Pretty much every woman I know would love to look younger, fresher and more awake. But, in order to achieve this goal you'll need to have some serious work done, right? Or at least pay someone a lot of money to use some lasers on your face.
But, it turns out that there are some easy to follow tips that can help you look younger in 4—6 weeks, without a visit to the dermatologist for a prescription or an office procedure!
I've pulled together four of my favorite skin care tips for looking younger. They're easy to follow, and you only need to take a trip to your local drugstore! The key to getting them to work is consistency. Sleeping in your makeup, instead of your treatment product, won't get you the younger and fresher skin that you're craving.
1) Look for Retinol in Your Skin Care:
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, and is considered the gold standard ingredient of anti-aging skincare. There is extensive evidence in medical literature that retinol improves skin's tone, texture, fights blemishes and improves the appearance of fine line/wrinkles. It does this by increasing your skin's cell turnover, meaning outer layers of skin cells are shed more easily and your skin accelerates production of new skin cells. The result is fresher, younger looking skin is revealed. You'll also see a decrease in your skin's production of Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs). MMPs actually break down collagen, contributing to aging. So, with decreased breakdown you'll see higher levels of collagen in your skin.
Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Regenerating Cream contains Retinol SA. What makes this so special? Retinol is more effective than other over the counter retinoids, such as Retinyl Palmitate or a Retinyl Ester, which are chemical derivatives of Retinol. The Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream is also the highest concentration of retinol on the market!
Neutrogena's Retinol SA acts over a longer period of time. That slower time of activation means that your skin will have less irritation but all of the benefits of the retinol! The end result is a skin care product that works better and much faster. In a clinical study, 100% of participants noticed a difference in their skin within a week of using the product, rather than the months expected with other over the counter retinols.
2) Be Sure to Regularly Exfoliate Your Skin:
Just as retinoids help to improve your skin's turnover, gentle exfoliation does the same thing. They work very well when used together, revealing smoother and more evenly toned skin! Pay close attention to your skin to determine how often you can exfoliate, the goal is fresh and glowing skin rather than red, irritated skin. Most skin can handle a few sessions a week with a deep cleansing device or using an exfoliating face wash every night.
3) Moisturized Skin:
Without realizing it, many of us are leaving our faces dry and parched. Pores and fine lines will show up more easily, and skin responds by trying to hold on to moisture, which means it creates more oil. The end result is lackluster skin that looks both older and shinier.
Using a good moisturizer like Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Night Moisturizer will make your skin look healthier and younger immediately! The moisture plumps up those outer layer of skin cells, minimizing the appearance fine lines. It will also help your skin to maintain its barrier function, so it will be better able to tolerate challenges such as extreme heat or cold with less redness and irritation.
4) Take Off Your Eye Makeup:
It's appealing to skip eye makeup removal and just use your face wash, but there is always mascara and eye liner left behind. The result is a subtle layer of dark makeup that settles into the fine lines and pores around your eyes, making you look older and tired. Using a good eye makeup remover at the end of the day will make you look much younger and better rested in the morning! I'm always amazed at how much makeup comes off of my face even after I've used a regular cleanser. Don't skip this step!
This post is part of a collaboration with Good Housekeeping and Neutrogena. All opinions are my own.