VERSA Skin Routine for reVERSAging
Ask any woman of a certain age and she'll tell you that looking younger is at the top of her wish list. But when it comes to figuring out how to get ageless skin, well, most of us wouldn't know the answer if it was staring us in the face. Serums? Creams? Cleansers? What to use and how? This skincare -by- numbers regimen makes it easy to reverse aging in its tracks. These steps apply regardless of your skin type (oily, dry, normal, or combination).
- Wash your face. Using a non-soap cleanser and warm water, remove dirt and oil to create a canvas for products. Apply products in order of consistency, from thinnest, like gels, to thickest, like creams, so they properly penetrate the skin.
- Treat your eyes. The skin around your eyes tends to be thinner, drier and more sensitive and is the first place to show visible signs of aging—fine lines and wrinkles. Gently pat a pea-size amount of cream on the under eye area with your ring finger starting below the inner corners of the eyes and moving out toward your temples. If You Have.....
- Puffy Eyes - As you age, circulation slows and eye ligaments weaken, pushing fat forward. Apply a cream with aloe vera to soothe swelling or caffeine to boost circulation.
- Dark Circles - Blame heredity for raccoon eyes, caused by pooled blood in blood vessels. To promote circulation, use cream with caffeine or grape seed extract.
- Crow's-feet - Over time, collagen, a firming protein, breaks down and causes wrinkles. Choose a cream with amino acids, which trigger collagen production.
- Crepey Skin - Got bags? When skin loses collagen, it becomes less elastic and sags. Apply an eye cream with hyaluronic acid.
If You Have......
- Age Spots - Your go-to ingredient: kojic acid, which is found in (of all places) mushrooms. It blocks the skin's tyrosinase enzyme, which creates melanin, the pigment that determines how light or dark skin can get.
- Dull Skin - Want to glow again? Apply a serum with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), fruit acids that gently exfoliate skin to reveal fresh, younger cells.
- Wrinkles - Protect skin from free radicals—pollution and UV radiation—that speed aging. Neutralize their effects and prevent further damage with a vitamin C–infused formula.
If You Have......
- Dry Skin - The culprits: a change in hormones or the weather, or using alcoholbased cleansers or bar soap. Try a cream with a humectant, like glycerin, which attracts moisture to skin.
- Uneven Skin Tone - You could be suffering from a loss of collagen and elastin or too much sun. Apply a cream with peptides, which firm up elasticity, and soy or licorice extract, which lighten dark spots.
- Combination Skin - An oily T-zone (dry on cheeks; oily on forehead, nose and chin) is probably due to hormones or genetics.
NIGHT TIME ROUTINE
Wash and exfoliate. As you do in the A.M., wash with a gentle cleanser. Once a week, switch to an exfoliating cleanser that goes deep, removing dead skin cells that build up and cause uneven texture
Treat your eyes. Apply the same eye cream you used in the morning.
Pump on serum. Again, serums are the SWAT team of beauty products: You bring them in when you have a specific problem (age spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles) and nothing else seems to be working.
Moisturize- Use the same creams as you applied in the morning.