Fine lines and wrinkles are a fact of life. They are a reminder of all the laughs we have enjoyed, the challenges we have come through and the memories we have created. But that doesn’t mean that we are ever ready for wrinkles to appear! In fact, it can be a shock when we first notice them! It can happen in our twenties or thirties or, for the lucky few, in our forties!
Aging skin can be genetic – if your parents’ skin aged young, then it is more likely that yours will too, but our lifestyles can impact that greatly. Therefore, it is never too early to start about preventing the visible signs of aging – and the earlier you take care of it, the easier that will be.
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Your Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine
We can’t turn back the hands of time or put our body clocks on pause, but what we can do is give our bodies the resilience against damage and give our skin the best chance of retaining its youthful elasticity and glow. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, so we need to start looking after it – from both inside and out.
Cleansing Your Skin
Your skin has a huge surface area, with millions of pores. These pores trap dirt, oil and other impurities that enlarge the pores. Leaving this pollution in your pores can create a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive, which will reduce the health of your skin overall.
To cleanse your skin, choose a gentle, soap-free and oil-free cleanser. Ideally, choose one that is enriched with antioxidants that can reverse and prevent damage from free radicals. Apply it to damp skin and massage it all over your face. You can also apply it with a soft facial brush and gently buff your skin to increase circulation.
Toning Your Skin
You probably associate toning with your acne regimen, but actually, it plays a big part in anti-aging. Large pores can not only make skin appear older; they are more likely to trap oil and impurities which can cause your skin to lose its vibrancy. Using a toner closes your pores and nourishes your skin.
If you have sensitive skin, you can always use cold water to tone your skin. Cold water has a similar effect of closing your pores, and you can just splash it on your face once you have rinsed the face wash off. Alternatively, you can invest in a facial steamer that emits cold steam that gently tones your skin and closes your pores.
Apply An Anti-Aging Cream
Anti-aging creams can vary hugely, which means that there is something to suit all skin types and all stages of the skin-age process. The principle idea behind anti-aging creams is to provide your skin with moisture and nutrients and to promote your skin’s natural collagen production. By enhancing the collagen production, the creams can plump out your skin to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and prevent new ones from appearing.
Creams that encourage our skin to produce more collagen are known as pro-collagen creams. They often contain marine ingredients. They can also contain antioxidants such as vitamin E, which reduce the effects of free radicals that can cause the breakdown of collagen, as well as nourish and hydrate your skin.
Other common ingredients include retinol, which is a lower strength version of a popular type of medication known as retinoids. Retinol is a derivative or closely related to Vitamin A, and it stimulates the growth of new cells. Retinol can be quite drying on the skin surface, but it builds up the deeper layers of your skin to smooth-out your fine lines and wrinkles.
Anti-aging creams are available both for daytime and nighttime use. Many day creams include a sun protection factor and many night creams are heavily moisturizing.
To choose the right product for you, take a look at our reviews of what we think are the top anti-aging creams available now.
Wear Sun Protection
Sunglasses, sunscreen, sunhat – we aren’t going overboard, but sun damage is one of the most common causes of premature skin aging and can also cause cancer. By wearing sun protection, you are greatly reducing the effects of the harmful UVA and UVB rays that cause damage to out skin on a cellular level – disturbing our DNA and inhibiting our cell processes.
Adopt A Healthy Lifestyle
You can apply all the topical products under the sun, but unless you improve and maintain your overall health, your skin won’t look its best. Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring, but making these few changes will not only help your skin to remain youthful, but it will also improve your overall health and well-being:
- Quit smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Get plenty of sleep
- Increase your water intake
- Decease your alcohol intake
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
Skin Care Routine For Your Neck And Chest
People often only associate aging skin with facial wrinkles, but in fact, our neck, chest and hands are common places for aging skin to develop. They are often exposed to sunlight and we may not always think, if at all, to apply sun protection to these areas until it is too late. In fact, your neck, décolletage and chest may start to show your age before your face does!
