We think that wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging are badges of honor, souvenirs from a life well-lived! But we also love to keep our skin healthy and happy and find that a more youthful look can be a great benefit. Whether you’re looking to prevent forehead wrinkles or treat fine lines that have already appeared, it’s never too early or too late to start an anti-aging routine. Here are some of our top picks for anti-aging skincare and tips for keeping your complexion looking its best.
Which anti-aging products should I try?
When it comes to a skincare routine, there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all. But if your goal is to prevent wrinkles or treat signs of aging that have already popped up, there are definitely a few ingredients and products you should add to your arsenal.
Round out your skincare routine with these anti-aging skincare products:
- Gentle cleanser
- Facial oil
- Eye cream
Read on for an in-depth look at our favorite anti-aging skincare products, and then head over to our story about building your best skin care routine [link to skincare routine blog], to learn more about why the order in which you apply them matters.
Use a gentle cleanser and apply carefully.
Your skin contains natural barrier oils and moisture that help protect against wrinkles, so it’s important not to wash your face too often or too aggressively. The soap you use for your body is likely too harsh, so reach for a specially formulated gentle face cleanser. Our Quench Cleanse includes soothing ingredients like Aloe Vera and rose flower water, perfect for soothing and hydrating aging skin.
Whichever cleanser you choose, keep in mind that the way you cleanse can make a big difference, too! Avoid harsh scrubbing and tugging, especially around the fragile eye area. If you’re wearing waterproof mascara or other difficult-to-remove makeup, let your makeup remover sit for a few seconds to really break down the product before you wipe it off. An oil-based cleanser like our antioxidant-rich Midnight Oil™ Cleanser is also great for gently removing makeup! It’s specifically formulated to remove dirt and pollutants without stripping the skin of its protective layer.
Exfoliate two or three times per week.
Exfoliating has many benefits, some that can be noticed right away and others that get to work long-term. By getting rid of dead skin cells that cause dullness, exfoliants give the face an instant glow and clear the way for your other anti-aging products to sink in more easily. There are two basic types of exfoliants: chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliants typically use glycolic or salicylic acids to smooth the skin, while face brushes and scrubs fall under the physical exfoliant category. It’s all about what works best for your skin, so give a few types a try before you commit.
Our Skin Polish is a great example of a physical exfoliant, and it includes natural jojoba beads to gently roll away impurities. Oils from olives, lemon and cypress also do their part to restore and protect your skin. Just massage it on damp skin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing. As with any physical exfoliant, don’t use too much pressure! The rule about being gentle to aging skin applies here, too.
Choose serums with anti-aging ingredients.
If fighting wrinkles, dullness, dark spots and other signs of aging is your goal, serums are your ultimate defense! Their formulas tend to be highly concentrated and are a great way to treat your skin to some powerful ingredients. Major improvements in skin care technology mean that there are both synthetic and naturally derived ways to reap the benefits.
Some of our favorite natural anti-aging ingredients include peptides, tea extracts, grape seed extract and other potent antioxidants. We use oligopeptides from germinated millet seeds in our Sotoks brightening serum, along with dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, a plant-derived collagen amino acid that has been scientifically proven to fight wrinkles.
Try a facial oil.
Our skin loses moisture and elasticity as we age, which in turn can lead to wrinkles and dryness. Facial oils have gained popularity for their ability to provide pure, concentrated hydration where we need it most. Some of the most effective oils include argan oil for softening and plumping, rosehip seed oil for repairing the skin and Marula oil for protecting and toning.
Our Midnight Oil™ Serum uses Marula oil as its main ingredient, along with a blend of essential oils with their own skin-loving properties. We suggest applying it in circular, upward strokes as part of your nightly routine. You can also try the soothing blend of vegetable and essential oils in our Dew Date, or the one-of-a-kind, Omega-6-packed Pomifera Oil™ found in One Drop Wonder!
Show your eyes some extra love.
The skin around our eyes is extra delicate, and that’s a big reason why so many of us spot our first signs of aging here. And because the skin is so sensitive, products designed for our more resilient face skin can cause irritation. That’s why we recommend sticking to products created specifically for the eyes.
If dark circles and puffiness are your main issue, look for ingredients that brighten the skin and work to increase collagen production. Products that treat dark circles under the eyes might include caffeine, vitamin C and certain peptides and extracts. If you’re looking to tackle fine lines and under eye wrinkles, search out products formulated with hydrators like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. These two ingredients in particular are powerful yet gentle humectants, which pull water from the air and hold it on the surface of your skin to help plump it up and keep it moisturized.
