True, as the old saying goes, "with age comes knowledge," but along with it come fine lines and wrinkles! While there's no way to stop the passage of time, you can help your skin look better by adopting a good anti-aging skincare routine. It's also not necessary to go all out on your skincare routine; a good cleanser and sunscreen will do the work. In terms of when to start using anti-aging products, we’ve covered this in our earlier blog; there is no such thing as ‘starting too early’.
Starting an anti-aging skincare routine in your 30s and 40s and using products with skin-loving components (such as glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid) are two examples of what you can do to keep your skin appearing fresh and young.
Want to move it up a notch? Here’s our ten finest anti-aging tips for your skincare routine that you can begin with now!
1. Use a gentle cleanser
Cleansing is important because it gets rid of any skincare product or makeup you applied during the day, as well as natural skin oils, dirt, and bacteria that have built up. Furthermore, this means that the next set of your skincare products will be able to penetrate your skin deeper and deliver better results.
You should use a mild cleanser to protect your skin's barrier and keep it resilient against dehydration and damage.
Avoid products with sodium lauryl sulphate. One more thing, you don't have to buy cleansers with fancy, active ingredients. Cleansers don't stay on the skin for a long time. These active ingredients are much more useful in later steps, like when you apply serum.
2. Yes, you need a Toner
Toning is the next step after cleansing. If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, or then you have dry skin, you should use a toner. Hydration is very important to keep dryness at bay. Using a toner on a regular basis will help keep your skin's pH level consistent and keep your pores clear, resulting in soft, radiant skin.
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3. Use an exfoliant
Exfoliating your skin has a myriad of benefits. It clears out blocked pores, makes the skin glow, and stimulates blood flow. The skin's ability to repair and renew itself diminishes with age. Reduced turnover of skin cells leads to a less-than-glowing appearance and, in extreme cases, peeling. One of the best ways to remove dead skin cells is to use an exfoliant.
To remove dead skin cells, you can use either a physical or chemical exfoliant. Sugar scrubs and cleansers containing natural exfoliants are examples of mild physical exfoliants that can be used. An alternative is to use a soft sponge or washcloth that is gentle enough for your skin.
Chemical exfoliants work by breaking down the links between skin cells, allowing them to peel off over time. They work well on all ages of skin! Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid and lactic acid are the most effective exfoliants for mature skin. These acids are also commonly included in skincare products including toners, serums, and at-home peels.
Tip: AHAs not only help moisturise your skin, but they also work wonders at eliminating uneven pigmentation.
Remember that exfoliation should only be done once or twice weekly at most. Observe and be mindful of your skin's reaction to treatments to find the most effective method. If you are starting to see the tell-tale signs of age on your face, neck, and hands, exfoliation should be a regular component of your skincare routine.
4. Pat on your anti-aging serum
Serums, in comparison to moisturisers, typically include a higher concentration of active substances.
Vitamin C and the vitamin A derivatives retinoids (retinol, tretinoin, and tazarotene) are the most effective anti-aging ingredients (L-ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate).
In addition to boosting collagen production, they also serve as antioxidants, mopping up the accumulated oxidative damage from your body and the environment that ultimately leads to skin ageing.
After cleansing your face in the morning and evening, pat the serum into your skin before applying moisturiser.
5. MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE
With age, sebum production decreases. Although this reduces the likelihood of acne, it also makes your skin more prone to drying out. Dry skin is a major contributor to fine wrinkles; however, this problem can be easily fixed by using a good moisturiser.
To keep your skin hydrated, try a product with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid. At bedtime, applying an occlusive such as a mineral oils, or cocoa butter can stop water loss through the skin. But keep your skin clean so that it doesn't become a breeding ground for germs.
However, when using your facial moisturiser in the morning and evening, don't stop there; also moisturise your neck and chest. In fact, this area is just as prone to dryness and the appearance of fine lines as any other part of the face, therefore it's crucial to take precautions to avoid these problems.
6. Always wear SUNSCREEN
One sure way to keep your skin looking as youthful as possible is to protect it from the sun. So many of the obvious effects of ageing on the skin can be traced back to exposure to UV rays, that dermatologists have created a separate subfield to study sun damage: photoaging.
The sun's ultraviolet rays can accelerate the ageing process by degrading collagen and producing elastin irregularities, which in turn lead to skin thinning, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation.
Therefore, sunscreen should be used regularly, not just at the beach. Recent research has shown that using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 every day can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots by 20 percent in just three months. Researchers think this is because sunscreen gives the skin a break from being hit by UV rays all the time. This gives the skin's powerful ability to heal itself a chance to work.
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7. Shield your skin from trauma
Damage to the skin is a major contributor to wrinkling, and because ageing skin is more delicate, even minor trauma can have profound effects. There isn't much research on how the way you use skincare products affects your skin, but studies have shown that pressing your face into a pillow while you sleep can cause permanent "sleep wrinkles."
Because of this, it's best to err on the side of caution when washing your face and applying skincare products, and avoid harsh tugging and pulling motions.
8. Remove Makeup and do it gently
Before you can get some beauty sleep, you'll need to take off your makeup. Use cleansing water before bed to prevent makeup from drying out your skin and clogging your pores.
This is a great addition to your cleansing step as they're made specifically to be gentle on sensitive skin while still effectively removing makeup, grime, and debris.
9. Get your beauty sleep
Getting enough sleep is important for your health and wellbeing in general, but it also turns out that the concept of beauty sleep has some scientific validity.
While we sleep, our skin gets a chance to rejuvenate. Because there is no sunlight and no movement of the facial muscles, this is the ideal time of day for skin. Clock in those hours, they are just as important as getting your steps in!
10. Take care of yourself holistically
It's not just your face that shows its age; your neck, chest, and hands do too. Make sure not to ignore them. Cover them with sunscreen too and no one will ever know how old you really are!