Use a retinol moisturizer.
Nope, an antioxidant serum.
You need to exfoliate, too. And don't forget peptides!
Argh! You just want to keep wrinkles away from your face, but no one seems to agree on how best to do that. There are too many options, it's overwhelming! Worry not, friends. This is why we are here. We've put together this little guide with everything your skin needs to prevent and treat premature aging, and the wrinkles and dark spots that go with it, at any age. Check it out:
In Your 20s
This decade is all about prevention. I know, it feels like there's nothing to prevent. Those wrinkles are far away in the future, right? Not if you underestimate them. You could soon be in for a very nasty surprise if you don't lay the foundations for a proper anti-aging regime now. Here's what you need:
Antioxidants are your skin's BFF. They destroy the free radicals that cause premature aging before they even have the time to cause havoc on your skin.
But, contrary to popular belief, there isn't an antioxidant that's better than another. Think of them as veggies. You can't just eat carrots or kale to be healthy. You need to eat both, and plenty more of their relatives, too.
It's the same for antioxidants. The more you use, the better your skin will look. Our AntiOx Organic Antioxidant Toner is loaded with antoxidants, including organic green tea, organic licorice, vitamin E, and more!
This is the most important weapon in your anti-aging arsenal. UV rays are to blame for 90% of premature aging, so you'd better make sure they don't come anywhere near your skin.
Never leave the house without putting on a physical sunscreen first. Worried about that greasy feeling, and breakouts? No problem, we’ve got you covered. We have a silky, non-greasy version; our SPF40 Age-Defying Mineral Sunscreen. Made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, two naturally-occurring minerals that protect against the entire UV range, this non-chemical sunblock feels great on the skin, and won’t causing any irritation.
In Your 30s
Tis the time to take wrinkle-fighting seriously. Because, guess what? Those nasty buggers are already starting to creep up around your eyes. Here's what you need to add to your old routine to bust them:
CEF stands for Vitamins C + Vitamins E + Ferulic Acid. This is one of the most powerful combinations of antioxidants ever: it destroys free radicals, firms skin and even boosts sun protection.
By all means, keep using your antioxidant toner. But, up your antioxidant game with our powerful Super-C 20% Vitamin C Serum with C+E+Ferulic, EGF & Matrixyl 3000. The more, the merrier, remember?
Encapsulated Retinol Serum
Lots of things claim to reduce wrinkles but very few deliver. Retinol is the real deal: it speeds up cellular turnover, boosts collagen production and even fights free radicals. All things that help you keep wrinkles well away from your face.
Retinol is very powerful. That's why you need to introduce it to your skin slowly. Your best bet is a gentle cream like the Night Renewal Cream 2.5% All-Trans Encapsulated Retinol. Why encapsulated? That means it releases retinol gently over a few hours, so your skin isn't hit with its full potency all at once. It's just as effective but way gentler.
Oh, don't use it at the same time as your CEF serum if you have sensitive skin. You can use the CEF Serum for day and the Retinol at night, or even alternate them every other day. It's the best and gentlest way to give your skin everything it needs.
In Your 40s
Now your skin's starting to get saggy. And those wrinkles are getting more obvious. It's time to bring out the big guns, ladies:
Glycolic Acid Exfoliant
When it comes to exfoliating your skin, nothing does it better than glycolic acid. It dissolves the glue that holds your skin cells together, so they can slough off. The result? Brighter and smoother skin. Those wrinkles don't look so obvious now.
That alone makes you look younger. But glycolic acid goes one step further. It also boosts the production of collagen, the protein that keeps skin firm. You can get your dose from our 35% Professional Strength Glycolic Acid Peel.
Peptides are all the rage now and there's a reason for that. Actually two: they're great at busting wrinkles and firming skin. Our favorite peptides?
Argireline and Matrixyl 3000. Argireline is dubbed as a topical alternative to Botox because it works in the same way: it paralyzes the muscles so they can't move and form wrinkles.
Matrixyl 3000 is a wrinkle-fighting powerhouse: it prevents new wrinkles from forming, reduces the appearance of old ones by 68% and even helps firm skin in just two months.
Best part? You don't have to choose between the two: you can get them both from our Firming Argireline Serum with Matrixyl 3000.
In Your 50s And Beyond
Your skin will still benefit from all these goodies you've fed it so far. But, as your skin is starting to dry faster than a lake in the desert, it's time to use your retinol a little less and your hydrating serums a little more. Oh, and don't forget to tackle those dark spots. Here's how:
Anti-Aging Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Hyaluronic acid is a waterfall of hydration for your skin: It can attract and bind to it up to 1000 times its weight in water. Doesn't matter how dry your skin is, this'll fix it up in no time.
But a simple hyaluronic acid serum wouldn't do. You need one that's loaded with wrinkle-busting and skin-firming antioxidants and peptides, too. Our Massive Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Vitamin C & Matrixyl 3000 fits the bill perfectly.
Those dark spots can be more stubborn than wrinkles and just refuse to budge. That's when your glycolic acid exfoliant needs the helping hand of a lightening serum or cream.
Bearberry is quickly gaining popularity for its effectiveness and safety. Like hydroquinine, it inhibits the production of melanin, the substance that gives your skin a darker hue. Get your fix from our skin Lightening Serum, with bearberry, tranexamic acid and licorice.
I hope this little guide helped you figure out how to best keep those pesky wrinkles and dark spots away from your face, at any age!