You’ve probably also heard that putting cool spoons under your eyes can help reduce puffiness. While it might sound out there, whoever started this tip was onto something! The cool temperature can have an immediate tightening effect, and light massage under the eye can definitely help drain fluid that’s pooled under your eyes while you sleep. That’s why we designed our Eye Arise with a cooling ceramic tip to instantly soothe and awaken your skin! Plus, it features some of the top ingredients we just talked about, including plant polypeptides, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid and amino acids that boost vitality and target specific anti-aging markers.
Don’t forget about your body!
It often seems like we spend 100% of our skin care routine on 10% of our skin, neglecting the majority that’s found below our face! But our body skin is equally susceptible to fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. A quick scrub a few times a week helps get rid of dulling dead skin and gives moisturizers and other treatments the chance to do their job.
Leave our Scrubtini in your shower and treat yourself to a head-to-toe scrub down with its gently exfoliating sugar granules and super-moisturizing virgin coconut oil. Follow that up with a firming and body oil like Dew Confidence to lock in moisture while improving the skin’s elasticity.
Is there anything else I can do to pump the brakes on my skin’s aging process?
Healthy skin starts from within! Great products are a must, but you can give them a boost by adopting a few simple habits that help to fight wrinkles and aging.
Protect your skin from the sun.
You already know that wearing sunscreen every day is crucial in the prevention of skin cancer. But it’s also a key player in the fight against wrinkles! Layer on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day and consider it the hardest-hitting anti-aging product in your medicine cabinet. Our Perfect Sunscreen uses zinc oxide to protect against UVA and UVB rays, along with chicory root and vitamin B3 to fight against signs of aging.
According to the Mayo Clinic, smoking is the strongest predictor of facial wrinkling aside from age. There are a lot of factors at work, including many of the 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke that damage collagen and elastin. As a result, skin starts to sag and wrinkle at an earlier age. Nicotine also narrows the blood vessels in your skin’s outermost layer, impairing its ability to get the oxygen and important nutrients it needs to stay healthy. On top of that, repeated pursing of the lips can cause fine lines and wrinkles all around the mouth. There are countless reasons to kick a smoking habit, but aging skin definitely deserves to be on the list!
Eat vitamin-rich foods.
You’ve heard that great skincare starts in the kitchen [link to Foods for Skin blog], and that’s especially true when our goal is fighting back against signs of aging. Researchers have found that eating food containing certain antioxidants is a promising way to protect the skin from oxidative stress. Frequently researched antioxidants include carotenoids, tocophenols and flavonoids, along with vitamins A, C, D and E and omega-3 fatty acids. Try adding some of these foods to your diet to reap the benefits:
- Citrus fruits
- Sweet potatoes
- Leafy greens
Get enough sleep (and maybe tweak the way you sleep).
Your body does a lot of its self-repairs while you’re sleeping, and that includes your skin. Repeated late nights or stretches spent tossing and turning take away from the time your skin needs to refresh itself. According the National Sleep Foundation, practicing a relaxing bedtime ritual can help you fall asleep faster and remain asleep. Try turning off your phone an hour before bed or drop a soothing Pombomb into a warm bath to help you relax your muscles and mind.
Experts have also shown that your sleeping position might have an effect on wrinkle formation. A 2016 study found that people who sleep on their sides or stomach are more prone to wrinkles caused by “mechanical compression.” That essentially means that pressing your face against your pillow repeatedly can speed up the formation of wrinkles. Sleeping on your back is a simple way to combat this effect. For committed side-or stomach-sleepers, a silk pillowcase might be a good compromise. The soft fabric lets your skin glide over it with less friction, helping to prevent the tugging and abrasion that cotton pillowcases might cause.
Keep your eyeglasses prescription up to date.
If you find yourself squinting at street signs or restaurant menus, it might be time to book an appointment with your eye doctor. That repeated motion can have the same effect as consistent smiling and frowning, so correct your vision before it starts showing your fine lines! Bonus: with so many types of contacts and styles of glasses, we love the way eyewear gives you one more way to show off your personality.
We’re all about aging gracefully and celebrating smile lines, but we also love the self-esteem boost that comes with knowing you’re doing something great for your skin. Which signs of aging do you celebrate, and which do you want to say goodbye to? Let us know the products and habits you’d like to add to your routine!