The first signs of ageing, like tornadoes and earthquakes, seem to come without warning. One day you're looking even-toned and luminous, battling the young person skin woes of acne and, well acne, when suddenly- what is that line? And how come your have dry patches? Your have them, of course, because your skin is a living thing, getting older as you are - but you shouldn't obsess over that. A little entry-level anti-aging skin care can fix most early changes in your twenties and thirties. And reversing any damage is easier if you start early.
Just be smart about who you invest: "Save your budget for something concentrated, like a serum or night cream that works over time," says Cambridge, Massachusetts, dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, M.D. And don't get ahead of yourself - you do want to act, but your don't want to overreact. "If your start piling on too many products when you're young, your skin can get irritated and dry, which will speed up aging," advises New York City dermatologist Robert Anolik, M.D.
First up is familiarising yourself with your skin's issues. Next finding the right way to deal with them. We've mapped it all out here.
If you have Brown Spots...
Worth it: an antioxidant serum
Not worth it: bleaching creams
Sun damage - by both UV rays and the sun's heat - can show up as brown spots, most commonly on your cheeks and nose. But don't bother with bleaching creams containing hydroquinone - without a doctor's supervision the can make discolouration worse. Instead follow Dr. Hirsch's advice: Get a great sunscreen like LaGaia's SPF 15 ($89 lagaia.com) wear it daily, and apply an antioxidant blend, (like LaGaia's Eventone Cream). A recent study showed that antioxidants like vitamin C and liquorice extract neutralise the effects of the sun's infrared heat.
If your have Big Pores....
Worth it: a salicylic acid treatment
Not worth it: Toners
With collagen loss comes expanding pores, and through nothing will permanently shrink their size (sorry!), a deep cleaning will instantly make them look smaller. "Pores enlarge when they're dirty or clogged," explains Miami and New York City dermatologist Fredric Brandt, M.D. Use a mechanical exfoliator once a week (like a sonic cleansing brush; it'll help get the dirt off your face) and add salicylic acid in a cleanser or pore-minimizing treatment, like LaGaia Hydraceutical to be released Low Foaming Cleanser ($55) to your morning routine to keep everything clear.
If you have Fine Lines...
Worth it: A Peptide serum
Not worth it: heavy eye creams
Got crow's-feet? Your'e not alone - they're what bring many of Dr. Brandt's patients to his office for the first time. "Skin around the eyelid is thinner and sees a lot of creasing from smiling," he explains. (Forehead creases are common as well.) Dr. Brandt recommends a peptide serum, like LaGaia's Diamond Eye Gel ($89 lagaia.com) to smooth our wrinkles, even around the eyes. "Peptides trick cells into thinking there's damage, so they start producing more collagen," he says. "And serums are great for younger skin - they're less oily than creams." (Those creamier blends can clog pores and create tiny white bump called milia around the eyes. If your've got milia, exfoliate gently for several weeks and lay off the oily formulas.)
If you have Dry Skin...
Worth it: a hyaluronic acid moisturiser
Not worth it: harsh scrubs
Your skin's oil production does slow down with age (you'll notice a significant moisture dive around age 35), but even so, most dullness and flaking in your twenties, thirties, and forties is probably due to stress or irritation from products, according to D. Anolik. Some people inadvertently dry out their skin by overusing retinol or acid products, he says. (Limit these anti-agers to one a week until your skin acclimates.) Also beard of intense exfoliating scrubs: they can exacerbate dehydration if used more than twice a week. "Skin is dry because of it's inability to hold on to moisture," he explains. Remedy that with an everyday serum, like LaGaia Sodium Hyaluronate Serum ($69 lagaia.com) or LaGaia Nourish Moisturiser with sodium Hyaluronate ($125 lagaia.com) which draws water to the skin's surface to keep it hydrated and dewy.
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(published 31/10/2014 @ 07:30:00)
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Kristen Elise Laing-Herbert
Kristen Elise is GM and blog girl. Trying to live her unedited beauty truth - lifestyle, skincare, self-confidence.
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