Happy Thursday all! So I just had my 29th birthday (and shared some random facts with you to celebrate)…and I want to look like I’m in my twenties AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. So, that means I’ve got to invest in some good anti-aging skin care. I’m sharing my holy grail products for anti-aging today on the blog, with a mix of pricey and budget-friendly picks. Remember, it’s anti-aging, meaning it’s preventative. I WISH I had started a lot of these steps in my early twenties, but the sooner you start the better! My face is a verifiable science experiment…I’m trying EVERYTHING so you don’t have to…but I will say that what I’m doing is working!
I’m a physical therapist, so I treat different people all day for various injuries and pains. A lot of my job is meeting new people day in and day out. Let me just say…people are always asking me, “How old are you?” I typically answer coyly without sharing my actual age (you know, because it’s none of their business), but the question is always followed up with, “Well, you look so young.” As much as that question/statement combo irks me, I KNOW it’s a compliment to my anti-aging regimen (and of course to an extent, my genes). HOWEVER, my sleeping habits are so crappy, if it weren’t for these products I would 100% look like the crypt keeper. For sure.
ANTI-AGING HOLY GRAIL PRODUCTS
Time to share these puppies with you! A couple of these are a bit pricey, but my favorite one (I’ll save it for last) actually lasts a long time! I’m also tagging some travel versions in widgets below!
1. DR. DENNIS GROSS PEEL PADS
I’m obsessed with these peel pads and use them most nights right before bed. I use the extra strength pads, but I definitely started with the gentle pads and only using them every other night or so. There’s also a regular strength. What makes these peel pads unique is that they are a two-step system: there’s the first step which is a deep exfoliation using acids. After you swipe that on, you let it work for two minutes. Then, you swipe on the second step, or the neutralizing step. This step neutralizes the acids and delivers anti-aging ingredients to your skin. After I use this, my skin is much firmer and just super ready to soak up any oil I put on it! I’ve linked mini-packs of the peel pads if you want to try them an not commit to the price yet (mini regular 5-pack / mini extra-strength 5-pack).
2. THE ORDINARY RETINOID EMULSION
I recently switched to The Ordinary Retinoid for my retinoid because I was looking for something a little easier on the wallet. This is a 2% emulsion of retinoid, and I actually really enjoy it! The best part is that it is UNDER $10! Finally, affordable retinoid treatments! I mix this with a few other oils for the night (including the hyaluronic I link below)! Seriously, if you are past 25 and NOT using a retinioid, time to make a change girlfriend. Retinoids promote cell turnover and will slow development of wrinkles (forever young). IMPORTANT: if you use any retinoid, you should be using SPF. You honestly should be using SPF anyway…I have a whole post on sun dangers and how it causes premature aging. I really like this sunscreen for your face.
3. SUNDAY RILEY GOOD GENES
My number one FAVORITE anti-aging product is the Sunday Riley Good Genes lactic acid treatment. I literally tell everyone to try it. My friends are probably annoyed that I keep pushing it on them, but I swear once you try it your life will change! I actually use this in the AM to really give my skin a pretty morning dewiness while making me look seriously glowy. It’s another exfoliator, this one with a lactic acid to promote cell turnover and keep skin looking super young!
SHOP SAMPLE/TRAVEL SIZE
SHOP FULL-SIZE PRODUCTS
Seriously, TRY THESE PRODUCTS. I used to get the Good Genes as a sample at Sephora all the time, so I would ask your local Sephora for one just to check! If I had to recommend splurging on just ONE thing…it would have to be the Good Genes. You get INSTANT results and improvements in skin quality and it lasts for a long time!
Hope this helps you feel like you have some amazing products to try! Get ready for younger looking (and clearer skin)! Can’t wait to share more of my skin and beauty recommendations with you as we get into spring and summer!
Talk to you guys soon!