Caring for Your Skin Through the Ages
Your skin is like the canvas of your life; it tells your story, from teenage acne to harm caused by the sun to middle-aged flushes. So how can you look after your skin as you go through life so it stays healthy and glowing?
Here are some simple tips to keep your skin in tip-top condition – no matter your age.
Acne in your 30s
It’s not just teens that suffer from acne. Many women suffer from outbreaks of acne caused by hormonal changes. Even stress can aggravate skin conditions such as eczema. Resulting in dry skin and irritation, especially on hands and the face.
Dealing with adult acne is often best done with the help of a dermatologist and a prescription for benzoyl peroxide or retinol. Topical corticosteroids may also be prescribed if other treatments are unsuccessful.
Self-checking in your 40s
Yes, reaching middle age can be accompanied by many skin problems caused by damage done many years earlier. One of the big potential problems to be on the lookout for is – skin cancer. Fortunately, nowadays, the vast majority of skin cancer, if diagnosed early, can be successfully treated. You should self check for any suspicious lumps, moles or abnormalities in your skin on a monthly basis. If you notice any new skin discoloration or a mole changing shape or color – it’s best to seek expert medical advice.
It might also be a good time to think about treating any common signs of aging like wrinkles, non-uniform skin tone and aging spots. This can be done through prescription retinoids. Commercial skin care creams and lotions which contain a botanical base. Such as licorice root or feverfew can also help repair damage caused by the sun, through their antioxidant effect.
Another common condition which appears at this age is redness; small facial bumps and dilated blood vessels which have a spidery appearance. Your dermatologist might diagnose this as rosacea, which can be triggered by a variety of factors from spicy food to sun exposure and changes in temperature.
In your 50s
By now your skin has had to put up with a lot and may be showing signs of wear and tear. What’s more, as natural estrogen levels in your body decrease, along with the production of oil, your skin can become drier, thinner, and in some cases result in itchiness at times.
Avoid the use of excessively hot water for showering or bathing as this will only aggravate any dry or itchy skin and use mild soap.
An underactive thyroid gland can also result in the skin becoming drier and itchy. Other symptoms include tiredness, weight gain, and aching muscles, so have your doctor rule this out, as it is quite a common condition for those over 50.
Almost 50% of women over 50 suffer from spider or varicose veins to some degree. These are dilated blood vessels in the skin which result in red spidery veins appearing. However, there are plenty of treatments available from a skin clinic which will improve this condition if it bothers you, such as laser treatments and even sclerotherapy, which basically involves the veins being sealed off.