An Introduction to Anti-Aging Skincare

Written by: Susan Hang

I was a huge tomboy growing up (can you tell?) and could care less about my skin up until I was 21 when I began to notice “freckles“… One day, I finally asked my sister, “Why am I getting these annoying spots?!” to which she responded, “It’s called sun damage…“!

That was my WTF moment and my entire life changed.

Though I admit much damage had already been done and I felt it was too late to get into the game, there’s no excuse to NOT start caring for your skin. I’ve played and dabbled with ingredients for the last several years, but have never found anything to be more powerful, more effective than those I speak of below. So if you’re new to this whole anti-aging skincare thing or looking to get your hands (face) wet, I’d recommend looking for these first:

– Retinol

This is probably one of my favorite skincare ingredients that’s proven to deliver top notch results. It helps smooth out wrinkles, unclog pores, even out your skin tone and improve its texture.

My Pick: Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM

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– Peptides

Peptides are amino acids that make up the proteins in the skin. They signal your skin cells to reproduce collagen, which is what helps it stay firm and supple. The more firm and supple your skin is, the more likely it is to fight off wrinkles. I discovered this ingredient through my Korean skincare binge at Peach & Lily – they have an impressive team of experts to help you customize a regimen.

My Pick: Mizon Peptide 500

– Ceramides

Ceramide-based products help replenish the skin’s ceramide content (which is described as the ‘glue’ that holds skin cells together). It helps maintain your skin’s appearance by retaining moisture and hydration, which is key in any anti-aging skincare regimen.

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The sun is one of the fastest aging factors on this planet and often the culprit for wrinkles and age spots (hello, I’m a victim!). I’ve never basked in the sun purposefully, but I used to play outside for hours and never wear sunscreen (big mistake). My favorite sun care ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide – they’re physical protectants that sit on top of the skin to form a barrier against the sun’s rays. That’s not to say I’m opposed to avobenzone. You should apply it at least 15 minutes before stepping outside and again as needed, though I’m often guilty of only applying it once.

My Pick: Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protector, Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen, Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

As with anything in the beauty universe, no one ingredient or product can cure all.

The key is to experiment and personalize a regimen that’s effective for you. It’s taken me several years, but I haven’t felt more comfortable in my skin until after I introduced all these products. Also, NEVER forget to drink lots of water and load up on antioxidants. You can get an in-depth look at my current skincare routine here.

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