Q: I know that skincare needs change over time. But how do I know which products to use—and when to start using them?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
Strolling down the skincare aisle of any store, it becomes clear that that choosing “the right products” isn’t always easy. With so many cleansers and creams and treatments available, many women resort to trial and error—grabbing whatever looks best at the time, usually according to simple (and often misleading) claims on labels.
To pick the right products, it helps to understand what’s happening to your skin during different stages of life. Here’s a simple guide to skincare broken down by decade, along with some products I recommend to help keep you looking your best at any age:
The 20s: Get proactive about anti-aging. If you’re in your 20s, now is the time to take active steps to prevent future signs of aging. First, keep skin well moisturized and protected, applying a quality sunscreen daily. Incorporate an antioxidant-rich serum such as MyChelle Perfect C Serum into your routine to help prevent free radical damage and improve the overall health of your skin. And use a targeted eye cream, such as MyChelle Fabulous Eye Cream, to hydrate the delicate skin under the eyes, preventing fine lines and wrinkles.
The 30s: Focus on balance. For most women, the oiliness of our teen skin and combination craziness of our 20s is behind us. Balanced, healthy skin becomes the focus of our 30s. Start introducing your skin to key ingredients such as peptides and plant stem cells. Supreme Polypeptide Cream is a great moisturizer and anti-aging treatment, all in one. Use the Fruit Fiesta Peel to improve cellular turnover and keep your skin glowing.
The 40s: Stop the clock. When we hit 40 and fabulous, it’s time to tackle aging head on. Make sure your regimen consists of regular exfoliation, hydration and protection. Use the NoTox Anti-Wrinkle Serum to support collagen and elastin while minimizing wrinkles. Try the Apple Brightening Serum to diminish hyperpigmentation and improve the overall appearance of skin. Also, make sure you’re protecting your skin year round from the sun with a high SPF sunscreen such as Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30.
Catie Wiggy is Innovative Programs Manager for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. She has been working in the skincare industry for over 10 years as a makeup artist and licensed esthetician. She holds several certifications in esthetics and has hands-on experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasions, acne management and anti-aging treatments.