When we are young, we don’t think about taking care of our skin because it looks great. It has that healthy glow and no lines or wrinkles. We don’t realize that everyday our face gets hit with UVA and UVB rays, pollutants and more that start to damage it. Also, our lifestyle like smoking, not eating healthy and not keeping ourselves properly hydrated also aid in damaging our skin earlier in life. This all determines how soon we will see lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tones, and dark spots appear.
At some point we realize we need to start using some form of a skincare regimen and are inundated by all the products out there. What do we use? When do we use it? How often do I use it? Does it take too much time?
The ideal skincare choice to use is a physician dispensed one like Obagi Medical as it contains prescription strength ingredients that target and treat your concerns.
During the teenage years you should always use a good sunscreen with SPF 50 on our face to protect our skin. That is all unless you are suffering from acne then you should have a skincare regimen to specifically target that.
During your early 20’s you should start to use a system that contains an exfoliating cleanser, a retinol, and hydrator with SPF like Obagi 360. This will treat concerns like pore size, blemishes and blotchiness, resiliency and protects and preserves youthful-looking skin.
By the time we reach our 30’s and beyond we want to incorporate a skincare regimen that treats aging skin – lines and wrinkles, hyper pigmentation, rough and uneven skin, and photo damage like Obagi Medical Nuderm System. That consists of cleanser, toner, exfoliator, hydroquinone, and hydrator. You also want to start treating the eye area and also adding Trentinoin. The ingredients in these product actually penetrate through the layers of the skin working from the inside out to protect and prevent. It takes a bit of a commitment but the results are amazing and long lasting.
When using an anti-aging skincare system it typically takes 18 – 24 weeks to transform aging skin. Thats how long it takes to cycle all the skin cells. After that, it’s just a maintenance routine. It takes about 5 minutes or less in the morning and at night.
Another great way to maintain our skin is by regularly seeing an esthetician. They can analyze our skin and recommend an appropriate facial and skin care regimen. The products that they utilize accelerate the removal dead skin cells and clean out your pores to keep your skin looking healthy and giving it that youthful glow.
Whether it is repairing, rebuilding, hydrating, or healing acne we need to take good care of our skin as we cannot replace it. And let’s face it – we cannot hide it behind anything and it’s never too late to start!!