The Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Methods to Look Young at Any Age
Aging doesn’t mean a decline of physical functioning or appearance
Today Women and men have access to many more choices than ever before for taking years off their appearance— without cosmetic surgery. Aging doesn’t mean a decline of physical functioning or appearance… you have a choice on exactly how you will age! This is why I’m about to give you the best anti aging skin care information, tips and advice I can.
Whether you are reaching the age when those first fine lines morph into deep crow’s-feet or are already well into it, you have tons of “company.” The demographics of this country are changing rapidly, to the tune of more than 75 million baby boomers entering middle age over the next decade.
We live in an exciting age in regards to “aging”. But when we talk about anti-aging skin care it’s just as exciting. The last ten years have brought an explosion of new skin care treatments that drastically slow the progression of aging. Our knowledge of the body and how to enhance our health, well-being, and appearance has never been greater.
The biggest barrier most people face in taking full advantage of the many new age-erasing skin care products and treatments is lack of information. Many people are not aware of all the new skin care perfecting solutions which are now available.
So, if you come away from reading this article with a new-found “power” that’s great! And if you want the “whole enchilada” of information just download your free copy of my everything-you -want-to know skin care book when you are done reading this!
What I will discuss in this article are the most asked questions about finding the best anti-aging skin care products and methods. Enjoy! And while you’re at it, why not be the youngest looking person at your class reunion? Let’s talk about some serious skin care here!
The best anti aging skin care is all about prevention and “inside-out” care:
We all know that genes play a role in “everything” but increasingly products are being developed to suppress expression of “bad genes” and amp up expression of “good genes”. This is called “epigenetics” which is gene modification to alter, in this case, “intrinsic skin aging”. But now we’re going to discuss what you can do to reverse and slow “extrinsic skin aging”.
Habits that age your skin and how to change them: Truly serious skin care!
Diet and Exercise
Exercise is absolutely essential to just about all aspects of our health, especially in regulating circulation and the flow of oxygen to skin cells. However, too much exercise can actually create free radicals which then cause damage.
Most do not know that during strenuous exercise we produce significantly higher levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), exceeding our body’s natural antioxidant defenses. Our bodies begin to pull antioxidants from tissue stores, depleting the body’s reserve of antioxidants. Over time, damage occurs to our cells and tissues including skin.
However, I do NOT suggest that you alter your exercise routine and bravo if you have a great routine in place. All you need to do is to counteract the oxidative stress, or production of free radicals.
Oxidative stress is created or made worse by eating genetically modified foods as well as exposure to pollution, stress and toxins. In other words, the more non-GMO fruits and veggies you eat, the lower your oxidative stress levels tend to be. If you cannot eat the proper amount (most people can’t, not even me!), opt for natural powdered supplements.
There is a huge correlation between diseases and aging (visible aging as well) if you do not exercise. Think about what happens when you exercise: you “flush” in the face-that’s increased blood flow and nourishment for your skin. Always get medical clearance beforehand and if so start some sort of exercise program you can stick to for all sorts of reasons. You know this already-I’m just giving you a gentle reminder.
If you don’t know what an anti-inflammatory diet is please search all of my articles for specifics or just find the specifics in the free “10 steps” book. Basically it is a whole foods diet which eliminates things like processed foods, fast foods, sugar, non-sprouted grains and “starchy carbs”.
To eliminate inflammation internally (which of course includes skin) you need to normalize your weight with healthy foods to lose weight and most people need anti-inflammatory supplements such as curcumin, omega 3 fish oils, and green tea. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet really shows in someone’s face as does getting sufficient antioxidants through diet and supplementation.
A healthful diet is rich in antioxidants, which usually does indeed include proper supplementation. Then there are indeed specific foods (always get non-GMO and organic) to boost the process and amp up the skin nourishment:
- Vitamin A – carrots, spinach, pumpkin, kale and cantaloupe.
