Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Great Skin At Every Decade

Carefree 20s
Ahh, life is great when you're in your 20s. You're wild and carefree and barely spend anytime taking care of your skin. But you really do need to start. In fact, I believe that it's never too early to start taking care of your skin. By your late 20s, your skin's natural process of exfoliation starts to slow down. This means that fewer new cells are produced, and your skin will start to look and feel dull.

What You Might Want To Try:

Try a light peel. In the business, we call it a lunchtime peel. It's a simple 10 minute procedure where a dermatologist or licenced esthetician applies a solution that contains a low concentration of beta or alpha hydroxy acid. This treatment leaves the skin soft and smooth, and regular treatments will began to fade brown spots, control acne and reduce large pores.

 What You Need to Know: 
  • You may experience mild tingling and redness with this procedure, but don't be alarmed. The sensation will subside after a few hours.
  • You will become more sensitive to sunlight. Be sure sure to avoid the sun and never leave the house without an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Cost for this procedure may range from $50 - $300, depending on whether or not you purchase a series.

Sassy 30s
You've gained some knowledge and are a heck of a lot more wiser. You still have fun and can bust a move with the best of them, but you're starting to notice what years of smiling, squinting and frowning has done to your skin. Those dreaded lines and wrinkles that you heard about in your 20s have made themselves visible ON YOUR FACE! In your 30s, the fat layer that lies beneath the skin starts to break down. YIKES!

What You Might Want To Try:

This is a great decade to consider Botox or fillers. Botox temporarily paralyses the muscles in your face so that they can't contract and create expression lines. Several days after this procedure, your crow's feet and brow furrows will be dramatically soften. With continued treatments, the muscles will stay relaxed, preventing new wrinkles from forming.

What You Need to Know: 
  • The needle used during this procedure is thinner than a strand of hair.
  • Don't be scared to ask your doctor to apply an ice pack or numbing cream to the area before treatment.
  • Typically, results last three to four months.
  • Cost for this procedure are $400 and higher.

Fabulous 40s
Life is great and you're in your prime. You have a great career, you've travelled, drank wine and lived, but now when you look in the mirror, you see that your face is a little hollow. It's not the lighting. In your 40s, you will notice that you've lost some collagen in your cheeks and around your eyes. And if you haven't been diligent about the sunscreen, you'll see age spots and deep wrinkles.

What You Might Want To Try:

Laser. Resurfacing laser such as Fraxel emit fine beams of light to slightly damage your skin below the surface to trigger new cell growth and collagen production. Fraxel can also even out your skin tone, refine your pores and smooth your wrinkles.

What You Need to Know: 
  • It burns so a sedative or numbing of the area will be needed.
  • Your face will be red for at least a week.
  • Cost for this procedure may range from $500 - $1000
Sexy 50s
In your 50s, you're all of that and then some, and you could care less if someone disagrees with your assessment of yourself. You say what mean and you mean what you say, and you look classy and stylish while you're doing it. This decade is also the time when you notice that that your eyelids have become, well, sorta droopy. No fear diva. There's something that you can do to be the best you!

What You Might Want To Try:

An eye lift surgery (also known as blepharoplasty). This is a procedure that can remedy droopy eye lids. Your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from around your eyes improving the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. You will look rejuvenated, more rested and alert.

What You Need to Know:  

  • The surgery can be done under general anesthesia or conscious sedation.
  • There will be bruising from 10 days to three weeks.
  • It make take up to 90 days for swelling to go down.
  • The scar from this procedure will be hidden in the crease of your lid, or there may be no scar at all.
  • Cost for this procedure is approximately $2,800.

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