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Skin Care by Decade
Never have we had more decisions to make about how to take care of our skin nor number of products and approaches which to choose from. Cosmetics, lotions, serums,
treatments and procedures… natural, organic, plant-based, hypoallergenic, botanical…Dry brushing, sonic cleaners, morning applications vs. bedtime. As we see the “mature”
population exploding and life expectancy now well into our 80’s, Like other medical concerns, we do have a genetic predisposition related to how we age. Good practices however, can contribute
substantially to maintaining younger, fresher skin and these should be established early and practiced for a lifetime.
Here’s what’s happening by decade as your skin evolves and matures.
The 30’s – Add A Topical Antioxidant
Collagen and elastin production begin slowing, and hormones may be fluctuating with
pregnancy. Even some symptoms of peri-menopause can occur in the late 30’s. Skin
may begin to feel a bit drier and become splotchy. Hormone changes can also trigger
acne. Anti-oxidant products containing Vitamin C can improve skin quality and even
The 40’s – Boost Your Moisturizer
Many women say “my skin changed overnite” in their 40’s… Significant drying, dulling,
hollowing, and more visible wrinkles, capillaries, broken blood vessels, and age
spots—there are typically dramatic changes in the 40’s, especially when it comes to
loss of elasticity. Be generous with your moisturizer and consider a richer formulation
for your skin type.
The 50’s – Increase Cell Turnover By Exfoliating
Collagen levels really wane and skin begins to show laxity. Skin may become even
dryer, and brown spots may begin forming from sun exposure. Use a sonic cleaning
device several times per week or cleansing product that exfoliates and removes dull,
The 60’s – Boost Circulation By Staying Active
Skin loses tone, circulation decreases, lips thin and more wrinkles form around the lips.
Daily exercise increases blood flow to the skin and has multiple heath benefits including
the color and appearance of the skin.
Regardless of your age, the best habits can start now and include things that sound
simple but actually have a very large impact:
1) We have heard it over and over but number one, hands down, is sun protection –
using a sunscreen of at least every day, wearing a hat, choosing to stay in the
shade. We all love the so-called “healthy” glow of a tan, but today there are
terrific self-tanner products easily selected by reading product reviews and
2) Stop smoking. It is estimated that a 40-year- old lifetime smoker’s skin may look
similar to a 70-year- old non-smoker. Smokers will prematurely develop more
significant facial wrinkles and furrows, crows’ feet, vertical ear creases, smoker’s
lines around the lips, baggy eyelids and slack jawline as well as dry, coarse skin.
3) Drink water, drink more water, then drink some more. Establish the habit of
always sipping, including during the night.
4) Exfoliate your skin using a product suited for your skin type to remove dead cells,
refresh your skin surface and maintain a smoother appearance.
5) Don’t wear your makeup to bed, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and
remove eye makeup with a product that isn’t harsh on the delicate eye area.
6) Use cosmetics that are as free of additives as possible. There are a number of
product lines that are considered “green” that avoid any number of added
chemicals and fillers.
7) Use a moisturizer with sunscreen in the morning and moisturize again at night.
Even oilier skins need moisturizer and doing so can balance the skin and actually
reduce oil production.
8) Be disciplined to get consistent, adequate sleep. The older we get the more we
“wear” our sleep loss.
In addition to this important self-care for the skin, the good news is that science and
well- trained medical specialists offer a number of topical and procedural choices that
can improve tone, texture and overall appearance.
Over-the- counter choices for topical products continue to improve with serums,
moisturizers, peels and more that when carefully selected, offer good results and a
budget friendly option.
Professional medical grade skin care products have also come a very long way. While
these products are typically more expensive, they have higher concentrations than
many over the counter products, reach deeper levels of the skin and are backed by
clinical studies and testing. Regular facials can also improve skin appearance and
eliminate dullness and dryness.
The new generation of non-surgical youth-boosters—injectables, lasers, and
radiofrequency—address small age-related changes over time. They’re also safer,
easier, cheaper, and require much less downtime than solutions in the past. The
challenge is, that there are so many options out there—seemingly more every week—it
can be tough to know which will give you the best return for your investment. Do your
research and consult with a strongly recommended dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
Following the recommended self-care for skin in combination with quality choices for
skincare products will bring out the best in your skin. Stay informed about new
innovations in skin care treatments and procedures that offer great results, less
recovery, and affordable options to keep you looking fresh and youthful.
For those looking to brighten up those winter days with a new skincare regimen, look no further! We’ve done a round-up of our favorite all-natural and organic skincare brands to switch up your look and leave you glowing, even at the end of a long day. Eating and living organically is a hot trend right now, so why let your skin be the exception? Kick the chemicals and be on your way to a fresh face. Here are our top 5 picks:
Farmacy Honey Potion Antioxidant Hydration Mask, $56 (sephora.com)
This soothing mask will give your skin the moisture it needs with the soothing scent of honey and properties that will reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Created with natural ingredients and with a mission free of animal-testing, Farmacy is all this and more.
Dr. Roebuck’s Anti-aging Moisturizer, $45 (sephora.com)
Suitable for all skin-types, Dr R’s facial moisturizer can be used twice daily to soothe even the most sensitive skin. Though their formula is created with simple ingredients, it contains powerful aging remedies. Made in Australia and packaged in 100% recyclable materials, this moisturizer is an organic minimalist’s dream.
Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment, $58 (herbivorebotanicals.com)
Rest easy knowing this overnight cream is hard at work reducing fine lines and locking in several nutrients and antioxidants for a fresh, morning glow. All-natural and vegan, this Herbivore product utilizes goji berry, red raspberry seed, and prickly pear for a heavenly scent. With essential oils as an added benefit, your skin will be receiving a full makeover while you catch some zzz’s.
Youth to the People Age Prevention Cream, $48 (youthtothepeople.com)
The name says it all when it comes to this moisturizer. Loaded with all the good things you eat, this product turns the tables and functions as one superfood for your skin by fighting environmental factors and reducing redness. Made in the U.S.A. (California, specifically) and free of animal-testing, this is a product you can get behind.
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro (TM) Whipped Cream, $60 (drunkelephant.com)
This moisturizer is a dessert for your skin. An Allure “Best in Beauty” Award winner, this formula easily absorbs leaving your skin bright and balanced. Better yet, it’s gluten/cruelty-free and the product’s creators support the International Elephant Foundation, which exists to create “a sustainable future where elephants thrive by linking people and elephants for their mutual long-term benefit”. Win-win.
We hope this round-up of today’s trending all-natural skincare products puts you well on your way to finding a new favorite for 2017! Get glowing, ladies!
This week, we visited Fox River Grove’s Merle Norman to do a photo shoot for their July/August feature. We were there to photograph before and after photos of a beautiful, middle-aged woman’s makeover, and we also talked to Owner Kim Allen about Merle Norman’s vast skin care line. Pick up the next issue, to see Kim’s after photo, and to learn about Merle Norman’s quality skincare products for every age. She has a line for acne, skin tone, anti-aging and more! Stop into her studio at 726 Northwest Hwy, Fox River Grove, for more information in the meantime.