7 Ways to Adjust Your Skincare Routine At the First Signs of Aging 

Photo: Vlada Karpovich / PexelsLet’s face it: wrinkles are a natural part of life, and we all get them. So, whether you’ve discovered your first fine line or proudly wear a couple of wrinkles, it’s never too late to incorporate better anti-aging habits.

Newfound lines can stem from dryness, sun exposure, collagen breakdowns, and genetics–to name a few. All this means that it’s time to assess your lifestyle habits and take your skincare routine to the next level.

Below are tips and product suggestions to keep your complexion plump, hydrated, and glowing at any age.

Drink water

Surely, this tip isn’t news to you. But, sometimes it’s so easy to skip out on 8+ glasses per day because we’re ~too busy~ and lattes have more flavor. But cool it on the caffeine (which can dehydrate and inhibit collagen production), and make a point to drink more water. Sometimes water is all you need to address lines linked with skin dehydration! So grab a bottle and really commit.

Avoid makeup wipes

I know they’re convenient, but too much rubbing coupled with the wipe texture can create microtears in your skin. This gradually weakens the skin barrier, leading to premature aging. These wipes aren’t doing the environment any favors, either.

Instead opt for gentle, makeup-removing balms like Farmacy Sweet Apple Clean. The balm-to-oil formula is actually upcycled from the making of apple juice, which gives it a natural flavor of freshly sliced red apples. The buttery consistency melts away makeup, sunscreen, and pollution residue, leaving skin refreshed and ready for skincare.

New eyecare routine

Because the skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, it’s extra susceptible to collagen loss. Enter crow’s feet. Pay extra attention to your under eyes by applying a moisturizing eye cream every morning and night.

No matter what age you’re discovering crow’s feet, belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb delivers a wave of hydration to the eye orbital with pennywort aka tiger grass. This herb supports natural type-I collagen synthesis, and the cooling gel formula quickly floods skin with needed moisture.

Switch up the benefits that your under eyes receive with regular use of eye patches. Good Molecules Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches help firm the eye contour with hydrogel technology and 1% caffeine. Plus, licorice extract and peptides help plump fine lines while brightening dark circles. The best part is you can reap the benefits with daily use–and you can apply the patches anywhere you need a pick-me-up. Wear for 10-15 minutes at a time under the eyes, on frown lines, and more.

Never skip out on peptide-infused serum

Ensure you’re getting a daily dose of peptides from your serum before you begin layering on oils, creams, and moisturizers. Peptides are amino acids that can drastically slow the skin’s aging process. Not all peptide serums are created equal, so check out the ingredient list for these main anti-aging peptides: matrixyl, copper tripeptide, argireline, acetyl hexapeptide-8, and acetyl octapeptide-3.

Good Molecules Super Peptide Serum incorporates the collagen and elastin producer, copper tripeptide, along with acetyl hexapeptide-8 and acetyl octapeptide-3 to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions. Apply a few drops in the morning and at night and let it sit for 30 seconds before continuing with your skincare routine.

Switch to a well-rounded face cream

Basic moisturizers aren’t going to cut it anymore. As fine lines and wrinkles crop up, the following ingredients become key in the next cream you add to cart: hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. Hyaluronic acid is best known for drawing in moisture and plumping the skin, while antioxidants smooth, firm, and deeply nourish.

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream is my holy grail as it’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, camellia, and vitamins C & E. With benefits ranging from collagen stimulation to protection against free radicals, this formula works hard to target a wide range of skin concerns all at once.

Apply sunscreen, rain or shine

No negotiation, you should be wearing sunscreen every single day. In fact, it is recommended that everyone over 6 months old should be wearing it to avoid skin cancer. Ultraviolet sun rays penetrate the skin wreaking havoc on collagen and elastin fibers, which can drastically speed up the rate at which we develop wrinkles. Even when the sun seems it isn’t out, UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds.

Keep yourself protected with at least SPF 30 to guard against UVA/UVB rays. And if you’re worried about white cast, go for Farmacy’s Green Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30, which creates an invisible, broad-spectrum shield on all skin tones. This non-greasy formula reflects damaging sun rays, while the ingredient’s marigold and aronia extracts are said to guard against free radical damage from blue light.

Don’t neglect the lips

We seem to take extra care of our lips during cold weather seasons, but this sensitive skin needs TLC year-round–especially to guard against wrinkles and deflation as time goes on. Once again, hyaluronic acid along with shea butter can revive and nourish lip skin.

Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm incorporates hyaluronic acid spheres, shea butter, peptides, and more to plump, smooth the surface of the skin, increase lip volume over time, and firm.