No matter what your age, it’s never too soon to begin to follow good skincare practices. A good skincare, anti-aging regimen will include the following tips:
1. Hot water dries the skin so you should always wash your face with lukewarm water rather than hot water. Your goal should be to seal in the moisture that is already in your skin. You can help accomplish this by cleaning your face with a non-foaming, soap-free cleanser. Lather up one time and then rinse thoroughly.
2. Exfoliate once a week using a grainy scrub. A monthly exfoliation done by a professional is a good idea too since professionals generally do a better job than you can on your own. Traditional microdermabrasion is also good for removing dead skin cells from the skin’s top layer.
3. Use a moisturizer daily. Good moisturizers contain hyaluronic acid, which helps draw in water. Also look for moisturizers containing antioxidants, Vitamin E and C, green tea and kinetin. Antioxidants are good at neutralizing wrinkle-causing free radicals caused by the sun, cigarette smoke, and pollution.
4. Use sunscreen religiously. You can either use a moisturizer that also offers sun protection or apply a sunscreen after you’ve applied your moisturizer. If you apply the sunscreen after the moisturizer, first wait until the moisturizer has been completely absorbed into your skin before you apply the sunscreen. After the sunscreen has been applied, you can then apply your makeup.
5. Apply an anti-aging cream, ointment, or serum each night. Two important ingredients in these creams to look for are alpha hyrdoxy acids and retinols. Look for a good concentration of AHA and a low PH. Retinols that don’t make you feel sunburned or irritate your skin are the best ones to use.
6. There are other good anti-aging ingredients to look for as well such as copper peptides (amino acids that heal wounds and help photoaging), kinetin (for people who can’t tolerate retinols), and human growth factors (believed to help reduce pigmentation).
7. If you have brown spots, try using a bleaching cream with hydroquinone (recommended by dermatologists). The latest ingredient in skincare is genistein, which is derived from soybeans. Laboratory research has shown that it reduces sun damage in mice that are exposed to UVA. Don't be tricked by labels that promise "soy". Look for products that specifically contain genistein.