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Skincare in Your 20s

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A good skin care routine requires a little bit of discipline, but most of all: educating yourself. Luckily Spa Sophia is here to help you with that. Skin care in your 20s shouldn't be the same as skin care in your 50s. So what is the best skin care routine for each age group? We'll tell you! Starting with skin care in your 20s...

Skincare in Your 20s Should Be About Prevention

In your 20s skin care should mostly center on prevention, so you won't have to correct damage caused by your habits later on. That means no smoking and applying lots of sunscreen. Smoking decreases the body's ability to produce collagen, which leads to premature wrinkling. Read more about collagen here.

We hope we don't have to elaborate on the importance of sunscreen, but if we do, read this article. Get a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and make sure it's broad spectrum. Then apply it every day. Even when it's overcast. Even when it rains. Epicuren's X-treme Cream Propolis Sunscreen SPF 45+ or Jurlique's Sun Lotion SPF30 are great options. Adopting these habits only will already make you 10 times less wrinkly in the future.

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Antioxidants are part of the skin aging prevention plan, since they protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that can inhibit your body's ability to produce healthy skin cells as well as cause many other health issues. Free radicals are all around us in things like gasses, radiation (such as UV) and food. Antioxidants battle these free radicals, so invest in skin creams rich in vitamins and antioxidants. We recommend Epicurens Cxc Vitamin X Complex. For more recommendations on antioxidant skin care products as well as information about free radicals, read this article.

Cleanse

In your twenties there's lots of partying, we get it. That's why a very important part of skin care in your 20's should be cleansing. Wash your face every morning and every night. Gentle, fragrance free cleansers or face washes are the best, especially if they're also moisturizing. We recommend Jurlique's Soothing Foaming Cleanser or Epicuren's Apricot Cream Cleanser. And no matter what you do, never go to sleep with make-up on, ever. Your skin does most of its restoring at night.

Exfoliate & Peel

Exfoliating your skin once to twice a week is a great thing to do for skincare in your 20s. It keeps your skin soft and evens out your complexion. See our personal favorite exfoliating products here. If you suffer from severe breakouts or acne, consider a chemical peel, also known as a face peel. They are deeper than regular peels or scrubs and book great results. For more information on peels go here.

No Hardcore Anti-Aging Products

Products that promise to increase cell turnover, collagen production or elasticity are not necessary for skincare in your 20s. Not even those with anti aging ingredients that actually work. You already have great cell turnover and collagen production. On top of that anti aging products are expensive, and in your 20s could do more damage than good. They can cause irritation, inflammation, and a thinning of the skin. The latter will actually make your skin age faster, since it becomes more susceptible to UV radiation.

Those are our recommendation for a skin care routine in your 20s. Want to know what to do in your 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s? Keep an eye on this website! And no matter what age, facials are always great for your skin. Book one now, or make an appointment by calling (310) 564 6676 or emailing us.

Antioxidants And Skin Benefits

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It's one of those words that's seemingly everywhere: Antioxidants. They're in everything from kiwis to skin creams, and are known for cancer prevention as well as antixodant skin benefits, like anti-aging. But what exactly are antioxidants, and how do they benefit your skin? And which antioxidants are best to incorporate in your skin care routine? We'll tell you!

Oxidation & Free Radicals

Ever seen a rusty pipe, or a rotten piece of fruit? Well, those things were caused by a process called oxidation. Simply put: cell damage due to contact with oxygen. The same happens to the cells in your body. Well, not exactly the same, luckily they don't rust or rot, but you get the idea. Our body is pretty good at dealing with oxygen. It metabolizes the oxyen molecules, but in the process 1 to 2% of them get damaged, and turn into free radicals.

What Are Free Radicals?

What are free radicals? Without getting to science-y, they're incomplete molecules. For example: a molecule that's missing one atom to be a water molecule. These free radicals therefore go looking for other molecules to connect with, stealing their atoms and damaging them. When this happens to the molecules of your body cells, the DNA in your cells can be mutated. When DNA mutates it can lead to a variety of diseases, such as cancer, which is caused by damaged DNA telling cells to keep multiplying.

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So what are antioxidants? Antioxidants are molecules that freely give away their atoms to free radicals, so they don't go and damage your body's cells.  The term antioxidants therefore refers to wide array of vitamins and minerals that reduce the oxidation process this way. They're more important now than they were ever before because of the modern world we live in. Gasses, cigarette smoke, radiation: They all carry free radicals. That's why getting plenty of antioxidants every day is important.

Antioxidants & Skin Care Benefits

So how does this all relate to skin care? Well, the UV radiation from the sun creates a ton of free radicals. These free radicals multiply enzymes that break down collagen. We've already gone in depth about collagen here but collagen is one of the main elements that make skin look youthful. Incorporating antioxidants in your skin care and diet is therefore a great idea.

The Best Antioxidants For Skin Care Benefits

Antioxidants all work in different ways. That's why it's recommended that you get a combination of many antioxidants to stay healthy. If you just eat different fruits, veggies, legumes and nuts every day, you should be good. But for antioxidant skin care benefits, look for these:

  • Vitamin E, also known as tocopherol or tocotrienols. Go for the natural kind instead of the synthetic one, like in Hylunia's Vitamn Antioxidant mask.
  • Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid or tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. Works especially well when combined with Vitamin E. Spa Sophia loves Epicuren's Cxc Vitamin C Complex.
  • Reservatrol, found in berries, grapes and red wine. So don't worry about a glass a day. A wine glass that is, not a long drink glass...
  • Epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), found in green tea. Epicuren's Green Tea & Ginger Seaweed Mask is a great skin booster with EGCG.
  • Vitamin A, also known as retinol, retinyl palmitate and retinylaldehyde. In prescriptions it's listed as retinoic acid, tretinoin, adapalene (Differin) and tazarotene (Tazorac). Read more about the amazing anti-aging benefits of retinol in this post.

Spa Sophia also has several facials that nourish your skin with a highly concentrated dosage of antioxidants, such as our Oxygen Facial. Book one online, drop by the spa on 1027 Abbot Kinney, or call (310) 564 6676 to make an appointment!