adult life, it’s usually not as severe as during their younger years.
It’s very important to treat your skin for what it is doing TODAY and not what it did in the past. The problem with using acne products in your adult years is that you’re drying out your skin and leaving it in an unhealthy state—and that’s compromising preventative skin aging.
My recommendation is to look through our Beauty Bar’s and pick out which concerns most sound like you. Once you use products that are suited for your confused skin, you’ll be sure to get the balance that your skin desperately needs to be healthy, clear and balanced…
What’s going on: Skin cells are regenerating fast, giving your skin a flawless, radiant look. The collagen and elastin fibers in the skin give a plumped-up look. Your skin may still suffer from occasional acne breakouts, oiliness and clogged pores which are carried over from hormone fluctuation in the adolescent years. But the acne years are mostly over, so you must discontinue the use of harsh, drying products. It’s time to get serious about your skin and develop a good, basic skin care routine to be used morning and night. How will your skin age? It’s based on your ethnicity.
What’s going on: It’s a time of babies, stress and hormonal swings that can wreak havoc on your skin! Growth hormones start to slow down, so the skin won’t repair itself as it did in your 20’s. Breakouts can often occur in the form of cystic acne, those hard, sore underground blemishes that linger for weeks. Many women will also develop “pregnancy mask” (skin discoloration known as melasma) during pregnancy so it’s important to use a natural skin lightener like Vitamin C&E Treatment to minimize this condition…
Exfoliation using AHA’s, DMAE and enzymes also helps to jump start cell turnover and boost the metabolism of the cells keeping the skin acting young. There is strong evidence that certain vitamins (A, C, E and Zinc) applied topically to the skin can prevent the breakdown of collagen through the reduction of free radicals created by smoking, drinking, exercise, UV sunlight and pollution. Antioxidants in your skin care products and in your foods are a must for anti-aging.
What’s going on: These are the peri-menopausal years when estrogen levels start to decline. Estrogen is stored in the fat cells, and as estrogen decreases, the skin will start to lose its tone. Estrogen is a natural anti-inflammatory and since it’s dropped, many people can be sensitive to skin care ingredients that once were agreeable with the skin. This is also a time when skin redness and dilated capillaries start to appear. How will your skin age? It’s based on your ethnicity.
It’s time to “get serious” about your skin and it’s never too late to achieve skin health. The combination of both topical applications of Vitamin C and internal antioxidants from foods creates an ideal synergy and will play an important role in maintaining a youthful appearance.
What’s going on: Menopause. There is a sharp decrease in estrogen and the weakening of collagen and elastin fibers, which causes the skin to lose that “cushion” resulting in the loss of skin tone. Introduce your skin to “sun damage repair” and “collagen boosting” skin peels and products. Due to the loss of moisture in the skin, it’s important to replace lost moisture topically with oil-based moisturizers, as well as increasing essential fatty acids in your diet to give your body the moisture it needs.
Rosacea, a chronic skin disorder affecting as many as 14 million Americans could now be in full swing. While the cause is still unknown, the redness in the skin can be quite noticeable. Anti-inflammatory and calming products with ingredients like Chamomile, Sea Whip, Blue Azulene and White Tea are should be used daily to keep symptoms at bay.
-Eat almonds, salmon, avocados and olive oil. These contain healthy fats that keep your skin moist, supple and glowing from inside out. See the best antioxidant foods.
-Avoid using skin care products containing synthetic fragrances or perfumes. These are unnecessary and are the #1 cause of allergic reactions. Read our list of ingredients to avoid.
– Always use an alcohol-free toner after cleansing and leave it damp before applying cream. Your skin cells are like fish, they need water to live.
-Pay attention to your ears. This area can show a lot of aging. Use a facial scrub on the ears twice a week and use sunscreen daily.
What’s going on: As hormone levels are now returning to normal, the material that attaches the skin to the bone, called fascia, is deteriorating causing the skin to continue to lose tone. Skin sensitivity is lessened; so many skins with redness may find that they are less red, and in fact, skin circulation has slowed down significantly so people in their 60’s will see a dullness in their skin. Read tips to get your skin glowing.
Intensive topical moisture is important to keep the skin looking moist and dewy, while regular exercise will help keep good circulation in the skin and body to retain that vibrancy. However, capillaries are more fragile, so you may want to ease up on facial scrubs and Microdermabrasion.
-When in doubt, have it checked out. Moles that change in color, shape or size must be looked at by a Dermatologist. Skin cancer is very prevalent in the 60’s and beyond.
-Performing your nighttime routine is essential because skin’s permeability increases while you sleep, allowing the action ingredients to absorb.
-Skin in need of a lift? Read skin firming tips.
-Healthy skin is what your body gives you when you treat yourself well. Make YOU a priority!
-Always wear sunglasses when outdoors. Unnecessary squinting will accelerate wrinkles around the eyes.
-Short on sleep? Read skin tips to reduce dark circles and puffiness.
-Always apply eye cream using your ring finger. This is your weakest finger and will allow for the gentlest application.
-Make sure to avoid the ingredient Mineral Oil in your eye cream. Research it, it’s why your eye cream could be causing more wrinkles.
-Regular mini facials should be performed at home to maintain the results of professional facials. Here’s how to give your skin a facial at home.