Designing an effective skincare routine can be confusing. Which products are must-haves and which products are 'nice-to-haves'? The Rule of 5 simplifies everything for you.
What makes an anti-ageing skincare routine effective? It's easy to believe that the more products you use, the better your results will be. In fact, careful selection is much more important.
The best way to approach your skincare regimen is to follow the Rule of 5. An effective anti-ageing routine always includes five key products:
You can easily add complementary steps to your routine, but these five products should form the foundation of your anti-ageing regimen. That's because these products work to prevent and reverse the common signs of photodamage, or UV exposure, such as:
- Hyperpigmentation / age spots
- Redness from dilated capillaries
- Loss of volume (loss of collagen and elastin)
- Fine lines and wrinkles
Anti-Ageing Skincare Step 1: Sun Protection
Ever noticed how areas of skin consistently covered by clothing hardly age? Sunshine can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, the sun keeps people, animals, and plants alive. On the other hand, UV rays damage skin and, in extreme cases, cause cancer.
Of the ageing factors that are within your control, sunlight is accountable for the highest proportion of skin damage. That means incorporating sun protection into your anti-ageing skincare routine is vital—even if you already have fine lines and wrinkles. It's never too late to begin using sun protection.
This selection of sun creams offers high protection from sun damage:
- mesoestetic dermatological sun protection SPF 50+
- Invisible Zinc Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 30+
- Jurlique SPF 40 PA+++ High Protection Cream
Anti-Ageing Skincare Step 2: Gentle Cleansing
Cleansing removes potentially damaging impurities from your complexion. However, improper face-washing and harsh products may do as much damage. Effective anti-ageing cleansing should incorporate only gentle products that protect your skin's acid balance and moisture levels.
Here's a selection of some of our favourite mild cleansers:
- Thalgo Rejuvenating Pure Velvet Cleansing Cream
- Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser
- Alpha-H Age Delay Cleansing Oil
Anti-Ageing Skincare Step 3: Exfoliation
It's a well-established fact that as skin ages, cell turnover slows. The surface layers of skin are made up of dead cells. When these skin cells turn over in a timely manner, your complexion looks vibrant and healthy. When cells remain in place for too long, skin begins to look dull, dehydrated, and tired.
Integrating an acid-based exfoliant into your anti-ageing beauty routine not only keeps skin looking fresh and healthy; it also helps to stimulate collagen synthesis.
Take a look at some of our favourite exfoliants below:
- Alpha-H Liquid Gold
- asap radiance serum with AHA/BHA
- KORA Organics Age Defying AHA Facial Exfoliator
Anti-Ageing Skincare Step 4: Antioxidant Serum
As skin matures, its own sources of vitamins and antioxidants are used up. Your skin contains reserves of these ingredients, but lifestyle and diet choices can deplete them. For this reason, an effective anti-ageing skincare regimen should include an antioxidant serum.
Antioxidants are substances that protect cells from damage. Usually, skin experiences many damaging stressors each day, from sunlight to pollution. These types of stressors speed up the rate at which skin ages.
Antioxidants can also help skin to rebuild lost collagen, which supports volume within the skin, preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
We suggest using an antioxidant serum containing vitamins C and E, such as:
Anti-Ageing Skincare Step 5: Intensive Night Cream
This final step is the crown jewel of an effective anti-ageing skincare routine. Night-time is when skin regenerates best and therefore benefits the most from potent anti-ageing actives.
An anti-ageing skincare regimen wouldn't be complete without a retinol product. 'Retinol' is the scientific name for vitamin A. This ingredient was proven in the '80s to reverse the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, retinol can reverse most signs of ageing.
To complete your anti-ageing skincare routine, integrate one of our favourite retinol products:
- SkinCeuticals Pure Retinol 0.5
- La Roche–Posay Redermic [R] Intensive Anti-Ageing Treatment
- StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment
Not sure which products are right for you? Contact our skincare specialists and we'll get you on the right track. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 03 9486 7179.