Ask a woman what skin care goal is at the top of her wish list and she will likely respond with healthy, youthful-looking skin. Unfortunately, so many women have no idea how to achieve younger looking skin. Severe product overload makes it hard to know where to begin with an anti-aging routine. Top dermatologists suggest keeping your anti-aging routine simple to avoid irritation and product interactions. Follow the steps below to create an effective anti-aging routine that won’t upset your skin.
The first step in an anti-aging routine is to use a gentle cleanser that removes makeup, dirt and oil from your face without stripping it of any natural moisture. Morning and night, begin your anti-aging routine with a thorough cleanse. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then a gel cleanser is likely your best formulation. Sensitive skin tends to benefit from a cream cleanser and dry skin often responds well to oil, cream or milky cleansers. Your cleanser is one item in your anti-aging routine that you don’t need to worry about changing between morning and night.
Not everybody needs to use a toner, but with the right formula, everyone can benefit from the use of a toner. Originally, toners were meant to balance your skin’s pH after cleansing, but today’s cleansers aren’t as harsh and don’t significantly alter your skin’s pH. Skin expert Paula Begoun, says “…after cleansing, what your skin needs is a range of ingredients that restore and repair its surface. Skin can never get too much of these important ingredients, which include antioxidants and skin-repairing substances such as glycerin, fatty acids and ceramides.” Morning and night, follow your cleanser with a gentle toner that repairs the surface of your skin.
As you age your skin loses moisture, so an important step in your anti-aging routine is hydrating your skin. Jennifer Linder, M.D., a dermatologist in Scottsdale, Arizona says, “maintaining a moisture balance in our skin reduces the appearance of fine lines, prevents sensitivity and controls oil production.” For the daytime, a lightweight moisturizer is perfect and at night, when your skin does its natural repairing process, you may want to use a heavier cream. If your daytime moisturizer does not include an SPF, be sure to apply a sunscreen right after moisturizing.
Your eye area is drier and thinner than elsewhere on your face and it requires extra care. “The skin around your eyes is the first place to show visible signs of aging – fine lines and wrinkles,” notes Gary Goldfaden, M.D., a dermatologist in Miami, Florida. Apply an eye cream with ingredients like hyaluronic acid twice a day using gentle patting motions with your ring finger.
As you continue to age the needs of your skin change and other items may need to be added to your anti-aging routine. Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week is also important for younger looking skin because it removes dead surface cells, dirt and other debris and stimulates new cell turnover. Exfoliation also always for any targeted treatments to more fully penetrate the skin and targeted treatments like retinol creams are especially helpful as you begin to notice fine lines and wrinkles. Moisturizing, antioxidant-rich serums are a great addition to an anti-aging routine as your skin becomes increasingly dry during the aging process. If using a targeted treatment, apply before your moisturizer to allow the active ingredients to really sink into your skin. You don’t need every new lotion, cream and serum that skincare companies release promising to miraculously make your skin look young. A simple anti-aging routine will help you fight aging without aggravating your skin so that you look young, healthy and radiant.