A dull, listless complexion no only makes you look tired and worn out, it inhibits the skins ability to renew itself. Dull skin can happen to anyone – at any age – but you can banish that tired, lackluster look and replace it with glowing skin with these simple ‘age-appropriate’ steps.
In your 20s:
This is the time that a youthful glow is the norm. But things can change quickly even in your 20s from late nights, drinking, smoking and an irregular skincare routine.
To keep your skin glowing in your 20s, select a daily cleanser with a gently exfoliating action to buff away dead skin cells every day. Product like JuiceBeauty’s Exfoliating Cleanser with dissolving jojoba beads and organic fruit acids are ideal for keeping young skin polished. Or try the ultra-affordable Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub with rice powder for a gentle buff.
In your 30s:
By now your skin is beginning to slow down its natural processes and glowing skin is not easily recovered if not treated daily. This is the time to get real about a good skincare regimen to aid in cellular turnover. Daily cleansing with a mechanical cleanser like Clarisonic, Olay and even MenScience.
for men, make daily cleansing a breeze. Pair the mechanical cleanser with a cleansing product with glycolic acid to dissolve dirt, unclog pores, and gently polish the skin in your 30s and you will not only have glowing skin, you will make your skin more receptive to anti-aging products like retinol to boost collagen and elastin, antioxidants to fight free radicals and nourishing creams to condition the skin.
In your 40s:
By now the cellular turnover cycle has slowed to once every two months vs. once a month in your 20s, leaving your skin dull and dry looking. Start with a more advanced cleansing product like Peter Thomas Roth’s Anti-aging Cleansing Gel with its advanced deep pore resurfacing action that increases cell turnover to diminish the look of dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles.
Then exfoliate 3-4 times a week and use SPF, retinol and antioxidant creams daily. Your night time routine should include retinol and peptides to boost collagen and elastin, firm the skin and keep that healthy glow.
In your 50s:
For most women, menopause plays a critical role in the way your skin looks in your 50s. Changing hormones leave the skin dry and dull. Gentle daily exfoliation and a daily hyaluronic acid under your moisturizer will draw moisture into the skin and plump skin cell up for a more youthful appearance.
At night use an anti-aging serum with Matrixyl 3000 like DermaSet Cream – voted the best anti-aging cream in 2014.
Taking More Drastic Measures
Most chemical peels dissolve dead skin cells to reveal healthy, glowing skin. Different chemicals are more effective than others and results will vary. For more information on the different types of chemical peels, see our article on Chemical Peels.
Light therapy, or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), also known as photofacial therapy, delivers short blasts of light to penetrate the skin, lighten and brighten the complexion, stimulate collagen and elastin to firm the skin, tone and tighten the skin. Click the links to learn more about photofacials or IPL treatments.