People start to notice signs of aging skin as early as in the 20s. Hoping that there is something they can do about it, they flock to the drug stores or online shopping sites to research and find anti-aging skin care products. That’s when they quickly become overwhelmed. There are so many products on the market, from so many brands, with so many ingredients, and at so many price points. Selecting the right anti-aging product is definitely a daunting task, but this guide is meant to simplify the process and help you choose the right anti-aging skin care products for your skin.
The Basic Products You Need
Anti-aging skin care products take many forms – cleansers, soaps, creams, serums, oils, lotions and the list could go on and on. The first thing is to narrow it down to the best basic products that you want to add to your skin care routine. Best bets are:
- A facial cleanser
- A daily moisturizer
- A night serum
Depending on your skin issues and budget, you may choose one specific product to focus on, or buy them all and create a full skin care regimen. Once you find your favorite basic products, you can also expand to the many other options available, such as toners, oils and masks.
Your Skin Type and Skin Issues
The next way to narrow down anti-aging skin care products is to find those that are best for your specific skin type and issues.
Many products are designed to work for all skin types, but you’ll also see products labeled specifically for dry skin, oily skin or sensitive skin.
Your aging skin issue can also guide you. No product can fight against all signs of aging, so narrow it down to your top skin care concern (fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin, dark spots, etc.) and find a product that works to fight that problem.
Skin Care Product Ingredients
Another important factor in choosing the right anti-aging skin care product is the ingredients. Some of the most effective anti-aging ingredients include:
- Antioxidants along with Vitamins A, C and E which will combat the destructive and aging effects of free radicals.
- Anti-inflammatory agents which will reduce the effects of inflammation, a major contributor to aging.
- Emollients and moisturizing ingredients, such as botanical oils, which support skin hydration and protect the skin’s protective barrier.
- Avoid high water content products (if the first ingredient listed is water it is the main ingredient!). Water content requires damaging emulsifiers and can promote barrier damage along with poor skin hydration.
In addition to the list above, there are many other ingredients that help fight aging skin, including natural ingredients from the ocean along with plant derivatives and essential oils. The important part is that you recognize and understand the list of ingredients before making a purchase.
Beyond fighting your aging skin, there are a number of other functions you ideally want to find in your anti-aging skin care products. This includes:
- Exfoliating – Your scrub should include a gentle exfoliate that will get rid of dead skin, black heads and excess oils. The benefit – skin that looks fresh and rejuvenated.
- SPF – Daily use of products which contain SPF to protect you from sun exposure. The benefit – preventing further sun damage which is the primary contributor to aging skin.
- Moisturizer – Dryness can magnify the look of aging skin, so your day and serums should also do a good job of moisturizing and hydrating your skin. The benefit – softer, more elastic skin with reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Cost Does Not Necessarily Equal Quality
A final note about choosing the right anti-aging skin care products – a higher cost does not necessarily mean a higher quality. Quality comes down to the active ingredients (which is why it’s important that you check the ingredients list.) Although a very cheap product may not work that well, you definitely don’t need to go to the other end of the spectrum and get the most expensive (which can run $400-500 or even more!) A reasonably priced product with the right ingredients can help your skin and your wallet.