One of my favorite things about our client base at Innovative Aesthetics is the huge varied range of ages, gender, personalities, and places in life.  I’ve mentioned before that this spa isn’t a place for the perfect “Hollywood”-type people.  It’s for everyone who wants to look and feel their best.  To that end, we have everyone to the teenager struggling with acne, to the 45 year experiencing weight changes, to the elderly individual whose physical discomfort needs relief.

I’ve wrote about the array of services that we offer at Innovative.  We all know that there’s something for everyone.  But at what point do we look into certain treatments or procedures for our skin?

Here, something often said is “it’s better to prevent than repair.”  While that is certainly true, we always want people to know that there aren’t many times when we can’t improve an area of concern.  But how do we know when it’s time to prevent, and what are we preventing?

Let’s start with on the younger end.  With our teens, we aren’t just clearing up a breakout or two.  We are helping them to build their skin’s foundation for the future. We get them started with an at-home skin care regime, the importance of sunscreen, dietary and hydration tips, and a schedule of customized facials, microderms, Hydrafacials, or laser treatments.  Following this individualized advice will take the teens into their college years.  Around age 25 skin will begin to start changing again…

…and we begin the prevention process for the next stage.  At this point, hormones, while still changing, are not the huge chaotic mess of a teenager.  Acne might be under control, or you may be experiencing adult acne, which is treated differently than it would be in a teenager.  You may be on birth control, whose estrogen might be causing brown spots or discoloration.  As cell turnover starts to slow (around age 18, actually), fine lines around the eyes could be appearing, along with occasional static (in place even when not moving the face) wrinkles.  It may be time for new products, as what worked in high school and college is for a different time in your skin’s life.  Stick with the sunscreen, but you may want to look at some products with retinol in it-it can help with acne, and is great for the fine lines that may be appearing.  From age 25 to 30, we even have some people coming in for Botox.  It’s definitely a possibility if you have, as mentioned above, a few static wrinkles.  Botox will only help to keep it under control as you age.  As for repair?  Ask us what we can do to help with scars from acne or other skin problems from years past.  Laser can work wonders, especially at this age.

Into your 30’s, your estrogen levels are starting to dip a bit, along with lowered levels of skin tightening collagen and elastin, and that skin plumping hyalauronic acid.  Cell turnover will continue slowing too, causing a slower recovery from inflammation and breakouts.  Skin is getting a little thinner and dryer, you may get some age spots, and more lines around your “expression areas” may be growing more prominent.  Take a look at your at home regime-at Innovative, we can make sure that you have the appropriate products for your skin (but again, keep up the sunscreen!).  It may be time to introduce some more intense anti-aging goodies.  This will help with both prevention and repair.  If you haven’t tried Botox yet, it’s a good age to start treating fine lines and wrinkles that haven’t gotten too set in yet.  Look into customized facials, Hydrafacials, and/or laser treatments to work with discoloration, skin tightening, and uneven skin tone.  Again, any areas of desired repair should be brought up as soon as possible!  This is also a great time to make sure that your water intake is high, your food is as fresh and natural as possible, and that you’re curbing sugars, sodium, and processed foods.

Our staff here at Innovative Aesthetics has ages from early 20’s to 50’s. Not only do we have the training and education to take care of your skin in every stage, but we can empathize with your issues.  We’re here to make every person feel the best that they can in their skin.  Tune in next week to read Part 2 of this post, and learn about changes and treatments for aging skin.