A journalist recently asked me about “youthing,” a term that was new to me but seemed to be the opposite of aging. The question was whether there were any products that could turn back the clock. While I believe that finding and using good skincare products has noticeably improved my skin over the past three years, I think a better term – and a more realistic way to look at things – is age-proofing. By which I mean, nurturing one’s current assets and holding off further signs of aging as long as possible. And it is never too soon or too late to start age-proofing your skin.
An age-proofing beauty regimen, at every age, requires some crucial resources. Cut through the clutter and find out your best age-proofing essentials:
Age-proofing for 60-somethings
This is the age when it's critical to have the best firming moisturizer money can buy. Our 60-something reviewers love the results they get with BRAD Biophotonic Skincare’s Ultra Elastin Sculpting Firming Cream Complex ($195). A super-hydrating night cream and day serum in one, BRAD’s cocktail of peptides and botanicals lift and smooth the skin. Glycolic acid and other AHAs brighten and even out skin tone.
Eye creams are everyone’s essential, but a lifting eye cream is vital for 60-something age-proofing. Stemulation Elevate Eye Cream ($75). As the name implies, it lift lids, smooths the crepey under eye area and even tackles crow’s feet. Elevate is formulated with Stemulation’s signature human stem cell cultured media.
Age-proofing for 50-somethings
Elasticity is the thing to start getting serious about in your 50s. To stave off the dreaded sag, look for ingredients like Relistase, based on a tetrapeptide that inhibits elastase and enhances the skin’s resilience. Your Best Face Control ($160 in the shop) not only has Relistase, but also Syn-Hycan – another defyer of the dreaded droop – along with heaps of antioxidants.
Another pro-elasticity ingredient is ChroNOline, derived from a growth factor. You will find it in Tilth Beauty Resurrect Eye Cream (0.5oz/$62) along with four versions of perfluorodecalin, an ingredient that dissolves and delivers oxygen to the skin.
Age-proofing for 40-somethings
Wrinkles have morphed from fine lines and are beginning to look stubborn. This is when you need wrinkle repair and collagen boosting. The two essentials for your arsenal are epidermal growth factors (wrinkle repair) and Matrixyl 3000 (collagen). Michael Todd Knu Anti-Aging Face Lift Serum ($150) has them both and this supercharged serum also has snail slime (trust me on this one) and skin brighteners.
Growth factors pretty much equals AQ Skin Solutions and its essential eye serum. AQ Skin Solutions Eye Serum ($99, in the shop) contains the growth factors TGF-Beta, GM-CSF and PDGF. Matrixyl 3000 is here too plus special actives for depuffing and dark under eye circles.
Age-proofing for 30-somethings
Now is the time to focus on skin tone. It's in your 30s when dewy skin can seem a thing of the past. You’ll also want to be thinking about prevention by building up your skin’s reserves of antioxidants. suki healthy aging serum + vitamin peptide complex ($50.95) is a great introduction to anti-aging products with natural ingredients with vitamins C and E, antioxidant resveratrol and hydrating sodium hyaluronate.
An ideal preventative eye cream is Arcona’s Eye Dew ($32). Lightweight and gentle, there’s shea butter, sodium hyaluronate, aloe and antioxidant blueberry. And it’s good to know that it plays nicely with makeup.
Age-proofing for 20-somethings
Environmental damage is on my mind when I think of 20-something essentials (and not just from smoke-filled parties). Protect with BIAO Beauty’s Rejuvenating Night Creme ($25), which, inspired by Chinese medicine, uses three nourishing plant extracts: honeysuckle flower, xanthium sibiricum fruit and cyperus rotundus root.
Talking of parties, an eye cream that tackles those late-night-out dark circles is 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream ($19), packed with so many good things, you'll wonder if it’s edible.