We asked industry experts to name the one thing—be it a product, ingredient, treatment, or technique—we should add to our routine to really amp up our anti-aging efforts. While the actual recommendation varied from expert to expert, there was one overarching theme that all four skin specialists called out: a focus on skin health and strength. As we all know, skin ages in many different ways. For years, probably even decades, anti-aging meant anti-wrinkle. There’s been a shift in the past few years to focus on skin brightening (after all, uneven tone is the number one marker of age). While the pros do find skin-brightening ingredients and treatments an important piece of the anti-aging puzzle, they all say it’s just that—one single piece of the entire puzzle. This year, if you want to take your anti-aging efforts up a notch, you need to run out and book the latest laser treatment or splurge on the trendiest new ingredient. But rather, the pros’ best advice is to try to see the whole picture. Targeting your skin’s health is way more effective than fighting crow’s feet here and dark spots there. Still not convinced? Scroll through to hear it from four professionals!
Hydrate and brighten without harsh, irritating ingredients—it’s doable if you just read the ingredient list. “Women should focus on building strength and brightening the skin by renewing their skincare regimen to restore the overall radiance to their complexion with hydration instead of using strong active exfoliators this year. Product ingredients to look out for include lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, and arbutin; layer on water-based serums containing these active ingredients for fast absorption and maximum delivery. And I always suggest my clients do facial masks—they transform the skin! Masks help to maintain a hydrated, supple, and smooth texture for all skin types. Mask at least twice a week (two to three days apart) to infuse hydration and replenish lost nutrients. Build your own facial with Dermovia's Lace Your Face ($15) reusable compression treatment mask in Rejuvenating Collagen, Smoothing Peptides, and Brightening Bearberry to revive dull and aged skin.”
— Anita Sun, co-founder of Dermovia
You hear a lot about peptides, but you probably don’t know quite what they do. That's fine, because they don’t do just one thing—which is why they’re the perfect recommendation for strong, healthy skin. “Focus on overall skin health instead of addressing individual signs of aging, which is commonplace in skincare today. Copper peptides drop by as much as 70% by age 60. Copper in the body doesn't drop in the same way, but without copper peptides, your body’s copper isn’t utilized properly in cell repair. When your cells are in optimal repair mode all the time, they counteract all the small problems that happen throughout each day, indirectly working on every aspect of visible skin aging.”
— Brandon Truaxe, founder of Deciem
Finding the products with the right ingredients is only half the battle. You have to know what to do with them, too. “First and foremost, the best thing to do to step up your anti-aging game is to get on the right skin regimen. Be sure your are using a facial cleanser that actually cleans the skin, removing all dirt and debris. Double-cleanse, too. Your first cleanse should be to remove makeup; your second cleanse is to get your skin clean. I recommended Alastin Gentle Cleanser ($45) to my patients. This sulfate-free cleanser removes makeup (step 1) and other impurities without irritating or drying. The gentle oatmeal and lavender cleanser also has a unique blend of moisturizers and vitamins that are designed to soothe, clean, and soften the skin without upsetting the skin’s delicate moisture balance. Healthy skin is youthful skin. And sunscreen all year round is vital; it’s one of the most common skin grievances I treat. Abusing your skin with excessive sun exposure will accelerate the skin aging process—if you want a golden hue, get it from a bottle.”
— Dr. Ramin Sarshad, founder of Cosmetique Aesthetics
Here’s a tip you can incorporate into your routine starting today, and it’s one that’s good for your overall health—not just the health of your skin. “Have you noticed how after getting a massage your skin looks smoother, brighter, and more radiant? This is because massage dramatically improves circulation, which is vital to skin's health and youthful appearance. Adopt the role as a self-masseuse; 10 minutes either morning or night (or both) will do long-term wonders in the quest for youthful, healthy-looking skin. I suggest taking a bath with essential oils (such as lavender ($16) to soothe muscles and relax). Afterward, and while skin is damp, massage your body with an oil—trusty coconut oil ($15) will do the trick. Focus on the neck and back of the head to unlock facial tension (it’s all connected) and the décolletage to keep skin supple and youthful. Stroke in an upward motions in the direction of your heart.”
— Jennifer Yen, natural beauty expert and founder of Pur~lisse
What do you think? Can you make the shift to focus on strong, healthy skin this year? Tell us which of these tips you’ll use in your routine below!