- Vitamin C – broccoli, brussels sprouts, guava , camu camu, and citrus.
- Vitamin E – walnut oil, wheat germ oil, olive oil , oats, tomatoes, seeds and nuts.
- Nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamin C, selenium and zinc are abundant in fresh produce.
- Essential fatty acids, such as those found in flaxseed and fatty fish, help your skin function properly and aid in tissue repair.
- Polyphenols – dark chocolate, berries, tea, walnuts, and pomegranates.
- Bioflavonoids -berries, onions, citrus, tea, red wine, dark chocolate and sea buckthorn.
Wear Sunscreen: The First Anti-Aging Cream to think of:
Sunscreen is a must if you spend more than 10 minutes outdoors, no matter what the climate may be. UV rays “get through” even if it’s not visibly sunny.
Dermatologists and Anti-aging doctors recommend applying SPF 15 (or greater) sunscreen every day, even in the winter. For maximum anti-aging benefits, make sure to apply sunscreen to your ears, neck, décolletage and hands, too. Since I live in Florida and have seen tourists turn red as beets I personally recommend SPF #30 and do check that it is protective for UVA and UVB rays. In the “skin book” I go more into depth on everything including choosing a sunscreen.
Drinking lots of water is one of the easiest ways to look (and feel) your best. Water is needed for almost every single body process from efficient weight loss, good sleep, perspiration and the removal of waste products. If we’re “talking skin”, water keeps the skin moist, plump and supple. Fine lines and wrinkles appear more pronounced when you are dehydrated. Without adequate hydration, your skin can become dry and lose elasticity. Inadequate hydration can also lead to premature wrinkles and fine lines, as the skin does not have enough elasticity to bounce back.
Don’t be fooled by what “everyone says” you need as your daily water quota—about eight cups a day. You need to hydrate with filtered water: 2 glasses beyond ½ your body weight in ounces of water. Always increase intake for higher activity and climate. To check whether you are hydrated- your urine should be clear.
Don’t Smoke: Tobacco Tarnishes Your Skin and yes I’m being a nag about this one:
Ever heard of smoker’s face? This term, added to the medical dictionary in 1985, describes the telltale characteristics that make smokers look older than they really are: grey skin, gauntness, and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, and deep lines in the cheeks.
Smoking causes the blood vessels in the top layers of the skin to constrict, reducing the amount of oxygen in the blood and causing a sickly pallor. Your appearance is just one of the many reasons why you shouldn’t smoke. I can help you quit easily if you need help.
Drink Less: Alcohol Ages You
Drinking alcohol can cause dehydration and deplete your body of valuable vitamins and minerals. When you drink alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to eliminate the toxins from your body. If you cut down or eliminate alcohol, your body can flush out impurities more efficiently—resulting in clearer skin and a rosier complexion.
Learn to relax
Stress and tension shows in your skin. Chronic stress can deplete your body of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are needed for many important functions, including skin cell renewal. Stress also makes people more likely to develop frown lines and other wrinkles, which all make the skin look older. Prolonged stress means an increased level of adrenaline which will constrict blood flow to the face. Find relaxation techniques like exercise, meditation, anything that may help every day. I fight to get my time every day and you should fight for yours too!
Lack of sleep is bad for the body and mind. It is also bad for the skin. Developing healthy sleep patterns is one of the best things you can do to ensure the long-term health of your skin. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to increase the amount of time you spend sleeping. It is more important to increase the quality of your sleep, rather than the quantity. If you have any sort of difficulty sleeping, be it falling asleep, staying asleep or unrefreshed sleep please see the expertise articles in my website on sleep. Sleep is crucial for all aspects of health. Remove any distractions from your sleeping space, such as televisions or piles of clothing, and create a peaceful environment to sleep in. A major cause of energy loss, stress and inability to lose weight is lack of adequate sleep. The basics of what we call “sleep hygiene” are mandatory. If you are “unaware” just see the “sleep section” articles.