The good news is that we can treat out neck, chest and hands as we treat our face to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. You can apply sun protection readily, and don’t forget to exfoliate and moisturize these areas regularly, such as once or twice a week. This rejuvenates your skin and enhances your circulation to reveal a more youthful complexion with a healthy glow.
You can also apply your retinol or other anti-aging face cream to your neck and chest. Your skin on your neck and chest is likely to be less sensitive than your face, and therefore you may find that you are able to tolerate a higher-strength anti-aging cream here than you can around your eyes for example.
You can also use microdermabrasion successfully on your neck and chest. Speak to your dermatologist or beauty salon about getting regular treatments in these areas. Alternatively, if you’d like a more cost-effective and accessible option, consider buying an at-home microdermabrasion kit. It can stimulate collagen production, tighten up your skin and rejuvenate your appearance, all in the comfort of your own home.
Skin Care Routine For Your Hands
Just like our neck and chest, our hands may often be forgotten when applying sunscreen. Plus they are often exposed year round, for example when driving even in winter, when our necks are nicely adorned by woolly scarves or high-neck jumpers.
Taking care of your hands and preventing them showing visible signs of aging is easy. You can even get hand creams that have SPF in. Keeping them moisturized, particularly in the winter months when they are prone to drying-out will help them to stay resilient against damage and less likely to show the signs of aging in the future. You can also exfoliate your hands, just use your regular facial scrub to rejuvenate the skin.
Age spots commonly occur on your hands. Though they are harmless, they can look unsightly. To remove them or reduce their appearance you can apply a retinol cream. Your dermatologist may also be able to prescribe you a skin-bleaching medication such as hydroquinone, or a retinoid such as tretinoin to remove them if retinol creams don’t give you the desired results. Light therapy can also be very effective on age spots.
Skincare Routine For Acne
For some lucky people, their days of spots and blackheads are well behind them before they start worrying about fine lines and wrinkles. Some even luckier ones never even suffered from breakouts in the first place, and we are forever in awe (and a little envious) of their skin. For many people though, the pimple remnants of their teen years and twenties overlap with the first signs of fine lines and wrinkles appearing, and that can be disheartening, to say the least. Both acne and aging skin can be exacerbated by hormonal fluctuation, pollution and stress – familiar elements of everyday life, so it is hardly surprising that having to fight the two together is a common experience.
Fear now, however, because many of the ways that we treat anti-aging are effective on acne too. Plus, many anti-aging products are developed to be suitable for acne-prone skin. These are our top tips for tackling acne and anti-aging:
- Cleanse, tone and moisturize to treat both acne and aging skin. This is an extremely effective method of looking after your skin, for both preventing acne and skin aging. It removes pollution and impurities from your pores, tightens them up and hydrates and nourishes your skin. This keeps your skin healthy, resilient and less likely to be affected by spots and wrinkles.
- Choose oil-balancing products over ones which will strip the natural oils from your skin. This will help to prevent breakouts and will prevent over-drying your skin, which makes it more prone to premature aging and damage. You will also want to avoid products which contain oil, although an exception is tea tree oil, which is a great topical product for treating spots without causing skin aging.
- “Non-comedogenic” is a feature of skincare products which is imperative for you. It means that the product will not block your pores, so it will therefore not exacerbate your acne. This is key for moisturizers and anti-wrinkle Many moisturizers, anti-aging creams and night creams are heavy on your skin and can cause breakouts if they are not non-comedogenic.
- Exfoliate regularly to clear spot-causing impurities from your pores to reduce future spots and blackheads; and encourage the shedding of dry, dead skin. Exfoliating increases your circulation and smooths the surface and enables deeper absorption of products. This helps restore a youthful, healthy glow to your skin. Once or twice a week is plenty, any more can risk damaging your skin.
It is never too early or too late to think about anti-aging skin care. By starting young and protecting your skin, you give it the best chance at remaining youthful, but even improving your lifestyle in your later years can do wonders for your complexion.