Did you know that our skin is actually our body’s largest organ? It does so much—protects us, regulates our temperature, and helps us feel different sensations. As we get older, our skin shows the most visible signs of aging—thinning, wrinkles, and fine lines—a natural part of the aging process that we will all go through.
In this skincare guide, we will look at several key ingredients that can combat the signs of aging and leave you looking radiant, refreshed and youthful.
Key Ingredients for Anti-Aging Skincare
Antioxidants: The Age-Defying Warriors
Antioxidants, such as astaxanthin and vitamin C, play a vital role in skincare by protecting our skin from oxidative damage caused by free radicals (i.e. toxic cells that cause damage or signs of aging).
When applied topically, both astaxanthin and vitamin C can brighten your complexion, reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines, and promote collagen production for firmer, more youthful skin. This skincare superhero rejuvenates the skin and enhances its overall health and resilience, making it a must-have ingredient in your daily regimen.
These two powerhouse ingredients can also be ingested, contributing to photoprotection, cell regeneration, and more.
SPF: Your Shield Against Aging
Incorporating SPF (Sun Protection Factor) into your daily skincare routine is crucial. Sunscreen serves as a powerful shield against the harmful effects of the sun’s UV radiation, which can lead to premature aging, sunburn, and an increased risk of skin cancer.
UV rays cause collagen breakdown, pigmentation issues, and fine lines, making SPF your first line of defense in maintaining healthy and youthful skin. Whether it's sunny or overcast, summer or winter, UV rays are always present, so make SPF a part of your daily routine year-round.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “People who use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily.” Although the current recommendation by the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) is to wear an SPF of at least 30.
Retinoids: The Skin Rejuvenating Queen
Retinoids are a class of compounds derived from vitamin A that can rejuvenate and transform the skin. These potent molecules work by stimulating collagen production, promoting cell turnover, and reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Retinoids are highly effective in addressing a wide range of skincare concerns, like acne and hyperpigmentation, ultimately leading to a smoother, more youthful complexion. While they offer impressive benefits, it's essential to use retinoids carefully. Introduce them gradually into your skincare routine to minimize potential side effects such as dryness and sensitivity.
Hyaluronic Acid: A Hydration Hero
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in our skin and connective tissues. It has an exceptional ability to hydrate and plump the skin. This compound has a remarkable capacity to retain water, holding up to a thousand times its weight in moisture. This makes it a sought-after ingredient in skincare products designed to moisturize and restore the skin's suppleness.
Hyaluronic acid helps maintain the skin's moisture balance, enhancing its texture and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Whether applied topically or used in cosmetic treatments, it's a skincare staple for achieving a youthful, dewy complexion.
Crafting Your Ideal Skincare Routine
Here’s a simple skincare routine that is easy to follow and that your skin will love!
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser.
- Apply vitamin C serum.
- Apply hyaluronic acid.
- Finish with a light moisturizer
- If your moisturizer does not have SPF, apply an SPF of at least 30.
- Pop a RETRO Glowing Skin gummy or capsule to fortify your results from the inside.
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser.
- Apply a retinoid.
- Finish with a hydrating moisturizer or night cream.
Pro tip: Incorporate a face mask into your routine once a week. A great option is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) mask. This chemical exfoliant will shed dead skin cells and help treat the effects of sun damage.
Healthy Habits Your Skin Will Love
Beautiful, youthful skin is the result of more than just a dialed skincare routine. Other lifestyle factors play a part in your skin’s health. The AAD has some anti-aging skin recommendations based on years of research:
- Protect your skin from the sun. (If there’s anything you take from this article, let it be this!) Never forget your sunscreen and please skip the tanning beds.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking allows toxins into your body and skin that lead to wrinkles and dryness, along with a multitude of other harmful side effects.
- Eat a healthy, nutritious diet. If you need a skin-focused vitamin boost, try our Glowing Skin Vitamin.
- Get your beauty sleep.
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day.
- Never skimp on the moisturizer. A good moisturizer locks in hydration to provide that youthful glow.
If you have concerns about your skin, make an appointment to see your trusted dermatologist. Remember, aging is a natural and inevitable part of life. Embrace the changes while taking good care of yourself—and never forget your sunscreen.