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Anti-Aging Products:Is My Skincare Routine Missing Something?


So you've got your daily skin care routine down. You're using a cleanser, then exfoliating, then moisturizing both first thing in the morning and immediately before bed. Yet you're still not seeing the youthful, glowing skin you're looking for. What's going wrong?

Well, you aren't doing anything wrong, per se. The steps listed above are the bedrock of the basic routine that every woman who cares about their skin should be undertaking on a daily basis. What's likely causing you to fall short of your desired results here is that you're missing a crucial step -- the use of anti-aging products!

But I'm Too Young for Anti-Aging Products...

No, you aren't!

Your skin is constantly undergoing the process of damage and aging from the day you're born; it just takes a few decades for the cumulative results to really become visible. That doesn't mean the process isn't going on when you're young though, even if you can't really see it happening.

Think of anti-aging products as an ongoing preventive measure rather than as some sort of magical cream with the power to turn back the clock. When used regularly, they can drastically slow down the natural degradation of the skin caused by exposure to the elements over time. Women generally begin using them in their 20s to 30s, but there are products that will begin to benefit you even in your teens!

So What Anti-Aging Products Should I Be Using?

There are three anti-aging products that will benefit all women: antioxidant-based treatment serums, moisturizing sunscreen, and an evening moisturizer. There are other products that are used situationally depending on your skin type and condition, such as a retinoid cream or a lightening product, but let's take an in-depth look at the products that will be of benefit to everyone first.

Antioxidant Anti-Aging Serums

A serum is a concoction of antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients designed to combat natural wear and tear on the skin, as well as natural degradation caused by the aging process. They may also contain ingredients that help to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, which is something you'll want to start incorporating into your routine after the age of 30. This type of treatment should be part of a daily skincare routine.

As we have discussed in previous posts, one of the most effective ingredients for this purpose is a phytoceramide, which is a synthetic replacement for the natural ceramides that are responsible for retaining hydration in the skin and keeping it looking smooth and full. Ceramide production naturally drops as you age, so supplementation becomes important.

Other common ingredients that you'll see used in products of this nature include retinol, lecithin, and synthetic peptides. As mentioned previously, if you're in your teens or 20s you are likely not

going to see any benefit yet from the ingredients that are meant to address fine lines and wrinkles only, such as a retinol. However, you can always benefit from antioxidant treatments, which help to repair the strain that daily sun and wind exposure put on your skin.

Moisturizing Anti-Aging Sunscreen

Sun damage is the primary culprit in aging your skin, so a daily sunscreen is absolutely essential. You're probably already using sunscreen during the hot summer months, but it's wise to use it year-round under certain circumstances, such as when you have a long commute to work.

The majority of annual sun exposure for most commuters comes when they are driving, and the side and back windows of most cars are not designed to adequately filter out harmful UV rays.

People have different levels of natural protection from the sun's damage given their varying melanin levels. But no matter what type of skin you have, sun exposure will still age it prematurely as well as putting you at an increased risk of developing skin cancer.

Regardless of your skin pigmentation, you should consider nothing less than a SPF 25 sunscreen at the bare minimum. The sunscreen should also make clear that it offers protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays.

You'll also want your sunscreen to moisturize in addition to helping to repair damage with antioxidants. Vitamins C and E are commonly used as antioxidants in these products and have the strongest scientific backing of the bunch.

Evening Anti-Aging Moisturizer

Moisturizers designed specifically for use at night generally include the beneficial exfoliating ingredients that are left out of daytime moisturizers because they can potentially irritate the skin and increase the damage caused by sun exposure.

Moisturizers also aren't a "one size fits all" proposition. Your skin type determines which type of moisturizer will actually work best for you. Those with oily skin need to be the most gentle, especially if they suffer from acne or breakouts, and should look for moisturizing and exfoliating lotions rather than a cream.

If you have dry skin, however, you definitely want to swing the other way and find a good cream with high oil content. Those with combination skin will want to avoid exfoliating agents and just find a good plain moisturizing lotion. Those with normal skin likely won't even need a moisturizer at all, unless the local conditions are extremely windy or dry, but can benefit from the application of a little ointment just before bed.

Other Anti-Aging Treatments to Consider

You'll want to treat with retinol once you reach your 30s, as this is the point at which the collagen content of the skin naturally begins to decline. There isn't much point to spending money on it in your younger years, however, and it's one of the substances that can actually make your skin more sensitive to sun damage if you use in in the morning before going out.

Phytoceramides are potentially beneficial to everyone, but they'll particularly benefit older women and those who see a lot of damage from environmental exposure. These are supplemental pills that are ingested, so you don't have to worry about them clashing with any other products you might be using or causing unpredictable skin reactions.

Ultimately, you'll also have to experiment a little, because the skin can have highly individualized reactions to certain products -- especially all-natural ingredients! Once your core routine in place and you're making appropriate use of anti-aging products, you'll see marked improvements in a short amount of time.

It's your turn and for now ask this question from yourself : Is my skincare routine missing something?  And if you have more ideas and good experience about this please share them in the comments below.

About the Author Tina Larsen

Tina is skincare and beauty researcher, writing about skin care supplements and products. This website has detailed articles on natural and well-known skin care and anti aging products tips and ways to stay beautiful and young.

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