Exclusive: 6 Must-Have Skincare Products for Aging Skin

In your 20's your skin looked fresh and vibrant. Your face was gently sun-kissed and looked flawless with or without makeup. You may or may not have cleansed and moisturized your face, but even if you did, you probably just grabbed anything from the grocery aisle, not paying attention to what was in the bottle or falling prey to great advertising. 

Unfortunately, as we age, it's no surprise that our body changes and slows down, so does our skin. You look in the mirror and see the effects of how years of sun, stress, and pollution have aged your skin, and the loss of collagen and elastin are diminishing. These are two components that kept our skin tight and firm in our youth. 

Although your skin care regimen has been ok, you need to make sure the products you use will support your skin as you age. However, when you look down the aisle at the store or shopping online can be overwhelming. There are so many products, and it can be hard to know what you need to help take better care of your skin, so your face looks vibrant and healthy. 

Your skincare routine should be simple to do and give your skin the right ingredients to cleanse and treat the signs of aging with ingredients that work without drying you out. Before you invest in skincare products for your skin, here are six products every woman should use to help their skin look and feel great. 

Step 1: Cleanser

You know you need to cleanse your skin before bed to get rid of pollution and makeup from a long day. It just feels good to go to bed when your skin feels clean. There are some things to consider, however. If the cleanser you use leaves your skin feeling clean but tight, it might mean that it contains harmful ingredients for your skin. For example, it may contain sulfates or surfactants that strip the natural oils off your face. Although you want to wash away the dirt and grime of the day, your skin needs natural oils to maintain its healthy look. 

Choosing a cleanser with sunflower or safflower oils to remove makeup at night will cleanse your face without stripping the healthy skin oils from your face. These two oils won't clog pores or disrupt your skin's barrier. You will want to choose a creamy cleanser if you have dry skin or a gel cleanser if your skin is more oily. Be careful of fragrance added as that may be irritating.

To help your skin look and feel its best, cleanse your face before bed to remove pollution, dirt, and makeup. Then, in the morning, you don't have to rewash your face. Instead, you can splash it with a bit of water and wipe it with a clean cloth before you apply the rest of your skincare regimen. 

Step 2: Toner

A toner preps and hydrates the cells making the cells plump and accept the serums and moisturizer you apply after your toner. You don't want to choose a toner that contains alcohol which will strip your skin of healthy oils and do more damage.  

When looking at toners, you want to choose one that contains brightening, peptides, and calming agents. You also want to use a toner that will balance out the skin's PH after cleansing.  

Toner can seem like an easy step to skip, especially if you're running out of time. Choosing the right toner preps your skin for the next step in skincare products and gives your skin the support it needs to maintain its healthy glow.

Step 3: Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect your skin by helping to limit the free radical production from stress, pollution, and excessive sun, which damages your skin. When you apply a high-quality antioxidant to your skin daily, you can reduce sun spots, reduce skin inflammation, and reduce the signs of aging. A high-quality antioxidant applied to your skin can also help with your skin's renewal process and help stimulate collagen production, critical for youthful skin appearance. 

Like other products for your skin, you want to make sure you're using a high-quality antioxidant that works without doing additional damage to your skin. Antioxidants like vitamin C, niacinamide, resveratrol, or Vitamin E will help you reduce the free radical damage to your skin, so your skin is protected.

Step 4: Vitamin A

Many products on the market promise anti-aging benefits, but Vitamin A is still the gold standard in any anti-aging program. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that supports your body's health and the appearance of your skin. It helps to repair the DNA of your skin cells, thickens the epidermis, which thins as we age, and promotes the growth of collagen and elastin, which slowly decreases as we age. It also helps stimulate the production of new skin cells, refreshing the skin's surface and restoring the healthy glow we had when we were young.  

If you haven't used a Vitamin A serum on your skin, start with a lower strength to prep your skin. Beginning with a lower dose will help to wake up your skin receptors and reduce the reaction response. Then, as your skin becomes used to Vitamin A and your skin receptors are ready, you can slowly increase the strength of Vitamin A over time.

Step 5: Moisturizer

Yes! One of the essential steps in your skincare routine that you don't want to skip is to apply a good moisturizer. It helps maintain your skin's health and protects it regardless of whether you have dry or oily skin. Even oily skin needs the benefits of a moisturizer. 

All skin needs healthy oils to protect your skin's barrier. You want to use products containing healthy oils such as sunflower and safflower oils. Some great lightweight, non-pore clogging moisturiser will meet your needs regardless of your skin type. If you have dry skin, you will need to look for one rich in hyaluronic acid and ceramides to replace the oils your skin has lost. 

Regardless of which moisturizer you choose, adding a moisturizer to your routine provides the needed support your skin needs, especially as you age.

Step 6: SPF

Sun damage is one of the critical factors for aging your skin and increasing the number of sunspots you have visible. Before you start to apply your makeup and throughout the day, using sun protection is an absolute must! Yes, even if it's cold and cloudy. 

According to the American Cancer Society, you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. If you will be outdoors for an extended amount of time, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. This will help to protect your skin from damaging UV rays and help slow the signs of aging. 

Although you apply sunscreen as you spend time outside, the sunscreen you applied begins to wear off, and you need to reapply. You should reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating to help keep your skin protected. Although several kinds of SPF products are on the market, including some found in makeup, mineral sunscreens are best because they reflect the sun rays giving you better protection. You can find good mineral sunscreens in cream for use under your makeup or as a brush-on powder that can be easily applied throughout the day over your makeup.

You want your skin to look good now and as you age but finding the right skincare treatments doesn't have to be complicated or overwhelming.

Using these 6 skincare essential products, you will give your skin the care it needs to rebuild healthy skin that looks youthful and vibrant.

Michelle Powell