At What Age Can I Start Getting Facials?

Many experts believe that at about the age of 14, you can begin using facials to care for your skin. That’s when your skin starts to shift, and blackheads, wrinkles, and acne start to show up. Although some teenagers may experience puberty sooner or later, the beginning of puberty is a good guideline. A facial is helpful to people of all ages because it clears out the pores. However, as young teens begin good skin-care habits, they will begin good habits that will continue for the rest of their lives. Children of all ages should wear sunscreen at all times, particularly between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

There is no set age when a girl should start getting facials. A cleanup or facial can help due to hormonal changes and the release of excess oil. Face washing enhances and rejuvenates the health and beauty of the skin.

In your 20s: Start good skin-care habits

You’re probably not concerned with your skin or beauty routine at this age. You’re too preoccupied with work, hanging out late with friends, and having a good time in the sun.

However, in your twenties, you should start laying the foundations for retaining the youthful glow later in life.

At the spa: Deep-cleansing facials of clay or kaolin (also known as china or white clay) masks extract impurities from the face, such as dirt and excess oils.

Fine clay particles often exfoliate, unclog pores, and promote circulation, allowing nutrients to reach the cells.

A mask containing botanical extracts of chamomile or aloe can soothe dry or sensitive skin.

At home: Brushing your hair and taking care of your skin should be as automatic as brushing your teeth.

Make a four-step everyday routine a habit: cleanser, exfoliant, moisturizer, and sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Look for active ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which physically block the sun’s rays. (Read Is Your Sunscreen Safe?) for more information on sun-protecting your skin.

In your 30s: Bust blemishes

Hormones are the order of the day in this decade. And breakouts can occur as a result of your time, pregnancy, or stress. All of these factors may cause oil glands to overwork. Adult acne affects one out of every five women between the ages of 25 and 40.

Thick lotions that kept younger skin hydrated can now clog pores, trapping oil and dead cells, which combine with bacteria to cause blackheads and blemishes. Even if you didn’t have breakouts as a child, you could now.

Eczema (a chronic skin condition marked by red, cracked patches), as well as blotchy, itchy skin and other forms of inflammation, may be caused by fluctuating hormones and stress.

Signs of aging, such as crow’s feet, smile lines, and uneven pigmentation, can also be visible.

At the spa: Facials can help avoid breakouts if you’re susceptible to them. Extractions may be done by an aesthetician to clear clogged pores with sebum (oily, fatty secretions associated with acne). Do not attempt this on your own; if done poorly, it may result in scarring.

At home: Avoid petroleum-based products and additives with synthetic fragrances. These have the ability to clog pores and irritate the skin. Using light gels instead, which are non-occlusive (i.e., they won’t clog pores).

In your 40s: Stop lines, wrinkles, and spots

Every 28 days, our skin cells regenerate in our twenties. However, by the 40s, sun exposure and environmental stress have slowed the process to 45-50 days, causing cells to build up, dulling the skin, and exacerbating fine lines and wrinkles.

Were you a slacker when it came to sun safety when you were younger? Deeper lines and wrinkles can appear now as a result of the damage.

At the spa: Glycolic, beta-hydroxy, or enzyme peels strip the top layers of dead skin cells.

If your skin is sensitive, skipping the peel and opting for a facial with antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory ingredients like pomegranate, grapeseed, or rose-hip extract, green tea, or vitamin C.

Hyperpigmentation can be minimized with facials containing skin-lightening ingredients like licorice extract (glycyrrhizinate), soy proteins, or Indian gooseberry. Hydrating masks can also aid in the reduction of lines and wrinkles.

At home: To regain your shine, exfoliate at least three times a week – less often if your skin is sensitive. Not only does this remove dead skin cells, but it also allows moisturizers to penetrate deeper.

If your skin is dry, you should integrate a weekly moisturizing mask and a daily serum into your routine. Serums contain high concentrations of antioxidants such as retinol (vitamin A) to reverse sun damage and rosehip oil (vitamin C) to moisturize.

In your 50s: Maintain elasticity and tone

Because of the loss of estrogen during menopause, middle-aged skin contains less collagen, resulting in skin that is thinner, drier, and lacks the elasticity of youth.

At the spa: Look for a “hydrating” or “firming” facial that involves masks and deep-moisturizing botanical oils. Sea plants, such as seaweed and algae, are high in vitamins and trace minerals, which help to firm and hydrate the skin.

At home: To plump up and offer antioxidant vitamins A and C to lean, dry skin, look for intensive moisturizing ingredients and nourishing oils (evening primrose, sea buckthorn, carrot seed, borage, and geranium). These kick-start the skin-renewal process, as well as the development of collagen and elastin.

Firming creams containing seaweed or algae-based ingredients often include nourishing vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants while also preventing elastin fiber breakdown.

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