anti aging 10 Tips for an Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine

  • Témi Adebowale

Including which anti-aging skin care ingredients you should look for.

January 13, 2023
The Best Skin Care Routine For Aging Skin


As we grow older, our skin begins to go through many changes, like losing its elasticity and developing fine lines and wrinkles. But while there’s no way to stop time from moving forward, forming a solid, anti-aging skin care routine can certainly help improve the appearance of any skin concerns.


For instance, getting a head start on your anti-aging skin care routine and using skin care products with skin-loving ingredients (think: collagen and hyaluronic acid) can help maintain a youthful and radiant-looking complexion. Ready for an upgrade? Consider these ten anti-aging steps to incorporate into your skin care routine.

What Is the Key Ingredient for Anti-Aging?

Before starting an anti-aging skin care routine, be sure to keep an eye out for these five anti-aging ingredients in your favorite products.

1. Retinol

Retinol, a vitamin A derivative, is used to help repair sun damage and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.


2. Vitamin C

This antioxidant will protect your skin from free radicals, and also protect it from sun damage.

3. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) 

Alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic and citric acid are used to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.

4. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that’s naturally found in your skin’s sebum, and it helps to create a natural barrier to keep moisture in your skin. 

5. Collagen

Collagen is a protein that makes skin cells strong and elastic, and adding it to your skin care routine will plump and boost your skin’s hydration.

10 Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips

Add these ten anti-aging skin care tips into your skin care routine to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and boost collagen and hydration.


1. Wash With a Cream Cleanser

Regardless of your skin type or skin care concerns, daily cleansing is always a must. But if you have visibly aging skin, reach for a nourishing cream cleanser rather than a foaming one since those tend to be harsher on delicate skin. As skin matures, it loses moisture, nutrients and natural oils, resulting in skin that looks — and feels — dry. A cream cleanser can help replenish moisture to the surface of your skin for a fresh look.

The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser is formulated to gently remove all traces of makeup without over-drying the skin, and the vitamin C and salicylic acid in the cleanser will also gently exfoliate. Every morning and evening, lather the cleanser in wet hands and gently massage it onto the skin. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

2. Exfoliate Weekly

There are a plethora of benefits that come with exfoliating your skin, including removing dead skin cells and brightening skin, which makes it an important part of an anti-aging skin care routine.

One to three times a week, swap out your cream cleanser for a gentle facial exfoliator, such as the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser, which uses gentle micro-pearls and glycolic acid to help polish away dullness and deliver radiant-looking skin. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine the frequency that works for you.


3. Apply a Facial Serum

Once you’ve cleansed your skin, you’re ready to move on to face serum to directly treat any skin care concerns that you may have. Find the right one for your aging skin concerns below: 


L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Skin Care Cell Renewal Anti-Aging Midnight Serum

As you age, cell regeneration slows down, causing a decrease in your skin’s overall vitality and radiance. This luxurious serum helps skin instantly feel smoother and firmer and appear refreshed. For best results, pat the serum onto cleansed skin morning and night.


L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum

As skin matures, it’s gradually depleted of essential nutrients, which results in dryness. Not to mention, years of environmental damage (like the sun’s harmful UV rays) causes skin to look dull and parched and lose its resilience. This hyaluronic acid serum helps replenish the skin’s protective moisture barrier and helps it look more radiant while keeping the skin moisturized and hydrated. Apply it on freshly cleansed skin morning and night before moisturizing. 


L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 12% Pure Vitamin C + E + Salicylic Acid Serum

This targeted serum blends  pure vitamin C with vitamin E, and the powerful combination will boost radiance and skin brightness, as well as neutralize free radicals that can lead to aging skin. Apply it to clean skin in the morning and evening before you layer on your moisturizer.


