Best lifetime strategies to look younger – decade by decade

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Let’s talk about additions to your daily regimen to look younger even moreso! I’m not talking about daily additions. Most of what I’m talking about are things you will want to do 2-3x weekly, depending on your age, oiliness of your skin and schedule. You asked me (didn’t you?) to let you know exactly how to look younger, right?

I know this is a lot of “upkeep” but it’s really about wanting to look younger and younger or NOT by the time you’re 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and beyond! So, pick and choose from my advice but I’m giving you every possible thing you can DO to look younger than you are and continue to do so until you’re 100+! After I go through a couple of additions to home regimens I’ll go decade by decade to make sure you look younger by a decade or more! Of course if you are 20 I’m not saying you’ll look 10!

A weekly or bi-weekly exfoliation will make your skin glow and look younger


exfoliate your skinThis is the #1 best way to exfoliate your skin, get rid of the dead cells which are making your complexion appear dull, but a professional weekly treatment can be costly. So you have alternatives. You can find products which promise similar results such as “polishing peels” and home MDB devices and sanding cloths. You can also find some masks which give you an amazing exfoliation and alternate how you do this. Remember we are “going for” the best anti aging skin care total regimen so I’m just giving you the whole enchilada!

And you can also do home MCD-equivalent exfoliations with a host of home remedies. No matter what you use, a good exfoliation will make your skin appear brighter, will help to lighten “spots” and will enhance the penetration of good anti-aging ingredients that you read about in the “best anti aging serum” article. A good exfoliation is a great pick-me-up at any age, as the dulling effect of dead skin being flushed away makes you look younger instantly!

Here are some Home-MCD-like exfoliation procedures and ingredients:

Baking Soda Microdermabrasion:

  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1-2 tsp water
  1. Mix the two ingredients to create a creamy paste. You can do this in a small glass dish or in your hand. ( To use your hand- add baking soda to one hand, and drip water over the baking soda until it’s enough to make a paste. Use your fingertips to apply.)
  2. Apply to a clean face and use gentle circular motions and exfoliate the entire face (avoiding the eye area), neck and down to the chest if desired. Do this for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Rinse with warm water; follow with a toner to balance the PH of your skin. Moisturize if desired.

This is helpful for dry skin, acne scars, and blackheads.

Optional essential oil: Add a drop or two of lavender essential oil to your “microdermabrasion” for its soothing properties. Avoid your eyes.


  • Use this no more than two times a week or it may dry out your skin. Try once a week for oily, dry, or normal skin. And it’s more like once or twice a month for sensitive skin.
  • You can also do this as a mask and leave on for 20 minutes. Then gently scrub as you rinse.
  • You can even add honey, a squeeze of fresh lemon or orange juice.
  • By using simple ingredients, you can definitely create your own microdermabrasion at home for a fraction of the price of a salon treatment.

Make your own skin type specific recipes for microdermabrasion at home

Start with a basic scrub recipe from the following ingredients depending on what type of skin you have, and then adding fresh ingredients to boost the recipes potency as you use it.

Make your own skin type specific recipes for microdermabrasion at homeDry Skin Scrub:

  • 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive, jojoba or Almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon used coffee grinds (optional)

The brown sugar contains glycolic acid from sugar cane, the oil is moisturizing as is honey and the coffee grinds deliver vitamins and antioxidants into your skin. Mix these together and store in the fridge in a jar or other sealed container.

Normal Skin Scrub:

  • 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Almond oil or 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon used coffee grinds (optional)

Blend as per recipe above and store as directed above.

Acne Skin Scrub (Good for oily skin also):

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar or grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon used coffee grinds (optional)

Blend as per recipe above and store as directed above.

Apply or rub the scrubs onto clean dry skin in gentle upwards circular patterns avoiding the delicate eye area for two to 5 minutes. Leave on as a mask for a maximum of ten minutes in total. Wash off with water and a washcloth then pat your skin dry (don’t rub.)

Whitening Lightening Skin ScrubWhitening Lightening Skin Scrub:

  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed peeled cucumber
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 tsp molasses (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Mix well and rub onto skin. Leave on for a few minutes then wash off. Use a couple of times a week to lighten skin.


This uses mild totally pain-free electrical currents to cause muscles to contract and relax, which strengthens them and enhances blood flow to the skin. Pairing this Moor Spa Facial Brushprocedure with peptides will boost the firming and lifting of the skin. As I have stated previously any sort of stimulation of the skin, whether exfoliation, brushing, peeling, needling, derma-rolling, laser skin tightening or microcurrent will potentially stimulate collagen and elastin.

There are little hand-held home machines available to do this yourself or you can have this done by an esthetician. There are actually some decent studies showing the efficacy of some home micro-current devices. Some of them actually DO make you look younger, although it is still unclear it the effect is transient or actually permanent.

Home LED treatments

These home devices are not studied but I suppose you can look at the Amazon reviews to see if they are worth your time or if you should just go to and Esthetic Dermatologist and have an in-office procedure done. At this time my advice would be to read the reviews and be prepared to “ditch” the money if you get one. They just might work to some degree, we just plain don’t know.

