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Foregoing Father Time

By New You Editorial
Posted On Sep 08, 2016
Foregoing Father Time

It’s easier than ever to turn back the clock. Here, some youth-centric beauty philosophies for your 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. 

By Jeanne Muchnick

If we knew in our early adulthood what we’ve learned by midlife about skin’s fluctuating needs, we might have done things differently. Some good news according to Julie Pipolo, a licensed medical aesthetician and owner of Skin N.Y. (skin-nywestchester.com) in Rye, New York: It’s never too late to make changes. “The skin has a wonderful way of regenerating,” says Pipolo. “There’s due diligence involved. But with proper care, you can reverse the hands of time.”

Your Thirties: Preserve Your Assets

This is the decade when collagen production noticably drops and fine lines begin to appear, so choose products that boost amino acids, advises Eliza Kraus, anti-aging analyst for Examiner.com. Pipolo suggests dermaplaning (exfoliating through whisking or shaving-down of the epidermis) for eliminating dead skin, and using a natural moisturizing sunscreen-foundation combo like Suntegrity (suntegrityskincare.com) for protection. Experts also agree regular facials are key, as is sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. Don’t forget to apply eye creams for crow’s feet. To get a jump-start on wrinkles, try Kelley West’s Microderm360° Dermabrasion tool (hsn.com), which exfoliates the skin’s surface layers.

Your Forties: Drop Acid 

Up the ante and incorporate items with vitamins A, B, and C, suggests Allison Tray of Tres Belle Petite Medi-Spa (tresbellespa.com) in Brooklyn, New York. These effective, skin-correcting acids will keep dead skin cells at bay, increasing your overall moisture levels while improving skin tone. Two suggestions: Gently effective serums like PCA Skin (pcaskin.com) and AmazingCosmetics’ AmazingConcealer (amazingcosmetics.com), which hides imperfections in a variety of natural shades. Also, it’s important to pay closer attention to your neck and hair. Luxe Roux Anti-Aging Hair Care products (rouxbeauty.com) can help with your locks’ thinning and dryness.

Your Fifties: Refresh and Restore 

Rejuvenate tired skin and restore moisture with a strong multitasking product. Exuviance Age Reverse HydraFirm (ulta.com) is loaded with antioxidants for intense firming and strengthening of the skin. Another powerful brand is Luminesce (antiagingcompany.com), which is a favorite of self-proclaimed “wrinkle warrior” Kraus. At this age, however, products are not enough. Pipolo advises procedures like dermaneedling, lasers, or peels to freshen up skin and give it the push it needs for cell renewal and growth.

Your Sixties: Go Pro 

Cynthia Bailey, M.D., a top dermatologist who helms a bustling practice in Sebastopol, California, and who is the founder of Dr. Cynthia Bailey Skin Care (drbaileyskincare.com), recommends the application of a retinoid every night, a glycolic acid throughout the day, and a rich, creamy moisturizer. Tray also suggests considering medical-grade products such as  the ones found in the SkinCeuticals line (skinceuticals.com) and meeting with an esthetician for chemical peels and derma-needling. “You’ve been diligent with home-care which is half the battle,” Dr. Bailey says. “But now is the time to get serious.”