11 May

Skincare – Teens to Early 20’s

Skincare For Teens & Early 20’s

In this age group we tend to see more general skin related concerns such as acne and grainy appearance of the skin. Hormones are often responsible for acne and oily skin but sweat, incorrect skincare, make-up, hair products and others can all contribute to it.

90% of acne can be managed without drugs and we treat acne from aged 12 with parent consent and attendance during the treatment.

If you are in your late teens and early 20’s a few active cosmeceutical ingredients can help with a preventative (slowing down) approach to ageing. When treating skin there is no “one size fits all” approach but there are a few specialty products that you need to know about to keep your skin in prime condition for as long as possible.

Retinol once had a reputation for being an “old ladies” product. This came about because all the mature, sun damaged ladies (who didn’t exercise good sun protection in their youth) needed to fix up years of ageing. It was also used to prepare older skins for facelift surgery. Typically, this would be a prescription strength Retin A. Now, lower strength Retinol is recognised for its role in overall rejuvenation. In fact, Retinol does so much for the skin that it really should be an essential part of your skin routine. Retinol’s chief function in skin care is to increase cell turnover because new cells are fresh young cells. In addition, increasing cell turnover Retinol assists in reducing Pigmentation, assists in healing blemishes and acne and assists in strengthening the skin and reducing pore size.
Retinol is a night-time product and should never be used in the day as it will increase the chance of burning – even through incidental sun exposure such as walking to your car. If you have tried Retinol previously and found it too irritating, then you may have over-applied the product too soon. Try one application every third night for a couple of weeks and slowly building up to alternate nights then every night. Your skin will love you for the little extra effort.

Another specialty product, also ideal for this age group is Vitamin C. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C protects from free radical damage, assists in protection from the sun (but must be used in conjunction with an SPF and at the same time hydrates and brightens the skin.

Another staple in your skincare regimen should be Hyaluronic Acid. This is a naturally occurring substance in our own skin and is responsible for keeping our skin hydrated and plump but as we age, we produce less and less. Hyaluronic Acid is also the main ingredient in dermal fillers which are used to restore loss of volume and skin boosters which are injectable hydrators. Hyaluronic based skincare products can assist in maintaining moisture in the skin to keep it firm and plump. Used morning and night is the best strategy.

Of course no skincare blog would be complete without the inclusion of SPF. 70% of wrinkles are caused by the sun so it really is essential that we instil good sun protection discipline now.

In this age-group a good homecare skin regimen is essential, and a few simple in-clinic treatments can be beneficial if you have acne or other concerns. Typically, we see this age group undertake treatments such as microdermabrasion, LED facials and peels.

At Ultimate Skin & Body we assess each individual and tailor treatments appropriately. Why not book a complementary digital skin analysis and consultation now. Call 07 5509 0081

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