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When it comes to your skin, it’s never too early to start thinking about putting together an anti-aging routine. In fact, the earlier you start, the better. There are certain steps you can take—and skin care products you can use—that will actually help reduce the look of early signs of aging (i.e. fine lines and wrinkles) and protect against certain visible aging cues. Below, find three easy anti-aging steps you can incorporate into your skin care routine starting right now.
Is it rainy or cloudy outside? Well, we’re here to tell you that either way you should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen! When you spend prolonged periods of the time in the sun without wearing protection, it can lead to damage—which can lead to visible signs of aging down the road, like dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles. What’s more, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can get burned even on cloudy days. A broad-spectrum sunscreen can help protect against both UVA rays (the ones that cause damage) and UVB rays (the ones that cause burns).
The Food and Drug Administration recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher and reapplying it every two hours. There are other steps you can take to stay sun-safe as well. Try to avoid the sun during its peak hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat, and seek shade as much as possible—especially if you are out during those peak hours.
Sunscreen should be the final step in your morning skin care routine, after facial cleanser, toner, face serum, and moisturizer. However, if you want to multitask, you can speed up your skin care routine by reaching for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen—just remember to reapply every two hours.
The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 is formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol, in addition to broad-spectrum SPF 30. Not only does it help protect against the sun’s aging UVA/UVB rays but the hydrating moisturizer also works to correct the look of dull, uneven tone. Immediately after using skin will look brighter, while dull, uneven tone is renewed with continued use over time. Apply 15 minutes before going outside—and throw it in your bag so you can reapply throughout the day!
You’re never too young to start using an eye cream. Even if your complexion is completely free of wrinkles and other signs of aging, there’s still reason to apply eye cream on the daily. The truth is, the skin around your eyes will be the first spot to show your age, making an early introduction of eye cream a must. As for what to use, the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream helps minimize the appearance of dark circles and crow’s feet with continued use over time. Apply it in small dots around your eye and pat—don’t rub—it in until absorbed, morning and night. When you’re applying eye cream, be gentle, as the skin around your eyes is thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. Too much tugging could have an adverse effect—potentially causing wrinkles.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, your skin rejuvenates itself while you sleep—meaning that nighttime is a great time to use targeted skin care products. Beyond fine lines and wrinkles, dull, uneven tone can make skin look older. And as your skin’s natural ability to shed surface dead skin cells declines with age, dark spots and uneven tone become more visible, leaving skin looking older and duller. Enter the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads. They’re formulated with glycolic acid to help gently yet effectively resurface dull, uneven tone. Plus, the multi-ply textured pads also physically exfoliate dead skin cells. Immediately, skin will look brighter, while skin tone will look more even with continued use. Just smooth a pad gently over cleansed skin before bed. Since alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, be (extra) sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning and take those other sun protection measures we told you about earlier.
Ready for a full-on anti-aging skin care routine? Here’s A Skin Care Routine for Aging Skin.