Skin care demystified
Skin care can be a challenge at any age. It’s important to identify your skin type early and care for it accordingly. There are four basic skin types:
The skin type and basic skin tone change little through the years. Variables in the condition of the skin include sun damage, hormonal levels, and cell turnover. If you are aware of the effects of these changes, you will be able to tailor your skin-care regimen and visits with a Aesthetician to meet your skin’s needs and make sure it retains its smoothness and tone.
Make good choices
Experts agree that good lifestyle choices and a healthy skin care routine are paramount to keeping your skin attractive through the decades.
Smoking is bad for the skin at any age or stage of life. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide which displaces the oxygen in the skin and causes wrinkles. Nicotine reduces blood flow and leaves the skin dry and discolored. It’s been shown that smoking depletes nutrients including vitamin C, which is important in protecting and repairing the skin. Smoking is a poor choice when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and happy. Your skin will thank you for not smoking.
It’s important to develop a daily skin-care routine based on your skin type. Everyone should wear sunscreen daily. Sunblock protects your skin from damaging radiation and reduces the risk of skin cancer. It prevents brown spots, veins, and uneven skin tone. Not wearing sunblock prematurely ages the skin, and that damage is hard to reverse. Everyone should wear sunscreen every day.
Drinking alcohol takes a toll on the skin. Alcohol dehydrates the skin and affects the liver, which is the key to eliminating toxins in the body. Take a good look in the mirror the day after an evening of drinking. The bloated and mottled skin you see is not healthy. Drink moderately or your skin will suffer.
At Lotus Med Spa Anti-Aging & Skin Care Center, your treatment is individualized for your skin type and age. Make an appointment for a consultation and get help developing good skin care habits.
Cleanliness is important for 20 somethings
Daily skin care regimen*
- Use a cleanser according to your skin type.
- Apply an oil-free moisturizer that contains 30 SPF
- At night, use an oil-free moisturizer without sunscreen
*If acne is a problem in the 20s, try salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide spot treatment morning and night. If that doesn’t work, a visit to a dermatologist is in order. It’s important to take care of acne as it can leave scars.
Vigilance is important in the 30s
You may begin to see signs of sun damage or brown spots. Hormones range during the childbearing years; birth control pills and pregnancy can cause changes in the skin. You may see a few lines and wrinkles.
Daily skin care regimen
- Use a cleanser that exfoliates but does not dry the skin. If the skin is dry or sensitive, stay with the products you used in the 20s
- Use a sunscreen with a moisturizer that contains antioxidants to facilitate skin repair
- For dark spots, use a product with retinol and discuss this skin condition with Christi Stowers at Lotus Med Spa. If you have deep “emotion” lines, it may be time to look into treatment with Botox
Step up your game in 40s, 50s, or 60s
Estrogen levels range in the middle decades. Most people notice drier skin and some wrinkling. Moisturizing becomes a full-time job. And it’s important to use medical-grade products to exfoliate and build collagen.
- Use a non-drying cleanser/moisturizer
- Make sure your sunscreen has anti-aging ingredients.
- Use specific products for night time as they contain reparative ingredients.
During the 40s, 50s, and 60s+ many choose to add Botox and dermal fillers.
It’s important to consult an expert aesthetician like Christi Stowers to prescribe a treatment plan that is perfect for your skin.
No matter what age you are, it’s time to think about skin care and make a plan to fight aging. Give Christi Stowers, at Lotus Med Spa a call today. You can look great at any age. The Spa is conveniently located for residents of north Fulton looking for personal advice and attention on skin care.