As we age, our skin will go through many changes. From oily and pimply to fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. To keep our skin in top shape we need to periodically reassess our skin and act accordingly. We’ll get into that later.
First, I want to talk about the universal rules we could all follow-you know, do this, don’t do that. Now, I’m not trying to sound like your mama, but who couldn’t use a little reminder every now and then. Paying attention to these little tips can go a long way in your skincare regimen. These tips are in addition to the common ones that we all know, such as, wearing sunscreen, getting enough sleep, etc.
So, what do you want to hear first? The “good” or the “bad”? Okay, I’ll start with the bad and then end with the good, so we can leave on a positive note.
The Bad: 7 Sins of Skin
- Picking or Popping Pimples: This can push bacteria into your pores which can cause an infection and leave scars.
- Not cleansing your face before bedtime: Causes clogged pores, dries out the skin and causes premature aging of the skin
- Not cleaning makeup brushes: Bacteria can build up and cause an infection if you have an open sore
- Not drinking enough water: Calculate half your body weight and that’s how many ounces of water you should be drinking everyday.
- Over Exfoliating: This can dry your skin out and cause irritation. Only exfoliate 1/wk for dry skin and 2/wk for oily skin.
- Not giving enough attention to the eyes: Be sure to use an anti-aging cream or peptides.
- Using wrong products for your skin type
Bonus Tip: Cell phones are an often over-looked bacteria collector-be sure to clean it with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide at least once a week
The Good: 9 Nutritious Skin Helpers
- Strawberries/Blackberries/Blueberries- Antioxidants, Anti-aging vitamin C-fights free radicals
- Olive oil- Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant, can use topically or orally with food.
- Green Tea: Anti-Inflammatory, put used tea bags in refrigerator and place over eyes for puffiness
- Nuts- Anti-Inflammatory, Walnuts (fatty acids), Brazil Nuts (Selenium-improves elasticity of skin) Almonds (Vitamin E-nourishes and protects skin)
- Dark green vegetables: Kale, broccoli, Spinach-Antioxidants (Beta-carotene helps repair and renew skin)
- Avocado: Antioxidants, Healthy fat, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
- Tomatoes: Contains lycopene which helps fight free radicals
- Carrots: Contains vitamin A and Helps prevent an overproduction of cells in skin’s outer layer.
- Coconut: Coconut oil or coconut water: Antioxidant, helps skin retain it’s suppleness
Skin Care Through the Ages
Throughout our 20s it feels like skin care is so easy, right?
We can be pretty minimalistic as far as products go and seemingly get away with late nights, poor nutrition and lots of fun in the sun. But, as we age we start to see the effects of all of this and realize how important taking care of our skin is.
Tips for your 30s:
When dry skin, fine lines and sun damage starts to appear, no more partying without repercussions.
- Use products with antioxidants which help repair and prevent sun damage, reduce fine lines and increase collagen production
- Be sure to hydrate inside and out, eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies
Tips for your 40s:
You start to experience hormonal changes, loss of collagen and elastin causing lines and furrows to grow deeper. Dark spots and an uneven tone start to appear. Over the hill - and so over all the skin changes that go with it? Follow these tips to look fabulous throughout your forties:
- Use a hydrating gel cleanser with lactic acid
- Combat hyperpigmentation with products that are Hydroquinone-free (Hydroquinone may cause cancer and has been banned in Europe)
- Treat skin texture
- Be sure to use an anti-aging eye cream
Tips for your 50s:
Still going through hormonal changes, wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation is more pronounced.
Fabulous or Furrowing Fifties? Follow the tips below for fabulous skin:
- Gently cleanse skin using a hydrating cleanser
- Use a collagen booster
- Don’t forget your neck
- Use anti-aging products
Yes, genetics play a big role in our skin health, but there’s also so much under our own control; lifestyle choices, using the right products for your skin and staying away from all those bad skin habits.
Getting regular facials will also help tremendously with keeping your skin in the best shape it can be. At Wax Haus & Skin we customize treatments based on your specific skin type and the results you desire.
Be Nice to Your Skin-15 Bad Skin Habits. Retrieved from Catherine Hinds website:
Skin Care Tips for your 30’s. Retrieved from Glo Beauty Blog website:http://blog.gloprofessional.com/2013/01/skin-care-tips-for-your-30s.html
Skin Care Tips for your 40’s. Retrieved from Glo Beauty Blog website:http://blog.gloprofessional.com/2013/01/skin-care-tips-for-your-40s.html
Skin Care Tips for your 50’s. Retrieved from Glo Beauty Blog website:http://blog.gloprofessional.com/2013/01/skin-care-tips-for-your-40s.html
Nutrients for Healthy Skin. Retrieved from WebMD website: http://www.webmd.com/beauty/face/skin-nutrition