'Tis the season to be careful! With the holidays approaching,…
We all suffer from fine lines and wrinkles as we age, and these age signs don’t differentiate based on gender, far from it; all genders will face wrinkled, sagging skin, fine lines, age spots, and the list goes on. Now, to be sure, there’s no shame in this for anyone, of any gender, but if you’d prefer to avoid or mitigate fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and the like, keep reading, because we have some ideas.
By retinoids, we mean retinol or compounds in the retinol family like tretinoin, Retin-A, Renova, and others. Retinoid-based treatments are far and away some of the best anti-aging medical treatments you’ll find. Retinoids have the wonderful effect of increasing cellular turnover rate and thereby making it so that new, soft skin reaches the surface faster and that old, dead, flaky stuff gets shed faster. Retinoids can have quite a dramatic effect on facial skin, in fact, but you do need to remember that it can also be a major irritant. To avoid this, start small; use only a tiny dab of your first retinoid product for the first week or so, and then step it up slightly, building to the full dose over about a month. If you ever get irritation, step back down a little temporarily. Used carefully, retinoids can give an incredibly flattering, youthful, and smooth appearance with markedly reduced appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Used improperly, though, it can make your face a reddened, pained, itchy, and flaky mess. So incorporate retinoids into your skincare routine by all means, just do it slowly.
Who says moisturizer is just for women? Everyone can benefit from regular application of moisturizers to the skin. In fact, if you don’t you’re leaving your face dry and scratchy every time you wash it and don’t replace the oils you’re stripping away.
So try this: every morning, when you shower, wash your face with a facial wash, and when you get out, towel your face off gently, then rub moisturizer liberally into your facial skin with circular, massaging motions. Later, before bed, wash your face off with a cleanser and apply moisturizer again, preferably a slightly heavier night cream. Do this every day until you establish a routine, and you should notice a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your face.
This one’s specifically for age spots and other discolorations. One of the best skin lighteners, which will not bleach your skin or change your base skin tone, but will even everything out and remove discolorations like hyper-pigmentation, is vitamin C. You can find topical vitamin C in moisturizers, serums, washes, and other products, and eating a vitamin C rich diet and/or taking a supplement can also have a minor effect (and remember, ultimately, no one thing is going to fix it all; the way you get stunning, distinguished looks is through a lot of different minor effects all added together). Aside from the obvious choice of citrus fruits, you’ll also find a lot of vitamin C in dark, leafy greens, bell peppers, kiwi, broccoli, a variety of berries, and tomatoes, to name just a few.