Hello and welcome to the latest installment of the shopping by skin type/concern series. This post will tackle developing a routine to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles along with some additional tips and tricks.
Basically, when it comes to aging, prevention is the best cure and while much of how we age has to do with genetics, our lifestyle and sun habits can play a reasonably large role.
So let’s focus on what we can control.
There aren’t many (if really any) ingredients that can reverse signs of aging. Signs and symptoms can be reduced, but nothing short of the knife will truly be able to rid you of them (and even then, maybe not).
Good, regular, safe-sun habits are vital to preventing damage and exacerbating current signs of aging. If you don’t have lines yet, put on that sunscreen! If you have wrinkles and don’t want more, put on that sunscreen! Just put on the sunscreen even if you don’t care one single bit! To make sure you are practicing proper sun habits, please refer to this post. This is THE BEST thing you can do to combat this skin concern.
Active ingredients can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles along with hydration.
To reduce fine lines and the appearance of wrinkles, look for the “acids” (azelaic acid, glycolic acid, vitamin c/ascorbic acid, latic acid, malic acid) and then niacinamide and/or a trusty ol’retinoid like Retin-A. These work through gentle exfoliation which keeps the skin vibrant and constantly in a state of refreshing itself (the cell turnover increases as these ingredients are cell-communication. For more info, see my actives guide). These ingredients can also help in preventing such lines from forming/forming as quickly.
If you are just starting out, I’ve had good results with CosRX’s line of various treatments. My absolute favorite is the Pore-Minish BHA Serum, but they have some sort of actives product for pretty much any skin need available (whiteheads, blackheads, you name it!) What nice is that these are much MUCH more gentle than a typical AHA/BHA/etc product, yet still just as effective. That means that as you introduce actives into your routine, you run less risk of over-application drying out and wrecking havoc on your skin.
If you are ready to get some heavy-duty results, you’ll need a heavy-duty product and usually a prescription. There are some potent products out there from at-home chemical peels to 10% AHA’s, but personally, when you reach this level, its nice to have a derm looking over your shoulder because these are, you know, acids and whatnot that are taking off layers of your skin 😛 If you don’t already have a trusty derm, you can use the American Academy of Dermatology search to find a list of your local ones and then make an appointment. Don’t have the cash? Curology (formerly Pocket Derm) is the next best alternative. I’ve been having a wonderful time with them thus far: my prescription is great and highly effective, the customer service is superb, my personally assigned derm always gets back to my questions within a business day and is totally willing to listen to and help with the most trivial of my concerns, and the shipping is automatic every three months.I have no real negatives at the moment. If you would like to try this no-contract service and try your first month FREE, you can use my special invite link: https://curology.com/invite/NB1COHX*
Hydration helps prevent and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Pretty much any decent moisturizer will help in their prevention, but ingredients like caffeine, collagen, hyaluonrate/hyaluronic acid, and syn-ake (synthetic venom that works like “botox in a bottle”) can help temporarily reduce the appearance of lines.
Products meant to help prevent/treat signs of aging are generally easy to spot as phrases like “anti-aging” and “age-defense” or things along the regenerate/renew variety etc will be plastered all over them. More expensive is not necessarily better. As aging isn’t curable, only preventable, learning which ingredients give you the best results will be what is most important.
What have you found works best for you in dealing with these sorts of problems? Have any tips/recommendations? Let me know in the comments below!
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