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If you’re ready to start an anti-aging skin care routine, then you’ve come to the right place. Just noticed fine lines and wrinkles or dark spots appearing on your skin? Maybe you’re not there yet, but you want to get started on preventing them right away. Or, perhaps you have mature skin and need skincare tips to help perk things up. Whatever your skin type, age, or skin care concerns, we’ve rounded up our eight best anti-aging skincare tips for everyone.
No matter how tired you are, every morning you should make sure to wake up early enough to effectively cleanse your skin, and every night you should do the same. Without washing your face regularly, the buildup of makeup, dirt, and impurities can pile onto your pores, causing everything from a dull-looking complexion to one riddled with clogged pores. Since neither of those things is a walk in the park, always remember to wash your face twice a day. Also, in order for your anti-aging skin creams and serums to properly do their job, they need to be applied onto a totally clean face. But, before you start washing, it’s important that you choose the right facial cleanser for you. We know, you’re here for an anti-aging regimen, but different facial cleansers work differently on different skin types. Here's a helpful breakdown on how to choose your facial cleanser match:
If you have sensitive skin that tends to be dry…try a micellar water, like the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types.
If you have acne-prone skin…use a facial cleanser that’s specifically formulated to purify your pores, like the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser.
If you have mature skin…unfortunately, as we age, our skin’s natural moisture levels decrease. So, use a cleanser that washes your skin while also replenishing it with moisture, like the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser.
If you have oily skin…use a cleanser that’s formulated to mattify your complexion and absorb excess oil, like the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify and Mattify Cleanser.
Facial serums are special formulas that offer high concentrations of potent ingredients—including those of the anti-aging variety. As such, we are big proponents of using a facial serum (or two) every single morning and night—and trust us, once you start, you will be too!
Serums are meant to be applied directly onto freshly-cleansed skin before you layer on your moisturizer. One of the best anti-aging ingredients to look out for when choosing a facial serum is hyaluronic acid. It’s a super-hydrating molecule that can absorb up to 1,000 times its own weight in water! Applying a serum that contains hyaluronic acid onto your complexion will help to restore moisture and suppleness, which will help keep your skin looking youthful and radiant. Reach for the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum and apply a few drops all over your complexion, every morning and evening.
Another good quality to look out for in an anti-aging serum is the ability to stimulate skin cell renewal—when the cells on the surface layer of your skin turn over more frequently, fine lines fade away. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, try the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum. After you’ve applied your serum of choice, follow up with your facial moisturizer. Speaking of which…
One of the trendiest skin care products of the moment—cica cream—is a great pick for those following an anti-aging skin care routine. Skin’s moisture barrier weakens with age, resulting in greater loss of moisture, more prominent wrinkles, and loss of firmness. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro-Retinol & Centella Asiatica is a lightweight moisturizer that helps strengthen and repair skin barrier to help resist visible signs of aging that a weakened barrier can accentuate. Immediately, skin feels softer, smoother, and supple, while firmness and tone look improved. With continued use over time, skin looks rejuvenated, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced, and clarity improves. To use, smooth an even layer of product over your entire complexion, layering it on top of your serum.
Spending prolonged periods of time in the sun sans protection can lead to visible signs of aging like dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles appearing down the road. That’s why wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30, is crucial. Apply it daily as directed and remember to take additional sun protection measures as well. Limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 AM and 2 PM, which are the sun’s peak hours), seek shade when you’re outside, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
When you don’t exfoliate your skin often enough, you allow makeup, dirt, and dead skin cells to build up on the surface, which creates a less-than-radiant complexion. Over time this buildup can look extremely dull and cause you to look older than you really are. What’s more, when you don’t exfoliate, all the other products that you layer on your skin won’t be able to deliver the results you’re hoping for.
For anti-aging purposes, try using a glycolic acid peel pad, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads, nightly. Since glycolic acid can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity, be extra mindful of applying broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning as directed and take the additional sun protection measures we outlined previously.
If you find that exfoliants containing glycolic acid aren’t right for your skin, manual exfoliation, via a gentle face scrub, is another good option. Look for a face scrub that’s formulated for your individual skin concerns, such as dryness, acne, or oily skin. Here are two to choose from:
L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub: If evening out and brightening your skin tone is what you’re after, this is the face scrub for you. Formulated with pure sugars and nutrient-rich monoi and grapeseed oils, the scrub works to gently buff away impurities while also leaving skin with a glowing finish.
L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub: If you have dry skin, don’t think that exfoliation isn’t for you. On the contrary, regular exfoliation can help balance your skin. You’ll want to use a face scrub that’s formulated with nourishing ingredients, like this one, which contains coconut oil and cocoa butter.
While all areas of your skin lose elasticity as you age, your eyes are the first to show it. Even if you haven’t spotted crow’s feet just yet, it’s a good idea to take the time to apply an eye cream to help prevent (or at least delay) their big debut. We’d argue that using an eye cream is a great idea no matter your age or skin concerns since your eye area is home to the thinnest skin on your entire face. For anti-aging, look for an eye cream that can also help minimize the appearance of dark circles and puffiness with continued use over time, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream.
While you may not realize it, nighttime serves as a great opportunity to reap some serious skin care benefits. Think about it: you’re lying there, with no makeup on, not sweating (hopefully), so it’s an ideal time for your skin care products to be absorbed and really start to work their magic. Choose an overnight face mask that’s formulated specifically to provide anti-aging benefits, such as the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask. This mask works to re-tone, re-firm, and re-lift your skin while you sleep. Aim to use it one to two times per week.
Similarly, layering on a night cream can also work wonders in helping to keep your skin wrinkle and fine line-free. Keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay is all about keeping the skin sufficiently hydrated, after all, and even though it might feel excessive, slathering on a second layer of moisturizer before hitting the hay will help seal in hydration all night long. On the nights you don’t use the aforementioned overnight mask, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Night Balm. This luxe face moisturizer is formulated with nourishing manuka honey extract and infused with antioxidants to keep your skin strong and radiant.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to thrive in all of your anti-aging efforts. For more anti-aging skin care advice, here are 3 Steps to Starting an Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine.