Doctor, what is best anti-aging skincare routine?

As dermatologist and beauty blogger, I often get this question. Frankly ageing of skin is inevitable. We can address it to some extent with anti-aging skin care as discussed in FAQs.

Dermatocare team has formulated the anti-ageing skin care regime based on the above 3 principles:

-Prevent ongoing damage- with help of antioxidants and sunscreen

-Rejuvenate with retinoids or peptides

-Preserve what you have with Hyaluronic acid, Kojic acid, Argan oil, and Arbutin

We have listed only those anti-ageing products that have studies to back up efficacy in this article. Are you ready to try the best anti-ageing skin care regime?

Skin care routine for ageing skin

MORNING SKIN CARE

Morning regime consist of Cleansing, followed by rose water, and Vitamin C serum. Put sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in sun. Make-up sits on the top!

Step1 : Face wash

The choice of face wash depends on your skin type. There is no point using face wash that promise to erase wrinkles or dark spots. They do not work because the contact time is only 5 minutes.

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 

Cera ve cleanser for dry to normal skin

Ideal for combination to dry skin

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Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser

Cetaphil gentle cleanser

Ideal for dry and sensitive skin

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Sebamed Clear Face Foam

Sebamed face wash for combination skin

Recommended for combination skin

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Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser

Recommended for oily skin that is not very sensitive.

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Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash

Recommended for very oil skin prone to clogged pores.

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Step 2: Rose water

Pure organic rose water can hydrate and soothe your skin without clogging your pores. Rose water provides a water based hydration to your skin.

RECOMMENDED BRANDS: Best pure organic rose water in India and United States

Step 3: Apply Vitamin C serum

Vitamin C in form of L-ascorbic acid is a powerful anti-oxidant that can repair ongoing skin damage caused UV rays, pollution, dust etc. It lightens skin, promotes even skin stone and imparts radiance to skin.

RECOMMENDED BRANDS:

We reviewed the brands of Vitamin C serum in India, USA, and Canada. The ones that fulfilled our criteria are listed in this article, Best Vitamin C serum

Step 4: Apply sunscreen:

Daily Sunscreen is essential in fair skin, even indoors. However, darker skin tone don’t need sunscreen indoors. They have melanin in their skin that protects skin from UV rays.

Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before stepping out. Repeat 3 hourly in case of prolonged sun exposure. Apply at least a teaspoon on face and neck to achieve full SPF. Ideally of SPF 30 is enough. But we don’t apply thick layer of sunscreen. Therefore, SPF of 50 is preferable.

Cetaphil Mineral sunscreen

Cetaphil zinc sunscreen

Ideal for sensitive skin

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-India @ Amazon.in

– United States @Amazon.com

La Roche Posay Anthelios Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 50

Ideal for if you are 40+ 

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-India @ Amazon.in

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Avene Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50

Ideal for oily to normal skin 

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-India @ Amazon.in

– United States @Amazon.com

Step 5 Make-up

Make up sits on the top of your skin care products. I don’t recommend using make up with SPF. To achieve the SPF you have to apply a thick layer, which is not possible in make up products. Instead of layering too many make up products, you can apply compact powder with foundation. This will give you nice matt and smooth look.

Clinique Superpowder Double Face Makeup 

Available in

-India @ Amazon.in

– United States @Amazon.com

NIGHT SKIN CARE

Step 1 and step 2 of night regime are same

Step 3 Best Anti-ageing cream

When it comes to anti-ageing, retinoids are the best choice.

Retinoids

There are numerous studies that prove visible anti-ageing action of retinoids. Retinaldehyde is the most powerful retinoid available OTC. However, if you are new to anti-ageing, then start with retinol.

Dermatocare team reviewed the brands of retinoids available in India and United states. We have selected the best retinol or retinaldehyde products in this article, Best retinol or retinaldehyde products. Intrestingly most of these products also have peptides, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide etc.

Peptides

Retinoids are no wonder best in anti-ageing basket. But they might not suit dry and sensitive skin. In such cases, peptide and anti-oxidant based products are the best choice.

The Ordinary Buffet serum

Peptide serum

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– United States @Amazon.com

 

Paula’s choice Boost serum

Paula's Choice BOOST Peptide Booster Serum

Available in

-India @ Amazon.in

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Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Face Serum

Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Face Serum

Available in

-India @ Amazon.in

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Fillerina Night Cream

Fillerina Night Cream

Ideal for very dry skin

Available in

-India @ Amazon.in

– United States @Amazon.com

FAQs

How does skin age?

Studies show following changes occur at microscopic level in your skin:

  • Reduction in Collagen leads to fine lines.
  • Elastin store dwindles causes sagging.
  • GAGs are responsible for water binding. Their reduction is visible as loss of soft and supple skin.
  • Hyaluronic acid decreases in epidermis. As result wrinkled skin looks thin and dull.

What are benefits of anti-ageing cream?

Most of the ageing changes occur in the deeper layer of skin called dermis. Most anti-wrinkle creams fail to reach here. Thus, the effects of anti-ageing creams is limited to superficial layer of skin,  for example:

  • Delay in the appearance of fine lines, only with few effective anti-ageing molecules.
  • Delay in the formation of new deeper wrinkles. But might not drastically reduce existing wrinkles.
  • Improvement in the texture of skin, giving even toned and smooth look.
  • Improvement of dull and patchy look in dry skin types, with the use of peptide and hyaluronic acid based anti-wrinkle creams.
  • Reduction of oiliness, pimples and open pores in the oily skin, with the retinoid based anti-wrinkle creams.
  • Reduction in dark spots and patches with alpha-hydroxy acid or Vitamin C based anti-wrinkle creams.

But, but, but… none of  skin care product can prevent sagging of skin, deep wrinkles, or loss of volume.

When should I start anti-ageing skin care?

Best is to start when you are at 25. Absolutely necessary as you hit 30’s. Otherwise fine lines, age spots and uneven skin tone would show up by 40’s.

How does anti-aging skin care work?

Anti-aging cream works in following ways:

PREVENT ONGOING DAMAGE:

Covered skin is much younger than face. Do you know why? Face is exposed to sun, dust, pollution and chemicals (from overenthusiastic skin care). This leads to production of damaging free radicals. Anti-oxidant in anti-ageing skin care remove these free radicals. Hence, prevent ongoing damage to skin. Also, regular use of sunscreen prevents damage from UV rays.

PRESREVE WHAT YOU HAVE:

Skin loose hydration, elasticity, even skin tone and suppleness with age. Ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, Kojic acid, Argan oil, and Arbutin tackle these changes.

REJUVENATE WHAT YOU LOST:

Skin loses collagen, elastin and certain structures at the level of dermis. Retinoids and Peptides can help in replenishing these building blocks.

What else can be done for anti-ageing?

Anti-ageing skin care works like magic if you combine with these anti-ageing supplements and good life style. Lifestyle has 3 aspects: Sleep, diet and exercise. To know more watch this video:

Lastly, if you wish to consult Dr Surbhi, MD for making your skincare regime. Kindly call @7347594947 for online and offline appointments.

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