What’s the Best Facial for your age?

When the schedule’s packed and a latte feels like a splurge, a facial probably falls off the to-do list. But it’s a crucial anti-aging tool, dermatologists say.

Read on to find the right one for your skin needs. Plus, are you skin-care savvy? Take our quiz and find out…
Even if you don’t usually treat yourself to a spa facial, now’s the time. Regular treatments – if you can afford it, with follow-up care at home – can yield long-term benefits, like warding off wrinkles and keeping skin hydrated.

Besides removing blackheads and exfoliating dry, flaky skin, facials help fade dark spots from long-term damage and bad habits.

“Almost 90% of premature aging is attributed to sun damage and smoking,” says Susan Evans, M.D., a dermatologist with Skincare Physicians of Beverly Hills, Calif.

But skin needs change as we get older, so it’s important to get the best facial for your age. A glycolic peel that’s perfect for a 40-year-old could irritate a 20-something.

I asked experts what to look for in a spa facial and how to follow up at home. I’ve also included product recommendations, which are based on my 15-plus years covering the health and beauty industries for national magazines and as author of two books, Beauty: The New Basicsand Fast Beauty: 1,000 Quick Fixes(both Workman Publishing).Read on for their tips.

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