Important Skincare Ingredients You Should Use…According to Your Age

I receive so many questions from clients, friends, and social media asking me what ingredients to incorporate into their skincare routine. The age range of the ladies (and men) who ask me questions are anywhere from 20-70 years old.

So, I decided to create a beauty segment offering my professional advice and I break it down according to what age you are.

20’s The biggest issue tends to be battling breakouts. Opt for an oil-free, gel-based cleanser with salicylic acid.  It is important to start using a light moisturizer and an SPF to protect your skin.

30’s It’s really important to use a daytime moisturize, eye cream, and night cream and SPF. Fine lines and wrinkles appear, and skin tone becomes more uneven. Products that incorporate retinol can help in those areas. Also, stick to a gentle cleanser to offset any irritating effects from the anti-aging ingredients you may be using. 

40’sWrinkles and age spots have likely set in. Peptide-packed moisturizers are the bomb! Peptides even out pigment and increase collagen.
Serums that contain Vitamin C are a must! Serums have a smaller molecular structure and absorb deeper into the skin’s surface layers. Vitamin C is a potent anti-oxidant as well as protects your skin and reverses skin from sun damage and boost collagen production! A must!

In addition, be sure to exfoliate 1-2 days a week to speed up the exfoliation process that slows down as we age. By speeding up the exfoliation process, your skin will naturally produce more collagen. Be sure to use GENTLE exfoliators! Otherwise, you can damage your skin.

During this decade, our skin starts to lose some of its tone and texture, so it important to use a cleanser with low concentrations of exfoliating alpha or beta hydroxy acids. 
Don’t forget to use an SPF!

50’s and upContinue with the same ingredients I suggest for those in their 40s and add a few extras…

Hormonal changes can lead to dehydrated skin. Counteract these effects by using glycolic acid; it revs up cell turnover, so skin stays smooth.  Be sure to incorporate higher levels of retinol in your skincare products as well as hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and always use sunscreen!

My Dermatologist told me to use this product- It Transformed My Skin

Working in the beauty industry for over 20 years and appearing on television, I keep my dermatologist on speed dial! I feel it’s important that I’m always using the best skincare products to look my best!

Over and over again…I am always told, for beautiful skin I must use Retin-A (otherwise Continue reading “My Dermatologist told me to use this product- It Transformed My Skin”

Putting a Wrinkle in Your Sweet Tooth

Here is some news that’s not too sweet – experts believe that a lifetime of overeating sugar can cause wrinkles. A natural process called glycation is the culprit. With glycation, sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called “advanced glycation end products,” or AGEs, appropriately. The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you develop. The more AGES you develop, the more they damage adjacent proteins in a domino-like fashion, according to Fredric Brandt, MD, a dermatologist and author of “10 Minutes/10 Years.”

Besides damaging collagen, a high-sugar diet also affects the type of collagen you have – another factor in how resistant skin is to wrinkling. The most abundant collagen types in the skin are I, II and III, with type III being the most stable and long-lasting. Glycation turns type III collagen into type I, which is more fragile, making the skin look and feel less supple. It also leaves you more vulnerable to sun damage. Diabetics can have up to 50 times the number of AGEs in their skin than non-diabetics. Another good reason to cut out sugar and eat your veggies.

If your sweet tooth does kick in, you may want to reach for some fresh watermelon. Besides being loaded with fiber and nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, B6 and potassium, recent findings suggest that watermelon may help in lowering blood pressure. Researchers at Florida State University found that two amino acids found in watermelon, L-citrulline and L-arginine, had powerful heart-protecting effects, able to help keep blood pressure at a healthy level. In fact, the researchers found that the amino acids led to improved arterial function, which resulted in lowered aortic blood pressure in every single one of the participants.

by Jackie Silver,

Jackie Silver is the founder and president of Aging Backwards, LLC and author of “Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young.” Sign up for her free newsletter at: and connect with her on Facebook , Twitter  and Pinterest .