Beauty Maintenance tips for the Oregon Trail Generation

I’ve found myself lately giving out a lot of skin care tips to my friends and work colleagues. Of course, I’ve been doing this for years, but the recent change is that a lot of these people are about my age instead of being older (and in some cases, significantly older). Previously, I’ve reviewed beauty maintenance tips for people based on their ages. Here are links to those posts:

The Oregon Trail Generation has been defined as those of us who were born in the late 70’s and early 80’s. We bridge the gap between a world without home computers and a world where all of us walk around with computers in our pockets that are more powerful than those on the Apollo spacecraft. Oregon Trail was an early computer game that a lot of us played in our schools’ computer labs where you and your family set off across the Oregon trail to start a better life.

Gym Class at Independence School in the mid-80’s

We’re now getting into our late thirties and early forties, with kids (some of us more than others!), mortgages, and careers, and we want to keep up our appearances. If you know who Kimmy Gibbler is, remember when cell phones took up a suitcase, and had to wait a week while your wagon’s virtual axle got fixed, this post is for you!

Tip #1: IPL

When we were little, sunscreen wasn’t NEARLY as big a deal as it is now. I have pictures of myself from summers during grade school and I’m as dark as a Thanksgiving turkey. All that sun left me with a lot of sun damage- dark spots, fine wrinkles, fine little blood vessels in the top layers of my skin. Well friends, IPL makes all that go away. For more on IPL, check out this post from my blog archives.

Tip #2: Pellevé

If you’re noticing that your lower face and neck aren’t as tight as they used to be, it’s time for Pellevé. Pellevé uses radiofrequency to heat and tighten your skin. This is great in the lower face and neck, but it can also be used all over your face. I’ve had three treatments under my chin and just got my eyes done!


There’s no pain or downtime. For more, click on this link to learn about Pellevé.

Tip #3: It may be time for Botox®

Many of us have personal experience with this one, but it’s worth going over again. Botox® is an injectable medication that makes muscles relax. When you relax the muscles of your upper face, the overlying skin wrinkles get better (or don’t show up in the first place!). Typically I will treat around the eyes to prevent/relieve crow’s feet and the “11 lines” as well as the forehead to prevent wrinkles in that area.

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention good skin care. Everybody should be on a daily retinol (what’s that? click here) and use a good sunscreen, SPF 50 or better.

These tips are pretty generalized, but apply to most of us. If you want to have a personalized beauty maintenance strategy, contact us for an appointment!

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