new-year-resolutionsMirror, mirror on the wall … who’s the fairest of them all?

Well, that depends on how “fairly” you’ve treated your skin. Now that Father Time and Mother Nature have blessed you with another bouncing Baby New Year, resolve to give some necessary TLC to your original birthday suit. The best practices for skincare change with age. Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery (RFPS) marks the years with some advice to help keep your brightest face forward.

Oh, Baby, Baby
You came sweetly into the world wrapped in precious, baby-soft packaging, your infant and childhood skin protected by hovering parents using gentle soaps and lotions. You were checked for rashes, guarded against bug bites and slathered with sunscreen. Once old enough to take matters into your own hands, don’t skip crucial steps.

Teen Dreams
By adolescence, you battle hormones along with the elements — sunburn, winter dryness, sweaty workouts and sports practices — and all contribute to acne breakouts. Build healthy habits. Be mindful of what your skin handles on a daily basis, learn the right products to use and never skip sunscreen. Never. Even when it’s cloudy or cold, those rays still cause long-term damage.
RESOLVE: Keep it clean and wear sunscreen!

Roaring 20’s
Young adulthood brings excitement, possibilities and responsibilities. No matter where your journey leads, keep skincare on the priority list.

Find products targeted for specific skin types and conditions, such as Revision Purifying Cleansing Gel for acne-prone skin or Soothing Facial Rinse for sensitive complexions. Also, try Revision Hydrating Serum at night for an oil-free moisturizing boost and make sure your daily sunscreen ranges from SPF 30 to 50.

Consider a skin care consultation at our Visage Skin Care Center (a division of RFPS) to learn about mild chemical peels and Forever Young BBL™, a broadband light therapy targeting hyperpigmentation and stimulating collagen production. Also ask about the benefits of light BOTOX injections as a preventative measure to avoid deep lines around the forehead and eyes. Even at a young age, some types of repetitive facial expressions may train certain facial muscles to pull into a crease — similar to the way bending a piece of cardboard repeatedly deepens the fold. By starting BOTOX treatments early, you may be able to relax those creases before they sink into your muscle memory, essentially stopping the wrinkles in their tracks!

As far as surgery goes, patients in this age group often want to address a cosmetic issue which impacts personal confidence. Talk to Dr. Robinson about procedures such as rhinoplasty, otoplasty and chin sculpting.
✓RESOLVE: Seek personal attention for aging prevention!

30-Something
Stress factors have probably begun to creep into your life and might be showing up on your face. If you weren’t very responsible about using sunscreen when you were younger, early damage has surfaced. Peels and/or BBL therapy will really temper those issues.

Injectables now start playing a greater role in your skin maintenance story. BOTOX tackles some lines by relaxing the underlying muscles, while Sculptra and Juvéderm each combat sagging or volume loss.

Add a vitamin C formula, like SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF, to your skincare routine for an extra protection from UVA/UVB rays. Twice a week, use a retinol at night for faster cell turnover with less irritation. Again, sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.
RESOLVE: Elevate care to maintain youthful flair!

So This Is 40
After four decades traveling around the sun, it’s time to reassess skincare routines. No one hits this age unscathed, but there are plenty of skincare solutions designed to flip that hourglass on its head.

Keep going with vitamin C formula every morning, sunscreen all day and retinol at night. By forty, you’ll need to layer in eye cream for the delicate skin in that area. Designated anti-aging moisturizers also become necessary, giving the complexion a much-needed dose of antioxidants and advanced hydration.

In addition to BBL therapy, over-40 skin might benefit from Halo™ laser treatment. A hybrid of ablative and non-ablative lasers, Halo treats fine lines, enlarged pores, shallow scars and irregular pigmentation, including melasma. Consistent use of injectables can provide overall support for aging skin, so stick to a regular schedule for touch-ups. At this point, surgical procedures, particularly on the eyes, may be a viable choice to consider.
RESOLVE: When age stakes a claim, up your game!

The Fabulous 50’s and Beyond
Celebrate the half-century mark! Wisdom and experience bring a balanced perspective on beauty, while modern advancements in products and services offer incredible options for facial rejuvenation.

Continue to evaluate your daily routine — along with vitamin C, sunscreen, retinol, eye cream and deeper moisturizers, add an anti-aging serum to the mix. Laser treatments, such as Halo, can produce a dramatic impact on mature skin, while additional injectables like Restylane Lyft or Voluma can give significant dimension to facial areas. There’s even the Kybella injection which dissolves submental fat to eliminate a double chin.

Don’t fear more permanent solutions. New surgical techniques for facelifts and browlifts can produce incredible results with lasting changes that seem to melt the years away.
RESOLVE: You’ve lived and learned, now it’s your turn!

Start 2017 with a plan to treat yourself right. Make an appointment to visit our team today.
Happy New Year, Happy New You!