Due to a variety of internal and external factors, your skin goes through many changes throughout the decades. Here, Dr. Ranella Hirsch, noted Boston dermatologist, explains the best skincare steps you should be taking in your teens, 20s, 30s, 40s 50s and beyond. She follows up each tip with a product suggestion from Vichy.
As the byproduct of stress, hormones and lifestyle, acne is the number-one skincare concern facing teenagers. In addition to eating and sleeping well, the most important step to preventing and treating acne is simplifying your skincare routine. Dr. Hirsch recommends using a cleanser containing Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide.
---Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel ($16.50) contains acne-fighting Salicylic Acid to cleanse and unblock pores.
Although skin is in its prime during your twenties, this age range begins noticing wrinkles related to facial motions. These “smile lines” begin to form primarily around the eyes and mouth. Dr. Hirsch suggests taking preventative measures against early wrinkles by judiciously applying sunscreen (yes, even during the winter). Look for skincare products containing antioxidants like Vitamin C and E to maintain a radiant complexion.
---Vichy Aqualia ANTIOX 24H Moisturizing Fluid SPF 12 ($29.50) packs a powerful punch of sunscreen and antioxidants to protect and regenerate skin cells, plus it provides 24 hours of continuous moisture.
During your thirties, you’re bound to experience a lot of lifestyle changes including marriage, pregnancy and even career moves. These physical and emotional life stressors can take a serious toll on your skin, causing breakouts and pigmentation changes, says Dr. Hirsch.
---Vichy Normaderm Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care ($21.00) addresses both acne and pigmentation imperfections. In fact, a recent study conducted by the L’Oréal Institute for Ethnic Hair and Skin Research showed that 69 percent of women across all four major ethnicities reported clearer skin and fewer imperfections after just four weeks of use.
Once you enter your forties, cumulative effects of aging become more apparent as wrinkles deepen. Also, sun damage in the form of unwanted pigmentation can appear. Sunscreen remains vital to your everyday skincare routine, along with key ingredients such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Peptides to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
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Throughout the fifties and beyond, the effects of menopause take a toll on your skin, resulting in drooping and sagging skin. For some, surgery may be the best option, says Dr. Hirsch.
---Vichy NEOVADIOL Gf ($48.00), containing Pro-Xlane, a new breakthrough densifying molecule and Proteic Gf, proteins shown to stimulate cellular communication factors can help restructure sagging skin. After one month of use, women experienced a firmer neck, redefined jaw line and smoother wrinkles.