Post # 1
I’m in my mid 20’s, and I was shocked to find out that a friend that’s a year or so older then me got a few shots of botox! She was so happy and telling me about her experence. According her her, becasue of her love of surfing and her not taking care of her skin, she was seeing signs of aging already.
This got me thinking about my own skincare. I’ve bought some sunscreen and apply it whenever I go out, and reapply after 4 or so hours. But I’m sure there’re more I could/should do, right? I wash my face with bar soap, but besides that-nothing. I have pretty clear skin, so I never really took the time to learn about skincare. Now that I’m a bit older, I think it’s time for me to start caring!
- If you use those anti-aging skincare creams/washes/serums do they become less effective over time?
- how often should I give myself a facial? WHat’s the best kind?
- What about those microdermabration things? Are they an everyday thing?
- How do you pick the right stuff?
Thanks for your help ladies
Post # 3
Responding so I can come back to this topic later!
Post # 4
That is a good question. I am in my mid-30s and dont really do much but what you do. I look forward to hearing to any reply’s.
Post # 5
Absolutely the most important factor in anti-aging is to use sunscreen. All day, every day.
Hydration is also a big factor. Drink water (lots of it).
In terms off routine, get into one. Cleanse, tone and moisturise morning and night. Eye cream is also pretty much a necessity.
My daily routine at the moment:
- Morning: Cleanse with Elemis Tri-Enzyme cleanser and Clarisonic Mia. Elemis Chamomile toner followed by either Aveeno Radiance serum, eye cream and moisturiser or Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Then I use Ginvera BB cream (SPF 30)
- Evening: Cleanse with Elemis Tri-Enzyme cleanser and Clarisonic Mia. Elemis Chamomile toner followed by Elemis Pro-Collagen Night Cream (sometimes with SOS Cream too).
My skin still breaks out very occasionally, but generally it’s clear and my pores are small.
Post # 6
I’m no expert, but I take care of my skin (in a simple way). For reference, I’m 26.
I use Cetaphil face wash morning and night, Bare Escentuals makeup to avoid clogged pores, and a daily oil-free moisturizer with SPF. I use sunscreen religiously if I’m going to be in the sun for any period over like 20 minutes, especially since I live in the California sunshine.
Since the spring I have been getting monthly facials, which include microdermabrasion, but I really haven’t noticed any difference. However, I have slightly oily but very clear skin, so there wasn’t much of an adjustment necessary, and I’ve heart that oily skin will help me age slower than someone with dry skin. So, if you have dry skin, it’s time to get some really good moisturizer – Kiehl’s is a great brand.
I’ve heard at-home “microdermabrasion” is a hoax. Just have it done by a professional if you think you need it.
As for the anti-aging things you’re asking about, until we’re into our late 30s, even early 40s, I don’t plan to change my routine! I’m OK with aging – that’s just life – and if you routinely take care of your skin (especially in the sun), you won’t have much to worry about.
Post # 7
So, I see that some creams are daytime and some are nighttime and some do not specify. That cleaning tool that @SpecialSundae mentioned: does that help to deep clean?
How do I know if I need an anti aging eye cream versus a ‘regular’ eye cream. What am I looking for?
Post # 8
@MissFlowerPot: It really helps. I was amazed at the visible improvements it made!
The main difference with anti-aging creams is that they tend to be richer. You need to work out what your skin really needs. I was told for years that my skin was oily and I should use oil-free moisturisers and my skin just got worse. Then someone gave me an oil-based moisturiser and my skin dried up overnight because it was actually horrendously dehydrated.
Post # 9
Typically anything with a sunscreen in it is for daily use as you don’t need an SPF at night. Any vitamin C or retinol/retinoid serum should be used at night. Heavier moisturizers are typically used at night. Clarisonics are cleansing tools made by the same person that made the Sonicair toothbrushes so it uses vibration technology to deep cleanse the skin. Great for any skin type. Cleans your skin 6 times better than your hands so when your pores are cleansed, your serums or moisturizers penetrate deeper so you get better results. I love my Clarisonic and it has greatly changed my skin and many of my client’s skin. As for microdermabrasion, the at home systems are not worth the money. The systems we use at my spa, are recommended 4 times a year. It uses a diamon tip and suction to resurface the top dead layers of skin. Especially great for acne scarring, texture on the skin, and sun damaged skin. I recommend starting a basic eye cream at 20. Pretty much anything with a variety of vitamin a,c, and e and some form of antioxidants are a great starter to protect your healthy skin cells. As another bee said, water is essential too. Dehydration can cause signs of aging especially around the eyes. And always sunscreen.