There are so many skincare products out there!!!! It is seriously overwhelming. AND a huge $ making industry. There are a lot of products which are, essentially, just emollients. Finding which products really are worth spending your money on is a worthwhile venture. Knowing what the active ingredients in the products are and what they do for you is a good lesson. Here is a summary based on the last 10 years of working in the skin care world.
If nothing else, wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Not only does it help prevent the aging effects we see after years of not wearing it, it helps prevent skin cancer. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is so true in this case! Not all sunscreens are created equally. Ideally your sunscreen has zinc or titanium dioxide as these protect you better for longer. The chemical agents, such as octinoxate, become less effective (or ineffective) after 60-90 minutes of sun exposure. Zinc and titanium can give you all day protection as long as you do not swim or sweat them off. These days so many lines of sunscreen utilize micronized zinc which is actually cosmetically elegant, not at all like the zinc of the past which created a lot of white noses at the pool. The percentage of zinc or titanium also plays a role. For instance, ideally the percentage of zinc is 7-10% for superior protection.
Topical Vit C has been proven to provide additional UV protection and help fight off free radicals. It also helps stimulate collagen and elastin, fade hyperpigmentation and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. When used in conjunction with other topical antioxidants these benefits increase as the antioxidants work synergistically together. Typically, these products are pricey as a stable form of Vit C is expensive to manufacture. However, it is money well spent. Just adding a good topical antioxidant and a good sunscreen to your routine will pay off. I would even recommend taking a before and after picture. (for example at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months) You will see improvements!
3) RETINOIDS OR RETINOLS
These have been around for years. Because they work.
Originally used for acne these topicals have proven anti-aging benefits.
Retinols and retinoids are Vit A derivatives and when used topically increase cellular turnover. They also stimulate collagen. Over time they minimize the appearance of lines, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores and rough skin texture. They can be drying initially so your provider may recommend easing in to your application schedule. For instance, I often recommend twice a week for two weeks, 3 times a week for two weeks, every other night for two weeks and then every night if tolerated.
Adding these three products to your skincare is worth it. There are studies proving it. You gotta love the skin your in:-)