Skin Care Guide for Different Age Groups by Dr. Harold Lancer
With age, your skin begins to appear old and wrinkled. All of this can be attributed to the natural aging and other environmental factors like gravity, sunlight, and pollution. Aging not only affects your outer appearance but also weakens you from within.
While, most of us strictly follow a skincare regimen to prevent appearance of aging signs such as wrinkles, fine-lines, crow’s feet, etc., there are some tips that one can follow to achieve a youthful, supple and healthy skin.
Another important aspect of skincare is the food we eat. You must eat whole and unprocessed foods to have a healthy, supple, and youthful skin. Various antioxidant-rich foods keep the skin hydrated and nourished such as strawberries, kiwis, oranges, avocados etc.
Let’s discuss what Dr. Lancer recommends for skin care for people of different age groups.
Skincare Routines and Tips for Different Age Groups
1. For 20-Somethings:
For people in their 20s, Dr. Harold Lancer recommends preventive measures to prevent signs of aging. It is time to cultivate good skin practices to prevent your skin from effects of aging. A regular skincare regimen can prevent occasional breakouts, acne and can also delay aging signs. For people in their 20s, skin care must be preventive, simple, fast and above all effective. Dr. Lancer recommends blemish control products. These products cleanse, polish and nourish the skin. You must also re-apply a sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) greater than 30. Sun damage can cause wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancer. Thus, applying sunscreen can give you protection from UVA/UVB rays.
Good sunscreens additionally provide the foundation and primer benefits also.
2. For 30-Somethings:
In 30s, your skin can appear duller and you might start noticing fine lines around lips, eyes and forehead. The cell cycle slows down naturally in your 20s, leading to appearance of aging signs in 30s. During this age, your skincare regimen must be both active and preventive that takes care of both existing skin problems and prevent new problems. Dr. Lancer recommends a 3-step skincare routine. Firstly, a gentle exfoliator that can remove the dead skin cells followed by a mild cleanser that helps in maintaining pH balance of skin. After these, it is important to incorporate a lightweight but nourishing moisturizer in your skincare routine. Another important product one must apply is a lightweight non-greasy sunscreen. Remember, applying sunscreen is indeed important and can significantly delay aging process by protecting skin from damage due to sun rays. It is also important to eat whole, unprocessed foods to keep your skin healthy. You can also use serums or creams with glycolic acid, retinol and vitamin C that can smoothen your skin and provide natural glow. The skin around the eyes is very thin and shows aging signs much earlier than the other areas of body, so using an eye contour lifting cream can help.
3. For 40-Somethings:
In your 40s, there are various hormonal fluctuations that might lead to adult acne. Your skin can visibly look older due to appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. Skincare should be both preventive and active to minimize the existing skin problems and prevent new ones. Dr. Lancer recommends use of a lightweight sunscreen daily to prevent damage due to sunlight. Hormonal fluctuations change your skin’s thickness and texture. The skin gets thinner with age and is vulnerable to damage. It is advised to incorporate exfoliation, cleansing and skin moisturization in your daily skincare regimen. This would ensure you have a healthy, supple, and glowing skin with reduced signs of aging. You are also advised to use serums with active ingredients like antioxidant vitamins, retinol and glycolic acid. A diet rich in antioxidant and other important minerals can help in improving your skin’s appearance. Dr. Lancer recommends using an eye contour cream every night to reduce wrinkles and dark circles under eyes.
4. For 50-Somethings:
As you reach menopause, level of testosterone increases and estrogen decreases. You might experience various signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, dark spots. With proper skincare regimen that uses high-quality antiaging products, you can prevent and actually reverse several of these signs. Dr. Lancer recommends a diet rich in antioxidant and essential minerals to have a healthy and supple skin. You must gently exfoliate, cleanse, and moisturize your skin daily. There is a considerable decrease in collagen production, that makes the skin to lose its natural elasticity and plumpness. This leads to deepening and lengthening of wrinkles. Dr. Lancer recommends using a serum that has amino acids, copper peptide and has acid free exfoliating blend. For maintaining natural hydration of the skin, you can use serums that contain glycolic acid and gently exfoliates dead skin cells to get brighter skin. You must apply a nourishing and lightweight moisturizer when your skin feels rough and dry.