Since I’m clueless about, and generally disinterested in, beauty, I don’t share beauty information here.
I came across this article in the May 2013 issue of Lucky and found it so relevant that I not only have to share it, I have to hang onto it. For myself. Weird.
ACNE AND WRINKLES? REALLY?! IN YOUR 30S
Wechsler points out that 54 percent of 35-year-old women have adult acne. Brandt agrees: “The biggest complaint is pimples and wrinkles at the same time.”
Maintain a healthy weight. Yo-yo dieting, with fluctuations of 10 pounds or more, can lead to facial sagging. Your skin gets less elastic with age, so as with sleep, it’s harder for it to snap back. “I’m a big believer in the anti-aging effects of a healthy diet, with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as vitamin supplements,” says Brandt. “I recommend taking an omega-3 to decrease inflammation, plus high doses of vitamin C to boost collagen production and overall health.”
Retinoids treat both acne and wrinkles, as can salicylic acid. If these don’t work for the acne, dermatologists have more powerful solutions, from bacteria-zapping laser treatments, oral antibiotics, birth control pills and prescription androgen blockers to (for persistent cystic acne) Accutane.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner, $45
Add antioxidant serum to shield your skin from free radicals better than sunscreen alone. “Look for ingredients like green tea, white tea or blue ginger,” says Wechsler. “You want a high concentration, so make sure the antioxidant is listed in the top five ingredients.”
Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate, $85
“Exercising four or five days a week increases blood flow to your skin and boosts endorphins to help with healing,” says Wechsler.
Start using eye cream, preferably one with retinol, peptides or both, plus a humectant like hyaluronic acid. If you use a prescription retinoid, use a smidge of it around your eyes, as long as it doesn’t irritate.
Dior Capture XP Ultimate Wrinkle Correction Eye Cream, $85
RéVive Intensité Volumizing Eye Serum Targeted Skin Filler, $350
Manage stress. “Chronic anxiety speeds up aging—I wrote a whole book about it,” says Wechsler, who holds degrees in both psychiatry and dermatology. “It can cause wrinkles, pimples, dryness, redness and irritation.”
Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator, $40