Cindy Laverdière, beauty blogger
Who doesn’t want to age gracefully? After age 40, the skin loses elasticity, becomes drier and hyperpigmented, and many of us start putting looking younger at the top of our wish lists.
The key to a youthful-looking complexion is a good daily skincare routine and prevention. I know you know this already. But, what exactly does “prevention” entail? How do you integrate anti-aging products in your beauty routine without irritating your skin or have it break out? Which strategy should you adopt to wage war against fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation?
Thankfully, no matter your age, you don’t need to spend a fortune or go under the knife to look your best. After all, there is beauty at every age and it comes from being happy and taking care of yourself. If you haven’t made your personal well-being your top goal, don’t wait any longer! In the meantime, this simple skincare routine will help you slow the signs of aging.
It’s essential to protect your cutaneous barrier because the drier your skin, the more vulnerable it becomes to external aggressors. Gently clean your skin in the morning and at night with a moisturizing lotion for sensitive skins. To brighten your complexion, try a cleanser that contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) to accelerate cellular renewal. If you are prone to the occasional blemish, use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid.
Dull complexion? Try a cleanser that contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) to accelerate cellular renewal. If you are prone to the occasional blemish, use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid.
Your complexion can become dull as cellular renewal slows down. Regularly exfoliating your skin to get rid of dead skin cells should be your top priority. You can use a gentle scrub or a cleansing brush several times a week.
Serums and moisturizers
A moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen is your best weapon against the elements. To increase your protection against pollution and UVA/UVB rays, apply a serum with vitamin C first. In addition to stimulating the production of collagen, vitamin C can reduce hyperpigmentation. Look for a serum containing at least 15 to 20% L-ascorbic acid, the most efficient form of vitamin C.
A face oil is a good way to moisturize and brighten your face. It contains properties that reflect the light and will moisturize your skin, temporarily firming it and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen!
For more mature skins, start with a serum containing antioxidants such as vitamin C or E, resveratrol or green tea. Then, apply your moisturizer and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30.
To protect against pollution and UVA/UVB rays, apply a serum with vitamin C under your daily cream that has a SPF of at least 30.
As the years go by, it’s worthwhile to spend a bit more on your nighttime beauty ritual. Regularly using a prescription retinoid is like investing in a RRSP: retinoid treatments increase the skin’s reserves of collagen and elastin, helping your skin stay firm. Not only do they fight the signs of aging, they also reduce acne, a bonus that will surely be appreciated by those affected by breakouts.routine beauté du soir
If the retinoid dries out your skin, mix it with a moisturizer or night cream or only use it three times a week. Make sure to use the night cream on your neck and upper chest and the retinoid treatment on your upper chest and the back of your hands. These are zones that can benefit from a TLC.
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For me, beauty is all about well-being. That’s why my beauty routine is composed primarily of natural ingredients that are gentle on my skin and on the environment. I'm addicted to coffee, Wi-Fi, maxi dresses and lemon pie. A product I can’t live without? Concealer. A must-have for the new mom that I am!