Like other routine appointments, it is recommended to see a dermatologist for a check-up at least once a year. Skin is our body’s largest organ and should be given the same attention as your teeth or eyes. Applying SPF every day and drinking plenty of water are just a few steps we take to keep skin healthy. As we age, our skin’s needs change. What worked when we were 16 likely doesn’t remain the same when we are 36.
It’s important to have a dermatologist you know and trust, someone who’s been with you through the years of different skin concerns. “Your dermatologist can guide you in the right direction, and create routines that best suit your skin’s needs during each age period,” says Dr. David E. Bank, Founder and Director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. “No two women have the exact same skin “ID,” so consulting your dermatologist will yield the best long-term results.”
As women enter their 20s, they are just emerging out of the final stages of acne and hormonal imbalances. Add that to the stress of adult responsibilities, first jobs and relationships there’s no wonder young women have a plethora of skin issues. Breakouts are a common result of stress. Seeing a dermatologist regularly to establish a personalized regimen can keep your skin looking youthful longer. If you’re still suffering from breakouts in your late 20s, consult your dermatologist for all treatment options. Some women see spots and fine lines at the end of their 20s, which is a good time to consider getting serious about skincare. Talking to a dermatologist about the cause of your issues and finding a proper treatment plan in your 20s will pave the way for glowing skin in your 30s
Most women notice early signs of aging during their 30s. Reduced collagen production and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes, become more evident. Some people start to notice skin is less elastic and has lost some of its natural luster, resulting in crow’s feet and laugh lines. Thankfully, there are steps to take with your dermatologist to lessen these signs of aging. Discuss your current skin care routine and update it with the right products to keep skin radiant. Your 30s are the beginning of proactive skin maintenance, so considering going to see your dermatologist every six months is recommended. Simple procedures such as microdermabrasion, peels and even Botox treat and reduce signs of aging while restoring skin’s natural glow.
Signs of aging become more prevalent in the 40s. Facial lines are pronounced and more than ever a healthy skin care routine is critical. Consequences of poor skin maintenance such as spending too much time in the sun begin are more noticeable. Rather than trying every anti-aging product on the market, talk to your dermatologist about which areas to target and what products to apply. During check-ups, ask about in-office procedure options such as chemical peels and fillers that treat deeper wrinkles and loss of facial volume. Laser treatments can also reduce wrinkles, in addition to removing spots caused by sun damage, aging and acne, leaving skin smoother and rejuvenated.