Navigating the wold of anti-aging products and routines can be intimidating, if not downright scary. With an array of reports claiming that certain products may be too harsh for younger skin and others boasting the adage that it’s “never too early” to start an age-fighting routine, figuring out how to satisfy your piqued interest in the subject can feel a bit overwhelming. Since many of these products are more intense than your average daily lotion or night oil, it’s important to do your research. We’re here to put you on the express path to becoming an anti-aging guru or, at the very least, gain a healthy understanding of which practices and products to embrace…most likely the later.
If you haven’t already heard this one, where the f*ck have you been? SUNSCREEN. EVERYDAY. Yes, everyday, regardless of the weather, regardless of your skin tone. Make it easy for yourself; find a great daily lotion or primer with sunscreen built-in. In no way, shape or form will the addition of sunscreen to your lotion compromise your love for it. It’s damn near 2017 and there are countless formulas on the market that work, feel and smell great. You’re out of excuses. Go with something with SPF 30 or higher and don’t forget to apply to your neck and upper chest too.
A nighttime routine is a must. If you’re not ready (mentally) for legitimate anti-aging products just yet, get yourself some essential oils to apply before bed. Moisture is key in the fight against aging. A few of my personal favorites are Baobab, Rose hip, Argan and Vitamin C serum (for the record, I have combination acne-prone skin) and if I’m really feeling a way about the appearance of my skin, I’ll mix a few or even all of them together. If you really want to up the ante, start using an eye cream before bed too- just pat it into the skin around the eyes and give it a moment to sink in. There’s an unfathomable range of eye creams and treatments out there for any issue you may be experiencing. Again, do your research.
Start to view cleansers in a different light. Many of the cleansers we’re used to strip the skin of its natural oils and defenses. Swap your harsh, foaming cleanser for a gentler cleansing milk, oil or balm or the ever-popular Micellar Water. To balance out this swap and because it’s also important, independently, use an exfoliant up to 3x a week to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the skin’s own mechanisms of self-repair.
Resurface your skin, safely with Glycolic Acid, which helps to repair the skin’s texture by generating skin cell production and minimize pores all while helping keep blackheads and acne at bay. Use at night after exfoliating and in place of a night oil/ cream a few times per week to maintain your glow.
Hyaluronic Acid might not be a necessity if you’re just starting to experiment in the anti-aging world but this texture improving ingredient will make your skin a perfectly smooth canvas for makeup. Known for its plumping properties, Hyaluronic Acid works as a booster for your moisturizer and helps protect the skin. Similar to Glycolic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid also helps regenerate skin cells.
By Raquel Silver