Some fine lines, sagging skin, and hints of gray. The physical manifestations of aging are inescapable. No matter how hard we try to stop it, aging is a biological process. One of its visible effects is inevitably present on our skin. No wonder why many skincare companies have been developing anti-aging products to somehow slow down the aging process.
Older adults, particularly senior women are investing in skincare products in an effort to maintain the standards of youthful skin. Some are taking vitamins while others are using vitamin C serums to extract away old, dull skin cells. We understand how difficult it is to enhance natural beauty if you’re getting older, but with so many skincare options out there, the path towards great skin is already within reach.
While there’s no way to stop the clock, there are ways to help maintain that glowing skin and retain that younger version of you. With that in mind, here are some anti-aging tips to transform your skincare routine.
The older we get, the lesser sebum our skin produces. For others, aging is finally the opportunity to grow out of their dreadful acne years. After all, less sebum means lesser chances of acne, but it’s not always the case for other skin types.
For those with dry skin, less sebum leads to flaky and itchy skin. It also leads to skin dehydration, which causes multiple fine lines. A better way to beat these aging manifestations is by applying moisturizer. No matter the skin type, never forget to include a good ol’ moisturizer in your skincare routine. From ointments, creams, and body lotions, moisturizers come in different varieties to choose from.
With so many skin products out there, health experts strongly recommend using scent-free moisturizers since they’re more effective and safer than scented ones. When treating aging skin, look for formulated moisturizers that revitalize skin tone and promote skin renewal. Apply a small amount and distribute it from your face to the neck.
Look for moisturizers with water-binding humectants, such as glycerine or hyaluronic acid. Petrolatum products such as Vaseline also help, followed by night-time mineral oil, to avoid water leaving the skin. But make sure to cleanse the skin before applying any product to prevent trapping bacteria.
Protect your skin from the sun
The sun’s UV rays are notorious for ruining the skin composition, which leads to a faster aging process. Sun damage, particularly photoaging, is responsible for the visible signs of aging. Too much exposure to the sun causes elastin abnormalities and collagen breakdown, which leads to wrinkles and thinner skin, and uneven skin patches.
Although sun-kissed skin is something we often strived for, it’s important to be mindful of the effects of sun damage on our skin. The sun is a great vitamin D source, but overexposure comes with adverse effects. These include severe sunburns, fine lines, dark spots, melasma, rosacea, and skincare being the worst one.
Needless to say, sun protection is key to keeping youthful skin and is critical for any age. That’s why sunscreen should be a part of every aging skincare routine. Sunscreen isn’t just for beach trips, skin experts recommend using it even indoors. According to a clinical study, regular application of sunscreen improves skin texture, reduces age spots, and flattens wrinkles within three months by 20 percent. If you’re an outdoor person, applying sunscreen provides the skin that much-needed break from UV rays, allowing it to activate its regenerative abilities.
An SPF 30 sunscreen is enough to provide the protection your skin needs. For extra protection, wear sun-protective clothing, such as sunglasses, hats, and long sleeve shirts. Also, make it a habit of staying indoors when the sun is at its highest. This will prevent further exposure to aging and cancerous UV rays.
Find the right serum
Choosing the best serum for your skin depends on knowing your exact skin type and how certain ingredients will affect it. This will help you understand which ingredients you’ll need in a serum.
Vitamin E, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acids are effective skin solutions as they focus on building collagen and absorbing biological and environmental oxidative stressors causing skin aging. Each one comes with moisturizing and brightening effects, causing the skin to feel and look brighter, softer, and smoother.
Apart from your face and skin, your body has plenty of key areas you need to maintain as you grow older. Maintain a healthy diet, do regular exercise, get plenty of sleep, and other activities to ensure healthy aging. All these things won’t only help you maintain that youthful look, but also an enriching lifestyle.