Although everyone is different, many are struggling with the hallmarks of aging skin, such as the cumulative effects of sun damage, hormonal changes, and collagen loss. Maintaining a youthful and glowing appearance is not about constantly fixing it but creating a beauty routine that suits the skin’s needs. The key to keeping the skin radiant and youthful is with the help of a routine.
What Is The Importance Of An Anti-Aging Routine?
To better understand why the skin ages, note that the epidermis (the outermost layer) comprises 80% of cells called keratinocytes. These’re renewed every 28 days during youth, but they do so less frequently.
On the other hand, a similar process occurs in the dermis (the middle layer of the skin). However, in this case, the fibroblasts of the connective tissue gradually stop producing reticular and elastic fibers, such as collagen and elastin.
However, aging is both intrinsic and extrinsic. The first depends on genetic and metabolic factors. The second is caused by external factors such as pollution and stress, but it has been said that 80% of the latter is due to the effects of the sun.
That said, the anti-aging routine helps to combat the intrinsic and extrinsic signs of aging. Its function is to revitalize the skin, making it look younger. It’s recommended to start practicing it from the age of 30.
What Are The Keys To An Anti-Aging Routine?
As indicated, the key to maintaining youthful and radiant skin is creating a skincare routine for mature skin that caters to the skin’s needs.
1. Cleanse The Skin
Regardless of the skin color or type, the first step is to establish a consistent habit of cleansing the face, aside from baths, at least twice a day. The skin always faces the brunt of the environment outside, attracting dirt and other debris that clogs the skin’s pores. Gently wash the face twice daily to remove dirt, sweat, oil, and other debris to give the skin a breather.
Also, make it a part of the morning and night routine to start and end the day by washing the face with a mild yet effective facial cleanser. When wearing makeup, remove it first with micellar water or an oil-based makeup remover, and then follow it up with a facial cleanser.
Similarly, the older we get, the lesser we produce natural oils and proteins that naturally moisturize the skin. The biological processes can’t keep up with the skin’s necessities. Fulfill these necessities using foam cleansers, moisturizers, and other cream-based skincare products.
However, by washing the face consistently twice daily in the morning and night, dead skin and other debris build-ups can still happen. At least once a week, it is suggested to exfoliate the face to clear out these build-ups, depending on the skin’s sensitivity. However, too much exfoliation can do more harm than good, so try the find the perfect balance on the skin.
2. Consider Anti-Aging Serums
Add some serums, so the skin is clean and free from unwanted dead skin build-up, dirt, and other debris. Serums are skincare products that deliver high active ingredient concentrations to your skin. Many serums have various functions, ranging from hydration, volumizing, repairing, and brightening the skin.
Specific serums can even exfoliate the skin overnight. Serums are either liquid or transparent gel-based, but they tend to be thinner than moisturizers. Ingredients in serums are so potent that they can penetrate and hydrate the skin even in its deepest layers, renewing it from inside and out.
A more mature skin would need more assistance from moisturizers than skin in the 20. The skin no longer produces enough components essential for maintaining moisture; if left unattended, it would become dry and rough. Drench the skin with a healthy dose of moisturizers to complement the skin’s insufficient moisture.
Apply a lightweight daytime moisturizer to hydrate it in the daytime, keeping the skin soft, smooth, plump, and bouncy throughout the day. As for nighttime, use a more potent moisturizer night cream to hydrate the skin throughout the night.
Applying moisturizer at nighttime is significantly more critical than during the daytime since this is the time the skin recovers and renews itself when sleeping. Moisturizers at night help boost skin cell regeneration and healing, achieving a younger-looking and healthier skin in the morning.
Toner is a skincare product similar to water, but it’s not water. It may look like water, but it is a liquid with more hydrogen and oxygen than water. Other active ingredients are mixed in depending on the brand, such as glycerin, antioxidants, acids, and other anti-inflammatory properties.
How it works is somewhat similar to toners, acting as a fast-penetrating liquid that brings in hydration and, simultaneously, clears the skin of dead cells. Toners have a property that helps make the skin acidic, allowing moisturizers and serums to seep deeper into the skin.
5. Eye Cream
Eye creams are nothing like face creams since they are formulated specifically for the area underneath the eye. The only difference is that the skin beneath the eyes is one of the most delicate areas, and they age faster than the rest of the facial skin. If left attended, they would be the first facial skin area to experience wrinkles, fine lines, thinness, dark circles, undereye bags, and other signs of aging.
For dark circles, seek out eye creams with vitamin C; for wrinkles and sagging, look for products with peptides and retinol. Similarly, if puffiness is the issue, products with caffeine should reduce it. Finally, hyaluronic acid and vitamin K products should do the trick for undereye bags.
The sun is essential for health, but too much exposure can lead to skin issues such as hyperpigmentation, dull skin, sun spots, wrinkles, dry skin, and other signs of aging. That’s why leaving sunscreen in the last part is important.
This is because ultraviolet rays from the sun will rip away the proteins such as collagen and elastin on the skin like bullets hitting some strands, damaging its health. The skin can withstand UV rays, but they slowly get eroded. No matter the skin type, safeguard the skin by wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Moreover, it doesn’t matter if there isn’t much sunshine; UV rays will still pierce cloud cover on cloudy and gloomy days. Apply sunscreen all year to ensure that these rays don’t affect the beauty routine.
Some may not have apparent signs of aging at a point, but it can be delayed onset if starting early. ReNu Aesthetics & Wellness offers patient-centric care with comprehensive medical and cosmetic services to provide high-quality skin care using leading-edge technology and medical expertise, all in a warm, welcoming environment. Start your lifetime journey toward optimal skin, health, and appearance at ReNu.