You may not know it, but your skin is something of a hero to your body. As you go through your life, your skin is exposed to various dangers—harsh UV rays, external irritants, unhealthy air—that your skin is charged with protecting the rest of you from.
In return, it only makes sense that we do our best to keep our aging skin or mature skin looking clear, bright, and overall healthy.
With a daily, dedicated anti-aging skin care regimen, your skin can better withstand all that comes at it. Whether you’re in your thirties or your seventies, going through the steps to properly care for your complexion—day in and day out—can lead to strengthened, supported skin from the inside out.
Our Skin Health Experts have curated an easy-to-follow anti-aging skin care routine for anyone looking to protect against daily wear-and-tear, no matter your stage of life.
The Essentials: Day and Night
What causes forehead wrinkles and fine lines on our face? There’s many variables like genetics, skin type, unhealthy habits, and more that can accelerate skin aging. That’s why it’s important to have a solid anti-aging skin care routine to treat and prevent. Some skin care steps are so important, you need them both at the start and end of your day. Start with these products in both your daytime and nighttime routines.
A work of art always starts with a blank canvas. Make sure to prep your skin by first removing any buildup of oil, dirt, or makeup with a gentle facial cleanser. When it comes to anti-aging skin care routines, we’ll emphasize the importance of gentle products: they shouldn’t dry out your skin, and preserving hydration is crucial in visibly improving the appearance of wrinkles.
While toners are usually suggested for acne-prone skin, many toners are jam-packed with nutrients to sustain bright, firm skin. Right after cleansing, try using a toner that includes the ingredients like niacinamide, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid. These replenish the skin and promote skin cell renewal, promoting a youthful, plump glow.
If there’s one tip to take away from this article, it’s this: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Make sure you’re following your toner with a moisturizing cream that refreshes and nourishes your skin, as this can encourage proper hydration, repair the skin barrier, and skin elasticity. For the morning, we recommend a lighter, water-based moisturizer, like the HydraKate™️Recharging Water Cream, while richer moisturizers should soak in while you sleep.
Steps to Boost Your Morning Routine
Like the coffee that helps you to shake off sleep each day, some steps of an anti-aging skin care regimen are best to use in the morning. Add on these products after the skin care essentials to wake your skin up and be ready to face the sun.
Sun damage remains the leading cause for premature aging. There’s nothing more important than sunscreen in preventing signs of aging. Sunscreen protects us from more than just sunburn; it also shields our skin from skin cancer, UV damage, dark spots, and—that’s right—premature aging. It can also help minimize the appearance of uneven skin tone and age spots.
Apply at least a three-fingers-length’s worth of sunscreen to your face and neck after your moisturizer to help guard your skin from the sun damage. Also, reduce your sun exposure by wearing clothes that cover your skin or using an umbrella with UV protection.
In only a few drops, a good skin serum can give your skin a bright morning boost. Since serums are made to be lightweight (while still packing a punch of beneficial active ingredients), they’re perfect for layering between moisturizer and makeup. All the nourishment, none of the bulk. Some of the most common skin serums contain active ingredients like vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and balance the skin. For morning-time serums, look out for hyaluronic-acid-forward products. Try the HydraKate™️ Recharging Serum for one that specially combats dullness and dehydration.
Additions for an Ideal Evening Routine
Nighttime skin care usually features products that are richer, heavier, and more intensive. As we sleep, they get the chance to penetrate your pores more deeply and thus offer more robust effects.
Consider introducing these products to your evening skin care routine for maximum skin rejuvenation.
These days, no anti-aging skin care routine is complete without a retinol. Derived from vitamin A, this product can penetrate deep into your skin to boost collagen production, increase skin cell turnover, reduce the look of dark spots and age spots, and visibly improve the appearance of wrinkles. It can also brighten dark under eye circles if used correctly.
Adding a retinol like the DERMALQUENCH LIQUID LIFT® +RETINOL to your evening routine is ideal, as it will have more time to soak in while you rest. In addition, it’s best to apply a retinol at night—and follow with sunscreen in the morning—as retinols can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
A Tip from our Skin Health Experts: Retinol is a fairly strong active ingredient. You should visit a board-certified dermatologist or skin health expert to determine if retinol is the right solution for your skin concerns. If you have dry skin, sensitive skin or acne-prone skin, introduce the retinol in your skincare routine slowly, so your skin gets used to it. That way, you'd know if it is compatible with your skin or not. Retinol is an effective anti-aging ingredient when used correctly under the supervision of a skin care expert.
#7 Lip mask
Perhaps you haven’t considered it before, but your lips deserve some attention during your skin care routine, too. If you’re already working hard to keep your skin looking young, you’d surely want your mouth to match.
Lip masks use butters, oils, and creams that are thicker than any old pocket lip balm (and deliver far more powerful hydration), making them much more suited to nighttime use. The rich hydration of these masks can help prevent lip wrinkles, dryness, and dullness.
Nourish and Support Your Aging Skin with Kate Somerville
In the rush of the day-to-day, it can be easy to shirk some or all skin care in your hygiene and cosmetic routines. But preventative-aging skin care starts and ends with daily, consistent skin care with products that make it easy to build—and stick to—a nourishing, anti-aging skin care regimen.
That’s where Kate Somerville comes in.
Our team of Skin Health Experts designs high-impact, ultra-beneficial skin care products for whatever step of life (or routine) you’re in. We’ve got you covered, from serums to sunscreens to a HydraKate product line dedicated especially to replenishing moisture (remember: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate). Our skin care helps you target anti-aging at the root—fighting sun damage, dehydration, and other dermal threats.
No matter the maturity of your skin, it can be healthy, happy, and dazzling with Kate Somerville.
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