It’s not just the cold weather zapping your skin of moisture — it’s also the indoor heat! Leave your heat on the lowest possible setting comfortable for you, or use a humidifier to add some moisture back into the air (this will help keep your skin hydrated.)
Ever wake up with a big pillow crease in the middle of your cheek that, as we lose elastin, takes longer and longer to go away? Get yourself a silk or satin pillowcase and you won’t have “sleep face” again!
Anti Aging Serum – the new “must have” in all skin care regimens
If you are not using any anti-aging serum – you’re truly missing out! These serums are truly miraculous with their array of ingredients which do everything from shrinking pores, stimulating collagen (the skin’s main building block) and protecting you from free radical damage. Some of the effective ingredients in this “first layer” are varied.
The antioxidants most shown to repair damage and slow the aging process include:
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, CoEnzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10), Vitamin E, Bioflavonoids and Polyphenols. A lot of attention has been given to Vitamin C serum lately and the science bears out that it does help! Find a good 20% concentration with well absorbable hyaluronic acid and use it twice daily as a part of your skin care regimen. Feurulic acid has a lot of protective properties and many Vitamin C serums contain this ingredient along with Vitamin E and green tea. The more the merrier if the product is “well done” in my book.
Here are more ingredients which are effective and can be found in either types of serums-usually the most viscous ones: Acai oil, Alpha-lipoic acid, Green tea extract, Retinol, Caffeine, Salicylic acid, Retinoic acid, Hyaluronic acid and the fat and water soluble vitamin alpha-Lipoic Acid. As an aside here – alpha lipoic acid oral supplementation reduces collagen cross-linking which is what cause a lot of the appearance of wrinkles.
I’m not going to go into quality, purity, selection of products but at the very least I will recommend naturally derived products as well as products which don’t contain parabens or propylene glycol. If you shop for skin care products here that is ALL we have so no worries.
It’s a bit hard to find the very best anti aging serum other than through purchase by M.D.’s, as this is how the most science-based products are marketed.
The current research is “hot”‘ with serums which contain what are called stem cell cytokines. What are cytokines? Suffice it to say that these serums make our “wound healing response” dial back to be as it was when we were a lot younger. That is why they are recommended for use with laser procedures which cause skin injury and why Anti-aging doctors such as myself recommend this category of serums as definitely THE best 2nd layer serum for you to use. (And yes – I’ll go through the layers in a bit!)
The product with more than 2x the concentration of the anti-aging stem cell cytokines as any rival product plus vitamins, green tea extract, flavonoids and more is made by AnteAgeMD® and is currently my #1 pick as the best anti aging serum.
Products in development which are promising are serums which will “up-regulate” “good” gene expression, such as collagen production and “down-regulate” bad genes such as those which cause excessive pigmentation (“age spots”) as we grow older. So the message is to always “stay tuned!” For now we do have products which can indeed do things like fading age spots.
Since nowadays, these “fancy serums” just mentioned come with an activator or an accelerator, many times the best anti aging moisturizer is the “companion” moisturizer for the great serum. So at this juncture I will recommend the 2nd part of the AnteAgeMD® combo – the accelerator, which is also rich in those magic stem cell cytokines, and contains Vitamin C, Co-Q 10, Alpha lipoic acid, grape seed extract, retinol, Vitamin E and many of the moisturizing ingredients you will read about in the next section. Note that a whole lot of the “good ingredients” are packed into these two products.
The best anti aging moisturizer is unique to you
If you would prefer not to use what was recommended above OR you have a need for “more moisture” here is what to look for ingredient-wise to find the best anti aging moisturizer:
Some ingredients that you’ll find in a state-of-the-art moisturizer are:
- Glycerol – Helps water and other moisturizer ingredients penetrate the skin to get where they are needed.
- Ceramides – Helps replenish the skin’s natural oils.
- Hydroxy Acids – Helps with exfoliation of dead skin cells.
