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Keep skin looking lush in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond


WHELMING. With so many products, brands and procedures on the market — each claiming to bring youthful, clear, glow- ing skin — it’s tricky to know which tools will provide their promised results. everyone’s skin is different, says licensed esthetician melodie Watts, who gives each of her clients at essential lifespa in austin an individualized skin care regime. luckily, she says, there are a few age-related steps that can give skin a boost at any stage — sans needles or knives. “What works at 20 just won’t do at 30, 40, 50 and above,” Watts says. “While everyone’s complexion is unique, there are a few different products and ingredients women should look to incorporate as they age.”


exuding a radiant and youthful glow, the

20s is the best time for the skin. the epi- dermis is well-toned, there is good skin

• to combat sun spots, use products with *hydroquinone, *kojic acid, soy and/or lic- orice. • for puffy or dark under-eyes, invest in a good eye cream with caffeine. • begin biannual professional facials with peels, deep cleansing, *microdermabrasian and anti-aging treatments.


deeper lines begin to form in the mouth

and eye areas and furrows become visible on the forehead. circles may be evident under the eyes. • continue using a gentle cleanser twice daily and a morning moisturizer with spf- 15. • add *glycolic acid, typically found in exfoliants and moisturizers, to your regime to improve texture. • add *salicylic acid, usually found in spot treatments, to renew skin and fight acne without irritation. • use *peptide eye creams or face serums

“What works at 20 just won’t do at 30, 40, 50 and above.”

elasticity and faster cell growth. this is the ideal age to begin a skin care routine. • use a gentle cleanser in the morning and at night. • every morning, apply a moisturizer with a minimum spf of 15. • use a night moisturizer and an eye cream. • exfoliate two to three times a week. • Optional: begin using a *vitamin a deriv- ative, such as retin-a or retinals.


Wrinkles and fine lines are now more prev-

alent because of the break down of colla- gen and elastin. delicate skin under the eyes is beginning to thin and broken veins and brown spots are showing up. • continue using a gentle cleanser twice daily and a morning moisturizer with spf- 15. • use a night moisturizer with *hyaluronic acid if you are dry. • add the vitamin a derivative as your exfoliator if you have not already.

to strengthen collagen. • use a hyaluronic acid moisturizer. • look for products with antioxidants such as aslyocopene, green tea and soy. • indulge in quarterly professional facials with peels, deep cleansing, microdermabra- sian and anti-aging treatments.

50s and beyond

the lines and folds are deeper and the skin

is thinner, more fragile and potentially more sensitive. the loss of elastic fibers accelerates in this decade and skin tone may be more uneven while skin droops. • continue using a gentle cleanser twice daily and a morning moisturizer with spf- 15. • add serums with peptides, antioxidants, vitamin c and *epidermal Growth factor. • look for products with *alpha lipoic acid. • indulge in professional facials with peels, deep cleansing, microdermabrasian and anti-aging treatments at least every other month.

QUESTION: What’s the differ- ence between over-the-counter and professional skin care products?


Over-the-counter products, called cos- metics, work with the epidermis or the “dead” layer of the skin. cosmeceuticals, sold only by licensed spas and pharmacies, can work under this layer and even alter the structure and function of the skin, within fda standards, Watts explains. the essential lifespa sells Glo therapu- tic skin care and Glo mineral makeup, both cosmeceuticals.

Venus Tip!

save money by finding a drugstore brand gentle cleanser and an spf-15 moisturizer. that way you can invest in eye creams and serums recommended by professionals.



Alpha lipoic acid: an ultra-potent

antioxidant that diminishes fine lines and boosts levels of other antioxidants.

Epidermal Growth Factor: a poly-

peptide that stimulates cell division. Glycolic acid: an alpha hydroxy acid known to increase epidermal thickness. at certain concentrations, it can exfoli- ate skin by breaking down the sub- stance that holds skin cells together. Hydroquinone: a chemical, organic compound used to prevent skin from making the substance responsible for skin color.

Hyaluronic acid: a component of the body’s connective tissues used in skin care products as a water-binding agent. Kojic acid: a byproduct of manufac- turing sake, Japanese rice wine, used for skin lightening. Microdermabrasion: a mechanical exfoliation that removes the top layer of skin, leaving a smoother surface. it promotes new cell growth, while stimu- lating collagen and elastin production. Peptide: portions of proteins that can promote collagen and elastin produc- tion and act as an antioxidant. Salicylic acid: a derivative of aspirin that addresses many causes of blem- ishes. the anti-inflammatory ingredient can improve skin thickness, barrier functions and collagen production. Vitamin A: a fat-soluble vitamin that helps with collagen loss, creates a smoother skin surface and reduces wrinkles.

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