Aging through the '20s

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From acne, sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles, to clogged pores and uneven texture - you name it, it’s happening! So what can we do? What preventative treatments can be done to slow down the aging process and prepare us for our coming years? When we are younger, time seems to go by slowly, we have the impression that aging doesn’t begin until our late thirties or well into our forties. Unfortunately, you learn that this is NOT the case! Sticking to a good skincare routine can make a huge difference but remember, there’s no need to go overboard with products. Over saturating your skin with products or disrupting the natural PH balance of your skin can cause more breakouts and can do more harm. Here are helpful additions to your routine that can help you transform your skin goals.

Tip #1: With so many skincare lines out there, what routine will fit my lifestyle? Sephora is addicting not only for makeup but for skincare as well (who doesn’t love Drunk Elephant Polypeptide moisturizer or the Fresh Soy Cleanser) however, the ingredient profile isn’t 100% clean and has unnecessary chemicals inside. The rule of thumb is G.R.A.S.S. What does this stand for?

Stick to medical-grade products, since they are proven to do what they claim and can save you money in the long run. This applies to when you are wanting to target concerns like acne, pore size, texture changes, or overall effective skincare regimen.

Tip #2: Medical grade Vitamin C products are backed by scientific data that has studies to prove they are most effective. What to look for in a Vitamin C? There are many products claiming to have potent vitamin C, what is best for you? Skinceuticals CE Ferulic is great for skin types that are normal to dry, while SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF can be best for normal to oily skin types. As we go into the summer, limit sun exposure. I know it’s fun to be by the pool every day during summer and get a nice even tan from the tanning beds, but it won’t look cute when you’re older and completely covered in brown/red spots. In the morning, adding a Vitamin C and sunscreen (always), utine can be the boost of antioxidants you need, and give your skin an extra glow.

Tip #3: While skincare is your first step in getting your reaching your complexion goals, what can you do to slow down the signs of aging? Preventative care is just as important and can be addressed in different forms of treatment. The most commonly known injectables are Botox/Dysport/Xeomin. What are the differences between Botox/Dysport/Xeomin?

Opinions will differ, some people will say “you don’t need Botox” or “you don’t need Dermal Fillers, you’re too young!!” but the sad reality is that, you probably need both…. If not at least Botox/Dysport/Xeomin. How can that be? As we age, fine lines stay to appear on the forehead, smile lines tend to get deeper and if you neglect those lines until your thirties and or forties it will be a challenge to completely correct the wrinkles. Beginning treatments in your twenties, however, prevent the deep lines from forming around the eyes and on the forehead. It’s a lifesaver and you can still have a natural look with Botox/Dysport/Xeomin. Now, of course, there’s so much more than Botox/Dysport/Xeomin, but it’s important to focus on what your skin needs (do you have acne, pigmentation, or sun damage that needs treating?).

Tip #4: Sleeping with layers of makeup and residue from environmental factors throughout the day will cause acne breakouts, clogged pores, and uneven skin tone. For the women, I know this might be an extra step at times after a long night out, but you NEED to remove your makeup! For men, the same rule applies from sweating throughout the day, workouts, and the Texas heat. These effects of environmental changes can clog pores, but there is a simple solution. Using a deep cleanser like Obagi Foaming Gel Cleanser, to clean the dirt and build-up of makeup through the day, or SkinCeuticals LHA Cleanser which has glycolic and salicylic acid can help with unclogging pores and resurfacing the texture of your skin.

Take care of your skin and complexion! There are various treatments at Renew Laser & Skin that help correct and prevent signs of aging. Microneedling for texture, pigment/scarring, Laser Genesis for pores and redness, chemical peels, and even IPL to correct sun spots and brown spots. The best part is all these treatments pair well with your new skincare regimen. It’s important to realize, that you should have a regimen that fits your lifestyle and do treatments that will optimize your personal skin goals. You can achieve flawless skin just like your favorite celebrity. Follow the simple G.R.A.S.S in your twenties to get a head start on the aging process. Although it can be a challenge at first, you will thank us later!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.