Happy New Year! I know many of us have goals to treat our bodies better, and one easy goal is to commit to cleaning up your skincare. When I started this blog and investing in cleaner products, it felt like a daunting task. Then I took a more practical approach and started swapping products as my old ones were running out. I’d be getting down to the bottom of my shampoo, and then research a cleaner shampoo, and purchase that one instead. Lucky for you, I’ve taken a lot of the work out of that process, and you can just look here when you need some recommendations.
In my previous posts I was noting that Retinol/Vitamin A was an ingredient to avoid in cleansers, moisturizers, etc. Unfortunately, a lot of anti-aging products rely on retinol to reduce signs of aging. I had a few friends ask for replacement recommendations, so today I’ll be sharing some.
I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: I think we all need to lighten up on our fear of aging. I’m not immune to it, but I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to chill on my fear of aging/any judging of aging/etc. It makes you happier and less stressed when you aren’t terrified of the inevitable.
That being said, there’s no harm in trying to prevent it if that’s what makes you happy! The first step is to become religious about sunscreen. Not just any sunscreen though- make sure you’re finding a healthy one (see the Sunny Honey post, but the rule of thumb is to look for Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide and make sure the label does not say Nano Scale). I cannot stress enough the importance of sunscreen. Just do it. It is less expensive than most other fixes, it prevents wrinkles and sun damage, and it prevents cancer. I have learned to embrace my pale AF skin in the last year and have noticed less sun damage. Sunscreen is my bestie. Let it be yours too.
I have found the BEST sunscreen for daily wear: Coola Organic Sunscreen : Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Cucumber ($36). It feels like silk when you put it on, and it smells like cucumber. I justified the price by telling myself it’d be like having a mini spa-day every morning, because the cucumber scent is full-on spa bliss. It has definitely got me to wear sunscreen more often. #wortheverypenny.
The next easy preventative tip: stay hydrated. Ask any aging-beauty what her secret is and she will almost always include staying hydrated and moisturized on her list. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to drink sufficient water every day. It helps you feel awake, it helps your skin look nice, and it helps digestion. It’s magic. It’s free. Say yes.
Lastly, at the advice of my facialist: treat your neck and upper chest area like you treat your face. Those areas are just as prone to aging and typically get the same amount of sun exposure. Give them the same amount of sunscreen and moisturizer. Cleanse them as gently and with the same cleanser you use for your face.
When looking for anti-aging products avoid:
Luckily, a lot of products like to advertise that they have Retinol/Vitamin A in them- likely because it is a familiar anti-aging ingredient. This will make it easier to eliminate some of those products.
Here is what you should look for:
Hyaluronic acid is non-toxic and anti-aging. My facialist recommended I apply it like a serum, after toner and before moisturizer. I found mine on Amazon and have one recommended below (the one below also has Vitamins C and E in it, so it’s a little more moisturizing, but you can also get straight up Hyaluronic Acid). The name sounds terrifying, but it is fairly moisturizing and gentle. I haven’t incorporated it into my regimen yet (still slowly incorporating a few other things/letting my face chill after travel and the holiday sugar binge), but I have used it on occasion and it’s gentle enough for me.
As always, you can check your existing products out on EWG’s consumer guide, or contact me if you have any questions.
Hope you find some new products you love and Happy New Year!