Best Morning and Night Routine for Anti-Aging

Keep Your Skin Moist and Glowing Using Our Tried-and-True Routine

Are you tired of buying one expensive skin product after another with exactly zero results?

If so, you’re not alone.

There are a million products out there that claim to reduce wrinkles, eliminate age spots, and improve your complexion in general.

Unfortunately, many of them simply don’t live up to their claims.

Your problem may also be user error. If you’re not properly preparing your face, you’re wasting your time and money slathering on that expensive moisturizer or wrinkle-removing serum. As a matter of fact, you may be making the problem worse.

Don’t worry though – you’re in the right place. By the end of this article, you’re going to know exactly what steps to take each morning and night to stay young-looking and beautiful!

Also, just as a side note, all of the products that we suggest are available either over-the-counter or from reputable online skincare companies – none of those scammy deals that require memberships or credit card numbers are included.

Deep Cleanse at Night

Nighttime is when you do your deep cleansing. Basically, you only need 4 products but you need to make sure that they are designed for your skin type. Especially if you have excessively dry or oily skin, using the wrong product could make your issues worse instead of better.

  1. An Exfoliating Cleanser: In order to have healthy, glowing skin, it’s absolutely imperative that you exfoliate. It’s only necessary to do this once or twice a week because it takes a few days for dead skin cells to accumulate, but you’ll see almost immediate results. Your skin will be brighter, will have a more even tone and will feel softer, too.

    Our Top Picks

    • Neo-Cleanse Exfoliating Skin Cleanser by NeoCutis: This product gets our top pick because it’s free of fragrances and dyes, contains glycolic acid, and is good for all skin types. It claims to be good for twice-daily use, but we caution against that simply because glycolic acid can be an irritant if used too much. As with any product, use your common sense.

    • Loreal Paris Go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub: This inexpensive exfoliating scrub has natural apricot beads and comes with a little scrublet with which to clean your face. It’s gentle enough for all skin types and works to scrub away dead skin cells without chemicals. Great for people with sensitive skin.

  2. A Good Daily Cleanser: On nights that you don’t exfoliate, you need to clean your face with a mild cleanser that’s free of fragrances and oils that can irritate your skin and cause breakouts.

    You can pick up a good cleanser for very little money and there isn’t really a difference between many of the cheaper ones and the more expensive ones. Make sure that it’s a facial cleanser, though; you should never use regular bar soap on your face because it will dry your skin out.

    When cleansing your face, use warm water and massage your face in circular motions. This stimulates your circulation, which helps your skin generate healthy new skin cells. Make sure that your water is luke warm because both really hot and really cold water can cause your capillaries to burst.

  3. Our Top Picks

    Here are a couple of great suggestions that are gentle, effective, and affordable:

    • Liquid Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Formula: We like this product because it’s inexpensive, won’t clog your pores, is great for all skin types including sensitive skin, and is fragrance and oil free.

    • Alpha Hydrox Foaming Face Wash: This product gets our thumbs up because it’s oil and fragrance free, gentle enough for all skin types, and is even gentle enough to use around your eyes for makeup removal. As an added bonus, it’s got Alpha Hydroxy in it, which helps smooth fine lines.

  4. Anti-Aging Serum: Some people prefer to simply use an all-inclusive moisturizer because historically serums haven’t really been that effective. With recent breakthroughs in anti-aging technology though, they’re worth a second look.

    Serums are targeted specifically at your eyes, forehead, laugh lines, and/or neck and our research turned up some awesome products that received rave performance reviews. You’re going to spend a bit but the results will be well worth it if you’re serious about giving your wrinkles the boot.

    When you’re applying your serum, do so in a circular motion just like you do when you’re cleansing. Many of these products take a few weeks to see results so don’t get discouraged and quit before the product has a chance to work its magic.

  5. Our Top Picks

    Here are a couple of tried and true serums. They’re a bit pricey but worth it. With these, you could skimp a bit on the moisturizer because they contain all of the anti-aging ingredients that you need.

    • PCA Skin ExLinea Peptide Smoothing Serum: Packed full of good stuff like argireline, vitamins A and E, and aloe, this little miracle worker has what you need to decrease wrinkles and hydrate your skin.

    • SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex: The name says it all on this one. It’s got your retinols to get rid of those wrinkles, plus shea butter to help moisturize.

  6. A Proven Anti-Aging Night Moisturizing Cream: When it comes to anti-aging moisturizers, the more expensive products really are usually better. Look for ones with antioxidants and a combination of anti-aging products. Some effective ingredients to look for include:

    • Argireline (acetyl hexapeptide)
    • Hyaluronic Acid
    • Retinol
    • Matrixyl
    • Alpha-Lipoic Acid
    • Haloxyl

    Our Top Picks

    Here are a couple of night creams that people just love:

    • Peptides Double Action Wrinkle Reverse by Derma e: In addition to argireline and matrixyl, this product from Derma e also contains vitamins A and E as well as several natural moisturizers and ingredients to help increase collagen and elastin production. To make it even better, it’s not tested on animals!

    • Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Creme: This night formula made our list because it contains several different peptides known to boost collagen production as well as Argireline, antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, and sodium hyaluronate to help your skin retain moisture.

Now that we’ve covered what you need for your night time anti-aging routine, let’s talk about what you need to do in the morning to keep your skin healthy and youthful. Go ahead and jump to page 2!

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