Glowing Skin at Every Age

By Kelsey Lorman

We strive to take the best possible care of our bodies and our minds – but what about our largest organ, our skin? At any age, there are tips and tricks that we can add to our daily routine to protect our beautiful, natural glow.

We consulted several experts in the dermatology and skin care industry and rounded up a some tips to help you get your best skin at any age.

Never Too Early To Start
No matter your age, you should be mindful about the time spent in the sun. Sun can cause hyperpigmentation in the skin, and 1 in 5 people will get skin cancer, says Dr. Brandon Coakley, a board-certified expert in surgical and cosmetic dermatology with the Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston.

“You should go to the beach, you should go kayaking and hiking,” Brandon says. “But do it at 8 a.m. instead of at noon.” He also mentioned how important it is to wear a hat and sunscreen. “My wife wears EltaMD sunscreen every day,” he says. “Respecting your time in the sun is the simplest and the cheapest way to maintain healthy skin.”

Brandon says it is also important to drink lots of water, and noted that you could choose low glycemic foods when thinking about impacts to your skin.

“For example the natural sugar in watermelon is released instantly when you eat it (high glycemic index), while the sugar from cherries is broken down more gradually,” Brandon explains. “Those sugar spikes destroy the collagen in your skin, and that contributes to skin aging.”

“A beauty routine should be from the inside out,” says RMS Beauty founder and owner Rose-Marie Swift. She promotes beauty from within, saying it’s important to eat a healthy diet and promote good digestive health to not only look good but feel better, too. RMS carries a line of digestive enzymes to help do just that.

Debbie Stokes

Keep Skin Flirty at 30
In your 30s, your cell turnover begins to slow down. Debbie Stokes, licensed esthetician at Pink Dot Beauty Bar on Meeting Street, which offers organic and clean products, say that proper exfoliation will need to be increased, but be careful not to over-scrub. “By doing so you will see less blackheads and your moisturizer will also perform better,” Debbie says. “A $200 moisturizer does nothing if blocked by dead skin.”

Kalen Ashford

“Look for moisturizers with ceramides that will help lock in your moisture,” says Kalen Ashford, a certified physicians assistant at Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston. Ashford encourages women to find a face wash, a glycolic wash and moisturizer that they love and make them a part of their beauty routine. Look for products that include retinol and alpha hydroxy acids, which promote cell turnover and cell creation. A glycolic wash, like one by Clinicians Complex that Ashford recommends, will cleanse and exfoliate without stripping the skin.

For women looking for an all-in-one natural product, Haily Jones, assistant manager at Aillea on King Street, recommends Suntegrity’s 5-in-1 Face Sunscreen SPF 30, which is a tinted moisturizer that provides sheer coverage and protects from the damaging and aging UV rays. “All-in-one products are huge right now because we are busy ladies and need a quick solution to our skin care and beauty needs at times,” Haily says.

“As you age, the less product you apply on the skin and around the eyes, the more visually youthful you will appear rather than trying to cover up with layers of products,” says Rose-Marie of RMS Beauty.

For Your Skin at 40
In your 40s, you may notice that your skin is looking or feeling more dry and dull. Debbie recommends a product with a hyaluronic acid. This is a component that occurs naturally in the body and pulls moisture from the air into your skin, so finding a product that can enhance this process is exponentially helpful. Debbie recommends products like Lift Lab eye cream or Maya Chia Eye Achiever as you begin to notice signs of aging.  

50s and 60s Tips and Tricks
As women approach their 50s and 60s, vitamin C will become an important component to any beauty routine. “Vitamin C will help with hyperpigmentation to strengthen your cell walls, which helps to fight the broken capillaries in your skin,” Debbie says.

Brandon recommends topical creams or other medical-grade serums that include vitamin C to help with reproduction of collagen, as well as Retin A Tretinoin, which promotes quick healing and skin regrowth.

Haily Jones

“Tretinoin is a cream derived from Vitamin A, and numerous studies have shown that it reduces fine wrinkles and erases sun spots,” Brandon says. “Using a pea size amount on your face nightly is safe, inexpensive, and clinically proven to keep you looking younger.”

Haily at Aillea recommends the Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask, which is designed to replenish cell hydration and promote skin regeneration by using the Indian Senna Seed, also known as botanical hyaluronic acid. “Overall, it plumps and maintains ultimate hydration for youthful looking skin,” she says.

Perhaps the most important tip to remember? It is important to get your skin evaluated by a trusted professional to help you assess your skin’s needs. “View your skin as it is now as opposed to what it was,” Kalen says. “Your skin at 50 will definitely not be the same as it was at 20.”