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When Should You Start Taking Care of Your Skin?

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Smiling young woman touching her faceThere will inevitably come a day when we look in the mirror and notice the subtle changes on our faces: the setting of fine lines; the age spots; the gradual shift in our skin’s texture. While you cannot prevent the progression of aging, there are practices that, when done early enough, may stall the onset and severity of the most common symptoms that age brings.

Although healthy skin is often credited to good genetics, there is far more to the equation than that. Healthy, attractive skin comes from proper and habitual skincare practices. The earlier you start, the better off your skin will be.

Unfortunately, many men and women only begin to worry about their skin after the age-related symptoms have become noticeable from a loss of skin elasticity. Skincare will always be more difficult if you’re fighting to reverse the clock, rather than to slow it down from the start. This is why beginning a skincare routine at an early age is the only way to postpone the dreaded lines and spots.

When Should You Have a Skincare Regimen?

Your Teens

While it may seem unimportant to worry about your skin in your teens and early twenties, this is the best time to start a skincare routine. It’s during our teen years that our skin begins to change, which is why so many of our formative years were spent fighting acne and trying to find ways to minimize the scarring caused by those breakouts. At this age, cleaning your face with a gentle cleanser everyday will promote healthy and soft skin as you move into…

Your Twenties

During your twenties, you’re still fighting against acne breakouts and other hormone and stress-related factors. At the same time, you are at an age where you can set the foundation for future skin health. Using gentle cleansers, skin moisturizers, eye creams, and facial rejuvenation treatments, such as regular facials or microdermabrasion, can all lead to healthy and youthful skin.

How to Care for Your Skin at Any Age

Wear Sunscreen Every Day

Since UV rays are the most dangerous threats to skin quality and health, sunscreen is the most crucial and neglected aspect of a skincare routine. You are not only risking the possibility of skin cancer when you forego sunscreen, but you are also exposing yourself to accelerate the aging process.

UV rays contribute to the breakdown of collagen (the protein responsible in creating and maintaining structure in our skin), which leads to weaker, thinner skin that is more susceptible to wrinkling, age spots, and textural irregularities. You should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a rating of at least SPF 30 every day, and not just the days you think you may have extreme exposure to sunlight.

Put Down the Cigarettes

We all know that nicotine and tobacco use is harmful to your health and well-being, but it is also detrimental to your skin. Smoking damages the collagen and elastin in your skin while reducing the blood flow through your body. Smoking leads to skin that is aged, wrinkled, dull, and lifeless.

Take Off Your Makeup

Every woman has been guilty of leaving her makeup on through the night at least once in her life. Whether the excuse was that it was “too late” in the evening (or too early in the morning), you “accidentally” fell asleep on the couch, or you “ran out of soap,” the decision has been made to leave it on during throughout the night.

Not removing your makeup before sleep is more detrimental than you realize. Makeup, dirt, and oil all clog your pores, and this leads to everything from acne breakouts, inflammation, and eventually wrinkling.

Being proactive when it comes to your skincare can lead to a future of healthy, radiant skin. But even the healthiest skin can benefit from trips to the spa. If you suffer from any skin concerns, or if you are just looking to pamper yourself, call The Spa at Spring Ridge at (610) 927-3223 to schedule your consultation.