What Is the Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Regimen?

The best anti-aging skin care regimen starts with a foundation that strengthens and protects your skin to help it function at its very best regardless of your age. The following steps should form the framework of your anti-aging skin care regimen. You can add to and adjust to fit your specific skin type and anti-aging concerns.

1. Use Broad Spectrum Sunscreen With SPF 30 Or Higher Every Day 

Although it’s generally not the first step in an anti-aging skin care routine, wearing sunscreen every day, rain or shine, is absolutely the most important step. That’s why we’re putting it first on our list. The sun’s rays, even when you can’t see them, are the number one cause of skin aging (i.e., brown spots and discolorations, and fine lines and wrinkles). So it’s vital that your anti-aging skin care routine include daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher. Otherwise, all your other anti-aging skin care efforts will not produce the results you want. 

2. Wash Your Face Twice Daily

Cleanse your face twice per day with a gentle face wash formulated for your specific skin type (i.e., oily, dry, or combination). Be sure to remove your makeup before you go to bed! Leaving your makeup on overnight can clog pores leading to breakouts, blackheads, and skin inflammation. Plus, during the day, your skin is exposed to skin-stressors like dirt, sweat, oil and environmental pollutants. Bonus reason: perfectly cleansed skin will help your anti-aging treatment products absorb better.

3. Consider Using Toner With Anti-Aging Ingredients

Although it’s not an imperative, you may find you want to restore balance to your skin post-cleanse with a gentle facial toner. Look for a toner that contains ingredients known to soothe skin and be beneficial for anti-aging such as antioxidants, ceramides or hyaluronic acid. The idea here is to restore and boost your skin’s natural barrier, so avoid astringent and/or alcohol based toners that can strip your skin and cause irritation.

4. Exfoliate Regularly with a Chemical or Physical Exfoliant

Aging skin does not shed skin cells as quickly as younger skin. Regular exfoliation helps correct this process and reveals smoother, more radiant, younger-looking skin. Chemical exfoliant treatments such as alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) or Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA or salicylic acid) help to gently slough away rough, dead skin cells and unclog pores. Physical exfoliants, such as jojoba beads, physically clear away dead skin cells on the surface of skin. If you use a physical exfoliant, beware of harsh, abrasive face scrubs that can tear at your skin and cause damage. 

5. Treat Skin With An Anti-Aging Serum or Moisturizer 

Follow the exfoliation step with a facial serum or moisturizer formulated with ingredients geared to your specific anti-aging concerns. For example, you may want to try a vitamin C serum for firmness and discolorations or a moisturizer that contains retinol for fine lines and wrinkles. If you choose a serum, be sure to follow it with a sunscreen during the day. If you are opting for a moisturizer during the day, make sure it contains SPF 30 or higher.  

Should You Explore Next-Level Anti-Aging Skin Care Products and Cosmetic Procedures?

That decision is totally up to you. Depending on the specific anti-aging concern you want to address, there are numerous anti-aging innovations, treatments, and procedures out there to explore. But whatever you choose to do, use the above steps as the basis of your best anti-aging skin-care regimen. They will go a long way to maintaining and protecting your skin, helping it to look healthy and radiant for years to come.