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Products Through the Decades

By Elena Schmidt
Posted On May 06, 2014

An effective anti aging skin care regime requires a heavy dose of products that maintain healthy skin and prevent future damage. Understanding that fact, I went straight to California Board Certified dermatologist, Dr. Susan Stuart to get an educated scoop on how to craft my beauty plan through the decades.

According to Stuart, the best time to start using anti-aging products is before the signs of aging stare at you in the mirror. Even if your skin looks even and smooth today, UV damage may take years to appear. Wherever possible, prevention is the key to success.

In our 20’s, Practice Good Sun Protection

“Apply moisturizers each morning with an SPF of 30 to avoid further damage from unprotected sun exposure. Keep well hydrated with water and use water based makeup that is fragrance free and non allergenic. Smoking is also a habit you need to eliminate as it causes premature aging of the skin with the development of lines and wrinkles around the mouth.”
I like: Perricone MD Photo Plasma anti aging moisturizer with SPF 30

In our 30’s, Nightly Retinol Application

“We begin to see the first signs of aging in our 30s when our complexion starts appearing rough and blotchy. Daily night time application of retinol cream or serum will help to even out the complexion, soften the skin and reduce the fine lines of the face. Retinols also shed the pore clogging outer layers of the skin reducing adult acne breakouts.”
I like: Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM

In our 40’s, signs of aging become more prominent as we start to notice loss of volume in the face with hollowing of the cheeks, thinning of the lips, and sagging of the skin. It’s important to maintain those healthy skin habits you began in your 20s and 30s because the skin continually sheds the outer layers throughout one’s lifetime.”
I like: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum

In our 50’s women begin to see a decline in natural hormone production by the body, especially estrogen. This results in loss of luster to the skin, more sallow complexion, rough dry skin, and aging or sun spots to the hands, face, and body. Your family physician or gynecologist may recommend hormone replacement therapy. Still you will need to focus on skin treatments, which can more quickly hydrate the skin including emollients and moisturizers. Retinols will help but remember to use sunscreen as you continue to stay active. “

In our 60s the changes to our skin become even more noticeable. “While a continued skin regimen, attention to hydration, and daily application of sunscreens are all important, it might be time to consider a variety of aesthetic procedures offered by your dermatologist and plastic surgeon. Just because we’re all growing older doesn’t mean we can’t try looking as good as we feel with today’s skin care options.”

Elena Schmidt, Naturally light sun kissed Miamian, seeking to find my perfect shade