Whether you’re already over 40 or only just starting to worry about signs of aging skin, there are measures you can take to keep your skin luminous and smooth for years to come.
The first step to great skin is a healthy diet with sufficient fatty acids. Fill your plate with fresh vegetables, avocado, and seed and nut oils, and drink plenty of water each day. After you’ve got your diet sorted, your skincare routine is the next line of defense.
Below is a nine-step anti-aging routine for healthy skin (Don’t worry—those nine steps cover morning and evening skin care!).
#1: Wake Up and Wash (Twice)
How dirty can your face be after a night in bed?
Your morning washing routine isn’t there to clean layers of pollutants and bacteria. Instead, the purpose is helping shed dead skin cells. Washing your skin also helps your moisturizer lock in water.
However, you don’t want to strip and dehydrate your skin. That’s why we recommend a two-step cleaning process:
- First, use an oil wash to gently remove toxins while adding moisture
- Second, use traditional facial soap for a deeper cleansing
#2: Protect and Moisturize
Now, to get ready for your day!
Before you apply makeup, use a moisturizer that contains SPF. We recommend using at least SPF 30 on a daily basis, year-round. After all, harmful UV rays cause oxidative damage that can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots.
Let your SPF moisturizer from settle before applying tinted moisturizer, foundation, etc.
#3: Take Collagen Powder
There’s a decent chance that at least one of your topical creams contains collagen, which helps restore skin elasticity. However, these products can only penetrate so far into the epidermis.
#4: Refresh Protection Throughout the Day
When you’re at the beach, you put sunscreen on every few hours.
Why don’t we do the same if we’re at the office or out shopping?
If you’re not really exposed to the sun in your office or home, you may be fine with a single coat of SPF. However, most of us need to refresh our sunscreen throughout the day. Powdered sunscreens are easy to apply over makeup, so you don’t have to start from scratch again.
#5: Wash Before Bed
At the end of the day, repeat your two-step washing routine to dispense with makeup and environmental toxins.
Cupping is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and facial cups help bring circulation to your muscles and fascia. With consistent use, they can help firm and plump your muscles.
- Apply argan oil to the face and neck.
- Swipe cups down from the jaw to neck.
- Swipe cups upward along the jaw and temples.
- Keep the cups moving continuously to avoid bruises.
#7: Use Anti-Aging Serums
Anti-aging serums are highly concentrated, beauty-blogger approved skin nutrients that target wrinkles and fine lines. Apply any serums before you moisturize.
#8: Apply Nighttime Moisturizers
Use a more nourishing moisturizer at night, when it’ll be able to sink deeply into your skin.
Look for a night cream and eye cream with the following ingredients:
- Kojic acid
- Vitamin C
#9: Get Some Shuteye
One of the best things you can do for your skin? Get sufficient sleep. When you rest for at least eight hours per night, your body has a chance to repair damaged cells, including skin cells.
If you’re not sleeping well, consider switching up your sleeping position, investing in an eye mask, and using aromatherapy at night.
Then, wake up ready to repeat your routine all over again!
Customizing Your Skincare Routine
We know that nine steps can be intimidating—especially since some require more than one product!
Keep in mind that you don’t actually have to buy eight or nine different products. If you’re crafty, it’s easy to make your own skincare remedies with just a few different carrier oils and essential oils.
The goal is simply to arrive at a skincare routine you can actually sustain. While it’s great to get in all nine steps each day, forgive yourself if you skip a few. Just be sure to keep hydrating, washing, and protecting your skin on a daily basis to guard against the effects of aging.