SOME GOOD BASIC SKIN CARE TO KNOW: YES, THERE IS ALWAYS TIME TO SAVE YOUR SKIN
- The best thing at age 30-40 is exfoliation, anti-oxidants and yes, sunscreen. Wear sunscreen everyday like your life depends on it. Inside and outside. Yes, I said inside too. Rain or shine. See this post: https://bit.ly/3czxJxk. The next best thing to do is exfoliation, best in chemical form, helps to rid the skin of its dead cells and allows them to get out of the pores. This helps eliminate acne and gives an all around glow to the skin. Chemical exfoliation is the kind where one uses peels or AHAs. Physical exfoliation is the use of scrubs or microdermabrasion. I like microdermabrasion. It really scrapes away a few layers at once, smoothing the skin and giving it a super glow. But it is expensive. There are lasers too. If you are interested in peels vs. lasers, I have covered this in another blog post (https://bit.ly/3oI1fnB ) I also love Retinol, which is a Vitamin A derivative. It's an exfoliant but is much gentler. Retin-A, another form of Vitamin A, is used for minor wrinkles and acne. I would advise you to have Retinol in your skincare arsenal and use it every night. It will do wonders for your skin. You can use Adapalene gel (Differin) which helps to fight acne and is a form of retinol, by fighting off two things at once.
- Anti-oxidants, like Vitamin C, are great to prevent free radical damage to the skin. This is essentially the molecules in the body breaking up because they don’t have the right bonds to prevent stability of the molecule. Various anti-oxidants can be taken internally or used externally to help this, especially for the skin. Vitamin C is one. Pomegranates have a lot of anti-oxidants. Generally it is known that fruits and vegetables that are darker have the most anti-oxidants. I love Vitamin C for the skin, it gives a nice glow and is relatively inexpensive. THe Ordinary has a nice Vitamin C line and it is inexpensive.
- Another thing I recommend it a humectant and barrier cream to preserve moisture. You can use hyaluronic acid (HA) or glycerin. Glycerin works better than HA and actually penetrates deeper into the skin than HA but hyaluronic acid is more plentiful in serums. So get a HA serum (again, The Ordinary has a good one. And find a cream with glycerin as the 2nd ingredient). Then, you want a cream that helps to preserve the natural moisture barrier. Don't over exfoliate and dehydrate your skin. Take care of it. If it is oily, get a gel-cream. Normal you can vary depending on the season. Dry skins need a heavy cream.
- To increase collagen growth, peels that are in use by dermatologists are great for this. They take away the top and medium skin layers, forcing the skin to regrow them. One name of this type of peel is the Obaji. Peels are very good for fine lines too.
- I am sorry to say this, but the best way to help get rid of sagginess is: plastic surgery. One can use Botox injections for minor wrinkles, lasers or mini facelifts in the beginning, and once one has reached a certain age and the sagginess doesn’t respond to these treatments, more radical surgeries are called for (total facelift, browlift, etc.). I agree. I think I will stick with peels as long as I can!