4. Use a Targeted Eye Cream

In case you didn’t know, your eye area needs attention no matter your age. Choose an eye cream that addresses the visible signs of aging you see around your eyes — whether that’s dark circles, fine lines or under-eye bags. The L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment works to visibly reduce wrinkles, de-puff and brighten the eye area in just one week with its formulation of retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid. morning and night Use the metal tip to massage the formula gently around the eye area until it’s thoroughly absorbed.


5. Moisturize With Your Skin Type In Mind

If you have mature skin, try using a moisturizer that’s formulated to revive your skin tone and stimulate skin cell renewal, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Moisturizer for Mature, Dull Skin. Infused with imperial peony extracts and LHA (a.k.a lipohydroxy acid) to gently exfoliate dull, sallow skin, this lightweight cream helps bring back skin’s natural rosy look that often diminishes as skin ages. 


If you're looking to reduce wrinkles and boost your skin’s collagen, grab the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Skin Care Collagen Expert Day Moisturizer with SPF 30, which delivers intense hydration to the skin and helps to firm and and retighten the skin.


But remember, when applying your facial moisturizer in the morning and evening, don’t just stop at your face — moisturize your neck and chest area too, as this area is just as prone to becoming dry and showing signs of fine lines.


6. Try a Facial Oil

Another sign of aging skin is when natural oil production starts to decrease. Daily exposure to harmful UV rays further compromises skin’s ability to retain moisture, leaving it looking dehydrated and lackluster. That’s where facial oil comes in. You can use an oil to give your complexion an extra dose of nourishment and help lock in moisture. Use a lightweight, non-greasy face oil that absorbs quickly, applying it over your moisturizer to help nourish mature skin.


7. Use SPF Every Single Day

Sunscreen is important for everyone, but especially so when you’re putting together an anti-aging skin care routine. As the Mayo Clinic reports, UVA and UVB light from the sun can lead to skin damage over time that can prematurely age your skin and cause wrinkling and age spots.

The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Invisible UV Fluid protects from both types of sun rays, and the lightweight sunscreen will also help prevent the look of dark spots for all skin types. It’s suitable for all skin types and won’t leave a white cast on any skin tone.


8. Remove Makeup Gently

Let’s skip to the end of the day: Before you’re ready to get some beauty sleep, you’ll need to remove your makeup. To avoid the clogged pores that snoozing in makeup can bring, reach for a bottle of micellar water before bed. Cleansing water is a smart choice since it’s formulated to remove makeup, dirt and debris in an extra-gentle manner. Saturate a cotton pad with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types and sweep it over your skin until completely clean.


9. Reach For a Wrinkle Cream at Night

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sleep gives your body time to refresh and renew itself. Take advantage of that time and apply a wrinkle-fighting night cream before you drift off. Take your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert moisturizer line, depending on your age range. These anti-wrinkle face creams help to visibly reduce signs of aging, including sagging skin, dryness, wrinkles and more.


10. Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase 

While we’re on the subject of, consider how your bed setup can also impact your anti-aging routine. Adding a silk pillowcase can benefit your skin, as the material is gentler on the skin than cotton or polyester, so it won’t tug or rub on your skin, which can worsen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as The Aesthetic Surgery Journal reports.


5 Face Tools to Use in Your Anti-Aging Routine

Skin care tools can also make a difference when it comes to anti-aging, as they can help firm and lift the face. Below, discover five facial tools to use in your routine.

1. Jade Roller

A jade roller is a handheld facial massage tool that’s usually made with two stones. Use it to massage your face, stimulate blood flow to the complexion and help spread your skin care products evenly. 


2. Gua Sha

Gua sha is a massage technique that originated in East Asia, and a gua sha tool is used to do the massage. Use the spoon-like tool to massage your face in long and short strokes along your face and neck to help with neck pain and circulation.


3. Microcurrent Device

Handheld microcurrent devices are used to stimulate facial muscles to reduce wrinkles and give your skin a lifted appearance by delivering tiny currents of electricity to the skin. Apply a conductive gel or primer, then move the microcurrent device over the skin, adhering to the tool’s directions closely.


