We were recently introduced to Replere by Dr. Debbie Palmer and became hooked on her line’s Deep Clean & Clarify Face Wash . The fragrance and paraben-free face wash is formulated with antioxidants and powerful exfoliating acids, which makes it a great everyday cleanser that is also suitable for all skin types. When it comes to skincare, we tend to either be really carefree or more regimented. We decided to ask Dr. Palmer to give us a few pointers when it comes to addressing the different stages of aging in different time frames of our lives. After all, the word “anti-aging” is a bit intimidating for most and we wanted to start our own game plan. Check out what she had to say about the dos and don’ts of anti-aging in our 20s, 30s and 40s.
In Your 20s
Start to think about anti-aging regimens in your daily routine. Research has shown that collagen and elastin (which gives our skin fullness and elasticity) decrease as early as age 25. Daily use of antioxidants and exfoliating cleansers with glycolic/salicylic/azelaic acids is recommended.
Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen daily and remember to reapply every two hours with sun exposure.
Eat right. Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, healthy whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats (avoid trans fats and saturated fats) and water. Avoid processed foods and those high in sugar and sodium.
Go to bed with makeup on. Start forming good cleansing habits that you can carry with you the rest of your life.
Use the same acne products that you were using in your teens. They can cause the skin to become red, dry and irritated. As your skin ages, find products more suited for adult skin.
Use tanning beds — UVA rays enhance skin aging and skin cancer risk.
Use products containing alcohol, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or synthetic dyes.
In Your 30s
Exercise and practice stress reduction. Choose the method that fits into your life best — it can be anything from yoga to running and meditation.
Choose anti-aging products with synergistic, multiple ingredients, antioxidants and vitamin A. Antioxidants and retinoids help reverse the signs of aging by decreasing inflammation in the skin and decreasing the appearance of brown spots, uneven skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles.
Use a moisturizer for areas of dryness. Dr. Palmer recommends looking for hyaluronic acid in a moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid can be found naturally in most body cells, but is found in greatest concentration in the skin, where almost 50 percent of the body’s hyaluronic acid can be found. Young skin contains large amounts of hyaluronic acid, which provides continuous moisture to the skin. It binds up to 1000 times its weight in water. With age, the skin’s ability to produce hyaluronic acid decreases.
Address the neck, chest and backs of the hands as you would your face. These areas can give away your true age!
Skimp on sleep. It is an important part of our lives and without it, we can slow down thinking and reflexes, gain weight and weaken immunity.
Forget to exfoliate. As we age, our cell turnover rate slows down. This is the process in which our skin cells travel from the lowest layer of our epidermis to the top most superficial layer to be shed off. When we are teens, cells turn over approximately every 21 to 28 days. As we age, it slows down to 30 to 40 days and over the age of 50, it can even take 40 to 80 days. This slower skin cell turnover allows dead skin cells to accumulate on the surface of our skin, giving it a dull appearance.
In Your 40s
Visit your dermatologist for prescription-strength topical treatments to target problem areas.
Choose a cleanser that also provides anti-aging benefits and exfoliates. Look for combination acid washes that contain glycolic, salicylic and azelaic acids.
Use bar soap for facial cleansing, it causes skin to get very dry.
Forget to practice all of the healthy living tips gathered through the years!