The fact is, we all get older—and that’s a beautiful thing! With age comes wisdom and new milestones to celebrate. And despite what society often tells women, you can have gorgeous skin no matter your age. Celebrity facialist Su-Man Hsu, whose clients like Juliette Binoche and Freida Pinto come to her for her shiatsu-inspired facial massage technique, is a glowing example. Now in her early 50s, she has an enviably dewy, healthy complexion while being firmly against Botox and other invasive treatments. But how? With a little love and care. “Start young, start well, and never stop!” she exclaims. Here are her top tips on maintaining youthful, vibrant skin.
Always keep it light
As a rule of thumb, no matter your age, it’s important to keep things light. It’s tempting when you see a fine line or blemish to lather on a boatload of products, but when it comes to skincare, less is often more. “Overloading your face with heavy creams does not only suffocate your skin but also ages you faster because your skin has to work harder to absorb the product,” explain Su-Man.
In your early 20s to mid-30s
In your early 20s, you should keep it simple. “To keep your skin having a youthful glow, the most important thing is to avoid over-exposure to the sun,” says Su-Man. “In this stage of life skincare should be basic: cleanse, tone, moisture, and use daily SPF protection.”
Starting in your mid-20s, your body’s natural antioxidant production starts to decline. “You’ll start to notice that your skin feels dry and may have fines lines, dark circles, rosacea, or even acne,” says Su-Man who notes that at this age she often sees women prematurely opting for quick fixes like Botox. Instead, she suggests, start using products with antioxidants and peptides. It’s also imperative to apply sunscreen daily—even in the winter—as damaging UVA rays are strong year-round. “On a day-to-day basis, focus on cleansing, toning, applying serum, eye cream, and a moisturizer. Exfoliate once a week or, if you have sensitive skin, every other week. Once a month, have a professional facial treatment to keep your skin in tip-top condition.”
In your mid-30s and beyond
At this age, you might have more visible wrinkles, age spots, or become hollow. “The levels of collagen and elastin in your skin tissue start to break down, making your skin much thinner and less plump,” explains Su Man. “Many women also experience drier and more sensitive skin.” This is when you really need to get serious about leading a holistically healthy life. Practicing good skincare and limiting sun exposure are no longer enough, you should also maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen and avoid excessively smoking and drinking.
“If your budget allows, this is when you’ll want to start going for weekly or bi-monthly facials,“ says Su-Man. As an alternative, go the at-home route. Su-Man suggests massaging skin with her Purifying Cleansing Gel-Oil. Then exfoliating to remove dead skin cells, applying a toner, a serum appropriate for your skin type, and then applying a mask for 10-15 minutes. “Complete the ritual by nourishing skin with Awakening Eye Uplift and a moisturizer.
If you have adult acne
“During winter, skin is prone to dehydration, which generates dead skin cells and causes clogged up pores, therefore stimulating acne.” The situation, she adds, can get even worse in warm weather because the high temperatures and humidity cause sweat, encouraging bacterial and fungal skin infections. “Maintaining hydration throughout the year and exfoliating dead skin cells is essential to keep skin in a good condition. I would also avoid over-consumption of alcohol, spicy food, and dairy products.”
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