The Anti-Aging Skin Care Ingredients To Look Out For

Which Anti-Aging Ingredients Are A Must

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Some anti-aging ingredients are just better than others. If you want to make sure your skin looks young for longer you need to incorporate the following anti-aging ingredients and products into your daily skin care routine, even as early as your 20s. We are not suggesting a complicated and time-consuming routine — using these anti-aging ingredients on your skin is not difficult.

Sunscreen

We have said it once and we'll say it again and again — using sunscreen daily keeps your skin looking young.

Sun exposure causes wrinkles, dark spots (also known as hyperpigmentation), skin sagging, and fine lines. Now, if you're thinking that you are not going to have these skin problems because you spend very little time outdoors, think again. UV rays can penetrate glass, and in addition, sun damage builds up over time in our skin. So that 10-minute coffee run you do every afternoon can result in wrinkles and sagging skin, not to mention the other harmful health effects of UV radiation. Everyone, no matter their age or skin tone, needs to use sunscreen every day. No excuses.

Luckily it is super easy to sunscreen and combat sun damage. Make sure you apply sunscreen every morning after your moisturizer and before your makeup. Be sure to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day so that your skin is always protected. Choose a sunscreen that is broad spectrum (that means it protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays) and is at least SPF 30.

We recommend La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Sunscreen Ultra-Light Fluid with Antioxidants or Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen because they feel weightless on the skin.

Antioxidants

Our skin needs antioxidants, since they protect our skin from free radical damage. Free radicals are an atom that is missing an electron and is unstable; free radicals are caused by pollution, the sun, and poor lifestyle choices like smoking and eating unhealthy foods.

When left alone, free radicals can cause dark spots, breakdown collagen and elastin in our skin (which our skin needs in order to look and feel young), damage the DNA of healthy cells, and even cause broken blood vessels. 

Luckily, we have antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals and make them harmless, stopping the damage free radicals cause. There are numerous antioxidants to choose from including Vitamins C, E, coenzyme Q10, green tea, coffee berry, and pomegranate-to name just a few. You can sometimes find antioxidants already incorporated into your facial moisturizer and your sunscreen, and you can always apply an antioxidant serum directly to your skin to have that added boost of protection. We recommend Paula's Choice RESIST Ultra-Light Antioxidant Serum with Pure Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamins.

Retinol

This Vitamin A derivative is an anti-aging powerhouse because it can treat so many skin aging issues all by itself, from wrinkles to fine lines to skin sagging to dark spots. Yes, one ingredient can fix all those skin problems. Added bonus-if you suffer from breakouts retinol can help with those too. By speeding cell turnover retinol can actually penetrate deep into the skin to really help you see and feel a change in how your skin looks.

Apply directly to your skin after cleansing at night. Don't skip nights. This is a product that works because you consistently use it. 

We recommend RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Facial Night Cream or The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid.

AHAs

As we age our skin renews itself less frequently. This leads to dull, dry, and rough skin. The way to ensure that you skin stays smooth, soft, and always has a healthy glow is by exfoliating regularly with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids). Just make sure you do not overdo it when it comes to using AHAs. If you go overboard with facial acids then your skin can become red, irritated, and damaged. Think about adding an AHA to your skin care routine once a week, maybe twice if you use a retinol. If you currently do not use a skin care product with retinol in it, think about exfoliating more often depending on the sensitivity level of your skin.

We recommend Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel or Glycolix Elite 20% Glycolic Acid Treatment Pads.