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Mommyhood during the ages of 20-39 typically revolves around balance. Whether it is balancing a career and family, balancing time and resources or balancing on one foot while holding your toddler to shut the refrigerator while cooking dinner – you have a lot going on in your life! We asked Jessica Murdock, Licensed Esthetician for skin care advice for women in this age range. Because, you’ve got a lot on your plate Mama, and not having to wonder about an appropriate skin care regimen is one last thing to worry about.
Answer: Early 20’s is the prime time to start a more rigorous skin care routine, trust me it will pay off in the long run! I would recommend a Vitamin C, Retinol and most importantly, a good sunscreen! These are a few key products that would be very beneficial to this age group. As you age, you can start incorporating more products into your regimen based on your specific needs.
Question: What order should these products be applied?
Answer: First step both morning and night: you should cleanse and tone. Be sure to find a cleanser and toner that is appropriate for your specific skin type. In the morning I would recommend using a Vitamin C product after toning. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects your skin from free radical damage. The last product in the morning should be an SPF worn daily. In the evening you can swap out the Vitamin C for a nice retinol product. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that helps resurface and rejuvenate the skin. This is a perfect basic regimen to get you started.
Question: What about peels or other treatments?
Answer: Mid 20’s-30’s is a great time to start getting lighter chemical peels. Peels will help with overall skin health and getting them regularly will help you age more gracefully. Seeing your esthetician for peels every 4-6 weeks should become a part of your routine, just like your hair and nail appointments.
Question: Any last advice for these ladies?
Answer: Above all else, I want to stress the importance of sunscreen. Sun exposure is the primary cause of skin aging. Never leave the house without your sunscreen and be sure to reapply every two hours if you’re outdoors. You may think you look great with a tan now, but the real damage appears years later in the form of sun spots, wrinkles, skin growths, dryness and leathery texture, just to name a few. Not to mention skin cancer. Take care of your skin when you’re younger and there will be less damage to correct in the future!