- Niacinamide – Helps the skin produce more natural oils, and may also help reverse the signs of sun-damaged skin, like brown spots and blotchiness.
Natural ingredients which make for great anti aging moisturizer ingredients:
- Grape seed oil.
- Shark liver oil.
- Rosehip seed oil.
- Jojoba oil.
- Borage seed oil.
- Avocado oil.
- Sea buckthorn oil.
The best anti wrinkle cream depends on the exact “wrinkle problem”:
The main magic skin building block is collagen, which is responsible for limiting the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and partly responsible for saggy, slack, and crepe-like skin. The production of this protein decreases as we age. Signs of aging occur when the fibroblast cells that step in to repair damaged collagen fibers cannot complete their work – a product of aging cells.
Collagen and Elastin Production Slows
As we age, collagen (a structural protein in the skin) and elastin (another structural protein) production within the skin slows down. It’s the loss of elastin that causes the skin to lose its elasticity. It does not snap back as readily as it used to. Loss of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid causes the skin to be much thinner and susceptible to damage.
Production of New Skin Cells Decreases
Skin cells do not regenerate as quickly as we age. Therefore, dead skin cells do not shed as quickly leading to rough dull looking skin. (This is why exfoliation on a regular basis is a must!)
Loss of Fat
WE lose facial body fat underneath the skin. This causes the loss of skin firmness and the look of hollowed cheeks and eye sockets. The skin looks less plump and less smooth. The slowing down in activity of oil and sweat producing glands also causes the skin to dry and lead to a host of dry skin care problems such as flaky and itchy skin. Loss of fat and connective tissue in the skin weakens the support system around blood vessels making them more susceptible to damage and subsequent bruising.
Number of Pigment Containing Cells Decreases
As part of the aging process, the number of pigment containing cells decrease and the remaining ones increase in size leading to skin blotchiness.
Another one of the skin aging causes is that bones in the human body undergo a certain amount of shrinkage with age. This results in even more sagging.
So – you go on the attack for what is the exact issue and decide how many “layers” you need:
When its wrinkles under the eyes, which are fine lines, often a plumping or “de-puffing” product made for the sensitive under-eye area is called for. Many women in their early 30’s are starting to demand the best anti aging skin care. At this stage, unless someone has been a real “tanner” or “smoker” most of these young women are first and foremost searching for the best anti-wrinkle eye cream.
Many skin care manufacturers know this and therefore make eye cream or thick eye serums which may or may not be more potent than just using the same serums and creams under the eyes that you use on the rest of your face and neck. So at this “stage” you are usually fine with a light serum as layer 1. OR if you are using something to de-puff eyes you would use your basic anti aging serum as layer one and then your eye balm on top of that.
My recommendation would be to find as many of the good ingredients listed above with anti-oxidants, short chain hyaluronic acid in a natural moisturizer base such as rosehip oil and jojoba (see the list above) to be my pick of the best anti wrinkle eye cream I can recommend to you. If you see “more” then fine wrinkles under your eyes the special eye lotion, serum or balm would be layer 2.
When you see crows feet and “rhytids” (wrinkles) you need to stimulate collagen more so you find a multi-layer regimen containing collagen stimulating ingredients such as retinol, hydroy acids and you get a little more aggressive in your home care routine. You might add light chemical peels to your regimen or a derma-rolling device to further stimulate collagen. So you would perhaps use a light serum containing hyaluronic acid and vitamin C as layer 1, a stem cell cytokine serum as layer 2 and the moisturizing stem cell accelerator as layer 3. (Recall the serum/accelerator combo with 2x more stem cell cytokines than it’s nearest competitor, sold only via M.D.’s is AnteAgeMD® serum-accelerator duo.)
