Skincare and Procedure Recommendations by Decade

20’s. It’s ALL about prevention baby. You’re setting the foundation for how well you will age in the years to come. Luckily, at this time it should take very little effort and just a little money to set you up for success for the decades to come.

AT MINIMUM you should be using a daily: Vit C Serum and SPF

Invest in a good quality C and SPF. It may seem expensive now but it is worth it in the long run.

ACNE:

  • If you struggle with mild or occasional breakouts: Differin. Tips on how to start using Differin and all retinoids here.

  • If you struggle with moderate or cystic acne- see a dermatologist

  • If you have scarring from acne this is a perfect time to get Microneedling with PRP to help smooth out the skin. The sooner you treat scars the easier it is to minimize their appearance.

  • Consider chemical peels ( I love the Vi Peel for evening out the skin tone and treating acne)

If you’re noticing lines on your face that stick around at rest: consider “baby botox” as a preventative measure.

Fillers: you don’t necessarily “need” them at this age but most of my 20-something patients get fillers to contour their face or for profile balancing. Lip fillers being the most common, followed by tear trough and cheek filler.

That is it 20-somethings. Easy breezy lemon squeezy, you guys are still living the dream. Soak it in and bask in the glory of your collagen producing years.

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Hello 30-somethings! We have just reached an exciting time where our collagenase has begun the process of breaking down our collagen quicker than we can produce it. Wahooo…NOT. Normally it takes 5-10 years to start noticing dramatic differences but this is the time to do some collagen boosting procedures to make sure when the big 4-0 inevitably comes around you are still looking like a million bucks. Unlike the 20-somethings, the third decade of life skincare/procedure recommendations are a a little bit pricier. But thankfully you are still in a prevention stage so there is great hope!

Daily Minimum Skincare Musts: Vitamin C Serum, SPF, Retinoids

Consider adding an eye and neck cream. In my opinion, there are no miraculous eye or neck creams but it is an area you do not want to neglect. I don’t use anything different on my neck, I just use the same products that I use on my face and bring them down to my neck, chest, and the top of my hands!

Procedures:

  • Botox- it’s rare that I see someone who is over 30 who does not have static lines (lines present at rest). There is no other replacement for what Botox does for the fine lines on the face. It’s hands down my favorite treatment for prevention.

    • To help you understand why Botox works as a prevention treatment: repetitive muscle movement causes the skin to age quicker over time thus botox helps slow down the skin’s aging process.

  • Microneedling with PRP- also known as collagen induction therapy.

  • Chemical Peels or lasers (IPL, Clear + Brilliant, Pico, Erbium, etc- lots of options depending on your skin type/concern)

  • Consider Sculptra- an injectable but not a filler. Purely to stimulate collagen.

  • At some point in your 30’s it is likely you might need (aka WANT) a little filler to contour the cheeks and minimize the smile lines.

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40 +. If you are over the age of 40 I would highly suggest finding a provider you trust in the aesthetic industry to help guide you in making the best skincare and possible procedure options. Depending on the level of “correction” from sun damage, fine lines/wrinkles, and other factors the best option would be a customized treatment plan so you don’t waste money on products or procedures that you don’t need!

Daily Minimum Skincare Musts: Vitamin C Serum, SPF, Retinoids

Depending on your skin type: I love the Obagi Nu-Derm system (don’t buy it without having a consult with a skin specialist)

*Don’t waste money on the one sold online, the prescription strength one only sold at medical offices is the one that really works!

Consider adding an eye and neck cream. In my opinion, there are no miraculous eye or neck creams but it is an area you do not want to neglect.

I also LOVE TNS Essential Serum. Pricey but amazing.

Procedures:

  1. Botox- not only in the traditional areas on the upper face but also consider adding in small amounts to the lower face. Botox is great for softening the lines around the mouth

  2. Sculptra - an amazing collagen stimulator

  3. Skin resurfacing- at this point a CO2 laser is ideal (although many patients don’t like the downtime). If you are not interested in laser skin resurfacing then Microneedling with PRP is another great option.

  4. Chemical Peels or lasers to address sun damage and redness

  5. Consider fillers to treat age related volume loss to the cheeks and smile lines