Anti-aging skin care is often one of the first things women think of when the topic of getting older comes up. Younger skin looks supple, healthy, and glowing. But as we get older, this can be harder to maintain—unless you have the right anti-aging skin care tools, of course.
Skin cleansers are an important part of an anti-aging skin care regimen because they keep skin healthy, which is really what sustains that youthful glow. The healthier your skin is, the better it will look as you age. This is almost always the guiding principle in anti-aging skin care.
Dousing your face with water is not quite the same as using a skin cleanser, and traditional bar soap is no longer considered sufficient for anti-aging skin care. A skin cleanser product goes above and beyond to remove dead skin cells, excess oil, dirt, makeup, and other pollutants that clog pores. Cleansers, as is the case with many other anti-aging skin care products, come in a variety of consistencies—like lotions, gels, wipes, and foaming mousse—and vary based on the needs of different skin types.
Finding the best anti-aging skin care product isn’t as easy as walking into a drugstore and picking one off the shelves, because fancier and more expensive doesn’t always mean better. The trick to finding the right cleanser is to read the labels, and know what to look for.
Steer clear of any anti-aging skin care products that contain active chemicals. One in particular to avoid is isopropyl alcohol, often referred to as rubbing alcohol. The toxin is commonly used in anti-aging skin care products to dissolve other ingredients in the product, and to help thin out the liquid’s consistency. Using an anti-aging skin care cleanser that contains isopropyl alcohol can leave your face feeling dry and irritated because the chemical strips your skin of its natural, healthy oils.
Even as older adults, some people tend to naturally have oilier-than-normal complexions. This is because your sebaceous glands are more active and are therefore producing more sebum. For oily skin, experts recommend looking for cleansers and other anti-aging skin care products that are “oil-free” or “water-based”. Alternatively, too much cleansing can have a reverse effect. It may be tempting to scrub your oily face with a coarse exfoliate three times a day, but this can actually strip away the protective barrier of sebum needed to keep your skin healthy—it completely negates the purpose of your anti-aging skin care cleansing routine. Cleansing twice a day is best.
Many adults also struggle with excessively dry skin, which is a common aging problem. Try to find anti-aging skin care products—especially cleansers—that are designed for sensitive skin, as these formulas are usually milder and will cause less irritation. Also, avoid using anti-aging skin care products that contain perfumes and heavy fragrances—they can make the problem worse.
To find the right anti-aging skin care products, you may need to test out a few different ones to see how your skin reacts over the course of several days. Oily or dry skin will react very differently to a product than normal or combination skin will. Also keep in mind that weather affects your skin’s texture too, so adjust your cleansing routine accordingly. As time goes by, you’ll be able to fine-tune your strategy to find the perfect anti-aging skin care routine for your skin’s needs.
“Isopropyl Alcohol,” Cosmetics Info web site; https://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient_details.php?ingredient_id=385, last accessed May 15, 2013.