Most of our skin routines involve the usual moisturizers, sunscreens, day creams and night creams. But our fast paced lifestyles and external factors such dehydration, stress and pollution can make our skin look aged. Worry not! Here’s our pick of products that you can add to your routine for healthier, brighter looking skin.
Dry skin is often craving more than a thick lather of moisturizer. What it really needs is products with hyaluronic acid. According to Dr. Dendy Engelman, director of dermatologic surgery and laser medicine at Metropolitan Hospital, “Hyaluronic acid helps your skin retain moisture by binding water molecules, holding 1,000 times its weight.”
Recommendation: Antioxidant Hydration Serum, available for $120 from Derm Institute.
Dr. Engelman recommends this serum from Derm Institute for its hydrating abilities, as well as for its ability to repair and protect, thanks to a ceramide complex, vitamins, and antioxidants, which plump fine lines and combat free radicals from environmental damage.
Recommendation: Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum, available for $36 from Sephora.
This more-affordable alternative is great for both sensitive and dry skin. The serum contains hyaluronic acid, as Dr. Engelman recommends, but it also has colloidal oatmeal, peptides, collagen, and aloe. All of these ingredients work together to help to calm irritated skin
For Uneven Pigmentation and/or Dullness
Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a cosmetic dermatologist, suggests using resveratrol and vitamin C as your best weapons against pigmentation issues, mainly uneven texture or dullness in skin.
“Resveratrol is the strongest natural antioxidant that reduces [uneven] pigmentation and protects the skin from further free radical damage,” Despite his tip, Dr. Frank points out a very important factor that many women oversee – “there’s no magic ingredient to make [uneven pigmentation] disappear quickly, as the body continues to make the enzyme that stimulates the production of melanin.”
Recommendation: Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum, available for $162 at Skinceuticals.
Another kind of product that’s great to have in your vanity is skin-lightening creams, Melanin production can make your skin look dull and dark over time. The Zeta White Lightening Moisturizer is designed to act as a natural sunscreen against sunrays and brighten your skin in the process.
This product revolves around liquorice extract, its main active skin-whitening ingredient. Other ingredients include olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, apricot oil, vitamin E, vitamin C and more.
Recommendation: The Zeta White Lightening Moisturizer, available for $39.44 at Zeta White.
Not all skin care products have to cause a dent in your wallet, and this drugstore favorite definitely packs a punch for its price. Olay’s Regenerist Regenerating Serum contains an amino peptide complex and vitamin B3, which are known to be wrinkle smoothers. According to Dr. Goldburt, this Serum will deeply hydrate your skin, so you get renewed surface cells with increased elasticity and plumpness.”
Recommendation: Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, available for $24.99 at Olay.
It is common knowledge that protecting your skin through regular sunscreen use is the most effect way of shielding the skin from signs of ageing. However, finding a product that can repair the damage already done is also a great addition to your makeup routine. Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage line, which contains ceramides, strengthens skin cells while simultaneously repairing and renewing the skin.
This serum is also on Dr. Engelman’s top-shelf list.“ Serums with retinol help with cell repair and renewal. Retinols are a good ingredient for acne (generally of the cystic kind), but also plumping up fine lines and wrinkles.” This serum relies on something called advanced Idebenone technology, which tops the list of powerful antioxidants for the most protection and repair of your skin.
Recommendation: Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum, available for $162 at Elizabeth Arden.
Another promising product to delay skin ageing is the YouTonics Skin Collagen Drink. Ingredients include Protein Collagen and a blend of Vitamin A, E and C and with each serving containing 10g of Collagen, not only will your signs of ageing visibly reduce, but your skin, nails and hair will also look healthier and moisturized.
Recommendation: YouTonics Skin Collagen Drink, available for $54.95 at Bauer Nutrition.