Insider tips from the experts
Shopping for an anti-aging skin care product can feel like hit-or-miss experience. With so many choices, it can be difficult to know which products to choose. These dermatologists’ tips can help you shop with confidence.
Start with sunscreen and moisturizer. Dermatologists agree that sunscreen and moisturizer are the two most effective anti-aging products you can buy. Using these every day can make a noticeable difference. When shopping for sunscreen, select one that offers all of the following:
- Broad spectrum
- SPF 30 (or higher)
- Water resistance
An anti-aging moisturizer helps to minimize fine lines. It is so effective that moisturizer is the secret ingredient in many anti-aging products. Using a moisturizer with sunscreen is fine. Just be sure that the product offers broad-spectrum coverage and an SPF of 30 or higher.
Treat your #1 aging-skin concern. Give sunscreen and moisturizer a few weeks to work. Then look at your skin. Is there still a sign of aging that bothers you? By focusing on one concern, such as wrinkles or dark spots, you’ll get the best results. Look for a product that targets your concern. Remember, no product can treat all signs of skin again and using more than one anti-aging product in a few days or weeks can irritate the skin and make you look older.
Buy a product formulated for your skin type. Your sunscreen, moisturizer, and other anti-aging skin care products will work best if they are formulated for your skin type. For example, if your skin tends to be oily, select a moisturizer made for oily skin. If you have sensitive skin, you want to see the words “sensitive skin” on the label.
Always read product labels and select those that offer all of the following:
- Hypoallergenic (The product can still cause an allergic reaction, but there is less risk.)
- Non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic (does not cause acne)
- Consumer hotline (to contact for questions)
Have realistic expectations. Exaggerated promises, such as look 10 years younger overnight or quickly reduces all signs of aging, are too good to be true. It’s important to remember that anti-aging skin care products deliver modest results. You cannot get the results of a face-lift from a cream.
TIP: “Clinically proven” means that the product was given to consumers to try. It does not mean the product underwent clinical trials and received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Select a product within your price range. It’s human nature to think the more expensive the product, the better the results. Effective anti-aging products come in all price ranges.
Skin Care by Decades
Everyone wants to look younger and have radiant skin. However, it doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen without being intentional with your skin care routine. Diet, stress, sleep, exercise and beauty routines all matter, and can all contribute to gorgeous skin as we get older. Follow these recommendations to healthy skin at any age.
In your 20s: Focus on exfoliating daily and using a high-quality cleanser, plus moisturizing daily to keep the skin hydrated.
In your 30s: Start using nourishing, strengthening, collagen-supporting products.
In your 40s: This is the perfect time to use products that actively target visible signs of aging.
In your 50s and beyond: Continue to use targeted treatments while incorporating products that reduce muscle contractions to fight wrinkles, and that support volume.
All along, be sure to deeply hydrate, exfoliate and nourish, and wear your SPF!