I can’t believe it’s been six weeks since we welcomed Elijah into the world, but it’s true! We are doing great and enjoying being a family of four. I’ll be back in the office on Wednesday, December 6th, so if you’re looking to book an appointment before the holidays, call our office today at 615-582-6726. There’s still time to get that holiday glow with a sprinkle of Botox to fight wrinkles or a quick microneedling session to boost collagen (you can ask for the “light” treatment to have minimal downtime).
People often ask me how I manage to take care of my skin with two young children. I’ll be honest with you, it can be challenging some days (and especially some nights), but it’s a lot easier once you find the products that work for you and stick to a routine. I’ve been diligent about this since my 20s, so I thought I’d share some tips on how you can take care of your skin no matter your age.
If You’re In Your 20s …
Lucky you. Now’s the time to really focus on preventive care – don’t leave the house without applying your broad spectrum SPF. We’re currently loving broad spectrum SPFs with hyaluronic acid like EltaMD UV Elements. Use a skin cream that’s rich in antioxidants, which prevent damage by limiting the production of free radicals. Try ZO Daily Power Defense or Epionce Intense Defense Serum. If you’re still dealing with breakouts, use an acne treatment like ZO Oil Control Pads.
It’s not too early to start using Botox as part of your preventive skin care regime, as Botox combats wrinkles caused by muscle movements. While you probably don’t need filler for deep lines or wrinkles, filler is great for enhancing your lips if you want to plump them up a bit. Schedule regular chemical peels every 1-3 months to keep your skin bright and smooth.
If You’re In Your 30s …
Add on to the routine above by integrating a retinol product in the evening to help increase skin cell turnover rate. We’re big fans of our hand-picked retinol products because they have additional brightening benefits. Be sure to add retinols in gradually as they can initially cause some irritation as your skin adjusts – start with once a week, and work your way up to every other day as your skin tolerates it (and be sure to keep that SPF on – your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight). Also add an eye cream – try Lumiere – to protect and prevent wrinkles on the delicate skin around the eye area.
Keep up the regular Botox appointments – every three to six months – to combat fixed lines, and consider filler for exaggerated lines that may have formed around the mouth – aka “smile lines.” In order to aggressively fight signs of aging and improve overall skin appearance, consider adding collagen-boosting treatments every few months such as laser therapy or microneedling into your treatment plan.
If You’re In Your 40s …
Enhance your previous routine by adding peptides and growth factor serums, which help with further fine line correction. We swear by Neocutis MicroSerum. Continue Botox treatments, adding the lower face area (especially around the mouth) to manipulate those aforementioned smile lines that can turn downward as we age.
Filler is great for those increasingly exaggerated lines forming, and for the hollowing areas under your eyes or around your temples. Schedule a resurfacing peel every 1-3 months to treat pigment, lines and wrinkles.
If You’re In Your 50s …
Adding on to the above, you may need to increase filler treatments for exaggerated lines and hollowing areas, and also for regaining structure, especially in the apples of your cheeks and to provide an overall lift to the lower face. For a more intensive non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment, try a fractional resurfacing treatment such as a C02 laser, which can soften wrinkles, tighten skin and improve overall texture.
I hope that helps! If you’re confused about what order to put your products on, the general rule of thumb is to apply the thinnest product on first, working your way up to the thickest product, with the exception of a retinol cream, which usually goes on first. Feel free to ask any questions about skin care and the procedures we offer by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.