We can’t stop the aging process, but there are things we can do to keep looking our best as we get older. One of those things is not to keep piling on more and more makeup and concealer, which can actually accentuate wrinkles and lines. Instead of spending a fortune on expensive department store products, consider a visit to your dermatologist who will help you create the best skincare regimen for you.

Skincare tip #1: Cleanse your skin

Even if you don’t wear makeup, it is very important to thoroughly clean your face everyday, most importantly before you go to bed. Sleeping with makeup on can irritate your skin, and cause inflammation. It is best to use a creamy, gentle cleanser to wash your face, and be sure to use an eye makeup remover to get rid of mascara, etc.

 Skincare tip #2: Use a retinol

Skin starts to loose its tone as we age, and collagen wears down, resulting in fine lines. Over the counter retinol can help temper discoloration of the skin. The more powerful version is tretinoin or tazarotene. Your dermatologist can help you decided what is best for your skin.

Skincare tip #3: Drink plenty of water

Always start your day with a glass of water. Or a nice hot water with lemon. Skip sugary drinks, and have water instead. If you are thirsty, chances are you are already dehydrated. Proper hydration means you sweat more efficiently, which will keep you skin glowing and looking fantastic. Alcohol can dehydrate the skin, so keep that in mind.

Skincare tip #4: Wear sunscreen everyday

No matter what age you are, you should be slathering on the sunscreen everyday. You want to be using an SFF 30 as part of your daily routine. If you are going to be out in the sun for more than 15-20 minutes, you also want to wear a hat. If you are at the beach, be sure to reapply, liberally, every hour.

Skincare tip #5: Exfoliate

Exfoliation once a week will help to slough away rough, dry skin, and leave your skin glowing. Just be sure to exfoliate gently. Exfoliating also allows your products to penetrate better, and minimize pores.

Skincare tip #6: Use an antioxidant serum

A good vitamin C&E antioxidant will help make your sunscreen more effective. Apply directly to your face before applying sunscreen in the morning.

Skincare tip #7: Get your beauty rest.

Sleep is one of the most underrated, but powerful beauty treatments we have! If you want to look fresh and youthful every morning, get plenty of sleep. When we sleep our bodies repair the damage from the toxins we are exposed to during the day. Give you body a chance to recharge – your skin will thank you!