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Basic Skincare Guideline by Age

The Complaint
When it comes to the appearance of our Skin we all become a little sensitive regardless of our gender, race and age. Have you ever felt astonished or envious when you meet “that person” with unbelievably beautiful skin? Have you ever felt a little jealous from how she or he looks way younger than her/his actual age and seems to have it all in life because of glowing skin?
You are not alone.

The Truth
Most of us in some point in time had experienced this. And the truth is….even “that person” probably feels it time to time too. We are all the same. Don’t compare. CARE.

The Reality
One point to keep in mind is that it is not because “that person” was “born with it”. Skincare is a science obviously because we are all human which age following biological science. Thus our skin does too on a cellular level with added influence from psychological factors (such as stress), environmental factors (such as the air quality/levels of UV exposure where you live), wellness factors (such as your eating and lifestyle), as well as your level of commitment, attitude and effort (routine and discipline). Maintaining beautiful skin or repairing your skin is not a matter of whether you can get your hands on a magical lotion or not. There is no quick solution. That it is why we refer to skincare “management”, skincare “routine”…in which both words imply and demand a level of discipline, time and performance to achieve the goal.

Basic Skincare Guideline by Age
Skincare routine slightly differs depending on skin-type and preference but there are basic guidelines which you should keep in mind and start acting on. Just like routinely taking good care of your car whether cleaning, waxing, lubricating or utilizing it in a way to minimize damage, implementing these basic guidelines into your routine will help you on your skincare journey. The sooner the better.

The 20’s
Generally your skin during your 20’s is healthy, glowing, and supple with a high turnover rate due to the height of your metabolism and cellular activity level. It is relatively easy to maintain outstanding skin with less effort. However, if you neglect basic skincare and leave your skin to harsh management, it will cause a setback in the future.
People in their 20’s are prone to;
§  Purchase flashy, highly hyped, trendy Cosmetic Products, which if you knew what all those ingredients were, that include strong artificial fragrances, preservatives and irritating chemicals to the skin.
§  Neglect or forget to cleanse off make-up due to their active and busy lifestyle.
§  Over-washing or harsh method of washing their face due to being misinformed.

All of the above impacts your skin at a cellular level and accumulates over the long run. The basic guideline for those in their 20’s are to;
§  Study and inform oneself about the ingredients (study HERE) in cosmetic products. Try to avoid buying trendy or expensive cosmetic products for the simple reason to make “YOURSELF look good in front of your friends for USING it”. Rather, keep your goal clear about buying cosmetic products based on the ingredients which will help your “SKIN look good”.
§  Don’t take your skin turnover rate for granted. Always cleanse off make-up when the day is over.
§  Make it a routine to wash your face correctly. Check this link “How to correctly wash your face for more.

The 30’s
The age when you will start feeling a decline in your energy and also see decline in the appearance of your skin. There is a shift in your hormones from the height during your twenties. Even athletes golden ages or peak are usually considered to be in the late 20’s. After 30, you are in decline.

People in their 30’s are prone to;
§  Declining metabolism and hormonal changes which starts appearing on your skin as small wrinkles and spots.
§  Weaker and more sensitive skin vulnerable to artificial chemicals, UV, and other environmental stimulants.
§  Not being fully aware how these factors can impact the skin.

The deceptive trap we fall into during our 30’s is the tendency to shrug off the above factors as we have done in our 20’s because the impact which appears on your skin seems rather trivial, sometimes undetectable. But in our 30’s it is crucial to;
§  Maintain a healthy lifestyle routine and be aware of the nutrition and types of food you intake.
§  Maintain a healthy environment in your gut as it is VERY, VERY important! Your gut largely affects your immune system, other organs and other functionalities of your body including your skin. Find foods and herbsthat suits you.
§  Stick to the basics aforementioned above under the 20’s guidelines and try to introduce and consume ingredients and food which have antioxidant properties. Keep your skin clean starting from within.

The 40’s
You will start feeling your skin moisture level decline. It can actually start from your late 30’s. The capacity of your skin turnover significantly slows down due to further imbalance of your hormones. Before lamenting over your aging skin, first you should accept that aging of your skin is unavoidable. The mind-set you should have is “how can I slow it down?”
People in their 40’s are prone to;
§  Slower blood circulation.
§  Weakening facial muscles (good reference to see which muscle you need to train and maintain).
§  Decreasing production rate of collagen and hyaluronic acid of the fibroblast.

As we have discussed, you cannot avoid aging. The question to answer is how you can slow it down. As you can see, the guidelines in your 30’s are an extension of the guidelines in your 20’s. Likewise the guidelines in your 40’s below are based on the foundation and is an extension of the guidelines in your 30’s and 20’s. In your 40’s you want to;
§  Stimulate more blood flow by using hot towels or massaging your face routinely.
§  Find a facial exercise that fits you and your schedule. Stick to it ritually.
§  Do point skin management of areas of most vulnerability such as around your eyes, mouth, and 

The 50’s
Sorry, I’m not there yet. I’m in my late 30’s. But I encourage everyone to continuously learn and prepare.

Skincare needs to be managed. It requires detail awareness, a general knowledge of the science behind it, a scheduled routine, and discipline to perform and pull through that routine. It is not easy but it will be worth it. And don’t forget, you’re not alone.

This post is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of a dermatologist. The reader should regularly consult a licensed dermatologist in matters with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.

This post first appeared on Three Olive Trees, please read the originial post: here

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