With the best anti-aging products at your fingertips, how do you know which ones to choose? The beauty of this simple routine is that people of any age can keep their skin looking young. And with just four skin care essentials, you won’t break the bank getting started.
1. Wash Your Face
Start the day by washing your face with a mild cleanser. CeraVe’s cleanser or SkinMedica’s foaming face wash work well. They gently remove oils, overnight build-up, or products (like Retinol) that you applied the night before.
TIP: Use your hands to wash your face. A washcloth or a rotating brush are too rough for your skin. Also, avoid harsh cleansers. In an effort to thoroughly cleanse their faces, people often irritate their skin. You want to start the day with a fresh face, not with frustrated skin.
2. Apply Sunscreen
After you have a clean face, apply a layer of sunscreen. Sunscreen prevents light energy and environmental factors from damaging your DNA. Continued exposure to the sun results in dark spots, damaged skin, or even skin cancer. Additionally, you’ll start to see rapid signs of aging like wrinkles and discoloration.
Ladies, your makeup may contain some SPF, but consider adding a light sunscreen. EltaMD offers a zinc titanium oxide product called Clear. It goes on smoothly under your makeup, reflecting light rather than looking white and pasty.
1. Wash Your Face
End your day by washing your face again. Not only will you remove the build-up from the day, you’ll also get rid of the makeup and sunscreen you applied in the morning. Use the same gentle cleanser morning and night for an effective wash.
2. Apply Retinol
Retinol is a wrinkle-fighting product. It increases cell turnover, resulting in a brighter complexion. Over time, our skin often becomes dull, like flat paint. With just a few weeks of applying retinol, you’ll see more of a semi-gloss sheen to your skin. It exfoliates your face and makes it smoother and more radiant. As a result, your makeup will go on easier rather than glob up on old skin cells. With extended use, retinol improves your whole complexion. It removes dark spots and prevents lines, wrinkles, and even skin cancer.
TIP: Application works best when you dot the retinol cream on the skin. Take a small pea-sized amount and touch it to forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Then spread the dots out in those areas. Don’t start with a big blob and try to move it all over. It’ll absorb much better if you put it on one area at a time.
After applying a retinol product, your skin needs a heavy moisturizer. As retinol exfoliates your skin, it removes some of your natural moisture barrier. A good moisturizer rehydrates your skin and helps you avoid a chapped, dry face.
Choose a product with a creamy (not greasy) consistency. CeraVe makes a great moisturizer that applies like a thick lotion. This will provide a thin barrier to lock in the moisture.
With a cleanser, sunscreen, retinol, and moisturizer, you can get a beauty regimen that will last you months for around $100 – and it’s an easy routine to follow. For another look at what your beauty process may look like, check out this video.
There’s no need to invest in the “best anti-aging” creams and potions on the market. This proven skincare regimen will put you far ahead in the anti-aging process.
Dr. R. Todd Plott is a board-certified dermatologist in Coppell, Keller, and Saginaw, TX. His specialization and professional interests include treating patients suffering with acne, identifying and solving complex skin conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, and identifying and treating all types of skin cancers. In his spare time, Dr. Plott enjoys cycling, traveling with his wife, and spending time with his children and new grandson.
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