Starting an Anti-Aging Routine

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Starting an anti-aging routine can be an overwhelming task with the sheer number of anti-aging ingredients and products available to you. If you’ve ever been curious about what you products or ingredients you really need to begin an anti-aging regimen, keep reading. A beginner’s anti-aging routine follows complete with the proper order products should be layered applied. Check out below to learn what steps you need to include and what products and ingredients you should be on the lookout for.

Cleanse
The first step in your anti-aging routine should be to cleanse your face, both morning and night to remove makeup, dirt and other debris from your face. A gentle cleanser is a great place to begin an anti-aging regimen because you don’t want to strip your skin of its natural oils, but at the same time you need to be cleansing because sebum (oil produced by your skin) can trap environmental pollutants like cigarette smoke. The type of cleanser that you use is dependent upon your skin type. Generally oily or acne-prone skin responds well to gel cleansers, dry skin responds to oil-based or cream cleansers and sensitive skin responds to milky cleansers.

Exfoliate
The greatest anti-aging ingredients in the world like resveratrol, retinol and other antioxidants won’t be able to fight aging if they aren’t able to reach your skin. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells that clog up the surface of your face and keep helpful ingredients from penetrating your skin. There are two methods you can use to exfoliate your face: physical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation.

  • Physical exfoliation involves the use of washcloths, facial cleansing brushes, scrubs and masks. When using scrubs or masks, you want to be careful to avoid using anything sharp or irregularly shaped like apricot kernels, pumice, almonds, walnuts or pumice because these damage the skin.
  • Chemical exfoliation removes dead skin cells by disrupting the anchors that hold cells together. The most common chemical exfoliators in an anti-aging routine are either alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids, or retinoids. You can find tons of products that include these ingredients, but to effectively exfoliate your skin you may require a higher concentration than is available in a regular toner or other products.

Some people are able to exfoliate daily, particularly with chemical exfoliants, but if you are just introducing this step into your skin care routine, experts advise you exfoliate about two to three times a week to allow your face to ease into the process.

Treat
Beginning an anti-aging routine is the perfect time to invest in targeted anti-aging treatments. Retinol treatments are some of the most beneficial treatments that you can use on your face for anti-aging. If you are just starting your routine, you will be able to find plenty of products that contain retinol that don’t require a prescription, but you can also visit your dermatologist for a prescription strength retinol treatment. When using treatments for anti-aging, don’t forget your eyes and lips. Eye treatments help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and protect the area around the eyes. The Vine Vera Resveratrol Age-Defying Eye Serum is a great place to start and features ingredients like resveratrol ferment extract, green tea extract and vitamin C. A hydrating lip balm helps keep your lips soft and supple.

Woman moisturizing her skin.

Moisturize
Moisturizing becomes increasingly important as you age and your skin loses hydration more quickly. Your moisturizer will also depend upon your skin type and you may need to change your moisturizer throughout the year. Some really helpful ingredients to look for in a moisturizer include hyaluronic acid, glycerin, lactic acid and oils. The Vine Vera Pinot Noir Longevity Cream is a luxurious and effective moisturizer that makes the perfect addition to any anti-aging routine.

Protect
Cleansers, exfoliators, treatments and moisturizers are all important to an anti-aging routine but the most important step in any anti-aging regimen is to use sunscreen every single day. Sunscreen is undoubtedly the single most effective way to prevent signs of aging and to protect your skin. Dermatologists recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 25 every day no matter what the sky looks like outside. If you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time, reapply sunscreen every two hours to maintain adequate sun protection.

The amount of anti-aging products can be a deterrent to starting an anti-aging skin care routine, but the best anti-aging routine is simple, gentle on the skin and focuses on the highest quality ingredients. You are never too young or too old to begin an anti-aging routine, so start today for the healthiest, most radiant and youthful skin of your life.

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