Your 20’s

 It’s never to early protect your skin against environmental damage. For everyday use, you need a good water-based moisturizer with antioxidants. Antioxidants defend your skin from the  damage caused pollution and sunlight. Be sure to use them in the day time.  Some antioxidant such as Vitamin C, also exfoliate and can be used at night too. Night time is a good time for such exfoliaters as AHA and salicylic which make your skin sun-sensitive. Boots No7 Perfect and Protect can be a great choice. It’s from England and costs about $20 at Target and online. If you really like it you may want try the night cream and the eye cream. They are good value and will work well for dry to normal skin. This a good line for many 30-year-olds, too. L’Oreal Paris Skin Genesis is a great place for 20-somethings to start looking for good skin care. The line has a light moisturizer that may be fine for most skin types. There is also Pore Minimizing Skin Re-Smoother with salicylic acid to shrink large pores and brighten dull skin. There are also serums and an intensive night treatments in the line.  This is too much for those still in their early 20s. These products are a great add-on as signs of skin fatigue set in with the late office hour’s that come with the pursuit of a career. There is a great light eye cream that is must for everyone. Olay’s Total Effects line provides the simplest solution.  This all-in-one product provides anti-oxidants, moisture, exfoliation, and protection, all in one pump bottle at a great price.


Young women who need a light moisturizer may want to try Spectro Hydra Care. It is a new moisturizer designed for sensitive or blemish-prone skin that uses safflower olesomes to trap water on the skin and hydrate it without making it oily. The lotion is soothing and leaves skin soft. Bestofskintentions by Bliss is a light and lovely-textured moisturizer with UVA/UVB protection. It is full of vitamins, minerals, and Omega acids. It’s great for office wear, but adds more sun screen to its SPF 15 for prolonged outdoor wear. Bliss peeling groovy facial serum is a gentle but effective peel full moisturizing hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid. Aquasource by Biotherm’s is a delicious and light all-purpose line good for normal skin. The eye cream from Biotherm’s Multi-Recharge line is very good for busy girls in their 20’s who often complain about dark circles and puffiness from too many late nights.


To sum up: wash your face, take off your make up every night, eat well, and use an eye cream. You really do not need pricey skin care at your age.  If you have acne, read our acne item. In really humid weather skip the moisturizer if you get greasy. Never skip your sun block. Use a self-tanner for colour.



Your 30s and 40s

Darlings, now you need to get serious. I have combined these two age groups because depending on your life style and genetics, I have observed that skincare needs are much the same. Women with oily skin may find their skin does not change until they reach age 35 to 37. They can easily continue using the same regime they used in their20s. Sometimes in their 30s, most women start to notice the subtle signs of aging. This is the time to address them. Revaleskin with  coffeeberry

You can use a regime from one line or mix products from several lines. The key is consistency. Use an anti-oxidant product every day to combat environmental damage. You may want to luxe-up to something like Revaleskin. It’s laced with coffee berry extract which is a very potent anti-oxident. Another line that I really like is Environ from South Africa. Their Ionzyme range is blend of potent retinols, antioxidants, vitamins, botanicals, and light but rich moisturizers. This line is not inexpensive, but it is good value. It costs $300 for a three- to four-month supply. This line comes in graduated strengths and can be used by women age 30 and up.
Pro-X the new range by Olay can be an attractive option for affordable but effective anti-aging skin care. This new range of products is impressive and the result of serious research. The Olay scientists looked at how and why skin ages. They concluded that the key to good-looking skin is restoring the skin’s moisture barrier and increasing cell turnover. The Olay scientists discovered that when the outside surface of the skin or the stratum cornea is damaged the inside layers of cells are focused making repairs. This results in aged appearance, as the skin cells are distracted from making new fresh skin cells. When the skin is protected by the right ingredients the cells can function making new cells and restoring the skin. The Pro-X line has many products so you can design your own regime. Desing your own prefessional regime
The science and ingredients are impressive and similar to what you would get in more expensive products and some unique innovations: Niacinamide, N-acetyl Glucosamine (NAG), peptides, caffeine, and Hexamidine. A few of us tried these products. We all like them and find them an excellent option.
Lierac Parishas a great range of anti-aging products. They are gentle but effective and offer an elegant range of options for the woman who really wants to step up her regime. Biotherm makes a wonderful range of skin care: Rides Repair and Reminerale Repair are fabulous effective anti-aging lines. They are light in texture. They offer streamlined regimes perfect for a busy woman. Biotherm’s Multi-recharge is full of ginseng and like a vacation for tired skin.
 A gentle peel
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift addresses the early sings of aging too. If you are looking for a serious product to battle crow’s feet and other furrows try Advanced Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair SPF Day and Advanced Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair. The products combine luxurious hydration with Pro-Retinol, Pro-Lastyl to stimulate elastin, and Vitoptine an Indian herb that helps increase collagen. This is an effective product and perfect if you a developing fine lines. Be sure to use good sun protection.
Do not tan. Use a self tanner. If you already have sun damage see a dermatologist for a prescription for retina-A or maybe even photofacials to correct the damage. There are various options and not all are pricey. But the sooner you address the damage, the better your results will be.
Remember to use antioxidants in the daytime and maybe at night too, but to keep AHA’s and Salicylic for the night time. Serums are concentrated anti-aging ingredients often a combination of anti-oxidants, botanicals, vitamins, and minerals. They are always applied first to clean skin. I quite like serums; they make my skin feel wonderful. Estee Lauder’s Night Repair is excellent value. It is full of anti-oxidants. Lancôme has just introduced a new serum called Geneifique. It is the result of 10 years of research. It works to boost proteins found in younger skin. It’s all very scientific and expensive. We haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds interesting. The original Cellex-C has also proven to be an effective serum over years. It is pricey, but the results are consistent. Women with dry skin may prefer La Roche-Posey Active C line. It also has high potency vitamin, but delivered in a silky base and is a good value.