I likened skincare to baking a cake in the last blog. And certainly you need to get the basics right before you start adding the specifics that make the cake stand out.
And the basics for skincare are
using a pH balanced moisturiser
using moisturisers that have humectants
having anti-oxidants in your skincare products
When you’re young, you really only need to get the basics right.
But as you age, you will have other issues and you’ll need to add ‘flavours’ to your basic regime to address your specific problems.
What happens to the skin as we age?
The genetic blueprint we are born with is constant throughout our life, but how the actual genes express themselves changes with time.
Think of the firmness of a baby’s skin and compare to someone in their late 40’s on and it’s obvious something has changed - and what has changed is that collagen and elastin production have downgraded their expression (downsized, if you will) so the underlying structure of the skin loses some of its support and that shows with fie lines, wrinkles and sagging.
And while some genes downgrade their expression, some upgrade like melanin production which is why sun spots (which some people call age spots) appear.
Not only do those changes occur but cell turnover slows down so you don’t shed your dead cell layer as quickly and that causes dullness.
So, common skin issues are:
fine lines and wrinkles
Do young people have skin issues?
Teenagers and young adults will be only too aware of skin issues that they feel plagued with.
Breakouts from trapped sebum is one of the main issues.
Make sure the treatment matches the skin issue
So skin issues affect all ages but the type of issue varies and that’s why you need to add the correct ‘flavour’ to address the issue. This is where you get to customise your skincare
How do you treat skin issues?
Treatment for skin issues can be daily, weekly or intermittent.
Treatments depend on the skin issue but may take the form of:
serums - these are usually formulated to deal with difference signs of ageing
peels - these remove the layer of dead cells from the skin giving your skin a more radiant glow
masks - these can have various effects but generally they are for hydrating and nourishing the skin. some also exfoliate. Some are particularly good for youthful, problematic skin
spa treatments like facials that have many benefits
BoTox is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
fillers are used to add structure to the face and reduce sagging
Superficial vs Deep Treatments
Some treatments work at the superficial level - just the skin surface and the layers close to the skin - while others work at a deeper level.
BoTox and fillers, for example, are superficial treatments and although you may get rid of your lines and wrinkles, you won’t get radiant skin and a flawless complexion with an even skin tone
Some treatments actually work at the level of gene expression to reset the genes back to the youthful state, so upgrade collagen and elastin and downgrade melanin production.
For me, having treatments that reset gene expression and/or act at deeper levels of the skin is always going to be preferable because the results will last longer and the overall effect will be more youthful looking skin.
How do you choose a treatment?
My advice is to
identify what issues you want to address
prioritise them, so you can start working on one at a time so you see if you get a result
look at your lifestyle and see what you could incorporate - it’s no use spending money on a serum to be used daily if you’re not going to use it
choose a treatment and start using it
Knowing what you want to address and what is going to work for you means you won’t get so seduced by sales talk and end up buying products that aren’t what you need
Making it Personal to You
I have found products that I love and I know are they give results, they won’t harm me or the planet and the are value for money.
I even have an app on my phone so I can do a skincare assessment of what my issues are, what my lifestyle and preferences are and it gives me a recommendation for not only my day and night moisturisers but also 3 separate serums to deal with my issues.
This is totally customised skincare and saves me so much time and energy. Without it I would be in a confused haze bamboozled by all the marketing hype about what product is going to give me the best results.
My customised skincare suits my philosophy of effortless beauty completely.
To see how the skin care assessment app works, click herefor a demo.
I hope this is helpful. If you have specific issues and want recommendations for products or you want to buy, get in touch.