We can all attain healthy, beautiful skin at any age, own it and keep it! It is possible with gaining proper knowledge of what to do and actively following through essential regime. Regardless of your age, we should all get adequate sleep every night, exercise regularly, drink at least eight full glasses of water to keep skin and body hydrated and eat a healthy diet. There are also a few specific things to do in the different age ranges that will keep your skin looking its’ most beautiful!
Social 20’s: At this age, it is all about being the socialite, carefree hanging outside on sunny days! However, UV (ultraviolet) protection is very critical. Although, as women of color, we have a lot of melanin pigment in our skin which acts as a filter, it is simply not enough to reduce risk of skin cancer, especially melanoma. Remember, to apply a daily moisturizer with SPF of at least 15 and reapply every 2-3 hours if sweating or swimming, even if waterproof type. Also, a powder or oil-free foundation will act as extra protection.
Recovery of acne scarring and uneven texture from your teens is huge concern. The use of oil-free acne facial wash containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid) and benzoyl peroxide topical creams will help with active acne. Vitamin A capsules help from within to dry out oil glands and reduce risk of future acne flares (avoid if pregnant). Daily use of alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid or lactic acid helps with exfoliation to remove old, dead skin cells revealing smoother, more even skin texture. More aggressive exfoliation for severe acne scars can be achieved with microdermabrasion or chemical peels. Consult with a Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon for more cosmetic options or if acne is still a concern.
Sexy 30’s: From this point, although you still look and feel sexy, aging of the skin begins. Smoking, alcohol, UV rays and stress can accelerate this process. In addition to your daily skin care with SPF and weekly exfoliation, start now with an ‘Anti-Aging’ products as prevention. There is a progressive decrease in collagen and elastic tissue that will eventually result in fine lines and wrinkles. Baby skin is soft and smooth due to high amounts of hyaluronic acid (HA) which also decrease as we age reducing the moisture between skin cells causing dry, wrinkled skin. Look for moisturizers that supply HA, collagen, copper peptides, pentapeptides, Coenzyme Q and other unique anti-aging nutrients which can be very beneficial. Because skin starts within, BellaNutri supplement will also provide special nutritional collagen and hyaluronic acid (www.bellanutri.com) Adult acne can also activate during your 30’s. Limiting spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine will help reduce occurrences.
Sassy 40’s: Although very confident and sassy in your 40’s, aging around your eyes are the biggest ‘tell-tell’ sign! Visible dryness, under eye dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles around eyes. Besides critically sticking to your anti-aging routine, also implement an under-eye night cream containing heavy moisture-retaining nutrients. Avoid bleaching agents containing hydroquinone under eyes to avoid the ‘racoon’ appearance as the dark color is not from pigment but due to broken blood vessels in a thin under eyelid area. Consult with a Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon for cosmetic options such as lasers or chemical peels
Secure 50’s +: Aging with evidence of fine lines, wrinkles, age dark spots has set in once you reach your 50’s and up but so has your security! Regardless of these factors at this age, you are capable of doing whatever necessary to look your best. Besides keeping up with the best skin care regimen, you will keep up with the latest beauty treatments. Whether it is topical or surgical cosmetic treatments you are going to get it done!
Lastly, for all ages, it is also very important to nourish your skin from inside which will enhance and maintain the external beauty as topical products alone are not effective. Unfortunately, the basic skin vitamins are not specific and made of same basic vitamins as a daily multivitamin. However, the BellaNutri nutritional skin supplement is designed to specifically work from within using special marine proteins and collagen for skin smoothing, anti-aging and overall enhance the external beauty of your skin and also hair. (www.bellanutri.com or toll-free 1-866-711-HAIR(4247)
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