Just as our bodies change through the decades, so should the way we treat them. When it comes to the delicate skin of the face, protecting and taking care of it can pay off in the long run if you start early. Here’s our guide, from sunscreen to facelift surgery, to help patients at our Albany practice take great care of their faces through the decades.
Your 20s and Younger: Sunscreen and Other Products
At younger ages, it’s all about protection and preservation. The best thing a young person can do for his or her skin is protect it from the sun. This prevents early signs of aging such as discoloration and wrinkles and also helps prevent skin cancer. Find a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30, and get in the habit of using it every day and reapplying often. This is also the ideal time to develop a good at-home skincare regimen including daily cleansing and moisturizing and regular exfoliation. This routine will help with acne or oily skin, common for 20-somethings.
Your 30s: Light Treatments
In addition to bumping up your moisturizing habits and perhaps adding skin-firming, retinol-based products to your regimen to help ward off signs of aging, you may want to start getting regular medical spa treatments in your 30s. Consider facials, light chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or other superficial skin treatments your cosmetic medical provider recommends. The 30s are a good time to start intense pulsed light treatments that can be customized to target your specific concerns, from discoloration to fine wrinkles.
Your 40s: Injectables & Energy Treatments
By your 40s, you may want to consider prescription-strength retinoids and other at-home products from your doctor, including serums and creams containing antioxidants and vitamins. To combat wrinkles and sagging tissue common for people in this age group, try injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal fillers. For discoloration, uneven skin tone, and fine lines, laser and light treatments and skin tightening with Ultherapy® are great options.
Your 50s and Beyond: Cosmetic Surgery
After age 50, procedures such as facelifts, brow lifts, eyelid surgery, and neck lifts become far more common. Minimally invasive procedures and your ongoing skincare regimen can definitely benefit you at this age, but surgery may also be a good choice for more extensive and long-lasting correction of various cosmetic concerns.
No matter what your age, it’s a good idea to consult with a qualified skincare specialist or plastic surgeon to make sure you’re treating your face right.