For the most effective, all-inclusive anti-aging skin results, your best bet is to look for a potion that was formulated by a witches coven and brewed in a cauldron. In truth, there is no one product, or even a series of products, that will be able to meet all your skincare needs to prevent the signs of aging from appearing on your face. These days, every lotion, cream, cleanser, and serum in the personal care aisle touts magical effects on wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, skin sags, eye bags, and brown spots. With all this to choose from, how can you formulate an anti-aging skin care routine using products which will actually work?
Here are a few ways to get started:
- Buy products designed to treat your specific skin type. If you use a facial cleanser formulated for oily skin, it will not be effective if your skin is naturally dry and needs a cleanser with more hydrating oils in it. Choose gentle skin care products that are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and/or non-acnegenic, and that won’t strip the natural protective oils from your face. Always perform a patch test on your arm or leg before using a new product on your face; some ingredients and fragrances may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction.
- Wash your face every day. Your daily skin care routine should include two facial cleanings with a non-soap cleanser. As you age and your skin naturally loses water, nutrients, and oils, switch from a lotion product to a cream cleanser. Creams are thicker, contain more oil, and seal in more hydration to the skin – adequately hydrated skin will look less tight, dull, and aged than dry skin. One daily cleansing should always be before bed, when you scrub your face free of all makeup. Never go to sleep with makeup still on your face; it can clog pores and cause skin to break out.
- Apply sunscreen and moisturizer every single day. These two simple products are the most effective anti-aging tools in your medicine cabinet and will keep your skin looking younger and fresher even without additional treatments. Sun damage leads to premature wrinkles, brown spots, and leathery looking skin, while dehydration gives skin a tight, dull appearance. Before adding in other anti-aging skin treatments, liberally use sunscreen and moisturizer for a few weeks – you’ll be amazed to find fewer problem areas than before when you re-evaluate.
- Exfoliate regularly. Exfoliationprovides a deep clean that flushes dirt, debris, and bacteria from facial pores, sloughs off dead skin cells, and brings fresh blood and skin cells to the surface of the face. It generates increased circulation and cell turnover, which gives your skin a renewed glow. And the process of removing built-up dead skin cells evens out skin tone and texture, leaving your face looking smoother and more refreshed. You may need to test different products to determine a routine that works best for your skin: some people are able to exfoliate daily with no issues, while some people can only exfoliate once or twice a week before skin becomes irritated. Choose a chemical formula for a gentler, less abrasive exfoliation.
- Invest in a good serum. Serums contain a higher concentration of active ingredients than creams or lotions, and they are designed to treat trouble spots on the face. One of the biggest concerns as skin ages is a decrease in the body’s production of collagen and elastin – the proteins responsible for the shape, structure, and firmness of your skin. As natural stores wane, skin develops wrinkles and looks slack. Serums with the ingredient retinol (Vitamin A) can boost collagen production, smooth the appearance of wrinkles, and tighten sagging skin. Along with retinol, look for serums with other anti-aging antioxidants like Vitamin E and Vitamin C– antioxidants help calm inflammation, aid in moisture retention within skin cells, and combat physical signs of aging caused by free radical damage.
- Dab on an eye cream. The skin around the eyes is some of the thinnest skin on the body, and it is one of the first places to show signs of aging. Fine lines, puffiness, crow’s feet, and dark undereye bags are not uncommon in this sensitive area. Creams with antioxidants like Vitamins A, E, and C are useful for smoothing out lines, soothing inflammation, and adding moisture. Caffeine is a wonderful ingredient to use on dark, puffy eye circles because it increases blood circulation and reduces fluid retention in this fragile area.
All products aside, some of the best anti-aging routines are the ones you can follow at home, day to day: avoid excessive sun exposure, eat a balanced diet that provides a range of vitamins and nutrients, find methods to manage stress, and steer clear of smoking. If you are ready to start building your anti-aging skin care routine, contact Florida Dermatology and Skin Care Centers today to set up an appointment for a skin exam with one of our licensed professionals. We can help you determine your skin type, identify problem areas, and offer information on which kinds of products will be most effective for your individual skin. There’s no time like the present to start protecting your skin for the future.