The Right Skin Care for Every Age
Still using that oil-free cleanser your mom gave you when you were 13? To look flawless and fabulous at every age, it's time to rethink your skin routine. Here, your decade-by-decade anti-aging arsenal.
Your ideal regimen:
Step 1: Use a cream cleanser that will hydrate skin while it cleanses.
Step 2: Choose a moisturizing cream that contains SPF to keep skin hydrated and protected. Because ingredients like retinoids can make skin more sensitive to the sun, daily use of sunscreen is a must.
Step 3: For day, apply a peptide-rich serum under your SPF daily to help build collagen. Look for one that also contains antioxidants to fight free radicals or hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture. PCA Skin pHaze 25 ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum, $102, contains all three ingredients.
Step 4: At night, apply a retinoid before your moisturizer. Your moisturizer should contain phytoestrogens to help with hormonal aging, such as Ilike Phytoestrogen Moisturizer, $68.
Step 5: Though it sounds too simple (and inexpensive) to be true, a simple petroleum jelly is a great way to lock in the moisture from your moisturizer, which is more important now than ever. One thing to note, petroleum jelly prevents water loss but doesn't attract moisture, so you can't actually skip moisturizer altogether.