The Perfect Regimen For Your Skin Type: Aging Skin
As we age, wisdom and life experience accompany us, but wouldn’t it be a dream to have access to the fountain of youth and swim in the natural spring water as it restores the collagen and oil production in our skin, all while retaining our knowledge? Well, it is a dream, but we have real suggestions to help renew and support your aging skin.
Skin changes over time, and knowing the right products to introduce or eliminate is important. Most skincare routines have a universal foundation: a cleanser to remove residue, a toner to balance the skin, and a moisturizer to hydrate and seal the moisture.
But did you know cleansers do more than clean your skin? Finding a cleanser that protects your skin barrier is essential. Cleansers deposit vital agents into your skin like skin fats; they also create a physical barrier on top of your skin which acts as a guard to keep moisture in (this is known as occlusives). The right cleanser will also attract water molecules and hold it against the skin (this is known as humectant).
Note: cleansers with a high pH can damage the protein and fats in the skin, leaving it to feel tight, dry, and irritated. We recommend using a pH-balancing cleanser. Once you find a cleanser with a low pH, consider eliminating the unnecessary step of a toner.
Tip: Avoid harsh exfoliants because your skin is more susceptible to sagging.
Introducing vitamin A into your routine is a game-changer. A key function of vitamin A in the skin is to improve elasticity by stimulating collagen production, which promotes skin cell turnover. So, consider introducing a topical retinoid to your dream team.
Note: topical retinoids are a temporary solution, and excessive use can irritate your skin. Introduce topical retinol as part of your evening routine.
Lock in your hard work with a moisturizer. As we’ve explored, our skin decreases in sebum production as we age; therefore, finding a moisturizer that attracts water and holds it in is ideal.
Now, you may still dream of visiting St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth, but before you go, don’t forget about the last step in your routine–sunscreen. Protect your skin while you’re in the natural spring water.