The Best Anti Aging Products That Really Work

These Anti Aging Products Will Save Your Skin From the Assaults of Time and Sun

As we get older, our skin loses its elasticity. It also develops fine lines and, over time, wrinkles. Anti aging skin products come in many shapes, sizes, and price points, and work in different ways. Age also causes changes in the skin, such as spotting (“age spots”). Exposure to the sun and wind can prematurely age the skin. Hot and humid climates cause sweating, which can clog pores and attract dirt particles. People tend to sweat off their sunblock, exposing the skin to the sun’s damaging rays. Squinting in bright sunlight can also cause people to develop fine lines around the eyes and mouth.

The main idea is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, combined with moisturizing the skin. It is also a good idea to protect the skin from further damage. Before starting with any of these products, get a moisturizer with a built-in UV-protection of 15 or higher. You need to stop further damage! Get a routine, morning and night, going for cleansing the face and using a moisturizer with SPF of 15 or higher before putting on makeup in the morning, and before going to bed at night. Do this now. Right now. We mean it. Then, research antiaging products and choose the best one for you. Your skin will thank you.

Buyer’s Guide to Anti Aging Skin Products

There is two “miracle” substances that has been proven to work by increasing cell turnover. Retin-A is the brand name for retinoic acid, Vitamin A in a synthetic version, called tretinoin. It is considered to be a pharmaceutical product and is only available by prescription. Retinol is Vitamin A in a natural form, which must be converted into retinoic acid by certain enzymes to be effective. Retin-A is much stronger than retinol. Retin-A is used for acne, and is a skin treatment as well.  It provides a light chemical peel in order to speed up the natural skin exfoliation process and helps to enhance collagen production. Retin-A must be used daily for three months to reach maximum effectiveness. Retinol is not as effective in Retin-A to help reduce the signs of aging. There have been clinical studies that have proven that Retin-A helps improve the signs of aging. Retin-A does have side effects such as peeling, drying, redness, and a flaking of skin. Retinol rarely has adverse reactions, and is perfect for those with sensitive skin. Retin-A will turn you into a sun-avoiding vampire because it will make you sensitive to the sun’s rays. Remember what I said about using a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher? This is why. Or, one of the reasons why. Sun damage creates more and more wrinkles, and who wants that?

Retinol has continued efficacy over time. Be sure to use it every day to receive the maximum effect. Do not let retinol or Retin-A be exposed to air. Air breaks down the product. Be sure you screw or snap all lids on tightly. Don’t leave it in direct light. Put your products away in a dark place, like a medicine cabinet.

There are lots and lots of worthless products out there. If it sounds too good to be true, it is! You want lab-tested products, not miracle cures. There are no miracles. Just science. Really, really good science. Dermatologists must have tested the products and found them to be good. Also, worthless products can actually damage your skin.

Retinol and Retin-A have been proven to actually eliminate wrinkles! However, you tend to become a vampire. These products make your skin sensitive to sunlight. If your retinol or Retin-A product does not include sunscreen of at least SPF 15, add a layer of sunscreen after applying the product. Add a sunscreen for at least a week after you stop using a product or switch products. Do not let children get their hands on products with either retinol or Retin-A. This is for you, not for the kids in your life!

For those products without retinol or Retin-A, in addition to helping reduce the appearance of–no, they don’t magically disappear, but you can hide them–wrinkles, many products have moisturizers and sunscreen. I say, absolutely! Make your product work for you! Moisturizers and sunscreens should be applied to more than just the face–the neck and ears are often overlooked when putting products onto the skin.

If you are using a pump, and it gets clogged, get a pin and gently poke it into where the fluid comes out. It should remove the clog.

There are both night and day versions of moisturizers and Retin-A and retinol products. If you want more help, a serum may work for you. They often contain vitamins, antioxidants, peptides, and botanicals to help eliminate wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and uneven skin tone. Serums are great after your initial cleansing routine, going on easily and penetrating deeply. Then, use a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 to protect your skin from UV rays, then apply your regular makeup. Whatever you do, make sure what you buy is dermatologist-tested. For those with sensitive skin, make sure your product is noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores) and preferably hypoallergenic so you avoid skin reactions.

