The markets are flooded with thousands of anti-aging products claiming to be the next great fountain of youth. Lotions and options with exotic ingredients and savvy packaging are constantly fighting for our attention. As tempting as they all are, your anti-aging products should be science based.
1. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!!
More than 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun. People who use sunscreen daily show 24% less skin aging then those who do not use daily sunscreen.
I am continually shocked when my new clients tell me they don’t use sunscreen. It’s not fancy, it’s not expensive yet it works!
Get yourself a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 45+ and use it daily. You can thank me later:) My current sunscreen of choice is Intellishade by Revision. It has an SPF of 45 yet feels and smells like a lovely tinted moisturizer.
Retinol or Vitamin A is the most powerful and well researched anti-aging ingredient on the market. It restores normal cell turnover and builds collagen. The end result is a more even complexion, restoration of dull dehydrated skin, diminished acne breakouts, wrinkle reduction and gorgeous skin.
The key to using retinol is to slowly build up to an optimal percentage of 0.5-1.0%. (Equivalent to .05-0.1 % Retin-A) Initial flaking and dryness are normal. Just stay hydrated and go slowly. Your skin will eventually build up a tolerance.
I love the retinols from Cosmedix . They are encapsulated to minimize irritation and range from .01-.1%