As a woman entering my 40’s, many times I stand glazed over in the skin care aisle because I have no idea what to get for my skin. I want to keep wrinkles and signs of aging at bay, but I still get breakouts and what about the sun damage?
Where do I even start?
Famed Dermatologist and psychologist Dr. Amy Wechsler, gives HMC readers some tips on how to better take care of your skin at any age.
• Quit Scrubbing!
“The biggest mistake women make is they tend to over scrub their skin,” Dr. Wechsler says. “You only need to use a mild exfoiliant a couple of times a week. Scrubbing your face with an exfoiliant or washcloth daily will encourage breakouts.”
•15 + 15 Don’t equal 30
Wear a sunscreen that is 30 SPF. Even if you wear one that is 15 SPF and then a foundation or powder that states it’s 15 SPF, “it’s not enough to give you full coverage,” explains Dr. Wechsler. “The amount you’d need to put on to get the complete 15 SPF is more than most people would use.” She encourages to start with the 30 SPF and the rest is bonus.
• Wear Moisturizer
One of the biggest misconceptions I’ve heard over the years is people with combination or oily skin shouldn’t wear a moisturizer. Dr. Wechsler states “all women should use a non-comedogenic (non-pour clogging) moisturizer.” The reason is this: when you don’t give your skin the moister it needs, it produces it’s own. People with oily skin will produce more oils and those clog pores.
• Don’t Smoke
“It’s like a constant tanning booth,” Dr. Wechsler explains. “It’s horrible for your skin and if you do smoke—Stop!”
• Inside and Out
The saying of you are what you eat can hold some truth to the health of your skin. Dr. Wechsler tells us, “If you’re taking good care of yourself by eating right, you’re more likely to take good care of your skin. Although studies haven’t confirmed a good diet makes your skin look better, I’d say if you’re not eating well, you’re most likely not taking care of yourself regardless.”
• Take care of your whole self
These days, women are being more active when it comes to aging. This includes taking steps to help the little lines and wrinkles stay at bay. Dr. Wechsler encourages women to allow themselves to look their best and if that means using cosmetic surgical/dermatologic procedures, then so be it. “It’s alright for women to take care of their whole self and that’s where something like Botox would come in.” No matter how aggressive a woman chooses to be in her well-being, the entire point is to be active.
If you want to know more about Dr. Wechsler or the Your Personal Best Events you can read about it here . If you need more encouragement to be active in your well being, check out what Olympian Nadia Comaneci has to say about staying fit, healthy, and being the best mom possible.