You will look younger if you get rid of “age spots”

damaged skinAfter a lifetime of being exposed to the sun, you’re bound to have multiple consequences, including brown spots on your hands and face. Age spots, technically known as “solar lentigines,” are well-defined, uniformly colored areas of brown or grayish pigment that generally show up on the hands, face, neck, and chest. These spots obviously come from sun, not age.

You can treat age spots several ways. Prescription-strength Retin-A can be used sparingly. Hydroquinone creams are prescribed frequently but have a big down side. There is a lot of evidence linking this product to cancer and to other skin issues. Safe but slower formulations include serums such as our Radiance serum with all natural and totally non harmful ingredients.

Esthetic Dermatologists also use microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser treatments such as Fraxel ®, and light therapy (LED laser skin tightening therapy) to lighten age spots. Some of these procedures require just one treatment; but the norm is two to four sessions.

Some natural remedies for age spots

The following home remedies have also shown to be effective in the removal or reduction of age spots:

  1. Mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with one teaspoon of orange juice. Apply on a cotton pad and bandage it to the area.
  2. See the list of microdermabrasion home remedies and spot the ones that also help with “age spots”-there was absolutely no pun intended there!
  3. Apply organic buttermilk to the spots. The lactic acid in buttermilk helps to restore the skin.
  4. Every evening mash about 1/3 cup of chickpeas and make a paste by adding a little water. Leave it on until it completely dries, and then wash it off.
  5. The Chinese herb, gotu kola, is said to help clear up age spots. Add 1/8 teaspoon of the powdered herb to herbal tea, or you can just add it to hot water, mixing it with 1/8 teaspoon of ginseng and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  6. Apply fresh lemon juice to the spots twice daily.
  7. If you use the hyaluronic – Vitamin C renewal serum, apply that daily to spots as the vitamin C will have a slight lightening effect.

Skin DiscolorationsNote: Skin discolorations that increase in size or become irregular should be checked by a physician.

Please also note that I am giving you home recipes which are anecdotally reported to be effective but that I personally feel that the products and ingredients with scientific evidence will work most effectively for you. Now with that said, of course you can try whatever you wish!

Hormones and skin aging

Hormones are involved in regulating our metabolism, immune function, sexual reproduction, and growth. Hormones are made by specialized groups of cells within the body’s glands. The glands—such as the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, and testes—release hormones into the body as needed to stimulate, regulate, and control the function of other tissues and organs involved in biological processes. Most hormones are typically found in very low concentrations in the bloodstream.

We cannot survive without hormones. As children, hormones help us grow up. In our teenage years, they drive puberty. As we get older, some hormone levels naturally decline. But what does that mean? According to A4M-the Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine it means that what diminishes causes aging, not the other way around. Therefore- we replace what is lost.

The NIA is investigating how the administration of hormones to older people affects frailty and function. Many of these studies focus on hormones that naturally decline with age, including:

  • Human growth hormone
  • Testosterone
  • Estrogen and progesterone (as part of menopausal hormone therapy)
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

Hormone Therapy with a direct effect on skin:

In some cases, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may have approved a hormone or Human Growth Hormone. In regards to skin, there is a definite stimulation of collagen and elastin with a visible thickening of the skin after about 3-4 months of use of Human Growth Hormone.


Testosterone is a vital sex hormone that plays an important role in puberty. In men, testosterone not only regulates sex drive (libido), it also helps regulate bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm. Testosterone isn’t exclusively a male hormone—women produce small amounts as well. It has the same protective effects in women, and in decreases in menopause as it decreases in male andropause.

Regarding facial anti-aging, testosterone is great for maintaining bone mass and so is DHEA. Recall bone demineralization is part of the “combo” that makes you just plain look old. Please DO note that although I’m a hormone expert I’m just discussing hormonal functions pertinent to the best anti aging skin care here. Therefore I am not giving you my recommendations-hormone therapy is very individualized.


Amongst its many functions, estrogen stimulates collagen production and helps maintain bone mass. Needless to say, bio-identical replacement is a skin de-ager. Progesterone has to be “along for the ride” to prevent adverse effects and meanwhile helps with sleep disruptions, which, along with weight gain if you’re not careful, are common in menopause and pre-menopause.

So now let’s talk about how to look younger than your age by decade

Skin care until age 20

Look Younger Age 20During this time you are really lucky to have baby skin. It may be marred by acne which is best treated with salicylic acid products, hydroxy acids and great exfoliation weekly and not with antibiotics or worse yet-benzoyl peroxide, with actually just traps the bacteria under thickened skin.

You should be using safe and natural products, sunscreen, and doing all of the right behavioral things to ensure a lifetime of great skin with no skin cancer. You should not be using tanning booths or doing any sun-tanning. You feel immortal during these years but if you can just THINK a little ahead you will realize you can save yourself a lot of future grief if you “behave yourself” now!

And I know you want to look tan, so you know what? FIND a “sun-tan” business that has those nasty UVA-rich beds but also has a natural plant based spray tan. And go for it! I live in Florida and that is exactly what I do when I “feel a need to look tan.”

