Have you noticed more fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your face each time you look in the mirror? The good news is while you can’t stop the clock because aging is inevitable, with the right skincare routine, you can help your skin fight back and reduce signs of aging.
The science of anti-aging has advanced tremendously in recent years, making it easier than ever for anyone to look younger for longer.
Today you have access to high-quality skincare and natural skin care products containing medical-grade ingredients — which is what makes the difference in your skin’s appearance — they help slow down the aging process. From retinol (natural route: bakuchiol, niacinamide)and peptide-rich (natural route: fruit extracts, vitamin C) creams and serums, there are many amazing skincare products designed to help you look your best.
With the right skincare products, skincare routine, and professional facial treatments, you can turn back time and help your skin look healthier, smoother, firmer, and younger keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
Here are the 7 essential steps to creating the ultimate skincare routine that can help fight fine lines and wrinkles:
Step #1: Invest in high-quality skincare products.
The key to fighting fine lines and wrinkles is to take the time to research and invest in high-quality skincare products because they are formulated with a higher concentration of active ingredients that focus on reducing the signs of aging.
High-quality ingredients deliver powerful and effective results, so when shopping for skincare products, read the ingredients label and pick out ones specially formulated with anti-aging in mind.
Look for skincare products that contain retinol (plant derived: bakuchoil or niacinamide) antioxidants, peptides (plant derived: fruit extracts, vitamin C), glycolic acid, or hyaluronic acid (plant derived: sodium hyaluronate, Hyadisine) to help reduce the signs of aging; these ingredients are instrumental when it comes to fighting fine lines and wrinkles, as they help boost collagen production, protect your skin from sun damage and improve its overall appearance.
Step #2: Cleanse your skin daily.
The first step towards fighting signs of aging is establishing a skincare routine tailored to your skin type that helps you target aging; a well-rounded skincare routine will provide you with the best anti-aging results.
Begin your skincare routine by cleansing your face twice a day — once in the morning and again at night before bed — to remove excess sebum, dirt, makeup, and other impurities that contribute to breakouts, dehydration, and aging.
Look for a mild cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. YASOU Purifying Gel-Balm Facial Cleanser cleanses excess sebum, dirt, makeup, and other impurities that accumulate on the skin’s surface while nourishing and keeping the skin barrier intact
Step #3: Exfoliate 1 to 2 times per week.
The skin naturally exfoliates itself by shedding its dull, dead skin cells, making way for new growth every few weeks, but as we age, the skin’s natural exfoliation process slows down, making it difficult to get rid of dry and dull skin.
Exfoliating 1 to 2 times per week to remove dead skin cells, stimulate skin cell turnover and promote collagen production to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles keeps your complexion looking smooth and young.
What’s more, exfoliation also helps your skin absorb skincare products better, so you can maximize the effects of your anti-aging skincare products.
Gentle exfoliation is key to maintaining healthy skin; opt for chemical exfoliants — like an alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acid — instead of physical exfoliants to avoid over-exfoliation and damaging your skin’s protective barrier.
Step #4: Use topical targeted treatments.
Topical targeted treatments with anti-aging ingredients are must-haves when it comes to fighting fine lines and wrinkles.
Look for products that contain retinoids (natural route: vitamin C and/or niacinamide), and hydroxy acids (natural route: fruit extracts) to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing cell turnover, accelerating healing, stimulating collagen production, and neutralizing free radicals that cause premature aging.
Using these topical treatments as directed on the product label and consistently to get the best anti-aging results is essential.
Step #5: Don’t forget to moisturize.
As we age, our skin loses the ability to maintain its natural moisture balance, which leads to a weakened skin barrier resulting in dehydration and dryness that cause signs of aging — like fine lines and wrinkles — to be more prominent.
Moisturizing your face daily helps boost hydration levels, adding and sealing much-needed moisture into the skin for healthy, supple, smooth, and youthful skin.
Look for ingredients like glycerin to attract and retain moisture in the skin, hyaluronic acid (natural route sodium hyaluronate or Hyadisine) to bind moisture and keep your skin hydrated, and ceramides (natural route: jojoba, safflower or grapeseed oils/extracts) to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier to keep in moisture.
Moisturize your face twice a day — once in the morning with YASOU Vegan Cellular Day Cream and again at night before bed with YASOU Vegan Cell Renewal Night Cream — to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Step #6: Sunscreen is a must.
Did you know that up to 90% of visible signs of aging are caused by sun exposure? Which is why sunscreen is the single most important product you should be using in your skincare routine.
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 or higher every morning — even on cloudy days — to protect your skin from sun damage and environmental stressors that can cause signs of premature aging; check out these 35+ best sunscreens. We recommend naturally-derived sunscreens that contain either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out and reapply every two hours if you’re outdoors and every time after swimming so that it remains effective and provides adequate protection against ultraviolet radiation.
For further protection, wear sun-protective clothing like wide-brim hats, sunglasses, long sleeves shirts, and pants if you’re going to be spending time in direct sunlight for an extended period of time.
Step #7: Incorporate professional facial treatments.
Although a good skincare routine is key in fighting the signs of aging, incorporating professional facial treatments into your anti-aging routine makes a huge difference because they provide a more intensive solution to fighting the signs of aging.
Professional treatments such as chemical peel, laser resurfacing, and microneedling can help improve the appearance of your skin by boosting collagen production, improving skin tone and texture, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and giving you a more youthful complexion.
These treatments are especially beneficial because they can target deeper layers of the skin; that said, since these types of treatments are intensive, it’s best to consult with a professional as they can advise you on the safest and most effective treatment for your skin. They should always be carried out by a professional in a controlled setting, so if you decide to invest in professional treatments, make sure you do your research and go to a trusted professional to ensure optimal results.
Taking care of your skin is essential if you want to fight the signs of aging, by following these 7 steps will help ensure your skin remains healthy.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with the products in order to find which ones work best for you, and remember that, as with any skincare routine, patience and consistency are key.
(photo: ron lach)