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How to Pick the Best Anti-Aging Skincare: 6 Things to Consider

Many people wonder if it’s possible to reverse the signs of aging. The first thing you can do is prevent further signs of aging by protecting your skin. Although we haven’t figured out how to stop aging yet, anti-aging skincare is a good place to start.

Anti aging skin care

Pick skincare products with SPF

In moderation, sunlight is good for your body. It is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. However, long exposure to the sun, for example while sunbathing, can damage skin both on the surface and at a cellular level. Some of the side effects of sun damage include:

  • Sunburn
  • Premature skin aging (photoaging)
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sun allergies 

The sun is responsible for up to 90 percent of premature skin aging, also known as photoaging. The effects can go even deeper under the skin and cause damage to your DNA. UVB rays are absorbed by cellular DNA and can cause skin diseases including actinic keratosis and skin cancer.

Choosing anti-aging skincare products with sunscreen can help prevent photoaging and reduce signs of skin aging. Find products that offer broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Some of them can support the skin's own DNA repair mechanism. 

Choosing anti-aging skincare products with sunscreen can help prevent photoaging and reduce signs of skin aging.

Sunscreens come in different levels of protection, measured by the sun protection factor (SPF):

  • Low (SPF 6 to 10)
  • Medium (SPF 15 to 25)
  • High (SPF 30 to 50)
  • Very high (SPF 50+)

The higher the SPF, the better your skin will be protected. It’s best to apply sunscreen thoroughly and reapply it every two to three hours. 

Pick skincare products according to your skin type

A woman applying anti-aging moisturiser face cream

One of the best skincare tips for beautiful and radiant skin in your 30s or 40s is to know your skin type. Knowing your specific skin type can help you cater to its particular needs. This information can help you reduce the signs of aging more effectively and maintain healthy-looking skin. 

Anti-aging for normal skin

Normal skin has a smooth texture and appearance. It’s not sensitive and only has a few imperfections. Moisturizing your face once a day will suffice. Consider rinsing well in the morning and double-cleansing in the evening. When going out in the sun, protect your skin by applying a very-high-protection sunscreen with SPF 50+.  

Anti-aging for oily skin

Oily and acne-prone skin has different sun protection needs than normal or dry skin. Oily skin has visible pores and an oily shine with a dull complexion and blemishes. The best anti-aging skincare regimen for oily skin involves oil-free and moisturizing products. Regulate your skin’s oily secretions by following a daily cleansing, toning, and moisturizing routine. You may want to consult a dermatologist about your daily care or to find out about professional procedures.

Anti-aging for dry skin

Dry skin has barely visible pores, rough texture with a dull complexion, and a lack of elasticity. To help reduce the dryness of your skin, consider moisturizing twice daily. You can use products that contain hyaluronic acid or other moisturizing molecules like peptides. This skin type is more prone to early aging than others. The earlier you start an effective daily care routine, the better your skin will look.

Look for the right ingredients

Anti-aging skincare products

People buy anti-aging skincare products to prevent or reverse the damage caused by the sun. Are they effective? That depends on the products’ ingredients and how long you use them. Here are several essential ingredients that can improve the appearance of your skin.         

Retinoids

Retinoids are a group of compounds that come from vitamin A, such as retinol and retinoic acid. Studies have shown that retinoids encourage cellular turnover, stimulate collagen, treat acne, fade pigmentation, and give skin a youthful glow. Pregnant women should avoid retinoids since they may result in physiological development problems.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, and E. Green tea is a good source of antioxidants. With daily use, antioxidants can eliminate sun spots, prevent signs of aging, and calm skin inflammations. 

Hyaluronic acid 

Hyaluronic acid is a clear, gooey substance that your body naturally produces. However, with age, skin moisture can drop significantly, making the skin lose elasticity and expose signs of aging. Hyaluronic acid plays a critical role in skin health because it helps hold in moisture. 

Peptides

Peptides are strings of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins in our body. They are moisturizing molecules that can make your skin look more beautiful, fresh, and radiant. 

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Ask for professional advice

A dermatologist can help you put together an anti-aging skincare routine

If you’re unsure about your skin type or what type of anti-aging skincare products are best for your skin, see a dermatologist. A dermatologist can play a vital role in educating, screening, and treating various skin problems such as skin damage, eczema, and acne. 

They can help you put together an anti-aging skincare routine by:

  • Assessing your specific skin type
  • Evaluating the condition of your skin
  • Recommending suitable products 

If you’re looking for more dramatic skincare effects, the doctor may recommend treatments such as Botox injections, skin-resurfacing techniques, or prescription creams. 

What to avoid when choosing products for aging skin

Here are some do’s and don’ts for choosing the best skincare products for aging skin:

Pick products with sunscreen

Opt for products with a built-in sunscreen. Long exposure to the sun over the years can make your skin look older. It’s crucial to opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. 

Use daily

Don’t get discouraged. You’ll likely need to use anti-aging skincare products once or twice a day for several weeks before you start noticing any improvement. If you stop using the product, your skin might return to its original appearance. 

Read the instructions

Make sure to read the instructions before you use any anti-aging skincare product. Reading the product’s instructions can limit side effects and help you choose products that don’t cause allergic reactions or acne

Learn about your skin type

Depending on whether you have normal, dry, or oily skin, you’ll want to look for certain ingredients and avoid others.

Stick to a single active ingredient

Avoid buying anti-aging skincare products with multiple active ingredients. A product with multiple active ingredients is not necessarily more effective than a product with only one active ingredient. In some cases, using several anti-aging skincare products at the same time can irritate your skin. 

Quit smoking

To experience the full benefits of skincare products for aging skin, it’s essential to avoid smoking. Smoking can narrow the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. It can also damage collagen and elastin, which are responsible for your skin’s strength and elasticity. Try replacing smoking with drinking more water, because dehydration can make your skin dry, tight, and flaky. 

When is the right time to start using anti-aging skincare products? 

The best anti-aging skincare products can nourish the skin in many ways, from preventing sunburn to reducing premature skin aging. Many people wonder when the time is right to start using anti-aging skincare products.

Medical experts recommend following an anti-aging skincare routine in your 20s. This helps prevent damage earlier, rather than waiting to begin using anti-aging skincare products in your late 30s. 

Medical experts recommend following an anti-aging skincare routine in your 20s

Whether you have wrinkles and age spots or not, using anti-aging products at a younger age can have a lot of benefits in the long run. 

There are several key takeaways to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the best anti-aging skincare products:

  • Choose skincare products with sunscreen because they can help prevent photoaging and reduce signs of aging.
  • Learn about your specific skin type to help reduce the signs of aging more effectively and maintain healthy-looking skin. 
  • Buy products that contain some of the essential ingredients for skincare.
  • See a dermatologist if you’re unsure about your skin type or what types of anti-aging skincare products are best for your skin.
  • If you haven’t already, start following an anti-aging skincare routine by the time you’re in your 20s.

Please see a dermatologist if you notice severe acne, scarring, or other skin problems. 

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