From the time we’re teenagers to when we’re elderly, our skin undergoes changes just like any other organ of the body. But different decades of life often call for addressing different types of skin concerns. While individuals will all experience skin conditions and various times, and there’s no hard and fast rule about when to treat them, here are a few common skincare goals for different stages of life and plenty of treatments to reach them.
After the adolescent years, when hormones are increasing and fluctuating while wreaking havoc on our skin, we may need to do some repair. Acne, which often plagues teenagers, can leave scars and pockmarks over time. While these sometimes fade in the adult years, they can often linger.
Receiving a chemical peel every few months can help continuously remove that top layer of dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and bacteria. Eventually, chemical peel treatments can reduce acne scars or eliminate them completely. Bonus -- a chemical peel can also help prevent acne, as it keeps the surface layer of skin squeaky clean!
This one’s a very common goal. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles has led to an entire industry of anti-aging skincare lines and procedures. Among the most popular wrinkle treatments are dermal fillers, which have soared in popularity in recent years.
Dermal fillers work by injecting a specialized solution of ingredients into the problematic wrinkle. These chemicals promote relaxation of the muscles contributing to the wrinkles, add in collagen, or stimulate hyaluronic acid -- all of which can reduce the appearance of the wrinkle itself.
Finally, let’s talk about how to prevent skin damage in the first place and keep your skin looking as youthful and bright as possible through your lifestyle choices. Be sure to wear SPF 50 or higher anytime you’re exposed to sunlight, as the sun’s UV rays can age skin more rapidly than most other elements, not to mention potentially cause skin cancer. And stay away from tanning beds and booths altogether!
Cleanse and moisturize your skin twice a day with anti-aging products specially formulated for your skin. Using a high-quality moisturizer is especially key in dry environments and seasons, as lack of hydration causes skin to wrinkle and show age quicker. Using a humidifier next to your bed can also help keep skin hydrated.
Be sure to drink plenty of water and incorporate a variety of fresh fruits and veggies into your diet, as well as healthy fats. And don’t forget the power of regular physical activity to keep the body strong and vibrant. And receiving regular facial treatments can go a very long way in your efforts to keep skin looking great, regardless of how old you are!
Regardless of what decade or stage of life you’re in, if you want a dermatological consultation to address a certain skin concern, contact Vanguard Dermatology today! Our team of experts serves the greater New York City area and can help evaluate your needs and recommend treatments.