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 sunscreen from a broad spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater can take its toll on skin. If you’re seeing an uneven skin tone and rough texture, it’s time to take action!

First, begin using a broad spectrum sunscreen every single day, rain or shine, as the last step in your morning skincare routine.

Next, seek products loaded with brightening ingredients, such as vitamin C, niacinamide, acetyl glucosamine, and licorice and use an AHA or BHA exfoliant daily (we can’t stress this 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 enough time to work.

Something to get excited about now: If you’ve never used an AHA or BHA exfoliant before, you will 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 always alternate a high-strength retinol product with one that has a lower concentration (don’t worry, even small concentrations of retinol have been shown to have impressive results). Lots of people find this is an ideal compromise that allows them to put their best face forward.

Another way to add retinol to your skincare routine is to use our RESIST 1% Retinol Booster by mixing a drop or two into your nighttime moisturizer. See how your skin responds; if all is going well after 1–2 weeks, consider bumping up to once-per-day use, 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. A daily AHA or BHA exfoliant will shed those dull, lackluster surface layers of dead skin in a completely non-abrasive, gentle way, just as your skin did when you were young. This one step will immediately reveal smoother, softer, younger-looking skin hiding underneath those dulling layers.

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

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

Anti-Aging Tip #4: Minimize Enlarged Pores

Years of unprotected exposure to the sun without sunscreen can cause pores to weaken and expand, creating an orange peel-like texture on skin’s surface that can feel rough and look uneven. The solution to this concern is a well formulated BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant!

Research has shown BHA to be the gold standard exfoliating ingredient, salicylic acid (BHA) for just 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 will look.

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

With just a few changes to your regular skin-care routine, the types of products mentioned in the tips above can deliver 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!

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and helping you solve your skincare frustrations with research-supported expert advice—so you'll have the facts you need to take the best possible care of your skin.

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