8 Step Anti-Aging Skincare Routine For Younger Looking Skin

8 step skin anti-aging skincare routine

Not sure whether you should be investing in an anti-aging skin care routine yet? How about if we told you that dermatologists recommend you introduce preventive anti-aging products into your beauty routine as early as your mid-20s? Often believed to be a problem for 40-something year olds, skincare research now states that when it comes to skin aging prevention is more effective than cure.

Let’s deep dive into what are some causes of skin aging, early signs your skin is losing its youthfulness, and most importantly, how you can build an anti-aging skincare routine that actually works.

5 Early Signs Of Skin Aging

While these may appear for different people at different ages, some of the first signs of skin aging include:

Uneven skin tone

If you’ve noticed dark patches, discoloration or pigmentation that wasn’t there before, they’re early signs of skin aging. Hormonal changes cause your complexion and skin tone to become more uneven as you get older.

Dull, sallow skin

 Youthful skin has a visible bounce and radiance, but as your skin begins to age, areas under the eyes can appear a little hollow or sallow (darker or like you have dark circles).

Fine lines, wrinkles, or crow’s feet 

The skin under our eyes is thinner than the skin on the rest of the face. One of the first signs of aging for most people tends to be the appearance of crow’s feet or fine lines and creases in the under-eye area. Similarly, you may notice more visible laugh lines around the mouth, or wrinkles on your forehead because your skin loses elasticity and doesn’t look as smooth as before.

Age spots

 Blotchy skin, dark pigmented spots, sun spots, and an increase in freckles or small brown dots on the face are all early signs of skin aging.

Dehydrated skin

 As your skin ages, it’s unable to retain moisture. This is why younger looking skin is often associated with a ‘dewy’ and ‘radiant’ complexion, and older looking tends to look more dry, dehydrated, flaky, and is sometimes accompanied by visibly large pores—especially in the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin areas). Your once baby soft skin will start to look more textured because of loss of elasticity and slower cell turnover.

8 Causes Of Skin Aging And Premature Skin Aging

While skin aging is a natural process and the body’s way of coping with wear and tear as you get older, there are some other factors that contribute to the appearance of your age.

Sun exposure 

 Harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun can damage the elasticity of your skin, leaving you with sun spots or dark patches and an uneven skin tone that may even appear red or inflamed right after you’ve been out in the sun.

Smoking 

The oxidative stress caused by smoking is enough to make your body dehydrate from the inside out. Smokers often tend to have extremely dry, flaky, and paler looking skin, and dark patches on the lips. In fact, smoking is one of the main factors that contribute to premature skin aging.

Hormonal changes

 Estrogen is responsible for making your skin look younger. It produces hyaluronic acid which keeps your skin and body hydrated. As you get older, especially after menopause, your estrogen drops significantly. This leads to a loss of moisture in the skin and a more rapid cycle of skin aging where you may notice more pronounced fine lines and wrinkles.

Alcohol and caffeine

 Like smoking, alcohol and coffee tend to have a dehydrating effect on the body. They also lower your body’s ability to absorb nutrition and retain water. This invariably leads to premature skin aging.

Poor diet

Nutrition plays an important role when it comes to skin aging. Fruits and vegetables rich in water, vitamin A, C, K and E, can help hydrate and nourish your body and skin from the inside.

Dehydration

It’s pretty clear that hydration and moisture retention are the basis of skin elasticity and younger-looking skin. So, ensure you drink at least 2 litres of water every day—more, if you indulge in alcohol, caffeine, or smoking.

Lack of sleep

Think of your body as a machine. If you overuse it, it will get overheated and break down. Poor sleeping habits don’t give your body and skin the time it needs to repair the wear and tear it has gone through during the day. A minimum 7-hour sleep cycle is ideal.

Stress

Environmental or mental, stress triggers an inflammatory response in your body, and this extends to your skin. This is why you may notice more breakouts and pimples when you’re stressed, or even duller-looking skin. Over time, the constant stress begins to surface as signs of aging on your skin.

Your Guide To Building An Anti-Aging Skincare Routine That Actually Works

Cleanse, twice a day

While most people use cleansers to take off the dirt and grime accumulated on the skin throughout the day, it’s just as important to cleanse your skin in the morning. Night time is when the skin is repairing the wear-and-tear, which is why you need to slough off the dead skin cells in the morning before you apply your skincare for the day.

Tailor your routine to your skin type

Don’t use products just because a beauty influencer or your friends have recommended them. It’s always wise to visit a dermatologist who will determine your skin type and offer you a tailored routine that will address your skin concerns. They may also recommend anti-aging creams to prevent fine lines and treat wrinkles.

Exfoliate (but not too often)

Using a physical exfoliator like a face scrub or chemical exfoliators like Alpha hydroxy acids(AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), or poly hydroxy acids (PHAs) is a great way to slough off dead skin cells and promote skin cell turnover for younger looking skin. But, overuse of exfoliators can be damaging to the skin. Exfoliate your skin no more than twice a week.

Use sun protection

Sunscreens and sunblocks are among the first anti-aging products to introduce into your skin care routine. Apply and reapply your sunscreen every four-six hours if you’re outside.

Remove your makeup

Never go to bed without removing all your makeup thoroughly. As makeup formulations tend to have chemicals and multiple heavier molecules and pigments, they can clog your pores and hamper the skin renewal process at night. Choose a cleanser based on your skin type, and adopt the double cleanse routine—first use an oil-based cleanser, then a water-based cleanser.

Go organic

A great way to purge your skin off all the toxins is to opt for organic skincare and makeup products. They are made using natural ingredients, minus all the harmful chemicals, additives and synthetics. Many organic brands are certified and you can check the authenticity of their claims.

Focus on lifestyle changes

Nourish your body from the inside out by eating whole foods, hydrating fruits, and leafy green vegetables. Drink two to five litres of water every day, and try to restrict consumption of alcohol and caffeine. As for smoking, try to kick the butt not just for the sake of your skin, but your health too.

Take some me-time

Can’t dedicate an hour every day to indulge in some R&R? Try and chalk out some time for self-care and self-love on the weekends. Do what calms your mind, body and skin. It could be a face pack, a spa session, a workout, just meditating, or even just taking an afternoon nap.

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