4. Dermaplaning  

Dermaplaning exfoliates by removing peach fuzz and the top layer of skin so that a new, softer and fresher layer of skin grows in its place. To try dermaplaning at home, use the handheld shaving tool in gentle short, strokes to exfoliate your skin, but be sure to consult with your dermatologist first to avoid hurting yourself or causing any damage to your skin.


5. Facial Cleaning Brush 

Use a facial cleansing brush to help thoroughly cleanse your skin, so there’s no oil or makeup left when you’re done washing your face — just make sure to change out the brush’s head according to your device’s instructions.


An Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine for Your 20s

Our skin is at a constant state of maturing, but what you put on your skin in your 20s may differ greatly from what your skin needs when you’re in your 40s. Certain steps and their staples may stay the same, but the ingredients and targets will likely move. Follow these age-tailored skin care routines for an anti-aging routine at any age.

1. Cleanse

Every routine should start by washing your face. Cleansing is important because it helps get rid of dirt, oil and makeup on your skin. 

2. Spot Treat

Use a spot treatment or serum for any skin concerns that you may have, from acne to hyperpigmentation to dark spots.

3. Use Eye Cream

Since the skin around your eyes is so delicate, you can benefit from using an eye cream or serum in your 20s. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Caffeine Eye Serum gently around your eyes with your ring finger. The eye serum uses hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin and caffeine to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags and dark circles.

4. Moisturize

Moisturizer is also a key step no matter your age or skin type, as your skin will need to be rehydrated after cleansing to keep your skin barrier strong and healthy.


5. Apply SPF

Sunscreen should be applied as the last step of your skin care routine, and after applying you can move on to your makeup routine, or head out for the day.


An Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine for Your 30s

Your skin care routine in your 30s will be similar to the one in your 20s, but you’ll likely want to add a step for exfoliating to remove dead skin cells.

1. Cleanse

Your cleanser of choice can stay the same here, as long as you’re making sure to continue washing your face twice a day. 

2. Exfoliate

Cell turnover will start to slow down as you get older, as the National Center for Biotechnology Information reports, so exfoliation is very important. Use an exfoliating serum to remove dead skin cells and banish dry, dull skin.

3. Moisturize 

A moisturizer with the anti-aging ingredient retinol will help lessen the appearance of fine lines and improve skin tone and texture. Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Pressed Night Moisturizer with Retinol + Niacinamide to hydrate your skin in your 30s. Apply one pump of the moisturizer for your face, and one pump for your neck and décolleté. 

4. Eye Cream

Eye cream continues to be important, and you should really focus on applying it under the eyes all the way to the temple. Tap in any excess product with your fingers, then wait five minutes to allow the eye product to get absorbed before you move on to moisturizing.

5. Apply SPF

Sunscreen should be a staple in your routine by now, but if it isn’t, there’s no time like the present to start. Apply it every day — even in the winter.

An Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine for Your 40s

You may notice your skin getting drier as you age, so an anti-aging skin care routine in your 40s is all about replenishing moisture.


1. Cleanse

Your cleanser can be just hydrating and nourishing as your moisturizer, and the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Skin Care Nourishing Cream Cleanser uses replenishing oils to cleanse your skin in a way that gently yet effectively removes traces of makeup. 

2. Use a Moisturizing Serum

To further make sure your skin is as nourished as can be, add a moisturizing serum to your anti-aging routine. Look for hyaluronic acid as your anti-aging ingredient as it builds upon your skin’s natural moisture to further hydrate and moisturize the skin.

3. Eye Cream 

Eye cream will continue to help hydrate your area and help with the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet. In your 40s, you can start applying eye cream as part of both your morning and nighttime routines. 

4. Moisturize

As we mentioned before, moisturizer is as important as ever. Reach for a heavier, thicker moisturizer, especially during dry seasons like the winter time.

5. Apply SPF

SPF still remains important, and it will help you avoid the aging effects of sun damage, which include sun spots, wrinkles, and loose skin.

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