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Know IT: When Should I Start Using Anti-Aging Products?

Nail your IT Cosmetics anti-aging skincare routine for smooth

Courage is all about showing up and letting yourself be seen—at any age. You may not be able to turn back the clock, but you can still achieve visibly radiant skin throughout any decade of your life. Here’s how you can nail your IT Cosmetics anti-aging skincare routine for smooth, plump, and youthful-looking skin that glows.

It’s Never Too Early! Or Too Late

When it comes to preserving your skin’s natural radiance, it’s all about being proactive. Dermatologists generally recommend starting a preventative skincare routine in your late teens or early 20s. But wait, hold on a sec—this doesn’t mean that you have to be a certain age to start using anti-aging ingredients. In reality, it’s never too early (or too late) to begin giving your skin the TLC it deserves! 

The sooner you employ the powers of ingredients like retinol, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C, the better. And what’s one of the most powerful and effective ways you can do this? With the right combination of anti-aging products, of course! A consistent anti-aging skincare routine can help slow the skin’s aging process and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and dull skin—at any stage of life. If you ask us, every IT Cosmetics routine should incorporate the top anti-aging superstars! 

How Do I Know Which Anti-Aging Products Are Right For Me?

To know which anti-aging products are best for you, identify your skin type and then zero-in on your specific skin goals. This is true whether you’re using serums, cleansers, moisturizers, or any combination of anti-aging products. Skin types are broken down into four primary categories: oily, dry, combination (both), and “normal” (or balanced). You might also have sensitive skin, mature skin, or acne-prone skin

No matter your skin type, everyone has different anti-aging concerns they want to target, such as dullness, fine lines, or dark spots. Luckily, you can tackle all of that with the right ingredients. We’ve put together six of the best anti-aging skincare ingredients for all ages, including their key benefits, what to expect, and how you can use them to create the perfect regimen for youthful-looking skin. Here we go!

SPF

When to start: Yesterday. It’s never too early to begin using a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Incorporate this step at any age to help shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Just ask any dermatologist and they’ll tell you that applying SPF every single morning is one of your most powerful youthful skin-preserving tools. In fact, 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.II Applying an SPF of 30 or above daily (yes, even on cloudy days) can help protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, and prevent wrinkles or age-related pigmentation or discoloration—such as dark spots. It may even help prevent existing hyperpigmentation from worsening over time.

One of the easiest ways to take your SPF game to the next level is to use multi-tasking makeup and skincare products that contain SPF, like your Bye Bye Foundation Powder. This skin-loving, buildable coverage finishing powder with a natural matte finish is specially created to pair perfectly with your Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+ to give you beautiful-looking skin!

Remember to consistently re-apply your sunscreen throughout the day and after swimming or spending extended periods of time in the sun.

Vitamin C

When to start: It’s generally a good idea to begin adding vitamin C products in your late teens or early 20s to reap the full anti-aging benefits of this brightening ingredient. 

Our obsession with vitamin C’s skin-brightening benefits is very real. This antioxidant works tirelessly to protect your skin from environmental stressors that can wreak havoc on your skin’s quality over time. But that’s not all vitamin C does! This ingredient has illuminating properties that can help brighten the appearance of dull skin, as well as minimize the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. If your skin is tired-looking and in need of a boost, vitamin C should be your go-to superhero ingredient. Vitamin C serums are generally recommended as part of your AM skincare routine, giving other anti-aging products (like retinol) a chance to take center stage in the evening.

For a powerful combination of vitamin C and other antioxidant-packed ingredients, use your Miracle Water 3-in-1 Micellar Cleanser after cleansing (or in place of your cleanser) followed by your Bye Bye Dullness Vitamin C Serum for an immediate boost and powerful results over time. These formulas work together to help purify, balance, and brighten the look of your skin.

Hyaluronic Acid

When to start: This gentle, yet effective, skin-plumping ingredient is the perfect addition to any anti-aging routine. Generally, your early 20s and 30s are the ideal time to begin exploring your HA options.

Hyaluronic acid is another anti-aging ingredient that keeps us coming back for more. Also known as “HA” or hyaluronan, this natural humectant is a powerful tool for beautiful-looking skin at any age. Simply put, it helps your skin retain moisture levels and elasticity as you grow older. Its benefits range from skin-plumping effects to visibly smoothing texture, and minimizing the appearance of fine lines, under-eye wrinkles, and dryness. You’ve probably noticed it highlighted in the best hydrating products for anti-aging, like your Confidence in an Eye Cream.

