Advances in science and skincare technology have allowed us to live longer and healthier lives. Naturally, we want to have skin that reflects these advancements. Our skin is our largest organ, and it spends our whole life protecting us. Now is the time to nourish it so that it looks and performs its best in the years to come.
What happens as your skin matures?
The collagen and elastin production begins to slow down as we age. As this happens, it becomes harder for your skin to produce more proteins. Eventually, the skin loses its elasticity and firmness. Aging also comes with wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Skin aging caused by internal factors is different from extrinsic aging, which is caused by environmental factors like UV damage and lifestyle choices (like drinking and smoking cigarettes). By following a skincare routine, you can slow down the effects of both intrinsic and extrinsic aging.
Here are a few tips to help you build the best anti-aging skincare routine:
Use a gentle cleanser:
Any good anti-aging skincare routine starts with a clean canvas and having a good cleanser comes in handy. As your skin matures, you may notice that is looks and feels dry. The best cleanser to use is a cream-based one – one that does not foam up. A creamy formula will not strip your skin of moisture and are gentle, which makes them great for sensitive skin.
You should also avoid roughly scrubbing your face. Since mature skin will start to show signs of sagging and wrinkling, making downward movements when you wash your face or apply products can make them worse.
Exfoliate once a week
You can elevate your skincare routine by adding a gentle exfoliator, like glycolic acid or lactic acid, to your routine at least once a week. Although dead skin cells naturally shed, some of them will hold on a bit longer, which leaves you with dull and dry-looking skin. Using an AHA, or an enzyme-based exfoliation product can help sweep away these dead skin cells, leaving you with skin that is bright and healthy.
Regularly exfoliating is a great way to help the rest of the products in your regimen work more effectively because they absorbed better into the skin. It is best to avoid physical scrubs, especially the natural ones containing ground-up walnut shells. These can create micro-tears on the surface, causing more problems down the road.
Serums provide great benefits
Serums help combat any additional skincare concerns you may have, especially since, unlike many cleansers, moisturizers, or creams and contain potent ingredients that target a variety of skin issues. Products with vitamin C can help tackle hyperpigmentation and increase collagen production, while niacinamide is an ingredient that helps reinforce your skin’s barrier and boosting overall hydration.
Add retinol to your anti-aging skincare routine
Retinol is the go-to ingredient for anti-aging. It is a vitamin A derivative that helps counteract many of the effects of skin aging. Applying a retinol product once or twice a week can help boost skin cell turnover, enhance collagen production, reduce hyperpigmentation, smooth wrinkles, and even reduce sun damage.
Wear sunscreen every day
Of course, ingredients like retinol and vitamin C in your regimen can help, but even the most expensive products will not mean a thing if you skip out on sunscreen. Sunscreen helps reduce the effects of UV radiation. You should be wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection of at least SPF 30 and reapplying every two hours when out and about – not just when you go to the beach.
Do not forget your neck and chest
The skin on the neck and chest are thinner than the face and are more prone to showing signs of aging as well. So, when you do your skincare and sun care routine, make sure to apply a generous amount of each product to your décolleté, neck, ears, and the back of your hands.
The best skincare is preventative, so start your routine as soon as you can to gain the most benefits of these tips. As you age, your hormones change, and it usually begins as early as 30. So, each day you follow your skin regimen will make a difference, and you should also make sure to live a healthy lifestyle, including:
- No smoking or excessive drinking
- Get eight hours of sleep each night
- Exercise regularly
- Drink enough water
- Maintain a healthy diet full of nutrients
The littlest things can play a much more significant part in the health of your skin than you realize. While preventing aging is not the most crucial thing in the world, looking good and feeling good is a great way to boost your confidence. The best way to look at your anti-aging skincare routine is that it is a way to maintain and heal everything you love about your body’s largest organ.