ASK DR. RENÉE: WHAT IS THE BEST SKINCARE TIP FOR EVERY DECADE?
Your favorite dermatologist shares how to care for your skin as you age.
– KEYS SOULCARE
As you continue to evolve, so do your skin-soul needs. There’s no limit to how you can create the right ritual, but it’s important to know where to start. Today, we’re calling on our favorite dermatologist to highlight her top tips for every decade of skincare. Here are tips to key offerings — at every stage — that you can rely on for years to come.
Teenage Years: Become BFFs With SPF
Did you know that we get 80% of our sun damage before the age of 18? In fact, your risk of skin cancer has doubled If you are using a tanning bed or tanning without protection from the harmful UV rays.
Soulful Pairing: Our Promise Facial Serum with niacinamide provides antioxidant power to protect from external pollutants while evening out skin tone. Zinc balances oil and treats acne due to yeast. Follow with Protect Your Light, Keys Soulcare’s daily moisturizer with SPF 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. (Remember, reapply sun protection every two hours.)
20s: Embrace Exfoliation
Once those 20s hit, some might notice the early signs of aging from sun damage, smoking, and other environmental stressors. Adding an exfoliating treatment a few times a week helps with skin cell turnover. Exfoliating in conjunction with a daily gentle cleanser provides a great foundation for glowing skin.
Soulful Pairing: The Starter Cleanser & Exfoliator Duo comes with our Be Luminous exfoliating powder. (Dr. Renée favorite product that effervesces with water contact.) This offering uses green tea extracts from hojicha powder for antioxidant properties, while lactic acid gently exfoliates the top layer of skin to buff away dead skin and impurities. And, when combined with the Golden Cleanser, skin will be gently cleansed and cleared. For a boost of moisture and calm, use Tranquil Essence, which contains aloe for soothing and hydration from bamboo extract. (Don’t forget to continue your daily protection with Protect Your Light.)
30s: Renew Your Cells
Promoting cell turnover and healthy cell regeneration is the main goal in this decade. Not-so-fun fact: We lose about five milliliters, or a teaspoon, of volume from our face every year in our 30s. (Translation? Protecting our skin and building collagen are paramount.)
Soulful Pairing: Keys Soulcare’s Skin Transformation Cream contains Bakuchiol, which functions like a retinoid. Though it works hard to erase the signs of fine lines and wrinkles, our Skin Transformation Cream is gentle and won’t cause the irritation that most vitamin A creams (a.k.a. retinoids) do. (You can grab the fragrance-free moisturizer version, too.) Oh, and did we mention it’s also packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin nourished? Since decreasing inflammation from free radicals caused by pollution, UV light, and stress is important during this decade, you’ll want to continue using sunscreen alongside the Skin Transformation Cream.
40s: Honor Your Hormonal Changes
Fluctuating hormones lead to breakouts and unexpected dryness — not to mention that hyperpigmentation increases and resilience wanes. Since the 40s is when most people’s estrogens levels drop, you’ll likely notice some changes in skin texture.
Soulful Pairing: Step up your ritual by using moisturizers with anti-inflammatory ingredients. Keys Soulcare’s Radiant Revitalizing Eye Cream is packed with peptides and sunflower seed oil for an essential dose of linoleic acid, which is one of the most effective ingredients to repair skin barrier damage. Meanwhile, our Tranquil Essence provides additional hydration to calm the skin with aloe, bamboo, and sugar maple. (And yes, you still need to apply sunscreen.)
50s: Revel in Collagen Retention
Studies show that our skin loses about 30% of its collagen during the first five years of menopause. Though menopause can begin as early as 45 years-old, many will encounter this milestone in their fifties. Keep in mind that no two people are the same: These changes can take place over years or even happen overnight.
Soulful Pairing: A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can help maintain radiance, but what you don’t consume, you can layer on. Within the first three minutes of bathing or cleansing your skin (post-sunscreen protection, of course) apply a generous layer of the Rich Texture Skin Transformation Cream for a long-lasting moisture boost. For extra protection, seal in the nourishing goodness with our Comforting Balm. The balm contains camellia seed oil — which is packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids — to moisturize and nourish the skin. For the body, Dr. Renée recommends the Renewing Body + Hand Wash and the Rich Nourishing Body Cream. Shea and cocoa butter lock in vital moisture. Bring it all together with the Sacred Body Body Oil made with a lightweight blend of marula, baobab, and jojoba oils, with naturally high concentrations of fatty acids and antioxidants.
60s and Above: Master the (pH) Balance
As we continue to age, our skin’s pH also changes from acidic to basic, meaning your skin becomes more sensitive to products and environmental factors. Our skin is in its happy place when gentler, simpler rituals are implemented.
Soulful Pairing: Keys Soulcare offerings are formulated with your skin’s barrier in mind, but our Comfort Ritual is a must-have for anyone with sensitive skin.. The Golden Cleanser gently washes skin with Manuka honey, the Reviving Aura Mist promotes moisture, and the Skin Transformation Cream calms and purifies with malachite to retain a more youthful appearance to the skin. (And, in case you didn’t get the memo, sunscreen is still mandatory!)
What’s your decade dilemma? Share your questions for your favorite dermatologist in the comments!