Anti aging Skincare For Sensitive Skin
I would like to talk about anti aging skin care for sensitive skin today.
What happens to our skin when we age?
Our collagen production decreases.
Our skin tends to become drier.
Anti aging skin care for sensitive skin is designed to help hydrate and increase collagen levels in our skin. 4 steps are recommended to provide an effective regimen. We are all busy and many of us do not take time for ourselves but each step is important because it allows the next step to work more effectively.
Anti aging skin care for sensitive skin Step 1 cleanser
The morning routine is different than the night routine. Let’s talk about the morning routine first.
Although some may disagree with me, washing only with water is fine for the morning providing your skin has no makeup on it. If you feel that you need to cleanse the face with more than water then use a gentle suds free cleanser. This will allow your body’s natural oils to hydrate the skin. The sudsing cleansers can strip aging skin and cause too much drying.
For the evening routine you will need a cleanser. Rinsing with water is good but you need a product that will remove debris, oil, and makeup. You can use a cleanser that is oil based to remove your makeup or you can choose a separate makeup remover first followed by a water based cleanser.
Anti aging skin care for sensitive skin Step 2 gentle toner exfoliation
Toners do a few things.
Toner can help minimize the pores.
They can help remove oil and debris that a cleanser could not remove.
They can help balance your skin’s pH, although not all exfoliants will do this.
Toner have come a long way, there is an ideal toner for every skin type.
If you have dry skin, look for a toner that has glycerin and hyaluronic acid which can help hydrate the skin and prevent dryness. Toners with skin-replenishing ingredients hydrate, refresh, and revitalize the skin’s surface after cleansing. These hydrating toners can soften and calm the skin which will reduce redness and flakiness.
If you have acne prone skin, look for a toner that has alcohol in it. Alcohol can help remove excess oil from the skin, unclog pores and can actually help prevent breakouts for those with acne-prone skin. Reducing oils in the skin will also reduce pore size.
Toners can help exfoliate the skin.
Why do we need to exfoliate the skin?
Our skin naturally sloughs off dead cells. As we age this process slows down and you may notice dry dull skin. Unfortunately, dull skin will make fine lines and wrinkles more apparent.
Exfoliants gently remove built-up dead skin for smoother, noticeably renewed skin that is hydrated and gives that healthy glow. The goal of exfoliants is to, unclog pores, help minimize redness, diminish the look of wrinkles, hydrate, and visibly improve uneven skin tone.
Exfoliants will increase skin firmness and even out skin tone.
Consider exfoliating just twice a week to start. Over exfoliating can cause dry red flaky skin so you want to go slow with this process.
Some ingredients to look for in exfoliants include,
AHA also known as alpha hydroxy acid include glycolic and lactic acid. Alpha hydroxy acids are great for sensitive dry skin, just do not over do it.
BHA known a beta hydroxy acid include salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is great for acne prone skin. You can follow with benzoyl peroxide to kill of acne causing bacteria.
Both AHA and BHA help loosen the cell connections making it easier for the older skin cells to slough off leading to renewed skin.
I use Ever’s Reveal pads to exfoliate my skin.
Plastic beads have been phased out of skin care. Jojoba beads and walnut shell powder can mechanically exfoliate the skin, they are less common than the hydroxy acids.
Anti aging skin care for sensitive skin Step 3 treatment
This step will be dependent on your needs, you want products that target your specific skin concerns such as wrinkles and or dark spots.
Look for products that give you a bunch of good-for-you ingredients all at once. When applying these serums or facial creams, do not rub them into your skin, gently press them into your skin. Pressing ensures the skin absorbs the ingredients instead of just having them sit on top.
Do not put the treatment serum or cream on after you moisturize, the ingredients will not be able to penetrate the layer of your moisturizer Give your serum about five minutes to soak into the skin before moving on.
Anti Aging skin care for sensitive skin treatment ingredients
Antioxidants can help heal and prevent further damage, look for a product with antioxidants in it. Antioxidants can be applied in the morning and in the evening. The morning antioxidants will help defend your skin from environmental pollutants and sun damage.
Retinoids and Retinol which are vitamin A derivatives have been shown to increase collagen and decrease wrinkles.
Peptides are proteins. Whether peptides can actually penetrate the skin and increase collagen production is a topic of controversy. We do know that peptides can increase skin hydration and in doing so the fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable. I have tried botanicals with and without peptides, my skin is plumper when peptides are higher up on the ingredient list.
Growth factors have been shown to increase skin healing with open wounds, it is uncertain whether growth factors can penetrate intact skin. At this time I cannot recommend skin care products with growth factor in them.
Do you have age spots? If so then you will look for a product that can help lighten these age spots.
Retinoids and retinol will help increase cell turnover which will help lighten age spots. Other ingredients such as kojic acid, licorice extract, mulberry, vitamin C, arbutin and soy can also help lighten age spots. It usually takes 8–12 weeks of daily use before you see skin spots fading.
You can also use hydroquinone but hydroquinone has been pulled off the market in Europe. In fact, the European market has banned 1300 ingredients from their personal care products whereas the United States has banned 11 ingredients. There is concern that hydroquinone can lead to cell death.
Topical vitamins such as niacinamide can help reduce redness and even out skin tone.
Anti Aging skin care for sensitive skin Step 4 Moisturization
Consider moisturizing your skin both in the morning and in the evening.
In the morning you want to use a broad spectrum sunscreen, especially if you are using retinols, exfoliators and skin lighteners. Anti aging skin care for sensitive skin day time routine requires a sunscreen as you want to protect your skin from further skin damage. You should be using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that provides both UVA and UVB protection. Protecting your skin from sun damage prevents wrinkles, loss of firmness and uneven skin tone.
Your evening skincare routine does not require a sunscreen as there is no sun exposure.
Look for a moisturizer that contains glycerin, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, PCA and urea all of which can help hydrate the skin.
Plant oils can heal and hydrate the skin look for shea butter, cocoa butter, borage oil, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, sunflower oil, and mango butter. In addition, Fatty acids such as linoleic and linolenic acids will hydrate dry skin.
As you can see there are a ton of ingredients that will hydrate the skin, the most important thing is just remembering and taking the time to moisturize the skin.
Anti aging skin care for sensitive skin eye cream
Eye creams can be used in both the morning and the evening. Ensure there are no harsh synthetic fragrances that may cause burning and tearing when placed on the lower eye skin. I use my ring finger to pat the eye cream.
Look for eye creams that contain a mix of the types of anti-aging ingredients that everyone’s skin needs such as antioxidant. Skin restoring ingredients such as retinols can help build up collagen which will help firm the skin. If you have puffiness look for a cream that contains caffeine which can help reduce eye puffiness.
You need an eye cream that will hydrate the eyelid skin as dry skin will make the fine lines more visible. Look for glycerin, hyaluronic acids and peptides which can help retain moisture in the skin giving a more plumped up look rather than dry and deflated look. I use Sublime in the evening which has retinol and peptides in it.
Remember to store your anti aging skin care for sensitive skin products in their packages to help prevent breakdown of antioxidants, this will preserve their half life.
This picture is a good example of how skin replenishing ingredients can help hydrate the skin and make it look more youthful without the need for invasive procedures.