As if running between work commitments and family demands 14 hours a day isn’t exhausting enough, at some point, plain old aging exacerbates all your signs of fatigue—including dull skin and wrinkles. I recently wrote an anti-aging skincare piece for You Beauty called Don’t Freak Out At The Sight Of Your First Fine Lines. The truth is, some women start seeing wrinkles in their 20’s and others not until their 40’s. I interviewed Ellen Marmur, M.D., an associate professor of dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center and founder of Marmur Medical in New York City. (P.S. She’s also a supermom with three kids.) Dr. Marmur explained that wrinkles are caused by a 50/50 mix between genetics and sun exposure, which is why it varies so much from woman to woman.
But here’s what I know—crazy busy moms can add a huge chunk of fatigue to the mix, making radiant, smooth skin tough to come by. The best defense: retinol. I’m actually amazed by how many of my non-beauty-industry friends have not started using retinol. The tragedy! It’s really time to get with it.
As you age, your skin cells slow down too. Retinol gets them back working at peak performance, increasing cell turnover and helping collagen production pick up. It takes several weeks to see results, but once your skin gets rolling with it, you’ll definitely notice improvement in smoothness, radiance, and firmness.
Retinol used to only be really effective in a prescription formula, but these days, over-the-counter technology has improved so much that you can actually see good results. In fact, I often find the store bought versions to be more gentle than the Rx strength, reducing symptoms like redness and sensitivity.
I’ve been using Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution, $85, since my birthday last April. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve been getting on my skin and I can see that it is firmer, brighter and my lines are less noticeable. I love it. It’s a light liquid-like serum that absorbs quicky so it’s super fast to put on right before going bed. Ferulic Acid is a plant-based antioxidant that enhances properties of other vitamins, like retinol, which is a Vitamin-A derivative.
Once that’s slapped on, I’ve been using the newly reformulated Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, $26, which now has a “skin energizing technology” that improves your tired and sluggish skin’s responsiveness to anti-aging ingredients, making them work faster to increase brightness and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also has glycerin, hyaluronic acid and olivem (a derivative of olive oil) to deeply moisturize dehydrated skin, while niacinimide (Vitamin B3), increases skin’s natural exfoliation rate, and Lys’Lastine (dill seed extract) improves skin’s elasticity.
So this is my winning combination for now! But don’t forget undoing the damage with anti-aging creams is just half the battle. It’s just as important to prevent further damage with sunscreen, so read up on How To Wear Sunscreen So It Really Works: Face.
Also, check out my entire You Beauty feature Don’t Freak Out At The Sight Of Your First Fine Lines to get more anti-aging tips and product reviews—there’s a list of 10 great picks!