The Best Facial For Every Age
The Best Facial For Every Age
No matter what your birth certificate says, let our expert tips teach you how to put your best face forward in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s
It’s no secret that our skin’s needs change as we age, and while we might not embrace the process, the perfect facial can certainly help. But with the growing menu of treatments at most spas, navigating how to get the best bang for your buck (and your cheeks!) can be confusing. That’s why we chatted with Charmaine Sethpens from Concepts Salon and Spa and Alana Jestadt from the organic-only Pure + Simple in Toronto. These pros let us in on how to tackle the most common skin concerns – and get glowing as we age.
20s -- Raging Hormones
PORE PROBLEMS: Because of annoying hormonal changes, overacting oil glands result in acne, and women see the beginnings of brown spots, patchiness and the onset of wrinkles in their 20s, according to Charmaine.
QUICK FIX: Balance imperfections (think oiliness and blackheads) in your T-Zone with pore-cleansing facials, or try a deep hydrating facial to get a head start on the fight against aging. On top of this, Alana recommends skin-renewing peels to unclog pores and get the stagnant oil out.
INGREDIENT WATCH: Both pros agree that salicylic acid will clear trapped oils and kill breakout-causing bacteria while preventing future pimples too. Charmaine gives cucumber and licorice two thumbs up for soothing redness, and suggests sesame seed extract to control oil and shine in the T-Zone. When opting for a peel, Alana points out all-natural sugar cane treatments as best at exfoliating dead skin cells.
30s -- Fine Lines
PORE PROBLEMS: Still dealing with hormonal changes that can cause acne, women in their 30s may experience dry skin in some spots and breakouts in others, says Alana. Plus, as skin loses its natural glow, it may become dull or tired, and Charmaine explains women will start seeing fine lines and their first glimpses of wrinkles as collagen begins to break down.
QUICK FIX: Keep skin looking fresh and young with microdermabrasion treatments. These types of peels speed up skin cell regeneration (slowed to every 30-35 days in our 30s) by helping skin produce new cells at a rate of every 14 days. Deep hydrating facials are also helpful, Charmaine notes.
INGREDIENT WATCH: The experts praise Vitamin C (for supporting collagen fibres) and Vitamin A (Retinol) – its dual action helps stimulate cell turnover and fight breakouts. Charmaine also gives green tea extract a shout out for its power to protect skin from environmental damages.
40s -- Thinning Skin
PORE PROBLEMS: As the skin’s elastic and collagen levels decrease, the top layer slackens. Both estheticians call out more prominent age spots (due to previous sun exposure and personal habits) and uneven skin tone as two noticeable issues.
QUICK FIX: Try professional IPL treatments (intense pulse light) to help zap brown spots and redness. An LED treatment (light-emitting diode), a tiny pulse light that stimulates and thickens your skin, will also help you look brighter and more youthful. To really smooth out creases and stave off future lines, Charmaine suggests Botox.
INGREDIENT WATCH: Vitamins are your friends – Charmaine insists they’ll work wonders to minimize fine lines, pores and boost collagen production. Alpha hydroxy acids with lactic acid should also be used to exfoliate and hydrate the skin, and Alana advises picking anything with hyaluronic acid to help skin look plump again.
50s -- Firming Up
PORE PROBLEMS: Dry patches and brown spots are at an all time high, as are deeper folds around the mouth and hollowing under the eyes due to the skin’s loss of subcutaneous fat. Redness, broken capillaries and other blemishes also tend to sprout up, adds Charmaine, and Alana points to sagging neck and jowl areas as a new concern.
QUICK FIX: Fillers like Restylane and Juverderm will help plump lines around the mouth and eyes, and Charmaine promises that IPL laser treatments can do the trick for broken capillaries, redness, discolorations and uneven pigmentation. If you’d rather steer clear of needles, Alana recommends regular microcurrent therapy to help stimulate collagen production and tighten neck and jowls.
INGREDIENT WATCH: Condition skin and protect its natural moisture with Vitamin E, directs Charmaine, and combine Vitamin C with peptides to strengthen elasticity and encourage firmness. Silicone can topically smooth out fine lines and wrinkles in an instant, and pea extract will help lift and tighten skin.