Truth: I found my first grey hair at 22 years old. (Apparently my dad was 18 when he found his first grey hair!)
My discovery threw me into a frenzy of seeking out and testing what seemed like every single anti-aging product on the market. Really, though, whether you have a little or a lot of grey hair (or even if you have yet to see a single grey infidel), it’s never the wrong time to start thinking about slowing down your skin’s aging process.
The good news is that there are a lot of little ways to make a difference in how your skin ages, and none of them require a needle or a visit to the dermatologist! Here’s an easy list of dos and don’ts that will help keep your skin looking good for years to come.
DO: Exfoliate. About once a week, use an exfoliating lotion or scrub to reveal fresh, new skin. I’m a big fan of Pangea Organics’ Scrub with Egyptian Geranium and Adzuki Bean–it’s gentle enough for me to use daily. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to exfoliate less frequently, or try out a more gentle product, like the Cleansing Cream from Dr. Hauschka.
DON’T: Forget to moisturize. Finding the right moisturizer is a must for skin of all ages, but especially for older skin, since skin naturally loses moisture as it ages. Trust me; it’s important. Use moisturizer generously, and add in a hydrating treatment (like Trilogy’s Certified Organic Rosehip Oil) for an extra boost of moisture if your skin seems dry.
DO: Use an eye cream. Because the skin around your eyes is some of the most delicate on your body, it’s often the first place to show the signs of aging. Use an eye cream twice a day, and if you tend to wake up with puffy eyes, keep your eye cream in the refrigerator for a soothing, cooling effect. (It’ll help you wake up, too.)
DON’T: Go without shades. Squinting isn’t the most attractive look, for starters, but if you spend a lot of time doing it, you run the risk of increasing the amount of wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes. Crow’s feet, be gone!
DO: Use lip-plumping glosses. As you age, your lips get thinner, so be sure to try a lip-plumping gloss over your lipstick (or alone). Vapour Organic has a Plumping Lip Gloss I haven’t tried (yet!), but I’ve liked their other products–in fact, their Atmosphere Luminous Foundation is on my current list of favorites (you can find the others in the sidebar to the right).
DON’T: Forget sunscreen. There’s no reason to skip sunscreen, regardless of the season. Your skin is exposed to the sun’s rays every day, and it’s easy to sneak in at least a little protection against the sun by using moisturizers, foundation or glosses with SPF. I use this Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer every day unless I’ve splurged on something a little more fabulous. It’s affordable, and you can find it in just about every drug store.
DO: Use products that contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are the most powerful anti-aging ingredients; they work to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines and can help tighten your skin.
DON’T: Ignore décolleté. The delicate skin on your neck and chest can be an easy place to spot the signs of aging; so don’t neglect those areas during your skincare routine (you can use your regular nighttime moisturizer on this area, too).