It’s easy to forget about how your skin will age, right up until you see that first fine line or dark spot. The bright side is that, although we can’t physically stop time, the right anti-aging regimen can make your complexion look like it has. Follow these steps to form a skin care routine that will keep your skin glowing and youthful at any age.
Always Start with Cleanser
Just like any other facial skin care regimen, the first step of an effective anti-aging skin care routine is cleansing your face. The cleanser itself doesn’t have to be specialized to fight aging. It just has to clear oil, dirt, and debris from your pores without stripping your skin of its natural, hydrating oils.
We might associate acne with adolescence, but when you get breakouts as an adult, they can leave marks or even scars that make you look older. So be sure to carefully but gently cleanse to prepare your skin for the rest of your routine.
Renew with Exfoliant
Cleansing can clear out your pores, but you need an exfoliant to get rid of the dead skin cells that lie on top of them. Like cleansing, exfoliating has all kinds of benefits that are ideal in an anti-aging skin care routine. It renews cells to avoid dull skin, diminishes hyperpigmentation, and minimizes wrinkles.
How often you should exfoliate depends on what type of product you’re working into your anti-aging regimen. A microdermabrasion scrub only has to be used two to three times a week, where a gentler chemical exfoliant can be applied every day. They both come with incredible benefits.
Relax with a Toner
Toners are often unfairly overlooked when it comes to creating an anti-aging skin care routine. Not only do they provide one last round of cleansing for the skin, but they also prepare it for the rest of your skin care treatments, restore pH balance to calm your complexion, and relax your facial muscles to soothe away fine lines.
If you want to maximize the effectiveness of the rest of your products, a toner is a must-have. There’s no better way to enhance your skin’s ability to retain moisture than by using a good toner.
Apply a Rejuvenating Serum
Now that your skin is fully cleansed and prepped, you’ll need to apply a strong rejuvenating serum. This is the treatment that works to actually correct all of your aging-related concerns.
A really good serum can address a number of concerns all at once. It can encourage skin cell turnover to repair and renew damaged skin, and erase dark spots. It can increase collagen to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. It can even improve skin elasticity. This is the core element of any anti-aging regimen.
Finish by Using Moisturizer with SPF
All of these steps are important parts of an anti-aging skin care routine. But they all lose their effectiveness if you don’t finish up by applying a moisturizer with SPF. Skin has to be hydrated. Every benefit from this regimen can be reversed if you don’t moisturize it.
Be sure to use a moisturizer with SPF, because it’s also crucially important to protect your skin from the sun. Vitamin D is important, but too much exposure to UV rays quickly forms wrinkles and sunspots, and your complexion will hit the point of “too much” quicker than you think.