Beauty Beat: Does Age Affect The Skincare Products You Use?

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On this week’s Beauty Beat, I have skincare expert, Krystel Tucker from Skin Doctors to help answer some questions I’ve had for a while now about skincare.  If you’ve ever wondered if age is a factor when it comes to skincare, why you get acne or pimples way after puberty (like in your 40s!), skin pigmentation and how to prevent or decrease it,  read on to find out more!

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Skin Doctors expert Krystel Tucker

Is age an important factor when it comes to skincare and why?
Prevention of premature ageing is always better than trying to cure or fix major skin problems later in life. As a guide starting skin care routine from early teens will ensure it becomes habit early.

What are the things that your skin goes through at the different stages of your life?

  • Teens – early 20’s: Oily, shiny skin, blemishes, congestion.
  • Late 20’s – 30’s: noticeable change in skin, some visible fine lines around eyes, dehydration, some dark spots appearing.
  • Late 30’s – 40’s: deeper expression lines forming around mouth, forehead, eyes. Skin can become more dull from build-up of dead skin cells and slower cell renewal, darker spots begin to appear on face, décolletage and hands.
  • Late 40’s – 60’s: loss of elasticity and sagging of skin around jaw line and eyes. Deeper wrinkles forming all over face, not just in expression areas. Dryer skin due to loss of oil flow from change in hormones.

Why do some people who have never suffered from acne tend to get pimples when they hit their 40s? (30’s-50’s)
This is due to a number of different things:

  • Fluctuating hormone levels: An imbalance can lead to breakouts so around their periods, during pregnancy, peri-menopause, and menopause and after discontinuing (or starting) birth control pills.
  • Stress: Researchers have found a relationship between stress and acne flare-ups. In response to stress, our bodies produce more androgens (a type of hormone). These hormones stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin, which can lead to acne. This explains why acne can be an ongoing problem when we find ourselves under constant stress.
  • Family history: Does a close blood relative, such as a parent, brother, or sister have acne? Findings from research studies suggest that some people may have a genetic predisposition for acne. People who have this predisposition seem more likely to get adult acne.
  • Hair and skin care products: If you have adult acne, you should read the labels on your skin care and hair care products. Make sure that you see one of the following terms on every container:

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You want to make sure your moisturiser, cleanser, sunscreen, and all other products contain one of these terms, as these products are least likely to cause acne.

  • Medication side effect: Acne is a side effect of some medicines. If you suspect that a medicine is triggering your acne or making it worse, continue taking the medicine — but talk with the doctor who prescribed it. Ask if acne is a possible side effect. If acne is a possible side effect, ask if you can take a different medicine. If you cannot take another medicine, you may want to see a dermatologist who can help you control the acne.
  • Undiagnosed medical condition and diet: Sometimes, acne is a sign of an underlying medical condition. Once the medical condition is diagnosed and treated, the acne often clears. Seeing a GP or naturopath will help address the issue.

Why does the incidence of skin pigmentation increase as we get older?
Most severe sun damage is done to the skin before the age of 25 and slowly, as we age, the damage that was caused in our younger years becomes visible in surface layers of the epidermis.

Constant sun exposure will also darken your pigmentation, so always protect from direct sunlight with SPF and a hat.

How can we prevent or slow down skin pigmentation?
Preventing pigmentation is easy, use SPF 30/50+ every single day!!! Ensure it is included in your daily moisturiser (it is not strong enough in foundations).

To slow down the appearance of pigmentation you need to use resurfacing and skin renewing ingredients such as AHA’s and Vitamin A. You can also use melanin inhibiting peptides to slow the production of melanin (dark spots).

Can skin pigmentation be reversed or reduced?

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Our SD White and Bright (rrp$49.95) is our best pigment fighter. As a beauty therapist, I would always suggest using Gamma Hydroxy ($49.95) (fruit acid resurfacing cream) and SD White and Bright (melanin inhibitor) together for best results.

Apply Gamma Hydroxy to the skin first, then SD White and Bright. Follow this with Skin Doctors hydrators such as Supermoist SPF 50 Daily (rrp$39.95) during the day and Supermoist Face (rrp$44.95) in the evening. Always be sure to use SPF 50 every day for protection from further sun damage.

Fabulous responses there and I’ve always wondered why my pigmentation is a lot more noticeable now.  Better remember to slap on some sunscreen whenever I go for my morning runs.  I hope this answered a few questions you might have had about age and skincare.  Stay tuned in another post where I’ll share my experience using the SD White and Bright and Gamma Hydroxy from Skin Doctors.

 

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