Use an SPF moisturizer daily to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Wearing an SPF every day can prevent skin cancer and premature signs of aging.
Vitamin C can have a brightening effect on the skin, reduce the appearance of dark spots, melasma and acne scarring. Vitamin C also supports healthy collagen production and helps guard the skin against free radicals.
AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid. AHA’s work by loosening the top layer of old skin cells by breaking down the gluey substance that keeps skin cells joined together. This allows the old/dead skin cells to slough off, increasing cell turnover for softer, more youthful looking skin.
Think of antioxidants as an insurance policy for your skin. They help protect the skin’s surface against oxidative stress caused by free radicals and environmental aggressors like UV and pollution. Antioxidants work by ‘scavenging’ those loose electrons to protect you from future damage and help reverse existing damage to your cells.
It’s recommended you start using a retinol in your late 20’s to early 30’s. Retinol is a fat-soluble vitamin A derivative that increases skin cell production. It exfoliates and helps unclog pores. Retinol also promotes collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This gives your skin a more youthful, plump appearance.
If your skin is too sensitive to use a retinol, if you're pregnant or breastfeeding you can opt for the ABK Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum or the Earth Harbor Helios Youth Elixir for similar anti-aging benefits.
Investing in a good moisturizer alone can improve the appearance of your skin. It temporarily plumps the skin making fine lines and wrinkles less visible. Moisturizers come in different shapes and sizes such as lotions, creams, gels and serums. The choice comes down to your personal preference and skin type - dry, oily, sensitive or combination.
Peptides are a collection of short chain amino acids that are the foundation of all proteins in your body. In your skin collagen and elastin are the proteins responsible for a firm and plump appearance. Implementing peptides in your skincare routine may be particularly helpful in your 40’s and beyond as collagen levels naturally decline.