I am often asked about what skincare one should use..
I have found this incredible blog that may shed some light!
Lotions, Botox, Fillers, Lasers, Skin Tightening…it’s great to have so many skincare options, but how do you know when it’s time to start using them? At what age should you start thinking of adding one (or more) of these to your routine? And, is it ever too late to try to fix something?
Here are some good general guidelines:
In Your 20’s:
- It is NEVER too early to start sunscreening your face, neck, chest and hands every morning. Start in your teens or 20s if you can. That 30 seconds you invest once in the morning will save your skin years of aging.
- Establish a solid basic skincare routine – a good antioxidant under your sunscreen in the morning followed by a good moisturizer.
- Don’t “fix” problems you don’t have. If you are 25, and have no frown lines, starting Botox just wastes your time and money. Start only when you see problems developing; and who knows, you may get lucky and never have need.
In Your 30’s:
- By their mid-30’s, most women and men are starting to show signs of frown lines, crow’s feet, or upper lip lines. Use high efficacy and potency yet hypoallergenic skincare to up your regimen.
- Fillers can help with early signs of volume loss (sagging), which affects most women/men by the age of 40-50. Starting with a syringe or two of hyaluronic acid filler 1-2 twice a year retards the sagging. Everyone is very individual on this, so consult your doctor for an individualized plan for correction of existing sagging and then maintenance. And remember, you DO NOT have to do any of this!
- Laser treatments need to be customized at this age. You might be someone who can benefit from skin tightening like Thermage/Ultherapy, etc. or you might need more intense laser skin improvement like the Fraxel Dual or fractionated carbon dioxide laser – it really varies by the individual, so you will need a consult.
And, some good advice for all ages:
- Don’t believe everything you hear from marketers or friends. Do your own web research and talk to your doctor, but also take into account your own skin and its reactions. We are all different, so what works for others might not work for you. Remember, what works for your friend might not really work for you. Do what feels good on your skin.
- Don’t start more than one new skincare product at a time.
- Remember it often takes 1-3 months to see a beneficial effect of a new skincare product.