Friday, November 13, 2009

Age-specific skin care routines...for those who likes to add chemicals to the natural skin care (and yes, they work! Expensive though...)

Hi there!
It's me Svetlana.
Tonight I decided "to tell it all", namely to describe age-specific skin care regiments as recommended by a dermatologist. I came across this book "Beauty prescription" written by two MDs, one of them a professional dermatologist.

In this blog post I would like to give you an idea of a skin care regimen they recommend for women of various ages. With all due respect, and I don't want to sound cynical, but until now (and I am 43 years old!) I have not used (by choice, not by the lack of knowledge) any of the chemicals to make myself look younger (besides maybe a sunscreen). All I did was using organic ingredients for daily skin care and a commercial sunscreen for beach vacations. As you may know, my skin lookd great (without spending much money) and all in all I look younger than my age. So, it's for you to decide whether to spend $$$$$$.


I would like you to review the regimens recommended in the book and tell me what you think.


Age-Specific Skin Regimens.


1. If you are 20-30…

Daily A.M. regimen

Oily skin
Step 1. Wash with a glycolic or salicylic acid cleanser
Step 2. Apply an SPF 15-20 broad-spectrum oil-free sunscreen.

Dry skin.
Step 1. Wash with a gentle, non-soap cleanser.
Step 2. Apply an SPF 15-30 broad-spectrum sunscreen with moisturizer.

Regular/combination skin.
Step 1. Wash with a mild glycolic or exfoliating cleanser.
Step 2. Apply an SPF 15-30 broad-spectrum sunscreen with moisturizer.

Daily P.M. Regimen

Oily skin
Step 1. Wash with a glycolic or a salicylic acid cleanser.
Step 2. Use an oil-free, salicylic-based lotion, retinol, or benzoyl peroxide lotion.
Step 3. If breakouts ate not controlled, consider prescription nighttime topicals or oral medications.

Dry skin
Step 1. Wash with a gentle, non-soap cleanser.
Step 2. Apply a vitamin- and antioxidant-rich moisturizing cream.

Regular/combination skin
Step 1. Wash with a mild glycolic or exfoliating cleanser.
Step2. Apply a vitamin- and antioxidant-rich, water-based night lotion.

Weekly
Oily skin
Use a mud or sulfur mask or home microdermabrasion treatment.

Dry skin.
Use a glycerin- or oil-based moisturizing mask.

Regular/combination skin.
Use a mild home peel or microdermabrasion treatment.

Bimonthly
All skin types.
Apply a beta or alpha hydroxyl home peel or mushroom-extract peel.

2. If you are 30-40…

Daily A.M. regimen

Oily skin
Step 1. Wash with a glycolic or salicylic acid cleanser
Step 2. Apply an SPF 15-20 broad-spectrum oil-free sunscreen.

Dry skin
Step 1. Wash with a gentle, non-soap cleanser.
Step 2. Apply an SPF 15-30 broad-spectrum sunscreen with moisturizer.

Regular/combination skin
Step 1. Wash with a mild glycolic or exfoliating cleanser.
Step 2. Apply an SPF 15-30 broad-spectrum sunscreen with moisturizer.

Daily P.M. regimen

Oily skin
Step 1. Wash with a glycolic or salicylic acid cleanser
Step 2. Apply a retinol gel or lotion, a benzoyl peroxide lotion, or a salicylic acid lotion.
Step 3. Apply a nighttime eye crem.

Dry Skin
Step 1. Wash with a gentle, non-soap cleanser.
Step 2. Apply a vitamin- and antioxidant-rich moisturizing cream.
Step 3. Apply a nighttime eye cream.

Regular/combination skin
Step 1. Wash with a mild glycolic or exfoliating cleanser.
Step2. Apply a vitamin- and antioxidant-rich, water-based night lotion.
Step 3. Apply a nighttime eye cream.

All skin types.
Use home peel or microdermabrasion treatment.


3. If you are over 40…

Daily A. M. regimen

Oily skin
Step 1. Wash with a glycolic or salicylic acid cleanser
Step 2. Apply an SPF 15-30 broad-spectrum oil-free sunscreen with antioxidants or growth factor; peptide lotion can be added to decrease the appearance of wrinkles

Dry skin

Step 1. Wash with a gentle, non-soap cleanser.
Step2. Apply an SPF 15-30 broad-spectrum sunscreen with moisturizer and antioxidants or growth factor, plus peptide cream.

Sensitive skin

Step 1. Wash with a gentle, non-soap cleanser.
Step 2. Apply a chemical-free SPF 15-30 broad-spectrum susnscreen

Regular/combination skin
Step 1. Wash with a mild glycolic or exfoliating cleanser.
Step 2. Apply an SPF 15-30 broad-spectrum sunscreen with moisturizer and antioxidants or growth factor, plus peptide cream

Daily P. M. regimen

Oily skin

Step 1. Wash with a glycolic or salicylic acid cleanser
Step 2. Apply a retinol gel.
Step 3. Apply a nighttime eye cream

Dry skin

Step 1. Wash with a gentle, non-soap cleanser.
Step 2. Apply cream with antioxidants and peptides.
Step 3. Apply a nighttime eye cream.

Sensitive skin.

Step1. Wash with a gentle, non-soap cleanser.
Step 2. Apply an antioxidant lotion.
Step 3. Apply a nighttime eye cream.

Regular/combination skin

Step1. Wash with a mild glycolic or exfoliating cleanser.
Step 2. Apply an antioxidant cream or lotion and a retinol cream or lotion.
Step 3. Apply a nighttime eye cream.

Bimonthly

Oily, dry, or combination skin

Use a home peel or microdermabrasion treatment; if you have rosacea or persistent acne, consult with a dermatologist.

* If you have brown spots, add application of a breaching cream to step 2.
** If you have sun damage, consult a dermatologist for skin care prescription, as well as prescription-strength bleaching creams to add to you regular regimen.

Tell me what works best for you!

So long!
Svetlana.

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