Welcome to anti-aging awareness month at Ohlolly. Every week in October we are releasing a new blog featuring expert anti-aging advice from skincare enthusiasts. Their unanimous anti-aging tip? You guessed it—sunscreen. In addition to daily sun protection, these skincare enthusiasts are sharing some crucial anti-aging advice, their go-to anti-aging ingredients, plus their holy grail products to keep skin young and healthy. Ready?
Here's Michelle, aka Lab Muffin
Michelle holds a phD in Chemistry and writes about the science behind beauty and skincare products. We love her. You can find her on IG @labmuffinbeautyscience or at labmuffin.com
My favourite anti-aging ingredients are the newer photo-stable sunscreens like Tinosorb S, alpha hydroxy acids and vitamin C. I've also been using more hydrating toners to hide fine lines.
Goodal Vita C
Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner
Expensive products aren't necessarily better, and if you can, talk to a doctor about tretinoin (a vitamin A derivative that's the gold standard for anti-aging). It’s the ingredient with the most evidence behind its anti-aging effects.
Hydration is also a quick and easy way to soften wrinkles.
But, don't stress too much about wrinkles - a lot of them only you can see! I also like to think that wrinkles are evidence that you'd lived a good life. Grab a good cream with lots of moisturising ingredients and a little sparkle, and the difference will be huge.
Thank YOU for sharing Michelle!
Now Camilla, aka Graceful Face
Camilla is an LA-based beauty (largely K-beauty) blogger. Her honest product reviews are always informative and her beautiful photos inspiring. Find her at gracefulface.com and on IG @gracefulfaceblog.
At 34, my skin has gotten more sensitive as I age. While I don't struggle with acne anymore, my concerns are more about dryness, sensitivity, and pigmentation.
I've become more and more enamored of facial oils as I get older.
I love layering them on top of serums and often I skip cream entirely and just use a heavier-bodied oil. For me, I find that because oils usually have short ingredient lists, they are less likely to cause irritation or itchiness, and they are naturally nourishing, which is great for people looking for more natural "green" skincare.
Read Camilla’s review on the Urang Oil Serum Trio.
I've cut WAY back on exfoliating because I felt like it was making my skin both more sensitive and more dry, and my skin has never looked better now that my moisture barrier has recovered.
Instead, gentle, moisturizing products with ceramides and hyaluronic acid are what I tend to look for, as well as gentle vitamin C derivatives.
Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence
Urang Rose Ceramide Cream
Goodal VitaC Dark Spot Serum Set
I've talked to a lot of women my age who are starting to form a skincare routine for the first time in their lives! When we were younger, a lot of us could get away with not taking care of our skin. But our busy lives are catching up with us, hormones are changing and sun damage from the past is surfacing.
“I think the best thing you can do to look younger is to keep skin supple, well-hydrated, and protected.”
A lot of people neglect the hydrating step of using a watery essence or serum, which is so important for plumping up the skin before adding a moisturizer or oil on top.
Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence
Sioris Time Is Running Out Mist
I think it's worthwhile to find few really high quality products and build your skincare routine around them, rather than jumping right into a 10-12 step routine with a bunch of products that may not be as good quality.
I also think it's important to recognize that skincare products are a wonderful support to general wellness and self-care.
Your skin is your largest organ and can definitely reflect your internal health, no matter how old you are. But in addition to that, moisturize it properly and apply sunscreen!
Missha Mild Sun
Missha Essence Sun Milk
Thank you for sharing Camilla!
Meet Julie, aka PDXbeautiful
Julie is a certified esthetician and passionate about good skincare. You can find her on Instagram @pdxbeautiful or over at pdxbeautiful.com.
I noticed a lot of changes in my skin around the time I turned 40. My skin, which was once on the oily side, has become drier and more easily dehydrated. The more I age, the more layers my skin craves. I have also noticed that my skin needs more exfoliation as the natural cell turnover process slows down.
My skin is often dull and lacks that glow so exfoliating is vital.
Ohlolly Suggests gently exfoliating while cleansing with JKosmmune Enzyme Cleansing Powder or Missha Natural Soft Jelly (Konjac) Cleansing Puff
I also recommend Vitamin C for anti-aging. Vitamin C helps even out skin tone and texture plus it's a potent antioxidant to help protect the skin from environmental aggressors.
New at Ohlolly Goodal Green Tangerine Vita C Dark Spot Serum Set
A few other ingredients that I recommend are hyaluronic acid and ferment. As we age, the skin has a hard time retaining moisture and products rich in hyaluronic acid help bind moisture to the skin. Ceramides also help the skin maintain its moisture level plus help prevent dry, irritated skin.
My favorite is Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream. This helps the skin to stay plump and moisturized. Ferment, aka probiotics, help strengthen the skin. My favorite is Missha's Time Revolution Ampoule.
I also believe double cleansing is essential for healthy skin. If your skin is not thoroughly cleansed, it doesn't matter how many products you use because they won't penetrate into the skin.
And lastly, don't shy away from oils,
even for those with oily skin. Oils can be amazing for the skin, especially for those with aging skin because they are packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
Ohlolly Suggests Urang Oil Serum Trio, which deeply moisturize, brighten and rejuvenate.
Thank you for sharing, Julie!
This is Tracy, aka Fanserviced
Tracy is a self-described “beauty omnivore.” She writes about skincare, makeup, related news and much more on her blog, fanserviced-b.com and on IG @fanserviced.
I started to see the first signs of aging in my early 30s, before finding my way to Korean skincare. I really thought I was headed toward Botox soon! But prescription acne medication and very dedicated use of sunscreen truly rolled back the clock for my skin, and I actually have younger looking skin now than a few years ago. A retinoid plus a great sunscreen that I love wearing are truly the firepower in my routine.
If you're not hooked on sunscreen, you're not truly committed to the anti-aging life.
I see even recognized experts go soft on the need for daily sunscreen and my eyes nearly drop out of my head; nothing could be more important in your routine, especially with skin cancer rates on the rise.
Ohlolly Suggests Missha Essence Sun Milk or Huxley Stay Sun Safe Sun Cream
Sunscreen is a WONDERFUL, skin-changing invention. It can even UNDO aging, just by giving your skin time off from constant damage so it can repair itself! Lab Muffin is a great person to follow for sunscreen research and facts.
Masks, essences and serums are fun and keep my skin juicy...they balance out any dryness from retinoids.
My goal is to acquire some friendly laugh lines over time, but keep creases caused by sun and stress at bay for as long as possible. Aging isn't something I particularly fear, but I want the signs of it to reflect a good and happy life.
Love that. Thank you for sharing, Tracy!
Thank you for joining Ohlolly’s anti-aging series. All October we shared tips, favorite ingredients & holy-grail products from skincare bloggers & enthusiasts here & over on our IG feed.
And a HUGE thank you to all our lovely contributors for sharing their anti-aging advice & expertise!
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