I’m one of those annoying people who’s been blessed with good skin.
Sure, I’ve had my fair share of pimples and dark circles like everyone else, but on the whole, I never had to do that much to my skin to make it look good.
For the first 25 years of my life, my skincare regime was as simple as it gets: cleanse, moisturize and avoid the sun as the plague. It worked. My skin was smooth. Soft. Radiant.
I could even go to bed in the wee hours of the morning without removing my makeup and wake up a few hours later and my skin wouldn’t be that much worse for wear.
Ah, you get away with so much when you’re young…
But when I reached the big 3-0, things changed.
Some small fine lines started making their way around my eyes. My skin became rougher than it used to be. Duller too. I may still look younger than my years, but if I don’t up my skincare game, my real age will catch up with my skin too.
This is the time to bring out the big anti-aging guns (if you’re not using them already) and tweak your skincare routine to adjust to the new changes in your skin. Here’s how:
1. Use a gentle cleanser
Skin tends to get drier as we age. If that’s happening to you, opt for a milk or cream cleanser that removes all traces of dirt and makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils. My fave? Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. It comes with its own washcloth to exfoliate skin during cleansing. But sometimes, I use it on its own too. Works well both ways.
2. Add Niacinamide to your skincare routine
Grab yourself some niacinamide, pronto! Niacinamide is a powerful multitasker that hydrates skin, helps reduces wrinkles and sallowness, treats hyperpigmentation and acne, and soothes rosacea too. Your skin needs helps with most of these things as it gets older, so why not use a multi-tasker that deals with them all? You don’t even need to spend a lot to get your niacinamide fix. This ingredient is found in most Olay products. My combo skin totally digs Total Effects Day Cream SPF 15, but their Regenerist line is pretty good too.
Related: Spotlight On Niacinamide
3. Prevent wrinkles with antioxidants
This is the time when wrinkles start to show up. But that doesn’t mean we can do away with prevention. We still need to use plenty of antioxidants – some of my faves are vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea, and coenzyme Q-10, to fight free radicals. Which one should you use? A combination always works best. That’s why I’m in love with Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. It contains every antioxidant you can think of and more!
P.S. Make sure you pick something packaged in an airtight tube or bottle. Antioxidants are divas that lose some of their effectiveness every time they come in contact with light and air. Jar packaging is a no-no!
4. Bust Wrinkles with Retinol
Retinol is the only thing proven to really reduce wrinkles. It works by boosting the production of collagen and speeding up cellular turnover (it helps your skin renew itself faster). And it gets rid of dark spots and acne too. Atm, I’m getting my fix from Paula’s Choice Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum, which is also full of antioxidants.
P.S. Same as antioxidants. Opaque and airtight tubes and bottles only. No jars!
P.P.S. Retinol can be irritating at first, so start with tiny doses once or twice a week.
Related: Best Skincare Products With Retinol
5. Exfoliate with Acids
As we turn 30, our skin takes a whole month to renew itself (it only took 21 in your 20s). That means that using a good exfoliant to speed up the process is more important than ever.
I use glycolic acid (Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA, to be exact). It dissolves the “glue” that holds skin cells together, so they can easily slough off and reveal the brighter and smoother skin that was hiding underneath. Plus, it hydrates skin and boosts the production of collagen, too.
If you have oily skin, skip glycolic and go with salicylic acid instead. That one can get inside the pores, unclogging them from within. Bye bye breakouts! The best pick? Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment With 2% AHA.
6. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Sunscreen is the best anti-aging product out there. Bar none. So wear it every single day. Yep, in winter too. The sun may be hiding behind the clouds, but UVA rays (those that cause wrinkles) can still get through and hurt your skin. I love Sunumbra Sunkids SPF 40 because it is very gentle on the skin, and can be used by everyone, even those with sensitive skin. Plus, it’s tinted, so you won’t end up with an ugly white cast.
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