Quick Guide to Ageless Skin: Preventative Skin Care Must-Haves

Updated: Feb 6, 2019

For the month of February, I am doing a no makeup challenge. Not even a bb cream! Going no makeup for an extended period is a great way to detox your skin and get to know your skin care needs more closely.

Here are some essentials for ageless skin that I have been incorporating into my daily routine for years:

Daily Sunscreen -

Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach. Wear sunscreen every day that is at least 30 SPF, even in the winter! If you are going to be in the sun for an extended period of time, it is important to reapply every two hours. Try to find a quality mineral sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast. I suggest La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Fluid in SPF 30, which offers zinc oxide and titanium oxide for full uva/uvb protection.

Retinol -

Retinol is one of the most researched, proven-effective treatments to both prevent and get rid of signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Use Tretinoin 1-2 times a week, only at night, if you are trying to prevent signs of aging before they start. The reason retinol products should only be used at night is because they can make your extra sensitive to the sun. Tretinoin is a retinoid, the purest form of vitamin A, that is prescription only. It is more potent than over the counter retinoids. Retinol acts as an exfoliant and penetrates deep into the skin to reverse signs of aging, even aging signs that haven’t made it to the top layer of skin yet. If you have a skin condition like acne, your insurance may cover it. When you first start using it, you might experience redness, flaking and breakouts but once your skin adjusts, Otherwise, go to your dermatologist for a $60 tube that will last 6 months if not more as you only need a pea size amount for the whole face and for the neck. Try to avoid the inner corners of your eyes, which are the most sensitive part of the face.

Vitamin C - make sure the vitamin C you use is stabilized and stored in a light-resistant bottle as Vitamin C oxidizes and becomes less effective. Vitamin C will reduce scaring, sun spots and keep your skin tone even. I like to use Ole Henriksen Truth Serum which is contained in a light-blocking bottle.

Thick Moisturizer - Moisturize with a thick moisturizer morning and night - the single most aging thing for your skin is dryness. Especially, if you are prone to dry skin, use a daily moisturizer on top of all other products. Make sure your skin never dries out. It is okay to skip a night every once in a while from all products, but moisturizing is always essential. ry to aim for one with soothing ingredience like aloe and lavender or with hyaluronic acid to keep moisture locked into skin for a plumped appearance. I use Dr. Jart Cicapair Cream, which is great for sensitive skin.

Gentle Exfoliator - wash your face morning and night with a gentle wash like Pacifica Kale wash and follow up with a daily exfoliant that is non-abrasive like the YesTo Grapefruit Daily Daily Exfoliator.

Beauty Vitamin - A daily vitamin that contains age-defying ingredience such as alpha-lipoic acid, turmeric and green tea will help give your skin what it needs from the inside out. Hum Vitamins offers 'Turn Back Time, a skin cell protection vitamin that also contains polypodium leucotomos extract which comes from fern and is proven to help protect skin from sun damage by acting as a suncreen from the inside out.

//mary garland

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