Your skin care regimen only needs to consist of:

Weekly: exfoliation.

Daily regimen: 1 cleanser, a toner if you want, one serum and a moisturizer for acne prone skin.

Extra procedures: Rarely do we need LED or Fraxel ® for “spots” during this decade but LED and mild chemical peels are great for acne. NO Botox® is needed during this time.

Skin care age 20-30

Look Younger Age 20-30If you have gotten sun in your teens you might start to “spot” and have fine lines under your eyes. Let me state right now that I’m not going to even discuss smoking because it is physical and beauty suicide. Stop with my help right now.

Your skin care regimen:

You might want to add another serum, depending on “issues”. One for spots? Under-eye circles or lines?

You might want to add a night time moisturizer if your teen-20-oiliness is now going away, otherwise just stay with your regimen plus just one more serum.

You want to do at least a weekly exfoliation.

You might want to add a home micro-current device or home LED device.

Close to 30, you might consider starting “prophylactic” Botox® for forehead and crows feet. Chemical peels are a good alternative, especially if you are acne-prone.

Close to 30 you might consider laser skin tightening because alas you are losing elastin and collagen.

Plastic surgery – Don’t do it!

Skin care and “other” to look younger age 30-40

Look Younger Age 30-40This is the decade where most women start to notice some changes. Do NOT panic. That is why I’m here. Remember I’m your anti-aging doctor-coach teaching you how to look younger, right?

Skin care: Assess need for a third serum but you should be OK….unless you are still sunning!

Exfoliations: Assess skin thickness and dullness-increase and use variety but don’t fry your skin.

Non invasive Esthetic Dermatology: If not started, this is a good time to start a little Botox® and either Titan or Ultherapy laser skin tightening. Fillers in certain areas might possibly be useful-usually the naso-labial lines.

Plastic surgery nip-tucks: During this decade some women have eyelids that disappear so a blepharoplasty isn’t absurd and you are young and will heal. Warning-do NOT “get addicted” to plastic surgery!

Skin care and “other” to look younger from age 40-50

Look Younger Age 40-50Some women go through menopause during these years- mainly 47-50. Due to hormonal changes with associated loss of collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid and HORMONES this might be the big intervention decade. If so here’s what you do:

Weight gain: do a great program and stick to it.

Skin care regimen: Add serums and moisturizers-whatever you think you need. If, for some reason you don’t have this night serum on board, now’s the time.

Esthetic Dermatology: Switch from Titan to Ultherapy, and start using the “correct” fillers to plump and stimulate collagen and elastin.

Plastic surgery nip-tucks: You might need a neck tightening or endoscopic brow lift.

Skin care and “other” to look younger from age 50-60

Look Younger Age 50-60This is the time when most of the carnage occurs – ACK, I know, I’m there!

Skin regimen and exfoliation: Pull out all stops and use 3 serums, use the roller, use a home device and fight it baby, fight it!

Hormones: I would recommend you consult with an Anti-aging M.D. like myself to get educated about the health and beauty benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Esthetic Dermatology: You might want to consider a few Fraxel® treatments for age spots and fine fines. It would likely be a good time to use a very thin hyaluronic acid for under eye filling if you haven’t done this yet. Continue Botox® and fillers. Up your Ultherapy to every 6 months. See what your decollatage area needs.

Nip-tucks: Might be time for an endoscopic browlift if not done already. See if eyelids and forehead wrinkles can be kept under control. See how neck, jaw and mid-face are holding up with non -invasive treatments. If they are not doing the job, go for non contiguous zone nip-tucks.

Skin care and “other” from 60-70:

Look Younger Age 60-70Amp it up to the fullest on all of the best anti aging skin care products and ingredients

Make sure you are on the least amount of pharmaceuticals possible and are eating anti-inflammatory and high nutrient, low processed foods and low sugar-crucial at this age. Actually this is crucial at all ages but this decade is when people have health issues too and I don’t want to see you have those, either!

Continue Esthetic Dermatology procedures which are working for you.

Nip-tuck mid-face if needed. If jaw wasn’t done when you did neck, have that done at the same time, endoscopically with laser assist.

Skin care and other from 70 to 100+

Look Younger Age 70-100Here is the decade where it truly shows if you have been taking care of your insides. If not, your skin will be thin and plastic surgery will be a “stretched canvas affair” if you are just starting this process.

Inside out: Do not have plastic surgery unless this “thin skin issue” is fixed or you will not have good results. If you are reading this and think oh no, it’s too late, the good news is that it is not!

Hormones: If skin is thin and fragile looking you need your consult with an anti-aging doctor first!

Regimen: You should have it down!

Non-invasives: You should keep all of these up, office and home based therapies.

Plastic surgery: I am still not a fan of a full facelift. I will always recommend you do things “by the zone”. If you have had a lot of sun damage and are getting skin cancers this is a great time to combine a nip-tuck in different zones with a CO2 laser procedure.

Stay healthy, stay aware, stay active, look younger, feel younger, stay younger forever! I hope you have enjoyed these articles and please DO ask if you need help with “anything.”

Best wishes,
Dr. Kim

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