Have you noticed your skin's health declining lately? Or maybe it's just not as youthful-looking as it was a few years ago. Whatever your reason may be for wanting to turn back time, the right anti aging skin care routine can help you get there. If you've ever wondered what top dermatologists put on their skin, you're not alone. To help you create the ideal anti aging skin care routine, we asked our Skin Health Experts from Kate’s Hollywood and New York clinics. Discover what these experts apply to their skin daily to keep their complexions youthful and glowing.
The Perfect Step-by-Step Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine
Start With a Gentle Cleanser
Just like with any routine, it's essential to start with a clean base, or in this case, a clean face! Cleansing is the first step of any good anti-aging skin care routine, and the type of cleanser you use is crucial to keeping your skin youthful.
When choosing the perfect cleanser, choose one that gets the job done and doesn't need to be used too often. Washing your face too much can lead to a damaged skin barrier, causing redness and irritation. While it's recommended to wash your face twice a day to help remove dead skin cells (once in the AM once in the PM), some individual’s skin thrives off of just one wash a day. That being said, if you do choose to reduce your face washing to once a day, you'll want to make sure you wash your face at night. Doing so will clear your skin of any environmental irritants that it may have come in contact with throughout the day. Once your skin has been cleansed, you can apply the rest of your skin care regimen, starting with exfoliation, followed by hydration, then layer on any treatment serums and seal in your skin care with the right anti-aging repair cream, or retinol to seal in moisture.
When picking out your daily cleanser, be sure to choose one that isn't too harsh. Cleaners that use harsh ingredients can break down your skin's barrier instead of protecting it. A soothing cleanser like the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cleanser is gentle enough for daily use and formulated to cleanse and soothe without harming your skin's natural barrier.
Exfoliate Regularly To Keep Skin Looking Radiant
Exfoliation is an important step in every skin care routine for several reasons. By sloughing away the hardened top layer of dead skin cells from your skin’s surface, you remove dirt and debris that make skin look dull. Without dead, dry skin cells on the surface, your skin looks refreshed and radiant. Plus, your skin is now primed to better absorb the rest of your regimen. And when you’re using top anti-aging ingredients on your skin, you want them to be as effective as possible to get the best results possible. Our Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Treatment is a clinic-inspired super facial that delivers three types of exfoliation – chemical thanks to AHAs, physical with the help of silica, and enzymatic courtesy of papaya, pineapple and pumpkin extracts that digest the sloughed away skin, enhancing the radiance you see. This gives the appearance of younger-looking skin.
Keep Skin Well Hydrated
“I’m too young for lines and wrinkles!” We hear this all the time from clinic clients and customers around the world. And regardless of their age, our first step in addressing wrinkle woes is to rehydrate the skin. Thick moisturizers are great for replenishing skin as it ages. However, hydration is often an overlooked skincare step and a vital one in diminishing lines caused by dehydration. Customers are always amazed when we show them how fine lines and wrinkles disappear once they apply DermalQuench Liquid Lift®, our patented oxygen + hyaluronic acid at-home treatment that mimics the results achieved from a clinic oxygen facial. You’ll see smoother, plumper, dewy-looking skin instantly.
Invest in a Good Anti-Aging Serum
Serums are a favorite here at Kate Somerville. Not only do anti-aging serums provide a higher concentration of active ingredients than most moisturizers, but because they’re usually thinner in texture, they have the ability to go deeper into the surface layers of skin. This enables them to deliver essential anti-aging ingredients that work wonders on your skin. Whether you’re looking to diminish the look of sun damage, dark spots, fine lines, or uneven skin tone, or improve skin firmness, elasticity, bounce, and brightness, we’ve got a serum for you! For the ultimate anti-aging serum, use the KateCeuticals™ Firming Serum. A peptide-powered age restore serum, it delivers instant results that provide immediate hydration to thirsty skin while simultaneously smoothing the look of wrinkles and boosting skin firmness.
No regimen would be complete without a good moisturizer for your face and cream for under your eyes. As you get older, your skin naturally produces less sebum. This lack of sebum production causes your skin to dry out easier, resulting in more wrinkles. Luckily, this lack of sebum can be fixed with a bit of moisturization, restoring the skin's firmness and natural elasticity . And while moisturizers work wonders for your face, you’ll want to find an anti-aging eye cream specifically for your eye area. It’s the most delicate and fragile area of your face. Because of this, the under eyes are more prone to dryness and are quicker to show age. When choosing the eye cream, look for one that contains hydrating peptides for skin like hyaluronic acid. The KateCeuticals Lifting Eye Cream relaxes the look of wrinkles and increases skin elasticity to give visible results on crow’s feet, dark circles, and under-eye bags in just one use with a Triple-Peptide Complex.
Apply Sunscreen Daily
Lastly, always apply a skin care product that contains sunscreen at the end of your skincare routine. UV rays can cause visible signs of aging and skin damage - and we come in contact with them daily! Applying sunscreen at the end of your routine will protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Use sunscreen like the UncompliKated SPF Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen daily, and it will help diminish dark spots, improve skin texture, and help smooth the appearance of wrinkles!
As with any skincare routine, you should choose the products you use based on your skin type and needs. If your skin needs a bit more cleansing to minimize clogged pores, then it may be time to incorporate a deep cleanser or exfoliation treatment into your routine. Conversely, if your skin gets dried out from just one daily wash, then a more intensive moisturizing treatment might be just what you're searching for. It's never too early to start caring for your face by investing in rejuvenating skincare products and having an at-home anti-aging skincare routine that tackles the comprehensive signs of aging!