How to Visibly Transform Signs of Aging

How to Visibly Transform Signs of Aging

If you’re battling dull skin, enlarged pores, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone, we can help. The research-supported products we offer at Paula’s Choice Skincare can help transform the look of your skin into one of radiant smoothness.

Anti-Aging Tip #1: Improve Uneven Skin Tone

Too many days in the sun without adequate protection takes its toll on skin. If you’re noticing uneven skin tone and a rough texture, it’s time to take action!

First, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater every single day, rain or shine, as the last step in your morning skincare routine. If you use your sunscreen as directed, along with other sun-protection measures, this will also decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.

Next, seek products loaded with skin-brightening ingredients, such as vitamin C, niacinamide, acetyl glucosamine, licorice, azelaic acid, or arbutin. For particularly stubborn brown spots, turn to products that contain hydroquinone, such as one of our RESIST Triple Action Dark Spot Erasers. Note that research has shown using all of these ingredients at the same time can produce the best results, as each one addresses diffrent pathways triggering uneven skin tone and discolorations.

These products work together to yield impressive results on visibly uneven skin tone, but be patient. It might take 6–12 weeks to start seeing results—after all, your skin’s appearance didn’t change from even to uneven overnight.

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.

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; it could be just the one you need to experience more intensive results.

Another way to add retinol to your skincare routine is to mix a drop or two of our 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 it up to once-per-day use, either morning or evening.

Anti-Aging Tip #3: Exfoliate

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 and gentle way, just as your skin did naturally when you were young. If reducing the appearance of enlarged pores is also on your list, then a BHA is best.

You can ramp things up by applying an AHA exfoliant with a higher percentage of glycolic acid once or twice per week, like our RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA. For daily exfoliation, our RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA is an excellent option, and if you have a drier skin texture, our SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Lotion Exfoliant provides a moisturizing, skin-softening feel while still delivering the benefits of glycolic acid.

For those with normal to oily skin, pairing our RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment with 2% BHA with our RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA provides amazing skin-smoothing and pore-refining action, leading to younger-looking skin almost overnight. Once you experience what a well-formulated BHA exfoliant can do, you’ll never want to be without it!

Using the types of products mentioned above, you’ll start seeing a brighter, smoother, and younger-looking complexion. 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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