When you see sagging even try to start you add the only ingredient on the market which stimulates elastin=ethocyn. This is found on Amazon and through a network marketing company as the only two sources I have spotted. This seems to be absorbed the best when inserted as layer 2, then the AnteAge®MD serum is layer 3 and the accelerator is layer 4. And of course if it’s daytime a good sunscreen is layer 5. And if you need MORE moisture at night, THAT cream is layer 5. (Don’t laugh-so you want to look young and beautiful? Well, my sweets, it is a little work-but not much-I do my “layers” in no time!)
Then you do what you need to do to preserve bone, and decide if facial fillers are “for you” when the fat starts to go. There are many safe and effective “fillers” which not only give the appearance of “plumping” and de-aging-they also stimulate collagen production. So you have lots of options. It is not just limited to choosing the best anti-wrinkle cream. As you can tell, it’s not about just one cream.
The best anti aging night cream is really “more of the same” sort of advice:
Again, manufacturers want us to NEED to have a day cream, a night cream, a day serum, a night serum, under eye cream, under eye serum, and the list goes on. It’s just not necessary in most cases and millions of dollars of used-for-2 weeks-creams are in many lower vanity drawers.
To reiterate the “layers” most of us need by age 45-I recommend a layer of hyaluronic-vitamin C serum, a layer of eye cream if needed, then dot ethocyn where it’s needed and then you add the AnteAge® MD serum-accelerator-combo. Then if you NEED “more” it’s because you have dry skin, or it’s due to seasonal change or travel. If nothing else, make sure you are exfoliating regularly and see my “skin book” for great and creative methods.
The best anti-aging night cream would contain a lot of the moisturizing emollient ingredients mentioned above and would seal in the ingredients already layered on your face. This would tend to be a “thicker” cream than any of the other layers and there are many equivalent creams so I’m a bit hard pressed to tell you that any one is the best anti aging night cream-it’s really what seals in “the rest” and is appealing to you. This is likely a cream you will reserve for nighttime use. Our most popular dry skin cream our members call the best anti-aging night cream is our platinum supreme cream. Many use it with our platinum supreme serum too.
The best foundation for aging skin is great skin…
However, for women who want to cover up discolorations and more there are lots of reviews “out there”. I will summarize what I have read and observed. But before I start with a “list” let me tell you something you’ll read in “my skin book”. I am really a fan of “natural” and additive free. The majority of make-ups don’t fit my personal criteria for what I want to personally recommend as my personal pick for the best skin foundations for aging skin.
If you have beautiful, glowing skin as you can have in not-a-ton-of time with the regimens I’m giving you, remember less is more. Let your glowing skin shine through-don’t give yourself a mask! The best foundation for aging skin is first and foremost to know when to stop applying the foundation. Too much gets into wrinkles and fine lines and accentuates them. Also, when you remove make-up use a tool such as a Clarisonic to not only fully remove makeup but stimulate collagen! Now on to the list!
REVLON ColorStay Whipped Crème Makeup
Great foundation at a fabulous price for all skin types. This foundation is popular regardless of a person’s age, profession or experience with makeup.
LA MER The treatment Crème Foundation
Contains the same ingredients as the legendary face crème as well as SPF15 and can airbrush large pores, any discolorations or pigmentations. As many people age, if they don’t treat pore size with the right products, they need a good creamy makeup as their best foundation for aging skin.
Make Up For Ever Liquid Lift Foundation
This is a hidden gem for those with combination, dry or mature skin. It provides a medium coverage that gives the appearance of lifted and firmer skin as well as being oil free and lightweight.
Clinique Almost Powder Makeup
Fantastic for those with sensitive skin as it can cover up rosacea and melasma.
Lancôme Renergie Lift Makeup
Perfect for those with normal to dry skin. This foundation makes your skin radiant while erasing fine lines.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere
If you have an oily T-zone or find your skin oiler in the summer, this is the formula for you. This is an oil-free foundation with added protection of SPF15, which provides a lovely matte coverage for your makeup look. A matte coverage might not be the best foundation for aging skin if you have a lot of fine lines. You need to really careful with this during application.
