All Ages

Posted on October 13th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 6 comments

Love the skin you’re in. OK, maybe
not love just yet. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s, with
the right care you can learn to embrace the skin you were born with.

30s The Problem: The
cavalier “it will never happen to me” attitude you had in your 20s is
replaced with the more cautionary “uh-oh, it’s happening.” “It” is the
beginning of superficial lines around the eyes and across the forehead.
That’s because production of collagen – a vital part of the skin’s
support structure – is starting to wane. “Skin just doesn’t bounce back
the way it once did,” Carruthers says. The result: You now have
“character lines.” Most 30-something women will also start to see the
beginnings of skin splotches – “those patchy discoloured areas that
mostly come from earlier sun exposure,” Carruthers says. And since
these are prime child-bearing years, some 30-year olds will also
struggle with the hormonal changes that result in dark patches called
pregnancy mask (melasma).

The Program: Maintaining cellular
collagen is your mission. To do that, there are a couple of options,
depending on your skin type. For those with oily or combination skin,
vitamin A derivatives are a good bet (see “40s” for more). But for
those with sensitive, normal or dry skin, another option is the milder
vitamin C-based products. “They enhance slightly the amount of collagen
being produced in the skin, but they’re not as irritating as the
retinoids,” Carruthers says. Vitamin C also has anti-oxidative powers,
preventing rogue free radicals from damaging more collagen. (Don’t
forget the area around your eyes. A good eye cream, one that’s rich
with humectants and collagen-enhancing vitamin-C, should become a key
part of your anti-aging arsenal.) And if you didn’t start using
alphahydroxy acids in your 20s, start now. AHAs speed up the natural
sloughing of dead skin cells and that’s still the best way to even out
skin texture. For pregnancy mask, Dr. Lisa Kellett, a Toronto
dermatologist, recommends post-pregnancy use of bleaching creams, like
NeoStrata HQ, containing hydroquinone. “If that doesn’t work, a
stronger formulation can be ordered by your dermatologist,” she says.
“Or, if more expedient results are required, then a laser can be used.”

From Fashion Shops, Fall/Winter 2004, text by Liza Finlay.  To read the entire article please click here

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