You’ll find no shortage of anti-aging products and tricks in the skin care aisle of your local drugstore or the glossy pages of a magazine. But with so much information, it can be challenging to know what claims are genuinely effective and which are only wishful thinking.
Dr. Douglas Key in Portland, Oregon, helps his patients with accurate and customized anti-aging advice and skin care products. Here are the best anti-aging tips from a skin care professional you can trust.
1. Always Wear Sunscreen
When talking to his patients, Dr. Key always stresses the importance of sunscreen to keep your skin looking and feeling young. This advice is particularly valuable here in Oregon, where many people enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and camping. Harmful UV rays can prematurely age skin and lead to severe issues, including wrinkles and skin cancer.
Dr. Key recommends wearing light SPF sunscreen every day, even when you don’t plan to spend time outdoors. When you go outside, apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply it throughout the day. Stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the UV rays are the strongest, and cover up with long pants, long sleeves, and a wide-brimmed hat.
2. Clean and Moisturize Your Skin
Dermatologists recommend cleansing your face every morning and evening to remove makeup, dirt, and grime buildup. For optimal results, use a mild face wash with warm water and avoid scrubbing or excess exfoliation.
Employ a gentle washcloth to lightly exfoliate the skin without causing damage. Ensure a medical-grade moisturizer is part of your daily skin care routine. Skin loses moisture as it gets older, which leads to wrinkles. A light moisturizer supplements water lost over time for a fresh, younger-looking skin presence.
3. Apply a Retinoid
Many skin care products are available, but most dermatologists agree that a retinoid is one of the most essential part of an anti-aging regimen. Apply a retinoid cream every evening to allow a thorough soaking into the skin during sleep. Retinoids contain vitamin A to minimize wrinkles and create a brighter and more even skin tone. In addition, unlike other products, a quality retinoid serum hydrates deeper layers.
4. Follow Healthy Habits
Younger-looking skin occurs by employing healthy habits to your entire body. Your skin reflects your overall wellness and health. To keep your skin refreshed and feeling young from the inside out, eat a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Get enough sleep every night to allow your body and skin to recharge. Exercise or stay active to get the blood pumping and sweat the toxins out of your skin.
Why Choose Key Laser for the Best Skin Care Products?
A consultation at Key Laser Center for Cosmetic Regenerative Medicine will help you choose and use optimal products for your skin type. Schedule an appointment today in the Portland, OR, area, or call (503) 291-1953. We also offer virtual consultations!