Skin Care In Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and Beyond
LA Times 9/23/2012: Skin care in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond
In your 20s, wearing sunblock is the most important step you can take to prevent sun damage that leads to fine lines and wrinkles, says Dr. Simon Ourian, a dermatologist and founder of Epione Beverly Hills. Choose a physical sunblock instead of a chemical sunscreen. Products containing titanium or zinc dioxide are examples of the former, acting as a physical block to prevent the sun’s rays from reaching the skin. These kinds of products usually leave a whitish residue on your face. Chemical sunscreens, which tend to be clear on the skin, work with your top layer of skin to absorb UV rays before they cause damage but don’t give as much protection. “If you want to be serious, wear a hat,” Ourian adds.
This is also the time to develop a skin-care regimen of proper cleansing and moisturizing. Ourian suggests sticking to natural products: “Anything you can’t pronounce, you don’t want to put on your skin.”
As gravity takes its toll, the cheeks start to fall, smile lines grow deeper and sun damage appears as skin discoloration or miasma. “Pores are larger, and skin is looser and less supple,” Ourian says. It’s time to consider dermal fillers, such as Restylane, Radiesse and Juvederm. Fillers can help diminish fine lines by plumping up the area and making skin appear smoother.
Another option: Laser resurfacing with Fraxel can diminish lines, reduce the appearance of sun damage and stimulate collagen. “You want to look like you just came back from a vacation,” Ourian says.