We all age, and it’s inevitable our bodies change with time. But we surely can age gracefully and heavily moisturized.

The first place that shows any signs of aging is our face. Starting an anti-aging skin routine is the best way to avoid deep wrinkles and lackluster skin.

No matter if you are 25 and just now thinking of anti-aging, or 45 and worry lines are getting you down; keep these 5 steps in your toolkit and you’ll always be at the top of your skin game.

Here is our fail-proof 5 step skincare routine to keep your skin looking glowy, youthful, and radiant.

1. Moisturize, moisturize, and then moisturize again

Keeping your skin hydrated is the best thing you can do to stave off any signs of aging. Dehydrated skin is a deep wrinkle breeding ground.

If you’re keeping your skin moisturized it’s harder to develop lines and wrinkles. Research suggests moisturizers enriched with hyaluronic acid or vitamin C are very effective at preventing wrinkles or deepening of wrinkles.

  • Chose products that don’t overly dry out your skin. Say “No” to alcohol-based products.
  • Moisturize even if you have an oily skin type! Just because you have an oily T zone does not mean your skin doesn’t need proper hydration.
  • Try noncomedogenic oils as a moisturizer. Oils are far superior at locking in moisture and keeping excess sebum production at bay.
  • Remember as we age, we are more susceptible to drier skin.

2. At-home AHA/BHA chemical peels

In-office chemical peels are highly effective, but they are also pretty intense and require a long period of recovery (skin shedding) time. Buying products intended for gentle at-home chemical peels could be the best thing to ever happen for anti-aging.

Try products that are AHA/BHA based for a once-weekly chemical peel. Using these acid treatments help encourage skin cell turnover and result in younger-looking skin. Because this is an intense chemical exfoliator, it really is new skin that begins to surface until eventually, your skin is baby new and glowing.

3. Retinoids: Retinol, Retin-A(Oh my!)

Speaking of skin regeneration, the gift that keeps on giving, retinoids. Retinoids such as Retinol and Retin-A work to regenerate the skin, pushing new skin to the surface. To avoid wrinkles, and to get rid of any pesky acne scarring and discoloration, retinoids might be the golden ticket.

Contrary to popular belief, retinoid products are not just for those who have wrinkles hoping to turn back the clock of aging. Retinoids are for everyone who wants radiant skin. Retinoids are hailed the anti-aging agent for a reason.

4. Keep it simple and cleanse with gentle ingredients

A lot of face cleansers are excessively stripping which can dry out the skin and add to the appearance of skin aging. If you are fighting adult acne, anti-acne washes are also very drying. It’s important to consider our cleansers as they might be doing more harm than good.

If you are trying to fight skin aging, lean into cleansers that are gentle and moisturizing. Moisturizing cleansers rich in B vitamins, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid are great anti-aging choices.

5. Sunscreen is nonoptional

As teens, I’m sure we’ve all slathered oil on ourselves and baked in the sun in hopes of a golden tan. Well, truth be told, the sun’s UV rays can be very damaging to the skin. If you’re on the anti-aging train, you should be using a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen of 30 SPF.

Even while inside, we are susceptible to UV rays. “One study found that smooth ordinary glass allowed up to 74.3% of UVA radiation to pass through.”

Many studies have shown the regular use of sunscreen can help fight against photoaging such as wrinkling, an overall loss of skin elasticity, and age spots.

Sunscreen is not just for beach trips. Fight aging by protecting yourself from sun damage.

Turn back the clock on aging skin

If you are concerned about the effects aging is having on your skin, you might consider prescription-strength anti-aging formulas. This synergistic prescription, formulated by trusted board-certified physicians, has helped thousands of women turn back the clock on aging skin.