Basic Steps Of An Anti Aging Skin Care Regimen
Posted On: - 2009-04-21 00:25:05
Aging is a natural process and there is really nothing you can do to stop the process. However, fortunately you can still seek to prevent the signs of aging and even reverse some of them. Thanks to high-end technologies and specialized skin care formulations, you can actually make your aging skin look younger and more radiant.
In fact, with an efficient anti-aging skin care regimen you can maintain your skin quality without having to shell out huge sums of money on expensive anti-aging formulations. As we grow old, our skin ages and a simple cleaning-toning-moisturizing routine ceases to be effective. This is the time you need to go a step further and include anti-aging skin care products in your skin care regimen. Here are some basic steps that comprise an efficient anti-aging skin care regimen.
Protect Against the Sun
Sunlight is the prime cause of premature skin aging and development of wrinkles, fine lines and age spots on the skin. The sun's rays are comprised of harmful ultraviolet radiations that penetrate the skin surface and cause intrinsic damage to the elastin and collagen fibers that are responsible for the skins firmness and elasticity. Damage to these fibers cause severe deterioration of skin quality. The skin develops dark spots, the wrinkles and fine lines are accentuated and discolored patches appear on the skin.
This necessitates the use of a good sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection against the UVA and UVB rays of the sun that are responsible for causing sunburns and wrinkles. Sunscreens generally provide moisture to the skin and have powerful ingredients to fight against free radical damage.
Make sure you wear a good sunscreen with at least SPF 15 when you venture out in the sunlight. Try iS Clinical SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen or Obagi C-Sunguard SPF 30.
Cleanse your Face Efficiently
Cleansing removes all traces of dirt, pollutants, excessive sebum, dead skin cells and cosmetic residues from the pores to leave the skin clean and fresh. Ideally, cleanse your face twice a day – once in the morning and once at night. There are a variety of cleansers available in the market that cater to different skin types. People with oily skin can use Obagi Nu Derm Foaming Gel that cleans the skin and leaves it silky smooth. iS Clinical Cleansing Complex contains potent antioxidants and is a great choice for people with acne prone skin. Apart from removing the impurities, they also nourish the skin and provide healing properties.
Use a Toner After Cleansing
After you are done with cleansing, make sure you follow it up with a good toner. Toners remove all residues of cleansers, traces of stubborn make-up and normalizes the pH levels of the skin. they are also believed to reduce the pore size and refine skin quality. You can try the Obagi Nu Derm Toner. It contains a natural astringent called Alum that adjusts the pH balance of the skin and prepares it for moisturization.
The skin becomes less elastic as we age because of slow oil production. Hence, moisturization becomes a serious necessity in an anti-aging skin care regimen. As the skin becomes drier, it is important to replenish the low hydration levels with intensive moisturization. A good moisturizer is characterized by its ability to plump your skin and boost cell performance. It will create a barrier against possible moisture loss and reconstructs the hydrolipidic film on the skin.
Exfoliation scrapes off dead skin cells from the surface and reveals new fresh cells from underneath. Lack of exfoliation leads to the accumulation of dead skin cells and oil residues on the skin that result in the formation of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and acne. On the other hand, regular exfoliation unclogs the skin pores, prevents inflammations and breakouts and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Make sure you use a mild exfoliator that does not contain any harsh chemicals or ingredients and suits your skin type. People with normal or oily skin can use Obagi Nu Derm Exfoderm Forte while people with drier skin types can use Obagi Nu Derm Exfoderm. Both the products are excellent exfoliating lotions that enhance the skin quality and make it look younger and more radiant.
Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a renowned physician and skin care expert. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific in1998 and his since then been actively written many articles about anti-aging skin care and antiaging skin care products