Amp up your anti-aging skin-care regimen with a little help from the Vitamin A and AHA families. Vitamin A-derivative retinoids, like over-the-counter retinol products, and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), such as glycolic acid, benefit the skin in a variety of potent ways. They promote increased collagen production, keep pores clear, reduce fine lines, even out skin tone and brighten your visage, turning the clock back on both sagging and sun damage. However, as alpha-hydroxy acids create an undesirable pH environment for retinoids, your skin-care routine can't be haphazard.
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Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Pat dry with a towel, then let your skin fully dry for 15 minutes.
Soak a cotton ball in a gentle toner and press it against your oily areas to remove excess dirt.
Pat a pea-size amount of moisturizing eye cream around your eyes with your ring finger.
Smooth a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 over your entire face. Let the moisturizer soak in completely before applying any makeup.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry with a towel. Let your skin dry fully for 15 minutes.
Smooth a pea-size amount of an alpha-hydroxy acid cream over your face twice each week.
Smooth a pea-size amount of a retinoid cream over your face only on days you do not use an alpha-hydroxy acid cream.
Let your skin dry for 5 minutes. Smooth a gentle moisturizer over your face to combat dryness.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- Good Housekeeping Magazine: Easy Fixes For Your Age-Giveaway Zones
- Oprah: Retinol Cream -- Your Skin's New Best Friend
- Doctor Oz: Three Anti-Aging Products You Don't Need
- Allure Magazine: Five Ingredients That Pack a Punch
- Woman's Day Magazine: The Foolproof Anti-Aging Skin Routine
- Southern Living Magazine: Nighttime Skincare Routine