Are Your Anti-Aging Products Actually Aging You?

Are Your Anti-Aging Products Actually Aging You?

There are many formulas and products that can help slow down the process of skin aging. Some of the most well-known ones are retinol and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). Also certain skin products such as scrubs or brightening peels can be helpful in slowing down the clock on dull skin, fine lines and age spots. However continued and incorrect use of certain products can actually have the opposite effect and in some instances can even accelerate the appearance of aging. We’ve identified some of the biggest anti-aging mistakes — make sure you’re not doing these because it can actually make you look older and cause harm to your skin.

1. Retinol And AHAs

Both retinol (also known as pro-retinol) and AHAs have exfoliating qualities as they help remove the skin’s top layer when used in cleansers or serums. As they remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface they have the ability to make skin look brighter and smoother which can make it more youthful looking. However excessive use can have a negative effect on skin. It can make skin appear thinner which later can make it more susceptible to fine lines. Also it makes skin more sensitive to sunlight and can make it more susceptible to damage. In the days after using retinol and AHAs it’s critical to use a high broad spectrum SPF to protect your skin. If you are using prescription-strength retinol and AHAs make sure you are not using them too frequently — stick to what your dermatologist prescribed. For over the counter use try limiting your application to every other day to avoid skin sensitivity. Also make sure you are always wearing SPF no matter the weather.

2. Scrubs

Scrubs are essential to help your skin look youthful as they remove dead cells that can accumulate on skin’s surface and make skin look dull, and also inhibit the efficiency of your anti-aging products. However using harsh scrubs with crystals or sand particles can damage your skin and cause microscopic cuts. Use a gentle product formulated with glycolic or lactic acid and use one to two times a week.

3. SPF

SPF is the number one product you need in your anti-aging arsenal. Just make sure to pay attention to the sell-by date. Once SPF is older than two years old it can lose its protective qualities. Toss out your SPF if it’s older than two years or if it’s changed in consistency and smell. If its formulation is compromised it will no longer be effective in protecting your from the sun.