MAC Face & Body Foundation
For those who want a sheer to light coverage foundation. This foundation is buildable and works best for all skin types except oily skin. In my opinion, the best foundation for aging skin which is “well-kept” skin (see the recommendations I give you!) is this one.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind
For those who want a light to medium coverage and want “tighter” skin.
Dior Skin Sculpt Foundation
Especially designed to resculpt facial contours and produced a smooth complexion.
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Lifting Makeup
Perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin. It is a creamy foundation that works great on sensitive skin, and skin with redness, fine lines and wrinkles.
L’Oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup
Perfect for those with normal, dry or combination skin. It creates a youthful look, which lasts all day without touch ups working best with primer beforehand.
Laser skin tightening
This is an amazing process which people don’t know a lot about. There are a lot of Plastic Surgeons who are nay-sayers about this because it takes revenue away from their surgical practice. But done correctly-meaning matching the right procedure to the right patient-the results can be pretty spectacular if you are doing a good anti-aging skin care regimen at home.
Here are the highlights:
GentleWaves LED photo modulation is the latest method in the fight against aging. Unlike invasive surgical procedures or treatments that use harsh chemicals, GentleWaves uses low-intensity light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to stimulate the skin’s production of collagen, resulting in more youthful, rejuvenated skin. Alternately, it also suppresses the enzymes that break down collagen. An LED device is applied to the area to be treated and only takes five minutes.
Thermage is perfect for those who want to address the visible signs of aging in just one treatment. It’s an anti-aging non-surgical procedure that’s clinically proven to safely treat fine lines and wrinkles on most body parts, including the face, eyes, neck, stomach, arms, hands, thighs, and buttocks. Thermage has even been approved by the FDA for improving cellulite. I’m not so sure about that but I sure know how to minimize cellulite. Thermage uses radio frequency to non-surgically tighten skin and lift problem areas on the body. It heats the deepest layers of skin to help tighten existing collagen and stimulate the natural renewal of collagen.
Titan skin rejuvenation is an infrared laser treatment that uses light energy to stimulate new collagen growth deep beneath the skin’s surface. Titan has been shown to tighten skin on your face, arms, abdomen, and legs. A Titan procedure has also been shown to resurface the skin, tighten pores, remove age spots, and smooth away fine lines. Full benefits of the Titan procedure are not usually observed for at least three to six months.
This is the “rage” in the NYC and LA circuit-it does what Titan does but deeper and more effectively. A pain killer is recommended and so is a deep pocket as this effective annual treatment runs about $5000. The full benefits are seen at 6 months, as with the Titan.
For those who need skin resurfacing as well as laser skin tightening:
Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing:
For those desiring more drastic results, carbon dioxide laser resurfacing has been shown to be effective. You get nice, new skin, but it’s only recommend with lots of sun damage due to the long recovery process. Do note that studies of the AnteAgeMD® cytokine formulation with CO2 laser resurfacing show a real shortening of recovery time.
The hour long procedure is usually done in an outpatient setting, and patients are sedated. As the laser is passed across the face, it sears through the paper-thin epidermis and into portions of the dermis—the skin’s thicker layer beneath the epidermis—to purge old, damaged collagen and generate four to five times more new collagen than retinoic acid does. But be prepared: Your face essentially becomes an open, oozy wound that must be rigorously cared for until healed. AND you can look red for 6 months.
Lesser healing time-lesser “invasive” lasers which are also “ablatives”:
A newer generation of lasers (“fractional ablatives”) are less invasive. Instead of burning off the skin’s entire surface, microscopic beams of energy singe tiny plugs of tissue, leaving areas of untouched skin. This promotes quicker healing. Patients are usually just red and swollen for a week or so and can usually resume their daily routine in four days. While one carbon dioxide laser resurfacing session may yield results that last eight years, fractional ablatives require two or three sessions for best effects. The most popular one is Fraxel®.