Creams, Serums, and More: Choosing an Anti-Aging Routine

Concerned about aging skin? We have tips. Use our ideas to choose an anti-aging routine

Here's how to create an anti-aging routine for your skin

It’s never too late to start taking great care of your skin but starting early is generally recommended. After all, it’s easier to protect your skin by building good habits than it is to recover from bad ones. A good routine, however, is more than just putting a cream on your face whenever you happen to remember. Here are a few major components to consider when choosing your anti-aging skincare routine.

Anti-Aging Creams and Serums

These are the most recognizable components of an anti-aging skincare routine. Anti-aging creams and serums come in many formulations to match a variety of skin types. As you choose a serum or cream, you want to consider your skin type as well as any allergies or chemicals that have caused a reaction in the past. For instance, if you are allergic to citrus, avoid creams with orange extract.

Creams have been around for a long time and a cream that boasts anti-aging properties will have a specific formula to help rejuvenate your skin. Creams are great for areas where your skin is particularly sensitive, and many modern anti-aging creams are known for drying quickly Serums, on the other hand, are a bit newer and have gained notice for being a more concentrated, and less greasy, version of anti-aging creams. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose just one. For instance, you can use a cream under your eyes while using a serum for your face and neck.

The Ingredient Quick List

There are many products that boast a powerful ingredient in the name. In case you are unfamiliar with these ingredients, here is a quick guide.

Hyaluronic Acid: Praised for being to hold up to a thousand times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid is a popular hydrating and plumping agent

Vitamin C: This amazing vitamin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help reverse skin damage while also providing future protection

Vitamin E: This vitamin is naturally found in vegetables that are rich in good fats, such as avocados, and is known for promoting natural oil production in the skin. Vitamin E is a great addition for people who have dry skin. If your skin is naturally oily, however, you may want to skip this particular ingredient.

Coenzyme Q10: Our skin has two major building blocks — collagen and elastin. Coenzyme Q10 is known to promote the production of healthy building blocks within the skin to keep it looking soft and supple.

Retinol: This ingredient is known to promote cell turnover in the skin as well as the production of healthy skin cells. Because our skin naturally sheds cells every seven days or so, this ingredient is particularly popular.

Green Tea: Like vitamin C, green tea has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is another great ingredient to have in your anti-aging tool kit.

Major Components

Every routine should have several crucial components in order to be effective. For an anti-aging skincare routine that works, you'll need to apply a cream or serum to clean skin. This means that you'll need to have makeup remover and a cleanser or toner that works as well as a cream or serum. Layering a serum or cream on top of makeup that hasn't been completely cleansed is a recipe for disaster!

You will also want to make sure that your skincare routine is practical. If your skincare routine is too complex and involves too many products, for instance, you are unlikely to stick to it simply because it will take too long.

Sun Protection Is Crucial for Any Anti-Aging Routine.

When we think of routines, we are thinking of a ritual that is rooted in a specific time of day. When it comes to skincare, however, the best routine goes beyond regular applications of a cream or serum. In fact, one of the most crucial aspects of a good skincare routine is protecting your skin from that which would cause damage during the day. This includes makeup with harmful ingredients and, of course, the sun.

No matter how good your skincare routine regimen, you’ll be fighting a losing battle if you aren’t using sunscreen and other protective methods while you spend time outdoors. Sunburns cause damage to your skin that requires recovery time and extra care. Meanwhile, regularly abusing your time in the sun can lead to several types of skin cancer such as melanoma.

Food and Drink are Part of Your Anti-Aging Regimen

What we consume becomes the building blocks within our body and this includes our skin. To give yourself healthy skin from the inside out, make sure that you are consuming a sufficient amount of water and have a healthy, balanced diet.

A good skincare routine has many components and can be a little overwhelming at first. But if you think about it for a second, you’ll realize that you are either already doing a lot of this or at least know that you should be. Building good habits takes time, but, once you are used to your routine, you'll continue to reap the benefits for years to come.

Resources — Dermstore, Adore Beauty, Healthline


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