They say getting older is like going through a second puberty. Your skin is changing, your body is changing, your hormones are all outta whack and sometimes you don’t recognize that person staring back at you from the mirror. And just like when you were a preteen, you have to change your skincare routine to meet your skin’s changing needs.
Now, instead of focusing on oil control and keeping breakouts at bay, you’re focusing on moisturizing, anti-aging and postponing the arrival of those fine lines and age spots – or at least lessening their impact. They say it’s never too early to implement an anti-aging skincare regimen to give your skin the best shot at staying youthful and dewy as long as possible, but where to start? There are tons of products on the market and you’ve probably tried some that made big claims but did squat. And paying more doesn’t always mean better results. Spending a boatload of cash on a product that does nothing is really a drag.
In my research, I’ve found a couple of key ingredients that crop up again and again with proven results and the backing of dermatologists.
Vitamin C Serum
When added to your daily routine, vitamin C provides a range of benefits, from evening out your skin tone, shielding skin from the visible impacts of pollution, significantly improving hydration, and keeping your skin looking younger, longer! The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage. Read all of the benefits here.
Retin-A, the drug known generically as retinoic acid or tretinoin, is derived from vitamin A. Retinol, a less potent form of Retin-A, also has some strong science to support its effectiveness. Retin-A users report improvements in skin texture, including diminished wrinkles and brown spots. Retin-A can improve skin texture and fade dark spots and freckles because it causes skin cells to turn over more rapidly. It shrinks dilated pores and improves cell turnover within the pores so they are less likely to clog and become blackheads and whiteheads. But what has earned Retin-A its long-held reputation is its ability to affect the retention of collagen. Learn more here.
As I’ve mentioned before in a blog post, YouTube is an amazing resource for beauty. You have your choice of vloggers who do nothing but test products and make recommendations. Armed with the knowledge that Vitamin C and Retin-A/Retinol are on my “must have” list, I found a simple anti-aging routine tested and approved by Angie of HotandFlashy. Why should I waste any more time and money searching for the perfect combo of products when Angie’s done the work for me? In the morning, you cleanse, use Vitamin C serum and follow up with sunscreen and moisturizer. In the evening, you cleanse, use Retin-A/Retinol and moisturize. Simple. For those of you who want to go the more complicated route (read: high maintenance), she also offers a similar, but more detailed anti-aging routine.
While we’re on the subject of anti-aging, I’m planning to expand the ageless beauty section of this site, so be sure to subscribe and look for updates soon!