Skincare changes as we age, so it only makes sense that we need to adapt and make changes as time passes. Learn the best steps to prevent aging and care for your skin throughout every stage of life.
Good anti-aging skincare is best started early. In your teenage years, protecting your skin from sun damage and other common skin conditions associated with hormones is critical. First thing’s first: no matter how old you are, you’re going to want to protect your skin from ultraviolet radiation. Sun damage prematurely ages skin and poses a variety of other health risks. Tanning is a real threat to your health, and it cannot be overstated how dangerous it is for your skin. Do not tan, either with tanning beds or in the sun. UV radiation causes sun damage, which negatively impacts your skin and can lead to the development of skin cancer.
Acne is another major skin problem associated with your teen years. As your hormones change through puberty, they don’t calm down all at once. Your skin will produce too much oil, which can clog pores and cause acne. Acne usually goes away with age, but making sure that you treat severe acne and avoid picking and causing acne scarring as a teen is important. There are a variety of ways to treat acne, but one of the best methods is using the drug isotretinoin. This drug contains vitamin A, which helps to prevent excessive oil production and stop acne from developing.
Acne may still be a concern for you going forward. Your college years and onward may not see acne stop its rampage. The course of treatment for acne shouldn’t change with age. Neither should your concerns with preventing and avoiding sun damage. Use sunscreen and keep avoiding sun tanning or tanning beds. If you want that look, spray tans are a reliable and safe way to get the results you want without sacrificing your health or causing premature aging. It’s important to also develop your anti-aging skincare routine in your twenties. Moisturizer is the basis of any good routine. Anti-aging ointments and products containing things like hyaluronic acid, collagen, and other necessary substances will ensure your skin is prepared and protected from the elements and other harshnesses that life may present.
In your thirties, as with every previous decade, it’s imperative that you keep the previous lessons in mind. This decade is when you may first notice your skin starting to age. Aging skin is often partially hereditary. If your parents experienced premature aging, you should be prepared for the same thing. Cosmetic treatments may start to be a consideration for you. One common cosmetic treatment your dermatologist can provide to you to slow the effects of aging and dynamic wrinkles is Botox. Botox is an injectable medication that paralyzes certain facial muscles related to frequent facial expressions. Smile lines, crow’s feet, and marionette lines are a few examples of dynamic wrinkles that Botox targets. By reducing the muscle movements in the face, the skin and support structures beneath it are not worn down as much from these repetitive motions.
Nurturing your skin as it ages is important, and so is treating any cosmetic imperfections you may experience. If wrinkles are starting to bother you, it’s a good idea to explore some different options for treating them. Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that can promote and literally fill in sunken, wrinkled skin on the face, lips, and hands. These treatments often contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that can retain high levels of moisture. Keeping your skin protected from dryness both inside and out is an excellent way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in your forties.
As you get older, there are still many more options out there for slowing the clock on aging skin. But cosmetic problems aren’t the only issues you may encounter. As we mentioned before, sun damage can cause skin cancer later in your life. In your fifties and onward, the odds of developing skin cancer increase with each passing year. Even sunburns you don’t remember from your childhood can be enough to lead to skin cancer decades later. Pay close attention to your skin for new or changing moles or other lesions that could be cancerous.
While there are other issues that can crop up all throughout your life, these are a few examples of how to treat your skin and the ways you can prepare for aging. Want more advice? Call the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates today.
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