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Healthy Aging Through the Ages

By: Rhonda Allison
Posted: October 31, 2012, from the November 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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In the treatment room. Teens tend to gravitate toward 30-minute express treatments. See Teen Express Facial for a step-by-step treatment.

Home care. Educate your teen clients about how to create a healthy skin environment by using proper cleansing techniques and emphasizing the importance of sun protection. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 85% of teens battle acne. To help them win the war while preventing scarring, encourage a regimen utilizing salicylic acid- and green tea-based toner, followed by a blemish serum comprised of ingredients such as salicylic acid, resorcinol, totarol and green tea for antiseptic, antibacterial and antioxidant support. These will work together effectively to help clear problematic skin gently and therapeutically by reducing surface oils, preventing clogged pores, stimulating cell renewal and delivering antioxidant support. Teens should avoid overstimulating with scrubs, and be cautioned against using overly drying topicals, primarily those containing alcohol. Using heavy creams also may further congest the skin.

For more general skin health and maintenance, start teen clients on a simple regimen that includes a milk-based or gel cleanser, a gentle jojoba bead scrub, an aloe and hyaluronic acid moisturizer for night, and hydrating SPF for daytime. Cleansing pads are also great for quick cleansing after sports practice or gym class.

20s

Skin is at its healthiest for most clients in their 20s. It still has that luminous glow, and is supple and firm. If this is the case with your client, focus on damage prevention and maintaining skin health.

Dry skin may become a factor, however, especially for clients in their mid-20s. When the skin is depleted of hydration, it loses elasticity, plumpness and luster, and is more susceptible to lines and wrinkles. The body also tends to shed some of its natural water content as it ages—and the first place this occurs is in the skin. In some cases, dry skin conditions also indicate inadequate sebum production. Thinner skin and fair complexions are typically more prone to dehydration.