7 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Anti-Aging Routine

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They aren’t difficult, but they do promise results.

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Start Using AHAs

Get a product—either a cleanser, toner, peel pads or cream—that has alphahydroxy acids in it. “Not only will it help exfoliate your skin and make it look better, but it will also likely improve the effects of your other products too,” says Washington, D.C., dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, MD.

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Get a Specific Serum

Grabbing a serum is a start, but try to fine-tune which one you are using. “Incorporate serums that specifically address things like lines, firming and radiance into your daily morning and evening skin care routines in order to enhance the anti-aging benefits of your moisturizer,” says Barbara Broas, national aesthetician for Le Métier de Beauté.

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Consider Stem Cells

Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection, recommends adding stem cells to your routine. “The right stem cell product works on all skin types, from a 20-something to an 80 year old to help boost collagen and brighten skin. It makes a huge impact on glow! In my opinion, the best are from the Swiss green apple. They are most similar to human stem cells and really are the key to preserving youth in the skin.”

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Treat Your Eyes

The area around our eyes tends to decrease in circulation as we age, meaning the eye ligaments weaken, which pushes fat forward (resulting in puffiness). “It’s the first area to show visible signs of aging: fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness. Aside from using eye cream, gently massage the area daily to soothe swelling and promote better circulation,” says Cecilia Wong, aesthetician and founder of Cecilia Wong Skincare.

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Apply a Vitamin

Dermatologist Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, founder or Epionce skincare, says it’s vital to provide your skin enhanced cellular nutrition. “Vitamins A, B, C, D and E are all key nutrients for healthy skin metabolism.”

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Don’t Skip the Sunscreen

We know you’ve heard it before, but applying sunscreen really is essential. “Sunscreen is a simple way to prevent damage and aging skin caused by ultraviolet rays. Look for a sheer, broad-spectrum sunscreen and apply it daily under your makeup,” Dr. Thornfeldt says.

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Give Salicylic Acid a Chance

This is one ingredient that can sometimes be relegated to the “acne” department, but Dr. Thornfeldt says salicylic acid has been shown to have many skin care benefits, including anti-aging. “Salicylic acid works to reduce inflammation while helping to clear out pores and smooth out skin texture.”

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