How to Visibly Transform Signs of Aging


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If you’re battling dull skin, enlarged pores, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone and want to improve your skin’s appearance now—we can help. Our research-supported facts can help you start transforming the look of your skin into one of picture-perfect, radiant smoothness!

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Anti-Aging Tip #1: Improve an Uneven Skin Tone the Right Way

Too many days in the sun without adequate protection from a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater takes its toll on skin. If you're seeing an uneven skin tone and rough texture, it's time to take action!

First, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every single day, rain or shine, as the last step in your morning skincare routine. If used as directed with other sun protection measures, this step also decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by sun.

Next, seek products loaded with skin-brightening ingredients, such as vitamin C, niacinamide, acetyl glucosamine, and licorice, and use an AHA or BHA exfoliant daily. (We can't stress the exfoliation step enough!)

These products work together to yield impressive results on visibly uneven skin tone. Apply them all over, not just to areas of concern, and be patient—results might take 6–12 weeks to appear—after all, your skin's appearance didn't change from even to uneven overnight, so give your products time to work.

Something to get excited about now: If you've never used an AHA or BHA exfoliant before, you will likely see overnight improvements in skin texture, radiance, hydration, and clogged pores. It will be like waking up to a dream come true (really!).

Anti-Aging Tip #2: Step Up to More Retinol

Retinol is one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients because it transforms skin by renewing youthful vitality, helping to increase the appearance of firmness, dramatically improving skin texture, and softening the look of fine lines and wrinkles—even stubborn wrinkles.

Although it's not the only ingredient to look for (your skin needs a wide range of beneficial ingredients), it's an incredible one to add to your routine if you want to keep your skin's appearance in the best shape possible, now and through the years.

Paula's Choice retinol products come in various strengths for different skin types and skin concerns. We are particularly proud of our CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment, and it may just be the right one if you want to experience more intensive results.

Although not everyone can tolerate higher concentrations of retinol, depending on your skin concerns it can absolutely be worth a try to see how your skin responds. As an option, you can alternate a high-strength retinol product with a lower strength product. (Not to worry, even small concentrations of retinol have been shown to have impressive results.) Lots of people find that alternating products like this is an ideal compromise that helps them put their best face forward.

Another way to add retinol to your skincare routine is to mix a drop or two of our RESIST 1% Retinol Booster into your nighttime moisturizer, perhaps every third day or every other day. See how your skin responds. If all is going well after 1–2 weeks, consider bumping up to once-per-day use, either morning or evening.

Anti-Aging Tip #3: Exfoliate for Renewed Radiance

If a brighter, healthier looking glow is on your wish list, supercharge your anti-aging routine with an AHA or BHA exfoliant. Using an AHA or BHA exfoliant daily will help your skin shed those dull, lackluster surface layers of dead skin in a completely non-abrasive, gentle way, just as your skin did naturally when you were young. This one step will immediately reveal the smoother, softer, younger-looking skin hiding beneath those dulling layers.

You can ramp things up a bit by applying an AHA exfoliant with a higher percentage of glycolic acid once or twice per week. That's the approach we take with our RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA, the ideal partner to our RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA. Products like these can truly rejuvenate skin's appearance, and they require very little effort to use!

For those with normal to oily skin, pairing our RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment with 2% BHA with our RESIST Weekly Texturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA provides amazing skin-smoothing and pore-refining action, leading to younger-looking skin almost overnight.

Anti-Aging Tip #4: Minimize Enlarged Pores

Years of exposure to the sun without sunscreen can cause pores to weaken and expand, creating an orange peel–like texture on skin's surface that feels rough and looks uneven. The solution: A well-formulated BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant!

Research has shown BHA (salicylic acid) to be the gold standard exfoliating ingredient for this skin condition. Merely adding our SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant can work wonders. Be prepared to smile with confidence and delight when you see how beautiful your skin looks.

BHA provides a potent, yet gentle, mix of benefits: Exfoliation, calming of red areas, hydration, and renewal of skin's youthful radiance and touchable smoothness. Once you experience what a well-formulated BHA exfoliant can do, you'll never want to be without it!

Bottom Line

Just a few changes to your regular skincare routine, using the types of products mentioned in the tips above, you will see a brighter, smoother, and younger-looking complexion.

No matter your age or how many "skin sins" you've committed, taking good care of your skin now will bring you beautiful results, not only today, but for years to come. It's never too late to start improving your skin's appearance!

References for this information:
Dermatology Research and Practice, February 2015, ePublication
Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, May 2012, pages 32-40
Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, November 2010, pages 135-142
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2008, pages 369-381

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:

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