Your skin is under constant attack from sun exposure, pollutants, stress, and other toxins just waiting to cause premature signs of aging. While your anti-aging skincare routine is a powerful weapon against these attacks, you may need to take a more assertive approach to skincare. Fortunately, you can supercharge your anti-aging skincare routine to get the healthiest, most youthful-looking skin possible.
Rev Up Your Anti-Aging Skincare Routine
Protect your skin from the sun
Minimize exposure to harmful UV rays and environmental irritants – limit the amount of time you spend the sun and avoid environmental irritants, such as pollution. Wear sunscreen and sun-protective clothing and hats to protect your skin from UV rays that can cause accelerated aging and skin cancer.
Use the right products
In many cases, your skincare routine is only as good as the products you use. Look for products containing the following ingredients:
- Vitamin C and other antioxidants that can boost the production of collagen, which helps heal and strengthen skin and protects your skin from damaging pollutants ultraviolet rays
- Topical Vitamin B3 preparations that can boost the benefits of an antioxidant and can help ease redness.
- Vitamin B5 that can help soothe the skin, promote healing, and boost skin cell regeneration.
- Hyaluronic acid that can help you skin retain moisture.
- Retinol products that can increase the production of collagen to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone and texture, and exfoliate the skin for a fresh, youthful appearance.
- Alpha hydroxy acid that can help you get rid of dead skin cells and encourages the growth of healthy, new skin cells.
- Growth factors that promote the production of collagen and elastin, which helps skin retain its youthful plumpness and elasticity
Optimize your morning and evening anti-aging skincare routine
Your skin requires care in the morning and in the evening. If you are like most people, though, you already have a full day of working, going to school, taking care of your family, and engaging in your favorite hobbies. Still, you want healthy and youthful-looking skin. Fortunately, you can optimize your morning and evening skincare routine to maximize the anti-aging benefits in the shortest amount of time possible.
Morning anti-aging skincare routine
Your morning anti-aging skincare routine prepares your skin for the day ahead. Your basic morning anti-aging skincare routine may include:
Step 1 – Cleanse your skin
Wash your face thoroughly using cool water and a gentle cleanser to clean your skin without stripping moisture from it.
Step 2 – Exfoliate
Use an exfoliating pad that contains alpha-hydroxy acids to remove dead skin cells. Toners may be helpful, as long as they do not dry out your skin.
Step 3 – Apply treatments and serums
Apply prescription topical treatments for acne, psoriasis, eczema, or other chronic skin conditions. Next, apply serums that contain antioxidants, growth factors, and collagen-building peptides.
Step 4 – Moisturize
Apply moisturizers containing hyaluronic acids and ceramides specifically designed for improving hydration and overall health of aging skin.
Step 5 – Apply eye cream
Apply eye cream that contains ingredients that target your specific concerns. Peptides and antioxidants are helpful for treating dark circles, caffeine can reduce puffiness, and hyaluronic acid can improve dryness.
Step 5 – Slather on the sunscreen
Sun damage is a major cause of skin aging. To protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Apply a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher every day; reapply every 2 hours while outdoors, and more often when in water or after perspiring.
Nighttime anti-aging skincare routine
Your nighttime ant-aging skincare routine focuses on the healing and rejuvenation of your skin. While the basic nighttime skin regimen is different for everyone, your evening routine should include:
Step 1 – Cleanser
Remove your makeup with a gentle makeup remover. Next, use a simple ingredient cleanser to clean dirt and excess oil from your face.
Step 2 – Apply retinols and serums
Retinol gives a one-two punch of anti-aging benefits by preventing the formation of new wrinkles and by diminishing the appearance of existing age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Retinols can also improve your overall skin tone and texture while increasing cellular turnover, which keeps your skin looking youthful and healthy. You may benefit from applying a hydrating serum to help the skin retain moisture before applying your moisturizer.
Step 3 – Put on moisturizer
Use a thicker, cream-based moisturizer that contain peptides and ceramides, which help replenish moisture lost during the day and keep skin looking and feeling supple, smooth, and hydrated.
Step 4 – Apply eye cream
Apply eye cream that contains extra hydration with hyaluronic acid or natural oils, such as avocado. If you have crow’s feet or other signs of aging around your eyes, you may benefit from using retinol in nightly eye creams.
Your Dermatologist at Center for Dermatology & Laser Surgery Can Help You Amp Up Your Anti-Aging Skincare Routine
Your dermatologist is your best ally for optimizing the effects of your anti-aging skincare routine. Your skincare professional can determine the underlying causes of premature aging, suggest skin supplements and face masks, and provide guidance in getting the most out of your morning and evening anti-aging skincare routine. Your dermatologist can even recommend various procedures, such as dermal fillers, neurotoxin injections, chemical peels, and laser treatments to help improve the appearance of existing fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and other signs of aging.
For more information about amping up your anti-aging skincare routine, consult with the skincare professionals at Center for Dermatology & Laser Surgery. Our dermatologists and skin specialists in Oregon are ready to help you keep your healthy and youthful-looking.