The Benefits of an Anti-Aging Regimen

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There’s no way that you can stop aging. However, you can to look and feel your best as you get older. You don’t have to succumb to wrinkles, sagging skin and discoloration. The earlier you start an anti-aging skin care routine, the easier it will be to maintain a youthful appearance. Don’t fret; you can still incorporate a number of products and practices into your daily routine even if you’re in your 50s or 60s.

What is a good anti-aging routine?

good anti-aging routine incorporates a few things. You should be washing your face daily – once in the morning and once at night. After you have dried your skin, use a variety of products to hydrate it, prevent breakouts and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Intermittently, you can exfoliate your skin or apply a mask. The goal is to develop a routine to ensure the best results. Here are some things you should know.

Wash Your Face

Washing your face regularly allows you to remove any product or makeup you may be wearing. It also removes excess oil, pollutants and bacteria from your skin. For the best anti-aging skin care routine, pay close attention to the cleanser you use. South Asian skin can be sensitive to irritants, so go for a mild cleanser that will not dry out your skin. It’s imperative to protect your skin’s natural barrier while keeping it clean and hydrated.

A a very high pH can irritate the skin and dry it, making it look redder than normal. You should also stay away from products with harsh chemicals. Sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens and fragrances can all do more harm than good. Products that contain alcohol can be very drying, even if you rinse your cleanser off shortly after applying it.

Consider cleansers with anti-aging properties. Some really effective ingredients are mild, while reducing lines and fine wrinkles. Look for products with hyaluronic acid, green tea, vitamin E and ceramides. These ingredients will help you retain moisture, reduce inflammation and tighten the skin.

Use a Toner

A toner is designed to restore the pH level of your skin, so your skin feels fresher and healthier than it would if you were just washing it regularly. You can also use a toner to tighten the pores so you have a firmer appearance and to soothe irritated skin. Our skin is naturally acidic, but this delicate balance can change when we’re washing our skin. You can prevent your skin from having to work harder to maintain a healthy balance by using a toner. You can select a toner that will help cleanse the skin and remove anything that’s left after washing, but there are anti-aging toners that you can target.

Exfoliate Regularly

Our skin replenishes itself on a regular basis. Dead skin cells will be shed, to be replaced by fresh cells. The process slows down as we age. We can promote a healthy new growth of skin cells by exfoliating the older ones away. A dermatologist can do a chemical exfoliation, but it can dry your skin. Look for natural products to use at home, or products that include anti-aging ingredients, such as alpha-hydroxy acids. AHAs hep address uneven skin tone, or skin developing age spots. You can also opt for an exfoliating facial brush that manually removes dead skin cells while you use routine skin care products.

Properly Apply Anti-Aging Products

Whether using a serum, lotion or cream, the way that you apply them is important. People rub products into their skin, hoping to make sure everything is properly absorbed. What you want to do is gently pat your products onto your skin. Pat them in, working from the bottom of your neck upwards. The same goes for drying your skin after you’ve washed it. Pat the skin, moving upwards instead of down.

Don’t Forget to Moisturize

As you get older your skin produces less oil. While this means you experience less acne, you may experience drier skin and the associated irritation more. Wrinkles often occur because of a lack of hydration, but moisturizer can play a big role in fighting aging. Good anti-aging moisturizers use ingredients like glycerine, hyaluronic acid and mineral oil.

Use Sunscreen

While the sun can provide you with a natural glowing tan, the it can also make your skin age more quickly than if you are stuck in the shade. UV rays beating down on you in the summer can cause the collage in your skin to break down. The result is a change in the elasticity of your skin, causing it to thin and wrinkle. Your skin pigments can also discolor.

It’s easier to prevent sun damage with an anti-aging skin care routine than repair it. That is why sunscreen is beneficial anytime you’re outside. You’ll want to choose a product with at least 30 SPF, if not higher. When you give your skin a break from the sun, it can actually bounce back quite a bit. Choose a waterproof sunscreen product if you’re going to be in a pool or getting wet. Don’t forget the rest of your body! Apply sunscreen to your shoulders, arms, legs, etc. This will help promote healthier skin all over your body.

If you really crave a tanned skin, find a self-tanning skin product for a faux glow.

A Whole-Body Approach

While there are plenty of things that you can do for your skin, also think about your body as a whole. Our bodies need proper nourishment and hydration to function properly. Deficiencies in either can show on your body. Think about the fuel you put into your body. High-cholesterol foods and foods high in fat have a direct effect on your skin. They can cause an increase in breakouts. Stick to a diet rich in lean protein, vegetables, fruit and whole grains. Opt for water over sugary beverages. Caffeine can cause dehydration because of its diuretic effect, which can harm your skin as well.

People who smoke or drink regularly often show signs of aging long before people who don’t. Smoking can cause your skin to heal slower, discolor your skin, cause wrinkles, and promotes sagging of the skin. Alcohol causes your body and skin to dehydrate. Your skin health will be poor due to poor sleep habits that often come from regular drinking.

In addition to developing a regular anti-aging routine, a dermatologist can provide you with expert care and recommendations, help you deal with any skin issues, and also recommend what products you can use for the best anti-aging effects.


How do I start an anti-aging skin care routine?

You may be overwhelmed by the many products for an anti aging routine. Check each step in your routine, and find products for each. If you start the day with washing your face, then an anti aging cleanser is what you want to purchase first.

Try a product for a week or so to see how your skin reacts to it. Once you know that a product has no negative reaction, add the next one. After a cleanser, consider purchasing a toner, followed by a moisturizer, nighttime serum and corrective lotion.

How can I stop my face from aging?

We can try to repair any damage done. We can also take steps to prevent more damage. The most common signs of aging people see are sagging skin, loose skin, wrinkles and age spots. The amount of aging you see will largely be determined by the intensity and during of sunshine you have dealt with in your life. You don’t have to stay out of the sun all summer long, but some sunscreens and a large sun hat can help protect your skin. The sun is strongest between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M., which is when you should be taking the most precaution.

When you come in from the sun, make sure you use the right products. Even with sunscreen on, your skin may be a bit dry after your time outside. Apply an anti-aging moisturizer liberally when you spend a lot of time outside.

What makes a face look younger?

If you’re not interested in cosmetic surgery, you’re probably looking for natural ways to look younger. The cosmetic industry inundates the market with anti-aging products. You simply have to find the ones for your skin type. In addition to anti-aging ingredients, also customize your products based on your kind of skin – dry, oily, sensitive, etc.

For more skincare routine tips on, check out The Benefits of a Night Skin Care Routine