What to Consider When Choosing Anti-Aging Skincare Products
By Jennifer Links
Facial Cleanser: Good skincare, especially if you’re beginning to worry about aging, starts with a solid foundation – meticulously clean skin. The cleanser you choose should be capable of lifting dirt and make-up out of pores, but also gentle enough not to dry out your skin. Try a high-quality option formulated with anti-aging in mind. (We like Forever Flawless’s Diamond Infused Exfoliating & Foaming Cleanser.)
Daytime Moisturizer: You should already be wearing a moisturizer underneath your make-up on a daily basis. If not, it’s time to start, no matter what your age or skin type. Moisture is key when it comes to keeping skin wrinkle-free and young-looking. Choose a product that includes sun protection – SPF 30 or higher.
Night Cream: You should also be washing your face completely clean and subsequently applying a night cream each evening before bed. Choose an option that includes proven wrinkle fighters like peptides or retinol. When worn consistently, such creams significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after 8-12 weeks.
You will also want to make sure you’re wearing a general sunscreen on all exposed parts of your body every single day, as sun damage is one of the leading causes of premature aging. If your daily cleanser doesn’t contain a gentle exfoliation agent suitable for everyday use, you may want to invest in a separate exfoliator right off the bat as well. Scrubs are fantastic, but chemical peels made especially for aging skin can also work wonders.
Key Anti-Aging Ingredients
While no one ingredient can guarantee you the results you’re looking for, it is important that you’re aware of which ingredients have been proven the most effective when applied topically. Always read ingredient lists and product descriptions carefully.
All topical anti-aging products should have at least one key ingredient that isn’t merely there for protective or cosmetic reasons. The following is by no means an exhaustive list of compounds to look for, but they are certainly among the most effective options to consider.
Choosing Age-Appropriate Anti-Aging Products
Skin goes through a multitude of changes over the course of a human lifespan. Its needs will also change, so make sure you’re choosing products designed with your skin’s age in mind. The following is a basic overview to help you get started.
Although most people in their 20s still have incredibly youthful looking skin, especially if they’re conscientious about skincare, it’s never too early to start using anti-aging products. The focus should be on protection and prevention. Make sure you’re guarding against sun damage with broad spectrum sunscreens and skin products that contain antioxidants like Vitamin C and green tea extract.
During your 30s, skin begins to lose elastin and collagen. Cell turnover and regeneration also occurs much more slowly than it once did. Focus on preserving skin’s firmness by exfoliating regularly to stimulate cell turnover. Follow up with products containing ingredients that help boost collagen and/or elastin production like peptides or retinol.
Skin becomes thinner in your 40s, making it more vulnerable to damaging environmental factors. Keep skin firm and plump by using products containing hyaluronic acid, especially if combined with Vitamin C. Minimize the appearance of eye wrinkles with CoQ10 or caffeine.
Your 50s and Up
This is the point where skin really begins to show the effects of a lifetime of exposure to the elements and other environmental factors. It can also become very dry. Keep it looking its best by focusing on moisturizing products that create barriers to seal in moisture and keep skin hydrated.
Also make sure you understand the importance of investing in your skincare. Seek high quality products from trusted manufacturers that you can count on to deliver results. Better products will contain better quality ingredients in higher concentrations, giving your skin its absolute best chance to stay flawless for many years to come. Explore your options today!