Well, now you know what to do about your face. What do you do about the rest of your body? The solution is to use an all-over body cream that absorbs quickly, smooths and evens out the skin, and enhances radiance. These products may contain aloe, citrus fruit acids, skin-smoothing sugar, antioxidants, and vitamins. Be sure to get something hypoallergenic if you have sensitive skin. The hands, especially, show wrinkles and age spots. You can find hand creams with the same ingredients used in face creams, such as retinol. Remember to use UV ray protection of SPF 15 or more on those hands! Use a touch of the hand cream on those elbows to quickly smooth them! Body and hand lotion should feel fantastic, smooth and creamy. Massage gently into the skin.

Remember that none of these products work overnight. You should see improvement in 2 weeks, but you need to use them for 6-8 weeks for the full effect. If your skin burns to the point of true pain or if you have an allergic reaction, stop using the product immediately.

Get enough sleep and drink lots of water. If you live a fast-paced lifestyle, even ten minutes of shut-eye can help. Remember about money and time–if you have the funds, use money to buy time. Try to find a way to have some tasks taken off your plate so you can get enough rest. Turn off the electronics about an hour before bed, or buy screens that minimize the harsh white light they emit. My Kindle has a sepia or black-screen white-print mode I like to use at night to fall asleep fast! Supplements may help, such as drinking chamomile tea or melatonin, used to regulate the body’s clock. Try to get in bed at the same time and wake up at the same time. If all else fails, find a subject you find boring and listen to a podcast about it at night. Works like a charm!

How can I determine if something works or not?

Retin-A and retinol are the only substances proven to reduce wrinkles. It can be irritating, as it works by essentially removing the top layer or two of skin. Use with a moisturizer, or purchase one with a built-in moisturizer, to reduce irritation. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to use something else. You must use sunscreen or moisturizer with built-in UV protection of 15 or higher to use Retin-A and retinol products. Pay attention to the science, not flowery claims. Be sure whatever you are using is dermatologist-tested. Remember, all these products take time to work. If something says it works “overnight”–sorry, no. It takes 4-8 weeks for all of these product to work. The only thing that does work immediately is a line filler that fills the wrinkles in like spackle, and the effects are subtle, not astonishing.

What if retinol irritates my skin?

If it doesn’t actually burn, use a moisturizer. This is why it is a good idea to use a moisturizer with retinol and Retin-A. Retin-A does cause stronger reactions. If you are worried, try the product on the sensitive skin of your wrist. If you have a reaction, use another product. Look for a “sensitive skin” formula if you are concerned or if you have a reaction. Make sure your product is noncomedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores.

It may actually be difficult to determine what is irritating your skin if you try out several products at once. Stick to your normal routine, then add one product and try for 4 weeks. If all is well, you can add a product. After a few weeks, you can add another. The exception is a moisturizer/SPF 15 UV-blocker combo. Get that and use it now. Seriously. You want to stop the damage from getting worse, don’t you? Then, look at Retin-A and retinol and serums. Try to get products without strong scents. Some perfumes can irritate the skin.

Why do I need so many products?

First, you seriously need to cleanse your skin at night to remove makeup, dirt, sweat, and oils that build up on your skin. Many people use toner to remove dirt, grime, sunscreen, and oils more deeply. Next, use a moisturizer that goes deeply, usually one specifically formulated to work while you sleep. Remember your neck! This skin needs moisturizer too! Then, wake up and do the cleanser and toner treatment again. Next, add a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 to prevent further damage to the skin from UV rays. Next. do your normal makeup routine. Use a deep moisturizing, non-comedogenic body lotion after a shower, and use a cream on your hands (and put a dab on your elbows) with an SPF of 15. If you live in a hot climate with more exposed skin, cover all that skin (remember the ears!) with sunscreen over the moisturizer, or skip a step and use moisturizer with sunscreen.

The idea is to keep your skin clean and hydrated, protected from the sun, and to use the best wrinkle, age-spot, and fine-line reducing products out there. These products don’t have to break the bank, either! You can look younger. Looking younger makes you feel younger, and gives you confidence to go out there and do what you want. But, get real. Nothing will turn off the clock. You can make it slow way down, though. You can start by taking better care of yourself, right now. Sleep, lots of water, good food, and laughter. Yes, I said laughter. “Laugh lines” aren’t caused by laughing, but by squinting. So, get some sunglasses. Laughter reduces stress. Lower stress means healthier skin. So, go out with your friends. See a silly movie. Hang out with a comedian. Eliminate or trade off things you don’t really have to do. You can do much better at taking care of you. Aren’t you worth it?