Sunday, June 29, 2014

Skincare Sunday: Defying Aging - When’s the Right Time to Bust those Miracle Jars?

Aging happens to everyone. It’s a natural human phenomenon, yet many seem woeful of the idea. I admit to feeling a bit worried as I reached my mid-20s, but then I learned to embrace the truth and just do what I can to make my skin as healthy-looking as possible.

Though it’s impossible to stop aging, it need not be a dreadful experience.Most people think you only need to begin using skin products once you start seeing lines and wrinkles. But, even with skin care, prevention is always the key, even with skin care. Many products are available in the market to address any skin issue, and the best anti-aging products need not hurt your budget.

Allow me to share some things I learned from a bit of research and derma consultation about keeping your skin in its best condition:

Women in their 20s

This is said to be the most important decade for the skin. While there’s no definite age to start any anti-aging efforts, think of having a skin care routine around this time. I began mine at 23. The biggest issue for some is getting rid of acne and oily complexion, while others may still suffer from occasional zits. Instead of worrying about wrinkles, lines, and loose skin, take some protective measures and stick with the basics of skin care. Build the foundation to your skin care routine, which you can modify accordingly as you get older. Choose a cleanser appropriate for your skin type –dry, oily, or combination, a toner, and a moisturizer with SPF 15 or 20 that has UVA and UVB protection.

Women in their 30s

In your 30s, signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles are most likely to appear. This is when you'll start noticing drastic changes in your skin. You may have taken proper care of your skin before, and spent a good amount of money on pricey products. But, entering your 30s means it needs more attention. You'll start seeing how those late night partying in your 20s affected your skin. But fret not, as you can solve these issues with some updates to your regular skin care routine. Apart from a moisturizer with SPF 15 or 20 with UVA/UVB protection, make sure it also has antioxidants. Don't miss an evening without doing your skin care routine. Don't go to bed with makeup on, no matter how tired you may be. In addition, start using an eye cream. Use your ring finger to apply it. Before going to bed, apply a night treatment that has retinol.

Women in their 40s

More signs of sun damage will start to get noticeable. You may start noticing dryness, uneven skin tone, and lack of elasticity and suppleness. No need to feel bad. After all, everyone suffers the same fate. What differs is only he extent of damage. Now, you should focus more on slowing down the inevitable process. I remember seeing my being even more fussy when it comes to her skincare when she reached the big 4-0. So, switch your gel cleanser into a creamy formula, and look for a moisturizer with at least two types of antioxidants. Follow your fixed routine religiously. At night, go for prescription retinoids. But, keep your application moderate, depending on whether your skin can handle the formula or not.

I have my mom as my best reference in what proper skincare can do for you in your later years. She’s 50 now, but she looks about 10 years younger. Her diligence truly paid off.

Still, the best way to keep a healthy skin is to maintain a healthy diet. It's hard, especially when all those juicy treats seem to be tempting us every minute. But, keep in mind that to be beautiful from the outside, you must begin from within. Doing so will surely make your skin stay in its best possible condition.

Note: I’m starting a simple series here in my blog where I talk about different beauty issues and other women-related topics such as makeup, hair, fashion, skincare, books, and even my favourite TV series (Game of Thrones!) and movies with a different theme every day. So, yeah. Hopefully, I can keep it up. Watch out for tomorrow’s Makeup Monday: Ponds BB Cream vs. Maybelline BB Cream - Which One is Right For You?  Thanks!

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