not so obvious signs of skin aging

Everything in life is constantly changing and skin is no exception to this. As we age, we’ll begin to notice natural changes in our skin. It’s not uncommon that when you first think of aging skin, you’ll think of fine lines and wrinkles. But the first signs of aging skin can often be increased texture, dullness & sunspots, and sagging skin. Aging is beautiful and there’s no reason to be concerned about these changes, but if you are looking to address them then we’re here to talk through which products to use!

skin texture

Our skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells and replacing them with new ones; this is called cell turnover. This process happens throughout our lifetime, but as we age, it inevitably slows down and changes our skin texture. Soft, smooth skin may change into bumpy, rough patches. While the skin's natural cell turnover may slow down, there are ingredients that can help!

One of the most clinically-studied ingredients in the skincare world is retinol. Retinol is the gold standard for aging skin and is one of the best ingredients you can incorporate into your routine to help promote skin cell turnover. Our Beginner Retinol Gel, 0.1%, is clinically tested for sensitive skin and can be used nightly for a smoother, more youthful complexion. It’s a great option for first time users thanks to our 0.1% Tri-Retinoid Comfort Complex™ which delivers three types of retinoids at different speeds to provide results while also protecting skin from potential irritation. 

Another way to promote even skin is by using ingredients like AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), which help remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Our AHA Jelly Cleanser is an easy way to include AHAs in your daily routine without worrying about over-exfoliation, thanks to hyaluronic acid and betaine for added hydration.

dark spots and dullness

Did you know that sun damage accounts for a staggering 80% of the signs of aging? Excuse us while we reapply some sunscreen! Sun exposure creates free radicals on the skin which are responsible for creating dark spots, commonly called “age spots” or “sun spots”. However, there’s a dermatologist-favorite ingredient that studies have shown is effective in reducing the appearance of dark spots… vitamin C! It’s a powerful antioxidant that fights the free radicals that cause sun spots. Our Vitamin C Glow Serum pairs vitamin C with azelaic acid to further reduce the look of dark spots and improve uneven, dull skin tone. 

Of course, the best way to treat any skin concerns is to prevent it. Since the sun is such a significant factor in developing dark spots and dull skin, sun protection is your best defense! (In fact, one study found that sunscreen can not only prevent sun damage but may actually repair it.) Make it a staple in your routine with our Daily SPF, a lightweight mineral formula that leaves a dewy glow.

loss of elasticity & sagging skin

Remember how free radicals create dark spots? Well, they also break down our collagen AND elastin. Repeated facial expressions are another factor that damages our collagen and elastin. As our muscles move in the same ways over and over (smiling, laughing, squinting, etc.) they create grooves in the skin…well worth it, in our opinion! Just like retinol is the gold standard for stimulating cell turnover, it is also known for its ability to stimulate collagen production in the skin. When retinol encourages production of new collagen, skin will gradually appear firmer. Heather, one of our Beginner Retinol Gel, 01% product testers, shared "I have deeper wrinkles being over 40 and my skin looks younger and more refreshed. As a busy working mom, this is so easy to add to my routine

Keeping your skin well-hydrated also plumps up skin cells and helps smooth the skin’s appearance. Using products like our Rich moisture & Barrier Duo is a great way to give your skin the little extra love that it deserves! Our Ceramide Barrier Serum hydrates your skin and reduces moisture loss, while our Resurrection Polypeptide Cream plumps and firms your skin by promoting the skin's natural collagen production. Using both of these products alongside retinol can provide additional benefits for aging skin.

remember that aging is a privilege 

Throughout life, our skin will naturally transition from smoother and more even-toned to textured, dull with dark spots, and decreased skin elasticity. Experiencing these normal and natural changes is a privilege because living a long life is a privilege! Whether you choose to address these signs of aging is up to you, but if you do, we hope our products make you feel good about your skin as you age.