Best Products to Stop the Clock on the Aging of Your Skin!

Cynthia Bailey, MD|March 16, 2015


Stopping the clock on your skin's aging is easier than turning it back. No matter what your age, you want to jump into this process because, trust me, your skin looks better now than it will in five years. Know that stopping the clock isn't just about your skin's appearance. Age makes skin more fragile, more prone to injury, and more susceptible to eczema, as well as itch. Intervene now and have strong, resilient, and comfortable skin for years to come. You will be lowering your risk of skin cancer too as a side benefit.

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My top clock-stopping beauty tips are a combination of scientifically proven study results and practical experience gained from practicing dermatology for almost 30 years here, in the California sun. I've seen my patients put my advice into practice and reap the benefits 20 years later. Now you can reap those benefits too by knowing what's best to stop the clock for your skin.

Best Anti-Aging Skin Care for Your Teens, 20s, and 30s:

Citrix Sunscreen SPF 40

#1. Broad spectrum sunscreen on all exposed skin because the sun is the number one thing that ages, wrinkles, and makes liver spots on your skin! UV rays (tanning bed rays too) start a cascade of events in your skin that become a self-perpetuating breakdown of your collagen. Zinc oxide sunscreens are your best bet for broad spectrum sun protection for anti-aging skin care. You don't have to believe just me. The FDA has mandated that ONLY broad spectrum sunscreens can make an anti-aging claim, and no other anti-wrinkle product can. Check out the shocking story of what sun does to and inside your skin. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page where I give you the geeky details.

#2. Retinoid skin care products are the number one type of product to reverse and slow skin aging. If you were prescribed one for acne in your teens keep using it for wrinkles (with your doctor's permission and supervision). The best retinoids for sun damage are professional level retinol products and prescription RetinA/Renova. Apply your retinoid product at night because the active retinoid ingredient is broken down by light. Know that retinoids are capable of intervening in the cascade of collagen breakdown and it’s never too early to start. They are great acne treating products too. Here is what I tell my patients:

Retinol Intensive

"Retinoids can stop the degenerative cycle of skin aging. Your skin will get wrinklier and wrinklier over time from both UV light exposure and aging due to a self-perpetuating cycle of collagen loss due to free radicals. Retinoids are capable of stopping the cycle and it’s never too soon or too late to intervene to stop the cycle." Dr. Bailey

#3. Glycolic acid products help control uneven skin pigment, exfoliate your skin to keep it soft, and help fight acne by keeping your pores clean. Use a glycolic acid product during the day under your broad spectrum sunscreen and a retinoid at night.

Dermatologist Recommended Glycolic Acid Products for Normal Skin

Anti Aging Body Skin Care Kit Best skin brightening exfoliating scrub Replenix

#4. Exfoliate your skin twice a week to brighten your complexion. Use an exfoliating scrub or sponge. Dead cells build up on skin and give your complexion a dull and tired look. Revive it instantly with gentle exfoliation. Products my patients love are Replenix Facial Scrub and my Anti-aging Body Kit.  

Best Anti-Aging Skin Care for Your 40s and 50s:

Use my recommendations for the 20s and 30s above and add antioxidants. Tweak products for ideal skin moisture content too.

Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy - Replenix Power of Three Cream

#1. Add powerful antioxidants to your anti-aging skin care. Follow my recommendations for your 20s and 30s, but add antioxidant products right after washing. Skin degeneration from age and sun happen from oxidative free radical reactions. As you age, your oxidative skin damage speeds up and your anti-oxidant reserve tank gets depleted. You gain antioxidants by eating antioxidant-rich fresh fruits and veggies, but your skin can absorb antioxidants too - when you use the right products. The devil is in the details and you need stable, high concentration antioxidant-rich products. That's where I can help. The best scientific evidence shows that green tea polyphenols and vitamin C work the best for skin oxidative injury protection. Use my Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy twice a day right after washing. Layer on Vitamin C Serum after the Green Tea right under your sunscreen. Apply your glycolic acid and retinoid at night or alternate the Glycolic Acid product with the Vitamin C product under your sunscreen during the day.

#2. Be sure your skin has adequate moisture to keep it from looking dry. Use milder cleansers and more moisturizing products as your skin gradually becomes drier. Expect your oil glands to quit working so hard as your age. Your skin will become dry if you remove too much natural skin oil and fail to put back oil after washing. Expect to transition to gentler skin cleansers and richer moisturizers over time.

Best Anti-Aging Skin Care in Your 60s, 70s, and Beyond:

Congratulations! You've made it to an age we all aspire to. Keep taking good care of your skin so it looks as young and vital as you feel, and so it can continue to take good care of you.

Use the skin care I recommend above for your 20s through your 50s and be certain to use a glycolic acid product on your trunk and extremity skin. There is nothing older-looking on skin than crusty dry flakes. With my AHA/Glycolic Acid Body Kit, skin is almost instantly revived and transformed. That's because as we age, dead skin cells stick to the top of the skin more and more to make skin crusty, rough, and flaky. Using a high concentration professional glycolic acid product fixes this almost overnight. It will also boost the amount of important hyaluronic acid in your skin to give your skin a dewier and more youthful appearance.  As a bonus, it lightens age spots too.    

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