No journey to visibly smoother, hydrated, and radiant-looking skin is complete without hyaluronic acid. Best of all, hyaluronic acid plays well with others. This means that hyaluronic acid can be used daily with a combination of our best anti-aging products. And because skin requires plenty of hydration no matter how old you are, HA definitely deserves a spot in your daily anti-aging line-up.

Glycolic Acid

When to start: Although your 20s are a great time to start using glycolic acid, it’s more important to focus on correct usage by introducing it gradually, in the evening, and supporting it with plenty of sun protection. 

We know you’ve heard it before—regular exfoliation is one skincare step not to be missed, regardless of your age. It helps buff away dead skin cells, dirt, and residue that accumulate in your pores over time, causing them to appear larger and more noticeable. Popular in at-home chemical peels and game-changing serums like Bye Bye Pores Glycolic Acid Serum, glycolic acid—a variety of alpha-hydroxy-acid (AHA)—can help visibly smooth facial lines and improve the appearance of skin’s overall tone and texture, according to theU.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).IV

If that’s not reason enough to adore this must-have chemical exfoliant, glycolic acid may also promote surface cell turnover. “When fresh cells are constantly brought to the skin surface, it makes it brighter and more youthful,” says Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, a dermatologist and IT Cosmetics Advisory Board member. 

Try applying a gentle anti-aging serum with glycolic acid in the evening, and following it up with your favorite IT Cosmetics moisturizer or night cream. But don’t forget to stay on top of that SPF regimen each morning when you start your AM routine, because glycolic acid—like retinol—can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

Niacinamide

When to start: This is a great one to use at any age! Start incorporating niacinamide as soon as possible to help prevent signs of aging before they occur.

Antioxidants reign supreme in the anti-aging skincare world—and for good reason. Niacinamide is a water-soluble form of vitamin B3 and a potent antioxidant that can help reduce environmental damage and support a healthy lipid barrier function. What does this mean for your skin? This superstar serum ingredient can assist in visibly brightening and evening out your skin tone, while also minimizing the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and other forms of discoloration. One study even found that niacinamide led to a visible improvement in the appearance of skin sallowness (yellowing), blotchiness, wrinkles, and elasticity with consistent topical use.III

Have you been struggling with how to get rid of dark spots? Then at least one niacinamide product should have prime real estate on your cosmetics shelf! Found in IT Cosmetics illuminating eye creams for dark circles and serums like your Bye Bye Dark Spots Niacinamide Serum, niacinamide is the perfect addition to both your morning and evening routine. This antioxidant powerhouse also pairs beautifully with retinol, so try rotating these two ingredients for glowing results.

Retinol

When to start: Start applying this anti-aging rockstar in your mid 20s or early 30s. But remember, it’s never too late to start enjoying the amazing benefits of retinol.

Many experts consider retinol to be the holy grail of anti-aging skincare ingredients. This derivative of vitamin A helps to build essential collagen and increase surface cell turnover. It can also visibly smooth and even skin texture, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, enhance firmness, and improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. “The number-one ingredient I recommend to patients for anti-aging results is retinol,” says Dr. Mariwalla. 

Since retinol products can sometimes cause facial redness or skin sensitivity, it’s best to apply a pea-sized amount until you gauge your skin’s tolerance. Try using a gentle formula—like your Hello Results Wrinkle-Reducing Daily Retinol Serum-in-Cream—and follow up with a targeted anti-aging moisturizer for the best possible results. Additionally, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advises that retinol can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so remember to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.I

To learn more about this anti-wrinkle powerhouse, check out this handy overview on retinol myths.

Every woman is beautiful and deserves to feel her most beautiful—at every stage of her life! Now that you’ve mastered the six powerful ingredients you need in your anti-aging products, you’re on your way to uncovering smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin. 

Need more help choosing the best anti-aging products for your skincare goals? Learn more about the best eye creams for every age.

Sources:

  1. “The Sun and Your Medicine.” FDA, FDA, 25 Sept. 2015, www.fda.gov/drugs/special-features/sun-and-your-medicine
  2. “Photoaging: What You Need To Know About The Other Kind of Aging.” Skin Cancer Foundation, 10 Jan. 2019,
  3. Bissett DL, Oblong JE, Berge CA. Niacinamide: A B vitamin that improves aging facial skin appearance. Dermatol Surg. 2005 Jul;31(7 Pt 2):860-5; discussion 865. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2005.31732. PMID: 16029679.
  4. Liedtka, Jane; Zhang, Ben; Wang, Jianyong; Tran, Doanh. “Glycolic Acid.” U.S. Food & Drug Administration. 2016.
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