Thursday, 19 September 2019

Back to School: When Should You Start Taking Care of Your Skin?

The recent start of a new school year has got us thinking about when you should start taking care of your skin. Whether you have a teenager starting their GCSEs or a toddler going to nursery for the first time, you want to very best for your child in every aspect of their lifeand taking care of their skin is included.

If you are asking the question “at what age should I start looking after my skin? First you need to take a good look at your skin and notice any changes. Is your skin starting to show signs of oiliness or dryness? If you have noticed changes in your skin, this is when you need to start thinking about a targeted skincare routine.

The one skincare product EVERYONE needs

Although a full on skincare regime isn't needed for younger, problem-free skins, there is one product that should be used by everyone at all ages, and that is a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

We recommend a broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen be applied to all exposed areas of skin, especially in children. This is important every day of the year because UV rays are present all year round, regardless of the weather. Skin should be protected all year round and starting children with sunscreen at a young age is a great way to prevent skin damage and accelerated ageing later in life.

Don't leave it too late

We often see people in clinic visit us once a skin problem has already arisen or has worsened. Patients with acne or pigmentation, which can be treated and managed with a good skin regime, often don't seek the advise of a professional until symptoms have significantly deteriorated.

There is also the risk that patients may be using the wrong products for their skin type that could even be a cause of their problems or potentially exacerbating the symptoms. This is why skincare education is so important.

At Face the Future, we offer free consultations where we can assess your current skincare regime and make recommendations based on your skin concerns. We can also provide advice on the best active ingredients to be looking for in your skincare regime.

Whether you want to help prevent wrinkles, smooth away dryness, or address other concerns, you should start a skincare routine as soon as possible. Age doesn't matter.

A lot of websites and fashion and beauty magazines tend to categorise skincare by decade, often writing about the best skincare for when you're in your 20s, 30s, 40s and so on. Although some of the information can be helpful, it doesn't take into account the research-supported truth: skin has the same basic needs at every age.

No matter your age, gender or ethnicity, your skin needs gentle cleansing, exfoliation, hydration, year-round protection from UV light, and antioxidants. Here's what everyone should be doing to take care of their skinand if you are lucky enough to have problem-free skin, you can start doing it during your teenage years:

  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser morning and evening, ensure the cleanser is suitable for your skin and doesn't contain any harsh ingredients that may strip your skin's natural sebum levels.
  • In the daytime, apply a broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen to your face, neck and other exposed areas of skin.
  • This maybe all you need as a basic routine in your teenage years, unless you have a skin condition that requires more targeted products and active ingredients.
  • You may also need to add in an antioxidant such as Vitamin C to strengthen skin's environmental defences.
  • At night, a Vitamin A product (also known as Retinol) will be beneficial for those skins that suffer from acne, ageing and hyperpigmentation.

You can adapt and expand your routine as needed. The trick is to customise your skincare products, so it consistently meets the needs of your current concerns and helps to prevent future concerns.

Not sure where to start when it comes to skincare? Book a FREE consultation with our expert clinicians by calling 0113 282 3300 or book online and let us help you achieve healthy vibrant skin.

Written for you by: Jess, Face the Future

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