Beauty At Every Age

Beauty At Every AgeEternal youth is yet to be chartered territory for eons to come. In the meantime, your mug is at the mercy of time and the elements.

At what age you started caring for your skin could spell the difference in how you look in the future. The steps you took vis-à-vis your skin in your teens, 20s and 30s would have corresponding ramifications decades later. For one, if you avoided sun exposure early in life, you are likely to take years off your real age.

Still, even if you shun that ball of fire completely, you absolutely cannot warp the days. You are bound to see telltale changes as the decades roll by.

Therefore, take charge of your skin as early as possible, partly by seeking help from dermatologists, surgeons, and other medical professionals. Know what to anticipate in your:


Upon exiting your teens, prepare to part ways with your so-called “baby fats,” those bodily deposits that made you look less womanly than girly.

At the same time, anticipate the first landing of “crow’s feet,” expression lines around the eyes made by years of squinting and sun exposure. Similarly, look for the appearance of wrinkles caused by movement. “Motor wrinkles,” as they are called, tend to appear first on the brow.

Anticipate, too, the pronouncement of facial hair, particularly on the upper lip and the eyebrows.

Sun exposure (plus hormonal changes and exposure to minocycline, tetracycline, and similar antibiotics) puts you at risk for melasma during this decade. This condition involves brown pigmentations around the cheeks.

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What the pros can do for you:

Deal with acne using a combo of laser and light-based devices. Otherwise, fall back on good old Accutane.

Rectify your melasma problem with a chemical peel or Fraxel laser treatment. Bleaching substances for melasma, in contrast, will not work.

What you can do for your self:

Shy away from the sun at all costs. If you could not avoid it, wear sunscreen, which lessens your risk of getting melasma and mitigates existing ones.

For this decade, begin to use retinol-based skin care products. Apply them twice a week. Also, invest in a gel-based and oil-free moisturizer, particularly if you are still prone to acne breakouts.


You are still in your prime but be prepared to see a more tired-looking skin in the mirror. Crow’s feet around your eyes would continue expanding, while brown spots may spread further. Around your nose, dilated blood vessels may become more visible.

Then there’s the onset of the “11s,” lines that seemingly form the number between the brows. Nasal labial lines, or smile lines, would also deepen, giving you that telling triangle between the corners of the lips and the nose.

What the pros can do for you:

For dilated blood vessels, go for a laser treatment.

Hold the lines and wrinkles back with a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. Around this time, it would be quite hasty—but not drastic—to try Botox, Restylane, Juvederm and other facial rejuvenation treatments.

Some would argue that undergoing these procedures as early as your late 20s would make you thankful in the following decades. But few researches have been conducted regarding the effectiveness, much less the safety, of using them precociously. FDA, in 2008, even investigated complaints stemming from the use of Botox and Myobloc.

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In any case, prepare to shell out an average of $2,000 for such a treatment.

What you can do for yourself:

Don’t stop slathering on sunblocks and sunscreens. Better yet, increase the use of retinol-based products to thrice a week of usage. Then shift from oil-free moisturizers to ones that include some oil.


Lines start forming around your upper lip, especially if you have a smoking habit. If you passed on sun protection in your 20s and 30s, expect sun damage to manifest here before anywhere else.

More wrinkles would appear on your forehead. Crow’s feet would also increase, while smile lines would grow deeper.

What the pros can do for you:

Wrinkle fillers, chemical peels, muscle relaxers, and Fraxel laser treatments could diminish your upper lip concerns.

What you can do for yourself:

Start using a night cream when you hit this decade. Night products work well and seep into the skin better because the body undergoes a nocturnal rejuvenation process. At night, you are also unexposed to dirt and pollution.

Learn to invest in antioxidant-based skin products too. Likewise, get thicker moisturizers, like shea butter, and increase your usage of retinol products some more.

Fifties and above

In this decade, the skin would sag from years of pent-up sun damage and the deterioration of collagen and elastin, fibrous structures that tighten the skin. Some vital fat deposits would also break down, making the skin thinner. As a result, the blood vessels beneath the skin would easily show through this translucence.

Your estrogen levels would also descend steeply. In effect, the skin would appear devoid of moisture, exaggerating your creases and wrinkles.

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By this time, untreated melasma would become even more noticeable.

What the pros can do for you:

By the time you’re 60, you will have undergone non-invasive skin-lifting procedures. You will have tried nonsurgical skin-tightening treatments like Thermage, which uses radiofrequency, and Titan, which exploits infrared light.

Otherwise, it would be too late and the procedures would not produce the intended effect as in your earlier years. Your remaining alternative would be a facelift, a major surgical treatment with a long downtime. It can be very expensive too.

What you can do for yourself:

Ditch the soap and get a mild moisturizing cleanser for your mug and neck. Hike up your usage of rich moisturizers. Use retinol products as frequently as six times a week.

Then again, this would be the time to enjoy the fruits of a fastidious skin care regimen. If you have avoided too much sun in your youth, then enter another half-century looking half your age. Natural and organic skincare will be your best bet.

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1 Response

  1. Josh says:


    I noticed that a chemical peel was suggested for all the age categories except for the “Fifties and above” section. What would be the main problems for someone in their fifties or later who was trying to do a chemical peel, whether it was at home or physician administered?

    Thanks Much,

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