Fabulous skin now!

Even a glam mask is  no substitute for a glowing complexion!Women always ask me the secret to great skin. It’s a good question, because today there is no reason not to have fabulous skin. A woman can improve her skin and get a healthy glow many ways, no matter her age or budget. 

Good products at every price

The good news is that there are wonderful products available at every price. If you think you need a big beauty budget to have beautiful skin, forget it. Some of the best cutting-edge research in skin care is done by the makers of Olay, Neutrogena, and other fabulously-effective products you may never have heard of.
Here is a guide to fabulous skin throughout your life with all the latest products:
In your 20s
This is the time to form good skin habits
·        Hydrate your skin by washing it morning and night.
·        Remove make up thoroughly by washing your face with good cleanser for your skin type.
·        Change any towel or face cloth that touches your face daily.
·        Use sun protection daily to stop signs of ageing in their tracts. You need a sun screen with minimum SPF 30 broad spectrum against UVA/UVB everyday.
·        Fight dry circles with eye creams containing caffeine and vitamin K. And get panty of sleep.
·        Apply anti-oxidants to skin in the morning to combat free radical damage done to skin by the environment.
·        We love Youth Corridor with Vitamin C, and E, and melatonin. Dr. Gerald Imber, the renowned plastic surgeon and creator of Youth Corridor says: “Anti-aging products like the antioxidant Youth Corridor Skin Boost should be used by women in their early 20s to prevent damage. Young women will benefit the most by staying youthful. It is never too early to protect your skin,” he explains. “The importance of antioxidants in maintaining a youthful complexion cannot be overstated. Antioxidants counteract free radicals in the tissues. These free radicals are responsible for collagen breakdown, sun damage, and wrinkling.”
In your 30s
This is the time actively fight the signs of aging. You will want to maintain your skin’s radiance as well as minimize the beginning signs of aging.
Keep up your good habits and begin using anti-aging products. Do not go overboard. Add new products to your regime one by one. Using too many product or products that are too strong can irritate skin.
Retinols are a form of Vitamin A. Dr. Jeannette Graf, a dermatologist and recognized expert, explains why they’re so vital: “Retinoids are extremely important for the health and beauty of the skin. They are an essential part of any skin care regimen and should be included, whether you are in your 20s or your 90s. Retinoids convert into their active form of all-trans retinoic acid after they penetrate
the skin. All-trans retinoic acid interacts with retinoic acid receptors found in the skin and form compounds with DNA which helps skin regulate and repair itself on a molecular level.  That is why retinoids are an essential part of any skin care regimen.”
“There is a major difference between using a retinoid such as retinal or retin-A vs. a glycolic or polyglycolic acid.  First and foremost, glycolic acid is not essential for healthy skin and it is not an ingredient that is necessary for normal healthy skin development and repair, whereas retinoids are.  Glycolic acid simply exfoliates the outer layer of dead skin which hangs on and makes skin look dull and tired.”
Many women get frustrated trying to use retinol. Their skin becomes red and irritated. Start slowly, if your skin is sensitive. Apply retinols every third day and work up to a full week. Never skip sun protection. And use a non-irritating formula.
“I would first say that prescription retinoids are highly concentrated forms of retinoic acid and they can be irritating,” Dr. Graf explains. “Gentler options are retinols and Retinaldehyde, which are found in OTC products. Both are actually precursors in the pathway resulting in the formation of active all-trans retinoic acid. Retinol can be found in products such as SkinCeuticals Retinol 1, RoC Retinol Correxion products and Olay Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Night Cream, and Retinaldehyde is available in Avène Rétrinal+ 0.05 and 0.1 formulas. Retinaldehyde is gentler than retinol, but also proven to be a highly effective non-prescription choice, with little to no irritation, is a good choice for sensitive skin.  The OTC formulations are made so that the active retinol or Retinaldehyde penetrate effectively without irritating the skin.  These forms are quite effective, but it is all in the formulation.  Not all are the same — not all of them can be used on sensitive skin.”
My sensitive skin has reacted very well to Avène Rétrinal+ 0.05 and 0.1.
Exfoliate with PHAs. PHP’s are a powerful anti-aging tool. They are alpha Hydroxy acids such as lactobionic acid and gluconolactone. They increase cell turnover, moisturize by attracting water to skin, fight free radical damage, and help increase collagen and elastin for firmer skin. We love PHAs; they make skin look soft and pretty. Some of our favourite PHA products are from Neostrata and Glytone. Both companies offer a wide choice of lines and products for all skin types. They have been recommended by dermatologists for many years because they work. And they are good value.
I also really like Lierac’s Crème Mesolift, a “cocktail of vitamins, minerals, hyaluronic acid, fruit acids, and skin illuminators.”
40s, 50s, and up
This is when many women notice real skin changes, as hormones begin to shift and they move into perimenopause. Skin may become dry and also break out at the same time. Lines and wrinkle appear overnight. Skin begins to lose firmness. These changes can come any time between the ages of 40 and 50. All women are different, so do what works for you and be ready to adjust your regime as the seasons change.
Pentpeptides are amino acids that help the skin repair and regenerate. Many Olay products contain them, as do more expensive formulations such as the Dr. Perricone line. All pentapetides are not created equal and you will need to try a few to see what works best for your skin. You will find them listed under ingredients in many popular anti-aging products today.
DMAE is short for dimethylaminoethanol. It is naturally-occurring. Research shows it can help to firm and rejuvenate skin. I love what it does for mine. Many of the well respected Dr. Perricone products contain it.
I use Source Naturals Skin Eternal DMAE Cream. It smells divine and is full of anti-oxidants, rich moisturizers, and it costs under $30.
Dry skin can be an issue at any age, and after 40 most women suffer from it to some degree. Pure squalene oil or argan oil can renew and nourish dry skin. Apply oils sparingly to damp skin over serums and treatments. Do not slather oil on or you will look oily and may clog your pores.
I use Kaé Pure Argan oil from France and Mayumi Squalene Oil from Japan. Both are under $30 and available online. I also like Josie Maran argan oil. Oils work very quickly to calm irritated dry skin.
Developing blemishes as you notice lines and wrinkles can be maddening. Try Olay’s Pro X Clear Acne Protocol. It is designed for adults and has effective ingredients to clear skin, but won’t dry and irritate it. Or, get yourself to a good acne doctor; they can do wonders. Ask around as not all dermatologists are good at treating acne.
Remember good products are only part of the good skin equation. Good nutrition and exercise are equally vital to getting a glow on. Dr. Imber cautions: “Steps to control the aging process include sun protection, no smoking, sensible exercise, weight control, and proper skin care.”
Eating a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants is as important as applying them to your skin. A diet rich in Omega 3 oil, protein, and citrus will also help you have great skin and hair, too. Did you know that Omega 3 oil can help to moisturize skin from the inside out, as well as help to minimize break outs? And don’t forget your citrus. Vitamin C is essential for building collagen, the stuff that holds your face up.  
And get moving. Exercise does more than bring a pretty blush to your cheeks! Regular vigorous exercise actually changes the way your blood flows, and that helps make your skin younger and more vital-looking. You will look younger for many reasons when you work out regularly. If you exercise outside, use a good sun screen and reapply.
Remember darlings, it is never too soon to start good beauty habits and never too late to look younger and more radiant.