Anti-aging products are everywhere these days. In fact, the global anti-aging market size and trends are expected to reach $216.52 Billion by 2021 (source: Zion Market Research).
The increasing aging population is believed to be driving a lot of this growth, but society also plays a significant role. The expectation to appear ageless, the rise in popularity (and increased social acceptance) of cosmetic procedures, and the countless products and promises of cosmetics companies are all changing how we see and approach aging.
We’d all love to believe there is a quick and easy way to maintain a youthful, healthy glow. However, the truth is that we can’t stop the clock or turn back time. We all age, and our skin, bodies and minds will reflect that.
While there are many expensive procedures available to alter or mask the effects of time, it’s best to take a more proactive and preventative approach to skin care. Your skin is your largest organ, after all, so it’s important that you take care of it.
The following three elements are essential in any skin care regime to combat the signs of aging:
Every dermatologist will tell you that sunscreen is a must for your skin care routine. Sunscreen should be used on a daily basis, rain or shine, to prevent premature aging and reduce your risk of skin cancer. But finding one that has UVA and UVB coverage and works for your skin type can be a challenge.
I personally love EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Facial Sunscreen. It’s non-comedogenic, fragrance free and great on sensitive skin. It’s also non-greasy and dries matte, so it works great under make-up. Most importantly, it protects from both types of damaging rays.
Another good option is Colorscience Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Sunscreen Brush Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This is a mineral-based sunscreen powder brush, and is great on-the-go or for touch-ups through the course of the day. Throw one in your handbag or gym bag and go. It’s easy and creates no mess.
Retinoids have been proven to boost collagen production (reducing wrinkles and preventing fine lines), speed cell turnover (evening out discoloration and brightening skin tone) and unclog pores (making them look smaller and reducing acne).
Tretinoin is the most common prescription retinoid, and is stronger and faster-acting than retinol, the OTC version, but requires a trip to the doctor and a prescription.
In terms of OTC products, I recommend SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0, SkinMedica Age Defense Retinol Complex 1.0 and Obaji Retinol 1.0. All are recommended by dermatologists and come with raving customer reviews.
Antioxidants play an important role in your skin’s appearance and health. They help prevent and repair damage to your skin, protecting your skin from the inside out.
Vitamins A, C and E are thought to be particularly helpful in skin care, and in an anti-aging regimen specifically, as they help fight fine lines and wrinkles.
Antioxidant serums can be pricey, but for many of us who are serious about quality skin care, it’s worth it. In terms of dermatologist-approved antioxidant serums, it doesn’t get better than Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. This product is the holy grail of skin care and anti-aging products. I have used this product for over a decade, and all it takes is a quick online search to see how beloved this product is by dermatologists, beauty bloggers, magazine editors, and more.
Incorporating these products into your skin care routine will pay off for years to come. Consistency is key, however, and it may take weeks of use to notice results. Remember: Dramatic improvements don’t happen overnight.
Give these items and product recommendations a try, and let me know what you think. Do you have other tips to share? If so, include them in the comments section below.
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