Regardless of where you fall on the anti-aging spectrum, it’s important to always hydrate, exfoliate and protect your skin with the right products. However, as you age, the ingredients your products should have will evolve. “You should change your products at different stages of life because skin your skin changes too,” says New York dermatologist Robyn Gmyrek, MD. If you don’t target aging appropriately, you may not be able to accomplish the improvement that you want.
In your 20s and 30s, use retinol, vitamins C and E and antioxidants, but avoid alpha tocopherol (an oil formulation of vitamin E, which can cause breakouts.
In your 40s, use peptides, ceramides, humectants, retinol and growth factors, but avoid drying acids and products with low percentages of actives.
In your 50s and 60s, use antioxidants (at least two different types), peptides, retinol and SPF, but stay away from anything that’s too drying or designed for acneic skin.
Are you using too much product?
Anti-aging products can result in numerous benefits, such as increased collagen production, less-noticeable signs of wrinkles and fine lines, and overall younger-looking skin, but using them too often may have the opposite effect. “Overtreating your skin with anti-aging products can cause irritation, and inflammation, as well as collagen and elastin breakdown,” says Dr. Gmyrek. The same goes for in-office treatments. San Diego, CA, dermatologist Mitchel Goldman, MD, says overdoing treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion can promote excessive blood vessel growth and the appearance of capillaries. And remember, if you start to see irritation, redness, breakouts and/or bumps after using an anti-aging product, take it as a sign that the product is probably too harsh for your skin.