Picking the right anti-aging skin care products is only half the battle if you really want to get a gorgeous face. The other half is making sure you’re using the products properly, and part of that has to do with making sure you’re using them in the correct order. A lot of anti-aging skin care lines carry a variety of products that are designed to work together in order to achieve noticeable results. But the more products you add to your routine, the more confusing it can get. That’s why we’re breaking down the basic steps to follow in the morning, including what products to use when, so that you can truly get the most out of your anti-aging skin care routine.
STEP 1: Cleansing
It’s important to always start your day with a fresh, clean canvas. Stick to a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil, makeup, and other toxins. This way, the rest of your anti-aging skin care products will be able to penetrate through the deeper layers of skin more effectively. If you have excessively dry skin, use a cream-based cleanser (think gel or lotion textures) with hydrating ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Foam cleansers are better suited for oily skin.
STEP 2: Toning
Using a toner after cleansing will help to remove any excess dirt or oil that may have gotten left behind, especially if you have oily skin that’s prone to breakouts. It’s also a valuable step in your anti-aging skin care routine because it helps to balance your skin’s pH level, which can sometimes get thrown off if you’re using soap or cleanser that’s very alkaline. Toners also help shrink pores after you cleanse, which stops impurities and environmental pollutants from penetrating through. If you have very sensitive skin, all-natural homemade toner works just as well for your anti-aging skin care routine—stick to simple ingredients like aloe vera juice, green tea, chamomile, ginger, or witch hazel.
STEP 3: Serum
Some people skip this step in their anti-aging skin care routine because they figure their moisturizer is enough. But serums pack a big punch. They’re usually a more concentrated formula with more active ingredients and a lighter consistency, because they contain fewer thickening agents. And since the molecules are smaller than usual cold creams or lotions in your anti-aging skin care routine, serums absorb much more quickly and penetrate well beyond just the surface of your skin for deeper, more targeted treatment.
STEP 4: Eye Cream
The next step in your anti-aging eye cream routine should be eye care. The skin around your eyes is thinner, more sensitive, and has fewer oil glands than the rest of your face, so if you really want to get a gorgeous face, you should be using a product that’s specially formulated to treat this area. After all, you wouldn’t use a foot cream on your face, would you? Giving your eyes the focused attention they need, via an eye cream, will help to diminish the look of crow’s feet, get rid of puffy eyes and dark circles, and bring you one step closer to flawless skin.
STEP 5: Moisturizer
The next step in a basic anti-aging skin care routine is applying a moisturizer to help lock in hydration—healthy, hydrated skin is by far the quickest and easiest way to get a gorgeous face, regardless of if you wear makeup or not. The trickiest part though, is that there’s an endless array of anti-wrinkle creams on the market, but you can differentiate between what works and what probably won’t by paying attention to the ingredients. Before spending the money on a new anti-aging skin care cream or wrinkle treatment, look at what’s in it and do your research—clinical studies are a good indication that the ingredients actually do what they’re supposed to.
STEP 6: Sun Protection
The last step to get a gorgeous face is sunscreen; it may be last, but it’s probably the most important part of your anti-aging skin care routine. Not only is sun-damaged skin the leading cause of melanoma, but it’s also one of the biggest culprits of premature aging, because it leads to the formation of fine lines, deep wrinkles, age spots, and sagging. Counteract sun damaged skin by including SPF in your anti-aging skin care routine all year round, not just in the summer—UV rays definitely don’t disappear in the winter.
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