The Art of Ageless Beauty
GORGEOUS AT ANY AGE
We don’t need to tell you that with age comes change for our skin and hair. What we’re happy to share with you, however, are our best tips, guaranteed to keep you looking even more gorgeous as the years go by!
20s At this age, protection is paramount. Always apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen before heading out the door, even on cloudy days. If you must get a tan, body bronzers are your safest bet, far better than exposing yourself to the noontime sun—or worse, tanning beds! At night, use a gentle cleanser to thoroughly remove makeup, oil and dirt, and follow it up with a good moisturizer that’s appropriate for your skin type.
30s You may have started seeing early signs of aging forming around your eyes, in the form of fine lines and crow’s feet, and discoloration in some parts of your face. To counter these challenges, supplement your regimen with a good vitamin C serum to help repair existing damages and protect your skin against future ones. Regular exfoliation using glycolic acid-based products will not only address dulling skin but will also help accelerate cell turnover. At this point, you may also want to kick start your anti-aging regimen by adding a retinol-based night cream to your routine.
40s As your skin’s cell turnover rate and collagen production slows down, you’ll probably notice more pronoun ced fine lines and wrinkles, dry patches of skin, as well as age spots that get harder and harder to conceal. To address these issues, update your existing regimen by investing in products rich in moisture-binding and collagen-building ingredients like retinol, peptide, glycerin and hyaluronic acid. To treat hyperpigmentation, look for naturally-occurring alternatives to hydroquinone like kojic acid, arbutin,
50s and Beyond Aside from deeper wrinkles, additional spots and loss of skin elasticity and firmness, menopause can wreak havoc to your skin resulting in dry skin, sensitivity and occasional breakouts. Whether you’re considering any cosmetic procedure or not, it’s best to keep your skin as healthy as you possibly can. At this point, every product in your arsenal must address aging skin, with retinol, antioxidants, peptides, ceramides and growth factors as mainstays. Masks and serums that offer toning, hydrating and deep cleansing properties will be perfect additions to your regimen.
20s This is the best time in your life to try out different styles and colors—and it’s not just because your youthful face can pull off almost any chop and color you can think of. At this age, your hair also grows faster and thicker than at any other stage in your life. Consider, however, that there are certain hairstyles that just look better on certain face shapes and hair types. Take this moment to experiment and see which ones work best for you. But remember, frequent styling and drastic color changes can also destroy your hair. Keep your locks nourished and protected from your styling tools by choosing a gentle daily shampoo, a nutrient-rich conditioner and a good heat-protecting product.
30s At this point, you want to look as polished and well put together as you can. The good news is, the long and flowing locks you sported all throughout your 20s is still acceptable in your 30s—as long as your hair is healthy. As for style, sleek updos almost always radiate elegance, and so do loose waves and slightly undone chignons which soften your look and make you look younger. As for color, go for blends that look natural, clean and simple like honey blonde, dark beige, warm auburn and caramel brown.
Sebum (your hair’s natural oil) production declines as you age, making your hair drier, less shiny and more prone to flyaway, frizz and breakage. Limit cleansing to a few times a week to avoid sapping your hair’s natural oils—or, if you must, reach for a dry shampoo instead.
40s By now, unwanted grays are probably popping up and giving away your real age. Should you decide to cover them, do so with warmer shades to perk up your look, and don’t forget to add highlights and lowlights to add dimension to your hair. Contrary to popular belief, hair need not be chopped off once you’ve hit 40. As long as it’s healthy, you can get away with almost any hair length (although, experts agree that the acceptable long-hair length should be no longer than a few inches below your collarbone). Get regular trims and invest in high-quality hair care products. It’s also a good idea to add hair masks and serums to your weekly regimen.
50s and Beyond As your hair turns grayer, it becomes weaker and more course. Thinning hair can also be a problem. At this point, you may want to limit styling to soft and loose waves and avoid drastic color changes. Our advice? Go for a short or medium-length cut that’s easier to maintain and style. Color is also crucial, as anything too light or too dark can look harsh and unnatural on you. A shade or two lighter than your skin tone can take years off your age. For hair care, concentrate on products that hydrate, add volume and strengthen hair strands.
Article posted 12/10/2012.