Thanks for all the interest in my skincare routine and for all the compliments on my skin! At my age it’s really great to hear. . . and it confirms that I’m on the right track with my skincare. I’m breaking my skincare into two posts so this is the morning skincare routine for anti-aging, moisturizing, and protecting.
There are so many “anti-aging” skincare products available today that it can make your head spin! How do you decide what to buy, what works, and how much to spend? As a former sun worshiper, I have damaged skin, but I always thought it looked pretty good until I turned 50. Then I noticed the spots and wrinkles starting to form. I started running out and buying every product that promised to erase them, and was pretty disappointed. Without a basic knowledge of active ingredients it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing every claim.
The “cosmeceuticals industry” is mostly unregulated and advertisers can say whatever they want so I decided to start educating myself about active ingredients. The active ingredients I look for are:
- Vitamin A or Retinoids
- Vitamin C or L-Ascorbic Acid,
- Vitamin B5 or Niacinamides
These have all been proven with independent clinical research to “reduce wrinkles”, “build collagen”, “improve texture”, and “lighten discolorations”. In addition to the anti-aging actives skin also needs gentle cleansing, moisture and sun protection.
My Morning Skincare Routine Step-By-Step:
Contains moisturizing ceramides, hyaluronic acid and glycerine.
This non-foaming cleanser thoroughly cleans skin without stripping the natural moisture barrier.
Dry: Pat skin with a soft cloth like the microfiber “Turbie Towel” leaving skin slightly damp so more water can be absorbed and trapped on the surface with moisturizers.
Anti-Aging Treatment ~ Antioxidant Serum: Timeless 20% C+E+Ferulic Serum
Vitamin C is one of the most effective antioxidants because of it’s ability to be absorbed by the skin. This lightweight, watery serum also contains Vitamin E and Ferulic acid which have been shown to increase efficacy of the vitamin c by 8-16 times. Apply 4-5 drops to face, neck, chest and backs of hands, avoiding the eyes. Use code HF5OFF for $5.00 off your purchase at Timeless Skincare
Anti-Aging Treatment ~ Peptide Serum: Timeless Matrixyl 3000 Serum
Matrixyl is the combination of two peptides (palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7) which have been shown to increase collagen stimulation andfirm skin while reducing inflammation. This serum is 20% Matrixyl with moisturizing & soothing aloe, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid. Apply 3 drops to face (including eyelids & lips), neck, chest and backs of hands. This is a clear viscous liquid that spreads and absorbs easily leaving no greasy film. Use code HF5OFF for $5.00 off your purchase at Timeless Skincare
Anti-Aging Treatment Neck ~ Vitamin A Oil: Aura Cacia Rose Hip Oil
My neck became very red, irritated and itchy from using prescription tretinoin on it so I’ve had to switch to a less effective, but less irritating vitamin A source. Rose Hip Seed Oil is a great natural source of Vitamin A so it can help with wrinkles over time. Apply one pump to neck and chest only.
Moisturize & Nourish ~ Ceramides, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid: CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizer
I use a separate moisturizer and sunscreen to really double up the hydration and protection. I continue to use CeraVe PM for my day lotion (the PM just means that it doesn’t contain sunscreen) because of the great ingredients. It’s got ceramides, niacinamide, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid. I read some research recently about niacinimides and all the great things they can do for aging or acne prone skin so I’m way into them this year! Niacinamide is a vitamin B3 derived anti-oxidant that scavenges free radicals, it improves the skins barrier function, it’s anti-inflammatory, and it reduces wrinkles! I apply CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizer all over my face, neck, chest and backs of hands.
Sun Protection ~ All Mineral Sunscreen: La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral 50 Tinted Sunscreen
I’ve been on the hunt for an all mineral sunscreen lately because I find that the chemical based sunscreens irritate my skin and contributed to my acne. I grabbed the tinted version of this by accident, but I gotta say, I really like it! The tint hides the usual white cast from mineral sunscreens, but it’s sheer and fairly natural looking although still a little shiny.
Protect Lips ~ SPF 30: Blistex Five Star Lip Protection spf 30
Lips need sun protection too! Keep lips soft and hydrated.
Timeless 20% C+E+Ferulic Serum Use HF5OFF at checkout for $5 off!
Timeless Matrixyl 3000 Serum Use HF5OFF at checkout for $5 off!
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