In this, second part of the wrinkles trilogy, I will be looking at what can be done at the spa and at home to prevent wrinkles.
Of course, aging happens very slowly, very gradually. And we are not really aware of it until we look in the mirror one day and see lots of signs of aging, such as wrinkles and sagging, color changes, thinned skin, vascular changes, large pores, etc. BUT if you are mindful and start a good, customized skin care regimen enhanced by effective, customized treatments as soon as possible, you are able to slow down the aging process and prolong healthy looking skin.
As we age, the needs of our skin changes because different things are taking place in the skin. So your regimen and product ingredients have to change with your changing needs.
In our 20’s skin is youthful and supple with an even skin tone. The key word here is ‘prevention’: prevention of damage in order to keep the skin in the condition it is in for as many years as possible. Avoid over-the-top exfoliation as this can cause irritation and could accelerate aging.
Here in Florida especially, you MUST use a sunscreen. Choose products with antioxidants and vitamin C that help protect the skin from sun damage. Use a moisturizing mask and a gentle scrub or enzyme treatment once a week. Start using mineral makeup now. Monthly facial treatments will be very beneficial to maintain the great skin you have.
In our 30’s prevention is still important, but there may already be the need for repair. There may be fine lines around the eyes, possibly in expression areas and on forehead; slight deepening of the nasolabial folds and minor loss of firmness and tone. It is very important to preserve the skin in its current condition and prevent any deterioration.
Your homecare regimen needs to be stepped up a little. Continue to select products with antioxidants, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid which is a great moisturizing ingredient and even peptides. Use an exfoliating cleanser 2-3 times a week at night. Also, for optimal skin health, be sure to exfoliate once or twice a week with a gentle product which will also help with product penetration and use an eye cream morning and night.
Speak to your esthetician, she may recommend a microdermabrasion treatment every 3-4 months or a peel. This treatment would replace your monthly facial treatment and would be designed to encourage glow and good cell turnover.
In our 40’s if there hasn’t been much of a skincare regimen or history of treatments, you will need to address damage and repair this straight away. There may be developed wrinkles; deeper nasolabial folds and definite forehead lines; hyperkeratotic areas; loss of firmness and elasticity in neck, lower face, eye area and forehead.
Continue to select antioxidants, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and peptides, which are skin building ingredients, in your products. However, you may need more targeted ingredients such as stem cells. Either use an exfoliating cleanser every other night or a vitamin A derivative, ie retinoid (no huffing and puffing until the next paragraph please…). Also a stronger exfoliator once or twice a week. Exfoliants are very important now because the skin has slowed its sloughing rate and we will need to speed up the cell turnover rate. I like the Eminence Arctic Berry Illuminating System because it not only has three exfoliating ingredients (physical scryb, enzyme and AHAs) but also anti-aging properties, such as peptides.
I’m not a proponent of OTC retinols or prescription retinols although I do understand their place. Retinoids will increase the cellular turnover and increase collagen and elastin production. This is very important. However, traditional retinoids can overexfoliate in time (if not used properly) and can cause a myriad of other complications, including thinning of the skin and irritation. Try either Eminence’s Age Corrective line which contains a retinol alternative with all the benefits but none of the side effects. Or if you insist on a retinoid try a chirally correct vitamin A derivative instead by Cosmedix. (Ask your Bloom Skincare Therapist for the best one for you.)
In terms of facial treatments, you must speak to your esthetician who will have a number of treatments in her arsenal and will be able to choose the correct one for your personal needs. Having said that, you will need to step it up with advanced corrective treatments